• California Dreaming

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    The ‘Golden State’ of California is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the US. Sun, sea and stardom have lured multitudes to the bright lights of Los Angeles, while the vibrant cosmopolitan culture of San Francisco, with its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, has long been an exciting hotbed for the arts.

    But what about the lesser known Californian highlights that really should not be missed? There are some beautiful sights, historical attractions and cultural hubs that must be on the itinerary of all holidaymakers heading out to indulge in some California dreaming.

    Balboa Park, San Diego

    Be sure to visit the harbour city of San Diego and head straight for the awe-inspiring 1,400 acres of Balboa Park. Here you will find the San Diego Zoo, one of the world’s finest, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Museum of Art and the Old Globe Theatre. Leave time to wander through the vast botanical gardens, which are breathtakingly beautiful and dine out in one of the luxury restaurants.

     San Diego Museum of Art

    Discover Calico Ghost Town in the Desert

    For an authentic Old West experience, visit the fascinating Calico Ghost Town. Calico was founded in 1881 during the largest silver strike in Californian history. The 500 mines yielded over $20 million in silver ore, until the silver price crash forced the miners to up and leave Calico a ghost town in 1896. In the 1950s the original town buildings were completely restored and today Calico provides a fantastic insight into what life was like in the Old West.

     Calico Ghost Town

    Curve Your Way Round the Big Sur Coastline

    Made famous in Jack Kerouac’s 1962 novel Big Sur, this dramatic coastline has to be experienced to be believed. Immense Pacific waves crash against the rocky shore as you wind your way along the curves of the road. Be sure to take some photographs of the Santa Lucia Mountains, which rise majestically from the Pacific Ocean.

    Big Sur Big Sur

    History and Culture Abound in Monterey
    The magnificent city of Monterey was formerly the capital city of Alto California from 1777 to 1846 under Spanish and Mexican rule, until California was claimed for the United States during the Mexican-American War. There remain fine examples of old town architecture throughout the city. On the seafront delicious seafood can be tasted at Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row provides excellent nightspots and restaurants, while the varied local sealife can be enjoyed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

     Fishermans Wharf Monterey

    Alongside the usual attractions, make sure these lesser known yet thrilling Californian highlights are on your itinerary as you make your way through America’s glorious ‘Golden West’.

    Photo Credits: San Diego Museum of Art: flickr; Calico Ghost Town: flickr: Fishermans Wharf, Monterey: flickr

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    Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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One Response to “California Dreaming”

  1. segmation March 26, 2014

    Don’t miss the San Diego Museum of Art. An awesome place.

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