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From misty Northern California redwood forests to sun-kissed Southern California beaches, the Golden State will make you believe you're dreaming. But trust us, you aren't. Discover hundreds of places to visit and learn about our diverse regions and lively cities all in one place.


Beaches Forever

With more than 1,000 miles of beaches to explore, California has the perfect one for you. Whether you want to bask in the sun, play in the waves, wander the sand or discover that hidden spot to call your own.

Over 800 Miles of Sand Between Your Toes

Whether you crave a classic SoCal sojourn, a Central Coast beach adventure, or the hidden world of Northern California beaches, the Golden State has a stretch of sand with your name on it.

California has more than 400 public beaches to explore.

11 Awesome
Surfing Spots

The California coastline offers the allure of cranking (that means perfect) waves for every type of rider. So, if you want to catch a triple overhead in person, or just watch from shore, check out these unmissable surfing spots.

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Morro Rock
581 ft (177m)
Snorkel in a marine reserve at La Jolla Cove in San Diego County.

Beaches You Will
Never Forget

California beaches rank among the best in the world. These 11 spectacular stretches of sand make it clear why. Discover what makes each one special, ranging from under-the-radar gems to famous spots loved by celebrities.

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Malibu: 30 miles of Pacific paradise.
Eccentric real estate investor Abbot Kinney built Venice Beach in 1905 to reflect his favorite Italian city.

Wanna Watch

California is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Each year, about 20,000 gray whales make an epic 6,000-mile journey between Alaska and Mexico—and back again.

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Dana Point is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World®.
Swim, surf, and explore tide pools at Leo Carrillo State Park.

7 Cool Ways to Play in the
Pacific Ocean

Plunge into a seaside sport—pedal a hydrobike, float on a paddleboard, snorkel with sea creatures, learn how to sail, or master your surfing pop-up. Your next great aquatic adventure awaits in the cool, soothing waves of California's Pacific Ocean.

Dive In
Relieve stress. Enjoy the beach life on 840 mi (1351 km) of coastline.


Hundreds of breathtaking beaches line California's 840 miles of coastline. While some are world famous, like Venice Beach, there are also plenty of lesser-known spots that feel like you've got them all to yourself.

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Global Cuisine

California is one of the most globally diverse and recognized culinary destinations in the world—and we have the Michelin stars to prove it.

Uniquely Global, California Cuisine

From its extraordinary array of ethnic fare to cutting-edge, vegetable-forward creations, there's a reason it's called “California cuisine.” The Golden State boasts 90 restaurants with at least one Michelin star—more than any other state.

California has more than 4,700 wineries and more than 1,000 craft breweries—with more added every year.

Winding Through
Wine Country

Sample the flavors of the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and the Anderson Valley on this scenic drive past rolling hills and endless vineyards.

151 miles (243 km)
2 - 5 days
No. of stops
Plan Road Trip
Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville is a perfect post-hot-air-balloon mimosa destination.

Perfection on a

Even if you don't know the celebrity chefs from the TV shows and appearances that have helped make them famous, you can still taste the delicious results of their unique cooking styles.

Meet the Chefs
Randy's Donuts est. 1953

12 Best
California Bites

Thanks to the state's year-round fruit and vegetable harvests, a bountiful coastline, and innovative chefs championing cuisines from around the world, California is tough to beat when it's time to tuck into a meal.

Dig In
California has over 4,000 food trucks.
California is the largest producer of agricultural crops in the United States.


Have you subscribed to the California Now Podcast? The biweekly show covers everything you need to know to plan a dream vacation in the Golden State. In this episode: three culinary insiders share unique aspects of an unparalleled culinary scene.

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World Class.
Michelin Recognized.

The California Michelin Guide is back: There are 27 new Michelin star recipients recognized across California, including five new two-star restaurants and 22 new one-star awards.

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Family Attractions
Family Attractions

Unmatched Family Fun

Thrilling rides, riveting shows and inspiring animal encounters—you'll run out of hours in the day before you run out of magical family experiences.
Family Attractions

Family Entertainment Beyond Belief

From Disneyland Resort to Universal Studios Hollywood to LEGOLAND California, best-in-class theme parks deliver something special for your whole family. Get insider tips on new rides, timeless favorites and amazing entertainment.

Theme Park

Create a custom road trip that takes you to an array of theme parks. Meet your favorite Disney characters, wander through wonder-filled lands, and ride on epic roller coasters that will get your heart racing.

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Founded in 1907, The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the oldest amusement park in California.

13 Is Your
Lucky Number

These classic attractions offer a more intimate view into a California fondly remembered. Many of them feature smaller crowds, and they're scaled down so they can be enjoyed in a single day—especially nice if you've got young children in tow.

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World's Best Benches
...well, we think so...
San Diego Zoo
3,500+ Animals to see!

San Diego Zoo &
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

With more than 3,700 animals on display, the San Diego Zoo allows visitors to learn about rare and endangered animals. And, just 32 miles northeast the San Diego Zoo Safari Park encompasses 1,800 acres representing environments of Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America.

Go Wild