California is a dream destination for those who live in America’s other 49 states. After all, it has sunshine, culture, and most of the dreamy West Coast. It also happens to have some of the country’s most exciting tourist destinations! If you’re planning a Cali trip any time soon, be sure to hit a few of the Golden State’s top ten tourist attractions.
1. Yosemite National Park
Allow your breath to be taken away at Yosemite! This is one of the States’ most famous National Parks. The iconic scenery and fresh air will make you want to stay forever. Although the park welcomes four million other annual visitors, there is plenty of space to roam in the thousand square miles of Yosemite, including the environs of famous Half Dome.
Location: Mariposa County, CA
2. The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge, and the rest of San Francisco, for that matter, is a must-see California destination. The bridge spans over a mile and a half and can be experienced by car, by bike, or on foot. You can also snap photos from afar—your Insta followers will thank you!
Location: San Francisco, CA
“The Happiest Place on Earth” is one of California’s biggest tourism draws. After all, who doesn’t love Disneyland? The original Disney theme park has held the key to magical memories for generations. You have to go at least once.
Location: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
4. Sequoia National Park
Although California’s cities get a lot of attention, it’s the natural regions of the state that will impress you the most. Sequoia National Park has garnered attention for its massive sequoia trees. In fact, the world’s largest living tree, the General Sherman Tree, can be found here!
Location: Tulare County, CA
5. Lake Tahoe
Beautiful Lake Tahoe is an unexpected oasis in the middle of the dust and relentless sunshine of the Californian landscape. Take the winding drive into the mountains to discover this treasure! Although it’s become a very popular tourist attraction, Lake Tahoe is still a nature retreat where you can enjoy crystal-clear waters, hiking, and small-town life.
Location: Placer and El Dorado Counties, CA
6. Joshua Tree National Park
This national park looks like an illustration from a Dr. Seuss book. The desert floor is scattered with large, round boulders and funny-looking Joshua tree plants. If you love photography, visit this park!
Location: San Bernadino County, CA
7. Universal Studios
Although not as popular as Disneyland, Universal Studios appeals to movie buffs of all ages. It’s a bit more grown-up than Disney, and it offers studio tours in addition to the rides and themed snack bars.
Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
California’s most-photographed icon is the famous Hollywood sign. Visit this village of the stars to see the sign and check out celebrity handprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Location: N Highland Ave & Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
9. Sea World
This ocean-themed amusement park has all the rides you could wish for, plus exciting animal experiences. Get up close and personal with dolphins, and watch whales spin and twist during the shows. A classic kid favorite!
Location: 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
10. Catalina Island
Last but not least, Catalina Island offers some of the loveliest views in the state. This tiny West-Cast getaway is the perfect place to experience the sand, sun, and surf that California is famous for.
Location: Southern California, near Los Angeles
California has many attractions, but these are some of the best! Where will you go first? Let us know in the comments!