Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.
2.Golden gate bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, 3 mile (5 km) long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Height: 745 ft (227.4 m)
Construction begin: January 5, 1944
Construction end: April 19: 1937
Disigner: Joseph Strauss, Irving Marrow and Charles Ellis.
3.Point Labos State Reserve
This area contains headlands, coves and rolling meadows. The offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world popular with divers. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters and migrating gray whales (from December to May). Thousands of seabirds also make the reserve their home. Hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves. The area used to be the home of a turn-of -the-century whaling and abalone industry. A small cabin built by Chinese fishermen from that era still remains at Whalers Cove and is now a cultural history museum.
4.Disney California Adventure Resort
Disney California Adventure, commonly referred to as California Adventure, is a theme park located in Anaheim, California. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks and Resorts division. The 72-acre (29 ha) park is themed after the history and culture of California. The park opened in 2001, and it is the second of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resortcomplex, after Disneyland Park.
Lake Tahoe is the sixth largest lake by volume in the United States behind the five Great Lakes.The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during theice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S., with a maximum depth of 1,645 feet (501 m).
Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is 22 miles (35 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) across at its greatest width. The island is located about 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles, California. The highest point on the island is 2,097 feet (639 m) Mt. Orizaba. Santa Catalina is part of the Channel Islands of California archipelago and lies within Los Angeles County.
Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevadamountains of Northern California. The valley is about 8 miles (13 km) long and up to a mile deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines. The Valley is the main attraction in the park for the majority of visitors, and a bustling hub of activity during “tourist season” in the summer months. On July 2, 2011 there was a record 20,851 visitors to the valley.
8.San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies.Its parent organization, San Diego Zoo Global, is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than a half million people. In 2013, the zoo added a new Koalafornia Adventure, providing an Australian experience.
Date opened: 1916
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city is named after the Christian saint, Monica. Santa Monica is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives and is a mixture of affluent single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, professionals, and students. The Census Bureau 2010 population for Santa Monica is 89,736.
Incorporated: November 30, 1886
10.Big Sur Coastline
Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise from the Pacific Ocean. Although it has no specific boundaries, many definitions of the area include the 90 miles (140 km) of coastline. The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el sur grande”, meaning “the big south”, or from “el país grande del sur”, “the big country of the south”. This name refers to its location south of the city of Monterey. The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination.