#24 best destination in the world

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

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

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

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

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

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

16th Avenue Tiled Steps

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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

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

Pacific Coast Highway

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  • Major north–south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of California
  • Designated as an All-American Road, it provides a scenic route to numerous attractions along the coast
  • Built in stages, the first section opened in the Big Sur region in the 1930s

McWay Falls

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

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

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
  • #5 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world

Museum of Death

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  • Established in 1995, the museum’s stated goal being “to make people happy to be alive”
  • Originally, it began as a hobby of the founders, and they would write to serial killers they were interested in, and then show off the artwork the killers had created once a year at a specialist show
  • After a few years of exhibitions, the collection was made into a museum
  • In 1999, the couple attempted to acquire a large amount of materials from the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides
  • Although they had been able to purchase many items prior to the main police auction, their interest in buying enough merchandise to recreate the scene in its entirety, led to a lot of publicity and they were evicted by their landlord, and moved to Los Angeles

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

Disneyland

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  • Theme park opened in 1955 and designed under direct supervision from Walt Disney
  • #10 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

Disney California Adventure

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

USS Midway Museum

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

Costs

Number of Days: 23 days

Best Time To Fly: April-June, Sept-Oct

Airline tickets: $221

Seattle -> San Francisco (one way) = $109
San Diego -> Seattle (one way) = $112

Ferry/cruise tickets: $41

Alcatraz Landing -> Alcatraz Island (round trip) = $41

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

Rental Car: $94/day x 23 days = $2,162

Gas: $115

Entertainment: $670

Airbnb: $263/day x 22 days = $5,786

TOTAL: $10,030