• San Francisco Skyline - San Francisco, California

    San Francisco Skyline - San Francisco, California

    San Francisco, in northern California, is a city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It's known for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses.

  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, California

    Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, California

    Scenic view of San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, Califronia

    Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, Califronia

    The Golden Gate Bridge is a 1.2 mile-long bridge that connects San Francisco to California's northern counties. With its tremendous 746-foot tall towers, sweeping main cables, and signature International Orange color and Art Deco styling, it is widely considered one of the most iconic sites in America.

  • Alcatraz Island - San Francisco, California

    Alcatraz Island - San Francisco, California

    Due to its isolation from the outside by the cold, strong, and hazardous currents of the waters of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island was used to house Civil War prisoners as early as 1861. Often referred to as "The Rock," the small island has served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison until 1963. Later, in 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received landmarking designations in 1976 and 1986.

  • Pier 39 - San Francisco, California

    Pier 39 - San Francisco, California

    Pier 39's California sea lions have spent more than two decades preening and barking at each other, fighting for dominance. They draw thousands of tourists a day and first arrived in droves in January 1990.

  • Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego, California

    Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego, California

    The Gaslamp Quarter is a district of San Diego, California. It is a 16½ block historical neighborhood in downtown San Diego, and is the site of several entertainment and night life venues, as well as scheduled events and festivals.

  • USS Midway Museum - San Diego, Califronia

    USS Midway Museum - San Diego, Califronia

    The USS Midway Museum opened in 2004 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Diego. The aircraft carrier was: 64,000 tons at decommissioning, 972 ft in length, traveled at speeds up to 33 knots, accommodated 4,104 officers and sailors, and up to 137 different aircraft.

  • Unconditional Surrender Statue - San Diego, California

    Unconditional Surrender Statue - San Diego, California

    A twenty-five foot tall bronze sculpture depicting World War II's most-famous kiss and the joy of peace was dedicated in February 2013 in San Diego, California.

  • USS Midway Museum - San Diego, California

    USS Midway Museum - San Diego, California

  • Maritime Museum - San Diego, California

    Maritime Museum - San Diego, California

    The Star of India is the world's oldest active sailing ship. She began her life on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man in 1863.

  • Petco Park - San Diego, California

    Petco Park - San Diego, California

    Petco Park is an open-air ballpark and home of the San Diego Padres. The stadium opened in 2004 and can accommodate over 42,000 fans.

  • Belmont Park - San Diego, California

    Belmont Park - San Diego, California

    Belmont Park is a historic oceanfront amusement park located in the Mission Bay area of San Diego, California. The park was developed by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels and opened on July 4, 1925 as the Mission Beach Amusement Center.

  • Wigwam Motel - San Bernardino, California

    Wigwam Motel - San Bernardino, California

    Visiting the famous Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino. This kitschy lodge dates back to 1949 and is composed of a series of 30-foot concrete teepees.

  • Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California

    Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California

    Crafted over millions of years by torrential rain, battering wind, and extreme temperatures, Joshua Tree National Park encompasses nearly 800,000 acres of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts in Southern California.

  • Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California

    Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California

    The open road inside Joshua Tree National Park.

  • The name of the park is derived from the distinctive Joshua Tree, a fast-growing variety of the yucca genus that grows prevalently within its boundaries.

  • Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California

    Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California

    Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California.

California - The Golden State