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    San Diego Zoo

    2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-1646
    465 reviews

    So lets here it for the best zoo anywhere period. I have been to Zoos all across the USA and this is by far the best I have been to. I dont care if you are from Oakland, SF, LA, St Louis, Chicago, Washington DC, etc. Heck even toss both coasts sea worlds in there. Then think to add another ...

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    Alcatraz Island

    Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123
    390 reviews

    What visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to Alcatraz? The history of Alcatraz is particularly unique and interesting, and you can get a nice tour once you're there. But what makes it great for me is the view, the ride over and most importantly the breathtaking experience of being on this unique historic island.

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    Mission Bay Park Playa Pacifica

    1093 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA 92109
    25 reviews

    Awesome place to hang out and spend the day/night by the water. Definite place to visit when you're in San Diego.

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    Golden Gate Bridge

    Lincoln Boulevard & Doyle Drive, San Francisco, California 94129, United States
    841 reviews

    When I think of San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge automatically comes to mind. Even though there are many other "icons" of San Francisco, this is THE icon of San Francisco. You can't go to San Francisco and not see it.

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    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    San Diego, CA, United States
    81 reviews

    The "other" San Diego Zoo located in Escondido, California, north county San Diego. Well-worth the short trip - you'll see animals in their authentic habitats and amazing preservation and conservation efforts on the part of the San Diego Zoo.

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    1 Tramway Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262-1827
    99 reviews

    This tramway takes you on a dizzying trip from the desert floor up into the San Jacinto Mountains. In summer, you can hike into the cool pine forest and if you're ambitious, up to the top of Mt San Jacinto (elevation 10,384 feet). In winter, you can rent snowshoes and cross-country skis to follow the trails. Even if you don't ...

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    1040 W Ball Rd Anaheim, California 92802, USA
    439 reviews

    be a real adventure disney's dream come true full of joys and enociones different world to know different characters like princesses disney mickey etc in dreams come true

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    SeaWorld San Diego

    500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
    298 reviews

    When I was visiting my Fiancé back in March we came here because military members got in free so we thought, why not. Well I fell in love. I had such a blast and I will be back. No doubts about it.

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    Heavenly Ski Resort

    3860 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
    87 reviews

    just a short 15 minutes from the house. to bypass the city traffic just turn right onto pioneer trail off of hwy 50 easy drive straight to ski run blvd

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    Balboa Park

    1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    357 reviews

    Our own little central-park facsimile in the middle of San Diego. Home to the zoo and a dozen other things, definitely worth a visit if you're going to be in town.

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    Natural Bridges State Beach

    2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    55 reviews

    A nice family and pet friendly beach, with plenty of parking.

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  • 12

    Disney's California Adventure

    1600 S Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802-2317
    158 reviews

    full of extreme games, the biggest attraction is Carsland there will found the best games, the most beautiful is the show of da source at the foot of the Ferris wheel at night mickey

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    Steamer Lane

    Santa Cruz, California, United States
    36 reviews

    This legendary break is home to many annual surf contests, kayaking events, paddle surf events. Whether you enjoy watching from West Cliff Drive or actually get wet, this is not to be missed on your trip to Santa Cruz.

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    Lands End Trail

    Lands End Trail, San Francisco, CA 94121
    65 reviews

    It's hands down the wildest trail that courses through the terrain along the City's western edge. Rugged landscapes emerging from the Cityscape, you'll feel you've been transported far from San Francisco.

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    Joshua Tree National Park

    74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, California, United States
    58 reviews

    An amazing park. Really unique looking desert with the Joshua Trees strewn through out it. Crumbling hills, with boulders rolled out out, and stacked around the landscape. Great for rock climbing, although expect some shredded fingers from the rock faces, as they are rough.

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    Squaw Valley USA Ski Resort

    1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
    62 reviews

    Great skiing. Great Gondola Ride for summer hikes around the peak. Night life and great ski apree.

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    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    Point Lobos, Carmel, CA 93923
    41 reviews

    Point Lobos is one of the most beautiful places on the Northern Coast. Amazing hiking trails along wild cliffs above the ocean. If you come in the winter you can see Gray whales. We saw whales, sea otters and lots of California sea lions. Cool tide pools with starfish and anemones. You can spend a full day here - so ...

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    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    118 reviews

    Wonderful amusement park, right on the beach. Don't miss the evening concerts on the beach during the summer and special events throughout the year.

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    100 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96161-4203
    67 reviews

    Excellent ski resort just outside Truckee. Very nice Village shops and a lot of diversity in slopes. I love the mountaintop Zephyr Lodge - the views up their are unbelievable. It's almost worth the trip just to grab a beer up there!

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    Mammoth Mountain

    1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
    48 reviews

    well obviously Mammoth Mountain is the best in Cali and in my sometimes humble opinion the best I have been to anywhere (and I have been around the west a bit). I started skiing / living here at the age of 4 some 33 years ago. I dont get lost on the mountain, love skiing or boarding here. frontside backside ...

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