Attractions in California

Californians have sent spacecraft into orbit, connected global communities via the internet, pioneered modern environmental science and amassed outstanding collections of photography and art. Itís hardly surprising, then, that theyíve also created some superb museums.
The lionís share of Californiaís most important collections and exhibitions are found in the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento, which are also home to classic urban landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood sign, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the State Capitol. While itís easy enough to explore Californiaís cities under your own steam, a fantastic way to get the real lowdown is to hook up with a local guide for an imaginative, insider tour.

Hiring a local guide will give you a real insiders experience, and help support local jobs and livelihoods

Youíll also find some fascinating museums and historic attractions in the rural areas. For example, you could mine the Gold Country for information about the Gold Rush of the 1840s and 1850s, or make a pilgrimage along Californiaís Mission Trail. This 528-mile trail leads you from San Diego to Sonoma via 21 Spanish Catholic Missions which date back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. With pretty churches, cloisters and gardens, they are all within easy reach of Highway 101.

If what you really need is some serious peace and relaxation, head for some of Californiaís famous spas. From cliffside hot springs and beachside massages to healing desert rituals, the combination of treatments California has to offer is truly unique.

Find more information on attractions in California here: museums, spa and wellness and urban attractions
Responsible Travel would like to thank the California Tourist Board for their sponsorship of this guide
Written by Emma Gregg
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