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11. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Okay, a couple more fun things to do/see in California:

The Carson Mansion in Eureka--one of the more eclectic mansions in the country

http://www.eurekaheritage.org/the_carson_mansion.htm

The mission in San Juan Capistrano--famous for all the "swallow" (birds) returning every March 19th which is St. Joseph's Day, a special feast day in the Catholic calendar

http://www.missionsjc.com/swallowsfest.html

Robert Louis Stevenson (the author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) has a area named after him in the hills north of Calistoga--his old home is still preserved there I believe)
http://www.inn-california.com/sanfrancisco/Napa/rlstevenson/rlstevenson.html

Also, I notice I didn't mention all the various National Parks and National Monuments: (six national parks in California---more than any other state except Alaska)

Yosemite National Park
Redwood National Park
Sequoia National Park
Channel Islands National Park (already mentioned)
Lassen Volcanic National Park (already mentioned)
Joshua Tree National Park
Death Valley National Monument (Scotty's Castle in this park was mentioned)--also there is Furnace Creek Golf Resort--for those who like to play in the heat
Pinnacles National Monument
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (this is the Golden Gate Bridge area--already mentioned)
John Muir National Historical Site

Enjoy

12. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

A few others for you nautically inclined--

The Begonia Festival in Capitola over labor day. This is a real short parade (only about 6 floats or so), but the unusual part is that every float is actually a float--the parade goes down the river here--and every float is decorated with Begonias.

The canals in Venice. Venice is actually a small suburb in Long Beach, California and all of the islands have their own small canal system similar to Venice in Italy. They used to have gondoliers that would take you out and sing for you and let you eat in their gondolas--don't know if they still do or not. (An unusual idea for a date--especially if you grew up in Long Beach like I did).

And at Christmas, there are a lot of parades of boats with Christmas lights. Among the better known ones are the ones in Newport harbor, Long Beach harbor, Monterey Bay (near Santa Cruz), and SF Bay (near Tiburon).

You can also take cruises both out of San Pedro (south of LA) and out of San Francisco to tour the bay or as a dinner cruise. This is a popular graduation ceremony for the high schools here--and also very popular over the Christmas to New Year's Day period. Some have parties, some serve sit-down dinners and some just allow you to see the sights.

Enjoy.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 19, 2007, at 3:52 PM by Calcruzer ]

13. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Okay, a couple of corrections to the above list:

The first ski resort mentioned should be Mammoth Mountain (not Magic Mountain, which is an amusement park).

And on the amusement park list, I left out Universal Studios (Hollywood), which is actually the second largest amusement park in the state. Right outside of Universal Studios is the "Citywalk" area, which is fairly unique itself, except that they have also built one just like it in the south part of Irvine, California.

Other places I should have mentioned:

Venice Beach--famous for all its street performers, its "muscle beach" section, and all the small shops worth exploring.

Santa Monica 3rd street promenade--a street dedicated to lots of shops and restaurants, and closed to through traffic--just open to people walking or biking.

And Santa Monica also has a pier of its own.

In Palm Springs, in addition to all of the spas and hotels with large pools, there is a tram that goes to the top of the local mountain (about 8,000 feet higher than at the bottom of the tram). In the summer, when it is about 110 in Palm Springs, typically it will be about 80 at the top of the tram. In the winter, when it is 65 at the bottom, quite often it is snowing at the top (so dress warm if you plan to go up the tram in winter).

My wife told me that one time, before we met, when she went up this tram it was 100 degrees at the bottom. She went up to the top to have dinner and it starting cooling off (deserts cool off quickly at night), and it started snowing before she finished her dinner and caught the tram back down to the bottom.

From the top, the views (especially at night) are simply spectacular.

Enjoy

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 20, 2007, at 5:54 PM by Calcruzer ]

14. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 104 posts) 8y

Calcruzer: How about Alaska !

15. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Sorry, I can't help you with Alaska. It's the only US state I've never been to.

16. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 104 posts) 8y

Quoting Calcruzer

Sorry, I can't help you with Alaska. It's the only US state I've never been to.

- Likewise. That one and Hawaii, for some reason.

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