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Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Alcatraz Island - California

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Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Alcatraz Island... Virtually everyone has heard of these attractions and all of them are located in the great state of California.

The second largest state in continental United States, California's geography is as rich and varied as everything else the state has to offer. Travellers whose interests lean more towards what nature has to offer will find Northern California an excellent destination for the towering sequoia trees and lush forests. Plenty of beaches, coastal trails and even Death Valley are waiting to be explored in Southern California.

If your tastes run more towards culture than nature, it will be hard to find just one spot in California to focus your attentions. Los Angeles is one of the cultural hubs of the world. The American movie industry is centered in this area with vast movie studios nestled in the hills below the famous Hollywood sign. San Francisco has long been a destination for many vacationers. Tourists spots such as Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz only add to the distinction that this very modern but classic city has in abundance. Napa Valley and Sonoma County are known to anyone who enjoys wine and fine cuisine. Many of the area's finest vineyards have expanded their offerings to include world-class hotels and restaurants as well as classes and tastings to help pass the hours.

Whether you are hoping to do some stargazing at a trendy Hollywood restaurant or camping on a mountainside, California is an ideal spot for a vacation of any length.

C. Posner

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