Favorites from California

Favorites from California

The most populated state in the country, California is a popular tourist destination. The relatively consistent weather makes it a desirable place to be at any time of the year. One of my favorite things about California is the variety. Beaches, lakes, mountains, national parks, and more are all within a few hours drive of major cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Below are my favorite places in California along with links to all my photos.

Lake Tahoe

Located along the California-Nevada Border, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The blue color of the water and surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains make for gorgeous scenery. Between water sports, hiking, and world class ski resorts there are a number of recreation opportunities. The Nevada side of the lake is also home to a handful of casino hotels.

Emerald Bay
West Shore
Heavenly Ski Resort
Heavenly Ski Resort
Location of Lake Tahoe
Location of Lake Tahoe

Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

While Los Angeles gets a bad reputation for its traffic and pollution, it is actually an underrated city. From theme parks to museums there are no shortage of things to do in and nearby the city. You can find find almost any type of food and there are plenty of chill bars and nightlife options that are not overpriced. Owing to its position as the entertainment capitol of the world, you can watch shows here that cannot be seen anywhere else.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Angels Flight
Hollywood Sign
Chinese Theater
Getty Center
Disneyland Park
Malibu
Location of Los Angeles
Location of Los Angeles

San Diego

Ocean Beach Pier

San Diego is known for its beaches, microbreweries and laid back atmosphere. Pacific Beach, Old Town, and the Gaslamp Quarter are among the neighborhoods worth checking out. Popular attractions incldue the San Diego Zoo, probably the best in America.

Balboa Park
Gaslamp Quarter
Hotel Del Coronado
Location of San Diego
Location of San Diego

San Francisco Bay Area

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco is the cultural and commercial hub of the Bay Area. The picturesque waterfront skyline, iconic bridges, and famous landmarks are just a few highlights of this beautiful place. While it is the second most densely populated city in the United States (after New York), you do not have to travel far to get to open space. The wineries of Napa Valley, the redwoods of Muir Woods, and the trails of Mt Diablo are just a few of many local getaways.

Downtown San Francisco
Transamerica Pyramid
Palace of Fine Arts
Palace of Fine Arts
Bay Bridge
Civic Center
AT&T Park
Downtown Oakland
Napa Valley
Mt Diablo
Location of San Francisco
Location of San Francisco

Yosemite National Park

El Capitan

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite is characterized by its many granite rocks including the famous Half Dome (pictured below) and El Capitan. The park is also home to impressive waterfalls, clear streams, and giant sequoia groves.

Half Dome
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Falls
Location of Yosemite National Park
Location of Yosemite National Park

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Here are links to all my photos from California:

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