In 1769, Spanish missionaries first established outposts in San
Diego - and continued throughout the century up the coast north to San
early history is inexorably intertwined with Spain in a chain
of missions that now stretches 650 miles along the El Camino Real
or King's Highway.
a U.S. territory when Mexico surrendered it in 1847. The following year, the discovery
of gold at Sutter's Mill started the California
Gold Rush which for years afterward brought thousands of settlers looking
to strike it rich and fulfill their dreams of wealth and glory.
gold lured them to the West Coast, it was the beauty of the country, the amazing
weather and the abundance of natural resources that kept them there.
California continues luring those seeking riches and fame to Los
Angeles and Hollywood. Wine lovers also
are attracted to world class California
wineries throughout the state that rival classic European wine country.
A classic tour of the Highway 1 along the California coast stretches from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco
including stops at Hearst Castle, the Big Sur coast, (pictured) Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz.
Other California natural wonders such as Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park awe both natives and visitors. Along the coast, 17 Mile Drive and California Highway 1 provide travelers with breathtaking scenery as they explore these world-famous stretches of the Golden State.
works of nature, California is also home to the Golden Gate Bridge in San
Francisco, the San
Diego Zoo, and Disneyland in Anaheim. The British soccer star, David Beckham is only one of the celebrities
who you'll find living in California, and tours of movie celebrity homes are a
must-see on any visit to Los Angeles.
DID YOU KNOW? California Travel Fun Facts
• Besides Disneyland and Universal Studios, California has more theme parks and amusement park rides than any other state.
• California is home to more drive-in movie theater screens than any other state with 123 screens at 60 sites.
• The Star of India, located in San Diego, is the oldest active tall sailing ship in the world.
The lowest and the highest points in the continental U. S. are found in California. You can travel from 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley to 14,494-foot Mt. Whitney in the same day.
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Visit Anaheim - The home of Disneyland, with information on
what else there is to do with guides to hotels & restaurants, nightlife, beaches,
family fun plus practical facts on getting around, pictures, maps & directions.
Central Coast Tourism - Hit the beach running with this online guide to
the state's natural wonders including beaches, trails, fishing guides, winery
tours, related pictures and maps for Monterey, Ventura, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara
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