Do you have plans to go to the Golden State of the United States? The warm state of California can be found on the west coast of the US, bordering the Pacific Ocean. Rich in a wide variety of natural beauty and authentic places, this is a popular destination for many travelers. Sunny beaches with rugged cliffs and vast expanses of sand pass into a colorful desert, giant trees, high mountains, waterfalls and special lakes. One area is even more impressive than the other. The next ten places are worth a visit.
- San FranciscoThe colorful San Francisco is built on 43 hills and lies on the coast. The city is known for its Victorian houses and historic trams that defy the many hills. The Golden Gate Bridge is visible from a great distance and one of the pearls of the city. Downtown you will find Lombard Street, the most winding street in the world. Skyscrapers and impressive structures, such as the Transamerica Pyramid, form the famous skyline of SF. For coolness, strong waves and beautiful beach you go to Baker Beach. From San Francisco you can easily visit the famous Alcatraz prison, now a museum and national park, where Al Capone once stayed.
- Death ValleyThis particularly beautiful desert valley is one of the warmest places on earth and also the driest area in the United States. Avoid Death Valley National Park in the months of July and August. The temperature then easily exceeds 47 degrees Celsius. The landscape varies from mountains, rocks and sand dunes to vast salt plains, ripped nature crusts and deep canyons. You will behold the most imposing sunrise and sunset ever. Visit the Ubehebe Crater (an old volcano crater) and the colored mountains Artist’s Pallet and Zabriskie Point. For a great panorama view, Dante’s View is also worthwhile. The best place to spend the night is Furnace Creek or Stovepipe. Do not forget to look up for the magically beautiful starry sky!
- Joshua Tree National ParkThis national park is at the junction of the Mojave and Colorado desert and owes its name to the thousands of Joshua trees. Besides these special trees, you will find many unnaturally stacked white round smooth stones, which are also an eye-catcher. The beautiful surroundings are perfect for walks. Both short and sturdy hikes are possible. Take plenty of water and pull out. Do not miss a beautiful hike to the separate rock formation Skull Rock, which has the shape of a skull.
- Yosemite National ParkThe most spectacular nature combinations of California can be found in Yosemite National Park. The park covers an area of 3,080 square kilometers. From mammoth trees that can reach 83 meters high to beautiful waterfalls, granite rock formations, and wild rivers, you’ll find it all there. Discover the park on foot, by bike or via one of the free shuttle buses. One of the most famous sights is Tunnel View, which offers views of the El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls rock formations.
- Lake TahoeOn the border between California and Nevada lies the largest freshwater mountain lake in North America. Mountaintops covered with snow surrounds the lake. This makes Lake Tahoe one of the most famous ski areas. As a walker, mountain biker and avid water sports enthusiast you will get your heart out here. The adrenaline seekers who like parasailing, jet ski or kayaking are also in place here. From Emerald Bay, you have a beautiful view of Fannette Island, the only island in the lake.
- Los AngelesLos Angeles is often mentioned in the same breath as Hollywood and the ‘Walk of Fame’ there. The city is more than that. Dozens of districts and districts are connected to motorways that cross each other several times. Visit Beverly Hills to spot famous movie stars. Go to Santa Monica for the famous Santa Monica Pier and shop till you drop on the famous shopping street Rodeo Drive. If you like museums, do not miss the imposing Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Both are among the best museums in the world. Relax at Venice Beach.
- Bodie Historic State ParkGhost town Bodie is one of the best preserved and most authentic ‘ghost towns’ of the west. Wandering through the town is interesting. Many of the saloons, houses, and interiors have been preserved and offer an ultimate insight into the lifestyle of the gold miners and settlers who lived there in the 18th century. The fact that fighting and even murders took place at the time is still visible.
- Route 66In California, one of the most historic motorways: Route 66. The route officially starts in Chicago and ends at Santa Monica in Los Angeles. Despite the fact that the route was ‘lifted’ in 1985, many travelers still drive (part of) this cool road trip.
- Alabama HillsThe rock landscape of Alabama Hills to the west of Lone Pine is better known to film producers than tourists. Numerous film scenes have been recorded in the rough western environment.
This relatively unknown nature park is more than worth a visit. The narrow Tuttle Creek Road that runs through the southern part of the Alabama Hills brings you to the impressive rock formations Hannibal the Cannibal, Eagle, Viking and Polar Bear.
- Sequoia National Park
In the southern part of the Sierra Nevada is this park that is characterized by the immense Sequoias (mammoth trees) that grow there. The General Sherman Tree, which is more than 2,200 years old and 84 meters high, is the tree with the largest volume in the world. The park has a rich flora and fauna. In the lower southern part, you will find gray foxes among horse chestnuts and yuccas. In the higher part of the north, you will find mule deer and mountain lions between silver firs. A bizarre beautiful combination!