Tourist places in California

Here are the top 11 places to visit in California in 2021:

1. Los Angeles

3.6 /5

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Los Angeles is the hub of all activities on the famous West Coast of the United States. It is the second-largest city in the country, and one of the US's prime tourist cities. Home to the world-famous Hollywood entertainment industry, Los Angeles has become a huge tourist destination. It is a great ...

Best Time: September to November (Autumn)

2. San Diego

4.9 /5

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Home to serene white-sand beaches, San Diego is popularly called 'America's Finest City'. San Diego is the second-largest city in California, while it ranks no. 8 in the list of the largest cities in the United States. With incredible weather conditions throughout the year and over 60 beaches, the s...

Best Time: March to May, September to November

3. San Francisco

4.1 /5

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San Francisco is one of the most important cities on the West Coast and all of the United States. It has been a major tourist destination since the 1960s, thanks to its wide array of attractions, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge fantastic views of the San Francisco Bay and brilliant summer weather...

Best Time: September to November (Autumn)

4. Santa Cruz

4.2 /5

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Located just 70 miles south of San Francisco and filled with sandy beaches and redwood mountains, Santa Cruz is a great laidback destination. The city is a counterculture center and known for its liberal beliefs. Santa Cruz is home to all kinds of people from the University of California students to...

5. Silicon Valley

4.2 /5

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Silicon Valley refers to the area between the city of San Mateo and San Jose and is known for to be home to some of the largest companies in the world. Stanford University, where many startups like Yahoo and Google were formed, is located at Silicon Valley. Visit the Google campus, home to...

6. San Jose

4.2 /5

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San Jose is the cultural and political heart of the Silicon Valley and the oldest Spanish civilian settlement in California. The bustling city is a mingling of the area’s modern tech heritage along with the state’s colonial history. If you want to hit the beaches while visiting the city, the city’s ...

7. Sacramento

2.5 /5

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Sacramento is the capital city of California and situated between two huge rivers. Established in 1849, the oldest incorporated city in the state is an oasis of leafy and shady trees. Nature-lovers should check out the Sacramento National Wildlife Sanctuary. Old Sacramento is a huge hit for the...

8. Big Sur

4.3 /5

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Big Sur is a mountainous area on the Central California Coast. Located in the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Big Sur is known for its drastic views. Named by Spanish settlers, the area was first known as the “Big Country of the South” which was later shortened to just Big Sur or the Big South. The drama...

9. Monterey

3.8 /5

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Monterey is a coastal city located in the midst of rocky Central California. Originally, it was the capital city of California, and that’s why it’s home to the older buildings in the state. It is home to California’s first theater, public building, public library, public school, printing press, and ...

10. Napa Valley

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Napa Valley is the wine capital of the country, home to the legendary Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The Valley is located only a 90-minute drive from San Francisco. Each of the picturesque towns in the valley has something different and unique to offer to the visitors. 

Best tourist destinations & places in California

11. Sonoma

3.9 /5

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Just 30 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma County has a bit of everything for everyone. There are vineyard-filled valleys, extensive redwood forests, and a long coastline with many beaches and sea villages. Its Mediterranean climate allows for nearly all vegetables and fruits to be grown there, es...