California, a state similar in climate and natural environment to the countries of the Mediterranean belt, is one of the most beautiful American states to visit. The best-known tourist attractions of California are the two cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF CALIFORNIA: THE CITIES
San Francisco, located on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. Set on hills that give the roads its characteristic undulations. The city is characterized by famous bridges such as the Golden Gate Bridge. While in the center of its bay is the island of Alcatraz, a bleak prison, which has now become a tourist attraction.
Los Angeles, a sprawling city, is famous for places such as Hollywood, Universal Studios, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, made famous by many films and by locations such as Malibu and Santa Monica and the Disneyland amusement park.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF CALIFORNIA: NATURE
But the beauties of California are mainly of a landscape nature. In this American state there are seven national parks that preserve its nature. The coast along the Pacific Ocean is at times spectacular and is a worthy starter of the famous one from Oregon, located further north.
The variety of natural landscapes makes California a destination not to be missed for nature lovers. There are desert areas such as the famous Death Valley, one of the driest places on the planet, the Mojave desert and Joshua Tree National Park.
Mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevada where Yosemite National Park is located are also very beautiful. This spectacular park contains mountain scenery with woods, bizarre mountain peaks and waterfalls.
California has natural wonders such as the giant redwood forests that can be seen in Redwood National Park along the Pacific coast. As well as in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
In northern California, in Lassen Volcanic National Park, volcanic craters and lakes are found. While off the coast is the Channel Islands National Park, which preserves the nature of a series of semi-desert islands but rich in wildlife.
The work of man but of great charm are the areas of the Napa and Sonoma valleys, rich in vineyards where the famous California wine is produced.