Travel Guide to California

2015 Travel Guide to California

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2 0 1 5 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A 55 federal penitentiary. Gardens, tide pools, bird colonies and bay views add to the prison history. The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park gives a glimpse into the days when sailing ships were one of the only ways to get to this region. Com- mute from there through San Francisco on the city's beloved cable cars (the world's largest manually operated cable car system) to the San Francisco Cable Car Museum. Combine California beaches with a car- nival atmosphere at two spots along the coast: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Monica Pier. Whereas the boardwalk has two National Historic Landmarks (the Giant Dipper roller coaster and the Looff Carousel), the pier has a trapeze school and the amusement park juts out above the ocean. To get the best of coastal family fun, you should really try both. Space fans flock to the Griffith Observa- tory in Los Angeles, one of Southern California's most popular attractions. It even has a little bit of Hollywood history with iconic scenes from movies like Rebel Without a Cause. Public programs range from planetarium shows to free public tel- escopes. Plan a visit around the monthly public star party on the lawn and side- walks outside the observatory. For a different view, look out from the observatory's parking lot at the panorama of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign. You can't visit the sign, but you can see it from a variety of other vantage points in the area, such as Mulholland Drive and the intersection of Hollywood and Highland. Other viewing areas are accessible by hiking trail: the Mount Hollywood trail, Canyon Boulevard trail, Lake Hollywood trail and Cahuenga Peak. Theme Parks With a treasure of attractions across the Golden State, families aren't limited to tra- ditional venues like theme parks for fun. But there's a reason why they're popular with children of all ages, and California has plenty of choices. See CA.Theme Parks for more information. ยป FIND YOUR FUN National Parks California State Parks Monterey Bay Aquarium California Academy of Sciences Natural History Museum of Los Angeles The Tech Museum of Innovation Museum of California San Francisco Cable Car Museum Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Monica Pier Griffith Observatory Hollywood Sign SEGWAY TOUR at Long Beach waterfront, leV; bunny suits in the Intel Museum, above.

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