Top 3 Must-See Attractions in California
California is the most populated state in the US, and it is for good reason that thousands of visitors flock to what is charmingly referred to as the ‘Golden State’ each year. The state grew quickly in the 1850s following the Gold Rush, and celebrity residents have further grown interest in the region year to year. From 90210 to The Hills, the Hollywood sign to Keeping up with the Kardashians, California has undeniably become a shining icon of popular culture.
A wonderful destination for road-trippers, family holidays, romantic getaways and explorers, you can expect to enjoy temperatures in the high 20s and plenty of sunshine year round. Detailing the amazing experiences in California could be endless, so we’ve picked a few of the must-see attractions for your trip of a lifetime.
Built under the supervision of Walt Disney himself, Disneyland California has been a firm family favourite since its opening in 1955. Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure Park will delight film fans with rides including Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain and ‘Incredicoaster’. Shows range from Mickey’s PhilharMagic to Frozen Live, so there is something for everyone for all ages. Head to the new attraction, ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ for a mesmerising journey that is out of this world – California Disneyland is the only Disney park in the world to have the ride. A one-day park hopper ticket starts at $179.
LEGOLAND is located around 45 minutes north of San Diego, and is another amazing family spot that the kids are sure to love. Full of rides, attractions and experiences including the Lego City: Deep Sea Adventure and a Sea Life Aquarium, this is one not to be missed on your California trip. Enjoy a day trip to remember, with shows, events, amazing classic America dining options, and many boutiques to explore. One-day passes start from $89.99 online, and there are VIP Experiences that are individually priced if you’re celebrating a special occasion.
Hollywood Boulevard, located in Los Angeles, is sure to leave you with stars in your eyes. Home to shops, museums, and the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, there is not an A-list celebrity that hasn’t stopped by to wave at on looking adoring fans. The Walk of Fame has more than 2,600 five-pointed brass stars to celebrate the leading names in entertainment from film to music to theatre. To see some of these famous faces, head to Madame Tussauds Hollywood to see life-like figures of stars including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Leonardo DiCaprio, or the Dolby Theatre to see a dazzling musical performance.
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One of the top things to do in California is most definitely shopping! Simon Shopping Destinations has a number of amazing properties in southern California including Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Palm Springs, which offers designer labels at incredible prices with up to 65% off every day. This is California’s largest collection of luxury outlets, set amongst swaying palm trees and mountain ranges, where you’ll certainly leave with some jaw-dropping bargains.
For those headed to the laid back city of San Diego, Fashion Valley is a must-do day trip with more than 200 designer and name-brand stores, including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Bloomingdale’s. Enjoy incredible dining following your shopping, as the property is home to range of internationally inspired eateries to suit any taste buds. Options include Korean dishes at bibigo kitchen, Mexican fare at Blanco Tacos + Tequila, Italian specials at North Italian and classic American dishes at 59th & Lex.
The Outlets at Orange meanwhile, is located less than an hours’ drive from Los Angeles (as well as a ten-minute taxi ride from the Disneyland Resort). This property is home to more than 120 stores, including the Banana Republic Factory Store, H&M, Hollister, and a Nike Factory Outlet. With irresistible deals in all outlets, visitors might want to bring along empty cases to fit in their new purchases!