For captivating and carefree times then a private tour when in California is for you with sun all year round, breathtaking scenery and lively exciting cities.
The State of California is found in the west of the United States and has a terrain that includes the Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Redwood Forest, Central Valley farmland and cliff-lined beaches.
There are so many great cities and famous landmarks to visit while in California such as San Franciso’s Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz, Los Angeles with the star-studded Hollywood, San Diego and Balboa Park or Pasadena for shopping and great nightlife and that is only scraping the surface to give you an example.
If you wanted to see as many sights as possible in the State of California, then go on a private tour road trip. On the road, you can go through the foothills of Sierra Nevada with historic gold mining towns, drive along and take in the beachfront scenery then drive to Death Valley to see the scorched landscape.
On Sightseeing Tours of California, see the 'Streets of San Francisco', Walk the Walk on Hollywood Boulevard or be a wine connoisseur in Napa Valley! Read More...
On Sightseeing Tours of California, See the 'streets of San Francisco' or Walk the Walk on Hollywood Boulevard
While on sightseeing tours of California, you can visit the highest point, Mount Whitney and then travel two hours and visit the lowest point, Death Valley in the contiguous United States.
The views from Mount Whitney are breathtaking but then so are the views from Death Valley which is amazing.
A visit to Californias most famous vineyards in Napa Valley is not a bad way to spend a few hours.
This Wine Country has been described as one of the world’s great destinations for lovers of superb wine, delicious food and fantastic views.
There are thousands of absolutely wonderful places to see amazing natural landscapes, stunning canyons, beautiful waterfalls and then after all that, the abundance of great nightlife venues is out of this world!
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No sightseeing tour of California would be complete without visiting the original Disneyland, now called Disneyland Park in Anaheim. Opened for more than 50 years, it was the first place where you, whether a child or an adult, could be transported into a world of wonder and fantasy. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself as this was very important to him.
Yosemite National Park
Located in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, take a guided tour of Yosemite National Park. See the famous giant, ancient sequoia trees, stunning waterfalls, Tunnel View, the granite cliffs of El Captain and the vista of Bridalveil Fall. Take a stroll around Yosemite Village and visit the museum and Ansel Adams Gallery. There are lots of shops for souvenirs and restaurants that has indescribable views.
The Golden Gate Bridge
While on a sightseeing tour see The Bridge that connects San Francisco to California’s northern counties. The signature Orange colour, Art Deco styling is an impressive sight. The extraordinary 746-foot tall towers and sweeping cables make this bridge the iconic landmark that is known worldwide. It is very impressive at night with the lights on. There is a Bridge Plaza for visitors at the South East end of the bridge.
Take a guided tour to Alcatraz Island and see more than just the notorious federal prison, there is the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast of America. See also gardens, tide pools, bay views and bird colonies. When touring the prison, you will learn all about famous prisoners such as Al Capone, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelley and Robert ‘The Birman’ Stroud. The history and stories from here are fascinating.
Take a sightseeing tour to Balboa Park and visit the largest urban cultural park in California. Once you have taken the time to go to the Visitors Centre, you are ready to roll as you are now are very well informed on all the 15 major Museums, the well-known art venues, beautifully landscaped gardens and the San Diego Zoo. There are lots of places to entertain children, sit and relax or eat great food in the restaurants.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park should not be confused with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park that is found in San Pasqual Valley area and a fantastic place to take a guided tour. It is the largest tourist attraction found in San Diego with 1,800 acres that preserves and houses over 3,500 animals of 260 species and a fabulous Botanic Garden. There are many different safari tours to take here but a 'stand out' one is the Cheetah Safari!
For the child in all of us and somewhere to bring back memories, take a guided tour to Legoland California located in Carlsbad. There are more than 60 rides, attractions and shows that are geared towards children aged from 2-12, there are lots of things for other ages too. Visit the Sea Life Aquarium that is home to over 5,000 living creatures and Legoland Water Park with slides, sandy beaches and build-a-raft river.
Another place that has to be visited, when in California, is the Hollywood sign. On a sightseeing tour, it is one of the most popular attractions as it is such a famous landmark known worldwide and an American cultural icon. Situated on Mount Lee in Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains. First erected in 1923, by 1973, it was in disrepair and the local people rallied to protect it and it was declared a Cultural Historical Monument.
Winchester Mystery House
A quirky guided tour to take when in San Jose, California, is the one to Winchester Mystery House. This house was built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, Sarah Winchester, after the death of her husband, allegedly upon the instructions of a medium who said the spirits that haunted her would leave her alone. The house is full of secret passageways, 47 stairways, 160 rooms, 10,000 windows and lots of quirky twists and turns.
Joshua Tree National Park
Take a sightseeing tour to Joshua Tree National Park which is a vast protected area in southern California. Named after the regions Joshua Trees, it is rugged rock formations and desert landscapes park in the Cactus Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. The land which was sculpted by strong winds and torrential rain is home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals. There is great hiking, camping and rock climbing here.
Travel Tips for California
Best Time To Visit
It is recommended that the best time to visit the State of California is anytime during the months of September to November. The Autumn still has warm temperatures and there are fewer crowds than the summer months. It is a better time to go on sightseeing tours. Check out when there are events or celebrations on during the year as they are always a good time to go no matter what the weather is like.
There are cheap, mid-range and expensive hotels, guesthouses and restaurants all over the United States; how much you spend will depend on how much you have or want to spend. It is possible to eat lunches for as little as $5 if you are not fussy with location. A boutique hotel for one night B&B ranges from $180 to $380. The variation is due to the time of the year and peak or off seasons. The price of private tours will also vary with the seasons.
Know Before Visiting
Research on the area you are travelling to is advisable and book all private tours or sightseeing tours in advance of travelling to ensure no disappointment when you arrive. Make restaurant reservations as early as possible when in California. Never walk alone at night and avoid dark streets. Be aware of pickpockets as they are everywhere in the world, always only carry enough money for the duration you are out and have it securely on your person.
The majority of California has a Mediterranean-like climate which are warm, dry summer and mild, wet winters. January-March are the winter months and vary from cool temperature in San Francisco to sunny days in Los Angeles and San Diego. Summer June-August can get very hot no matter what city you are in. Spring and Autumn are a combination of mixed, very bearable temperatures, rain and sun.