#11 best destination in the world

 

Yosemite National Park

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  • Park that covers 747,956 acres of the Sierra Nevada of California, 95% of which is designated wilderness
  • Internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity
  • Established in 1890
  • Elevation reaches a height of 13,114 ft
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

McWay Falls

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  • Tidefall that empties directly into the ocean and one of only 2 in California

 

Golden Gate Bridge

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  • Tallest suspension bridge in the United States spanning the Golden Gate, a one mile wide
  • One of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and the United States
  • #9 of the top 25 landmarks in the world

 

Universal Studios Hollywood

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  • Film studio and theme park that is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use
  • #6 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world

 

Disney California Adventure

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  • Park themed after the history and culture of California
  • #18 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Opened in 2001

 

Disneyland

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  • Theme park opened in 1955 and designed under direct supervision from Walt Disney
  • #12 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s

 

Redwood National and State Parks

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  • Contains 139,000 acres that feature old-growth temperate rainforest
  • The trees are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth
  • In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2 million acres of the California coast
  • Lumbermen and gold miners came to the region after a minor gold rush
  • These people harvested the giant trees for the booming development in San Francisco
  • After many decades of unrestricted clear-cut logging, conservation efforts began in the 1920s, creating the park
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

La Jolla Cove

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  • Small cove and beach surrounded by cliffs with interesting tide pools during very low tides

 

Getty Center

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  • Museum well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles
  • Features pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture and decorate arts
  • Exhibits 19th and 20th century American, Asian, and European photographs
  • Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting Irises is one of the paintings on display
  • Opened in 1997

 

Santa Monica Pier

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  • Large pier with an iconic entrance, popular with residents and visitors as a landmark that is over 100 years old
  • Contains an amusement park and a solar panelled Ferris wheel

 

Alcatraz Island

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  • #8 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Small, 22 acre island developed with facilities for a lighthouse, military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison, starting in 1868
  • Now the island is home to an the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West coast, early military fortifications, and natural features like rock pools and a seabird colony

 

USS Midway Museum

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  • Historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier

 

The Wave Organ

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  • Sculpture constructed on the shore of San Francisco Bay in May 1986 by the Exploratorium Museum
  • Through a series of pipes, the Wave Organ interacts with the waves of the bay and conveys their sound to listeners at several different stations
  • The effects produced vary depending on the level of the tide but include rumbles, gurgles, sloshes, hisses, and other more typical wave sounds
  • The structure incorporates stone platforms and benches where visitors may sit near the mouths of pipes, listening

 

Secret Tiled Staircase

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  • 163 steps of mosaic tiles, a colorful staircase hidden in San Francisco
  • All the mosaics are donated by the community
  • There’s also another garden at the bottom and one of the last crops of Franciscan formation at the top
  • Completed in 2005

 

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

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  • Arched doorways & columns form the basis for this colorful mirrored maze for adults & children

 

The Echo Park Time Travel Mart

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  • Time travel-themed retail store
  • The store sells humorous relics such as Barbarian Repellent, Michael Jordan pogs, and Robot Emotions
  • Functions as both a retail space and literacy tutoring center
  • The back of the building houses the non-profit organization, where 20-30 students per day are tutored in writing

 

The Winchester Mystery House

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  • After her husband’s death from tuberculosis in 1881, Sarah Winchester inherited more than $20.5 million (equivalent to $543 million in 2019)
  • She also received nearly fifty percent ownership of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, giving her an income of roughly $1,000 per day, equivalent to $26,000 a day in 2019
  • The Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is renowned for its size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan.

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 23 days

Best Time To Fly: April-Oct

Airline tickets: $168

Seattle -> San Francisco (one way) = $69
San Diego -> Seattle (one way) = $99

Food: $45/day x 23 days = $1,035

Rental Car: $66 x 23 days = $1,521

Gas: $149

Entertainment: $704

Airbnb: $172 x 22 days = $3,800

TOTAL: $7,377