California makes up many people’s mental image of the United States, and it’s easy to see why. Home to 38 million people, it’s the most populous of the American states, and its offerings for visitors are diverse and impressive.
San Diego Zoo
This is a family attraction not to be missed. Get up close and personal with the 3,700 animals, including more than 650 different species, that call San Diego Zoo home. Colourful birds await you in the aviary; enormous, doe-eyed elephants are ready to greet you in the elephant odyssey section. Listen to the call of the wolves in the arctic area and watch the lazy pandas munch their bamboo in the part of the zoo dedicated to conservation.
Yosemite National Park
If you’re looking to explore the wild outdoors during your time in California, there’s no better place to do it than Yosemite National Park. A hike or drive up to Glacier Point offers views across one of America’s most spectacular landscapes, while especially active travellers can try rock climbing here during the summer and skiing during the winter months.
Much more than just a movie studio, this Los Angeles attraction is a not-to-miss stop for kids and adults alike. The NBC Universal Experience explores over 100 years of Universal’s work and history, while the theme park includes thrilling rides based on movies like Transformers, Jurassic Park and The Mummy.
Inline skating on the Pacific coast
Californians are known for their love of living life outdoors, so why not join them on the boardwalks for some inline skating? Many of the state’s beaches have long, winding paths that are perfect for skaters and prove popular with locals and visitors alike. Get some exercise, make new friends, or just take in the ocean views as you roll along. Inline skates are easy to come by in the US, but you can get some here.