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California Beaches, Cities and Tourism
Americans prefer Florida, California, Nevada and New York
as the preferred destinations. 85% of the travel in
California comes from
residents, themselves, and beaches are one of the
most popular attractions along the
California Coast. With
approximately 1,000 miles of beaches, several
mountain ranges with skiing, lakes, deserts and a
border with another country, Mexico, California
features an incredible variety
of travel experiences. For tourists, business
travelers, students and families on vacation, there
are thousands of hotel and
resort options in California.
than 105 million person-trips were made by U.S.
households to the beach last year. A person-trip is
one person traveling 50+ miles, one-way, away from
home. 36% of beach trips last seven nights or more.
The majority taking these trips don't travel with
children but still, four in ten (41%) of U.S.
households that visit a beach include children under
18 on the trip. It’s even higher for those
households visiting theme or amusement parks, with
59 percent bringing along children. By comparison,
just over one-quarter (26%) of overall traveling
households include children on their trips.
Information about California Beaches and Cities
California features major theme park attractions
that include Disneyland, California Adventure,
Six Flags Magic Mountain Southern California, Knotts Berry Farm, San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal
Park, SeaWorld, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Vallejo, Legoland, Golden Gate Park, Universal
Studios Hollywood and more. Americans made 79
million person-trips to theme and amusement
parks last year. Theme park travelers spent an
average of $839 per trip. They also included
longer overnight stays compared to the average
More about California Theme Park Vacations
California Cruise Ship Departures include Port of
Los Angeles, Port of San Diego, Port of Long
Beach and Port of San Francisco.
21 missions on El Camino Real route are
marked with signs along Highway 101 and are open
to the public for visitation. They begin in San
Diego and end north of San Francisco.
30 lighthouses stretch along the California
Coast and many of them are open for tours.
California features hundreds of wineries
offering wine tours. Some charge a fee for
tasting and some do not. They are located
primarily in Temecula, Central Coast California
in the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis
Obispo and Monterey and in the northern counties
of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, to name a few.
There are thousands of events in California
including hundreds of weekly Farmer's Markets
selling fresh produce, marathons, boat races,
parades, food and wine festivals, pet
celebrations, art festivals, county fairs in
approximately 58 California Counties and quirky
events such as the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena or
the Duck Dips, Duck Races and Duck-A-Thons in
over 10 cities.
The state animal
is the California Grizzly Bear.
The state fish is
the golden trout.
The state colors
are blue and gold.
The California State Flower is the Golden Poppy.
quail (Callipepla californica) was named the
official California State Bird in 1931.
The capital city
The largest city
is Los Angeles.
discovered in Coloma by James Marshall on
January 24, 1848.
While many found fame and fortune in California,
The Donner Party met a
sad fate in the mountains heading west to
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Events in California
are happening everywhere, every day. We have
compiled a list of things to do in many
destinations and hope you'll enjoy seeing the
fun parades, festivals, food and wine tastings,
fireworks shows and more.
Shopping / Malls:
290 malls (see
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vacations rank Number One as destination
vacations in the U.S. according to the Travel
Industry Association. More people take
California vacations than any other
destination. Perhaps the fact that California
is the largest state and 85% of travelers are
Californians, themselves ...MORE
Coast Vacations - California coast vacations
are the premier form of relaxation. An
affordable California coast vacation might
include a budge hotel or camping trip to one of
California's over 100 state parks and
Beach Hotel - There's a California Beach
hotel for every tourist, overnight traveler,
business person and family to enjoy. Rockaway
Beach - Pacifica is one of our favorite beach
hotels in California because you can see and
hear the ocean from most every room....SEE
California Beach Hotels - California beach
hotels include thousands of properties from
cottages, single rooms and suites with ocean
views, garden or patio views and even views of a
highway in some instances. That's often where
the action is in cities like Santa Cruz...SEE
Beach Vacations - California beach vacations
can consist of a single afternoon at the beach,
soaking up some sunshine and breathing the fresh
Pacific Ocean salt mist air, an overnight stay,
weekend getaway or blissful week relaxing and
enjoying nature's best sunsets night after
Vacations - Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, with 18 major attractions.
Today, there are more than 60 attractions in the Park...MORE
Vacation - This once novel concept is a
growing sector of travel...MORE
California Vacation - The Southern
California vacation experience differs from the
Northern California vacation in that the weather
tends to be warmer all year long and the wide
sand beaches in Southern California are made for
Weekend Getaway - The California weekend
getaway is a ritual for time-bankrupt
Vacation - The California Spa Vacation with
spa treatments is ideal for couples seeking time
together, children and even pets...MORE
California Hotels - There are over 200
Orange County California hotels and resorts...MORE
Family Vacations - California family
vacations are not your ordinary beach ball
affair with the sand pail and rubber ducky.
Though family beach vacations are quite popular,
Disneyland Resort vacations still rank number
one for family fun as kids desire quality time
with the big duck, Donald and his friend,
Resorts - There's a wealth of California
resorts at the beach, in the desert such as the
Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, Hyatt
Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells and
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort where guests can
expect Private Balconies, Double Sink, Lush
Robes, 2 Golf courses, 2 Tennis Courts, 3 Pools,
Motorized Bikes, Bike Rentals and a Spa...MORE
Beach Resorts - California beach resorts are
as diverse as their geographic locations. The
sandy beaches, fire pits, gondola rides and
jogging paths of San Diego beach resorts make
San Diego the premier beach resort destination
in California if you go by the numbers....MORE
Information and Facts about the State of California
California became the 31st state on September 9,
1850. In 1953 the magnificent
coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) became the
official California State Tree. The highest point in
California is Mount Whitney - 14,494 Feet.
The lowest point in California is The floor of Death
Valley. It is 300 feet below sea level (at Badwater
basin) and it is recognized as the lowest point in
the Western Hemisphere and one of the hottest places
on earth. 134 degrees F was recorded in 1913.
California was possibly named by Spaniard Hernan de
Cortes who sailed from the coast of Mexico in search
of a mythical island ruled by Queen Califia and
called California from an account by Garcia Ordonez
Montalvo in 1510.
See California Crops that
rank Number One in nation or
been the number one food and agricultural
producer in the United States for more than 50
More than half
the nation's fruit, nuts, and vegetables come
California is the
nation's number one dairy state.
leading commodity is milk and cream. Grapes are
leading export crop is almonds.
products exclusively grown (99% or more)
in California include almonds, artichokes,
dates, figs, kiwifruit, olives, persimmons,
pistachios, prunes, raisins, clovers, and
From 70 to 80% of all ripe olives are grown in
the nation's leading producer of strawberries,
averaging 1.4 billion pounds of strawberries or
83% of the country's total fresh and frozen
strawberry production. Approximately 12% of the
crop is exported to Canada, Mexico, United
Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan primarily. The
value of the California strawberry crop is
approximately $700 million with related
employment of more than 48,000 people.
produces 25% of the nation's onions and
43% of the nation's green onions.
California, "Garlic Capitol of the World,"
has hosted 2 million at
the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.