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3 Attractions to Visit in California

California is a national icon, known for beautiful beaches, vineyards, and rich farmland, as well as Disneyland® Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood™, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Yosemite National Park, and so much more.

Many people aspire to visit California at least once in their lifetime, and with a deeper look into some of the state’s infamous destinations, it’s not hard to see why!

When planning a trip to California, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which attractions to visit. Let’s take a look at three of the most famous must-see attractions.

Disneyland® Resort


California is noted for being the home of Disneyland® Resort. An enormous theme park for kids and adults of all ages, the Disneyland® Resort is comprised of both Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park.

Guests can enjoy two magical theme parks, complete with a variety of rides and attractions for visitors of all ages that bring Walt Disney’s creations to life!

For those who enjoy character experiences, Disneyland® Resort is sure to exceed your expectations. You and your family will have a magical time meeting all your favorite Disney characters and watching them interact with each other.

Experience dining in a whole new way too! Choose from a variety of foods including barbecue, pizza, and pasta, with many dishes themed around Disney favorites!

A trip to Disneyland® Park will make you feel like you’re traversing the world and galaxy as you explore all the different lands! Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Critter County, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, and Tomorrowland are filled with rides, restaurants, and character experiences!

Located a stone’s throw from the gates of Disneyland® Park is Disney California Adventure® Park which celebrates not only the fun, beauty, and magic of the state of California but also your favorite Pixar and Marvel movies!

Buena Vista Street, Pixar Pier, Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land, and Cars Land contain attractions that will have every member of the family grinning, laughing, and feeling like they’re living their wildest dreams!

Vacation is all about relaxation. There are plenty of budget-friendly hotels in close proximity to the park, with all the amenities you could ever need. Treat yourself to a day at the spa, where you can spend a day of rest and relaxation. Take advantage of other perks like a fitness center or pool at your hotel of choice.

If you take advantage of aRes Travel’s Disneyland® Resort discount tickets, you’ll save so much money on your family vacation, you’ll be able to book another one much sooner than you think!

Universal Studios Hollywood™


Universal Studios Hollywood™ will have movie fans grinning from ear to ear. Entitled the “Entertainment Capital 0f LA,” this fun-ridden, double-level theme park is also a fully functioning film studio!

The Upper Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood™ contains many family-friendly attractions. A crowd favorite is Universal’s Animal Actors Show, a live animal presentation that will amaze and delight the whole family!

Also on the Upper Lot are areas based around your favorite TV shows and movies like The Simpsons and Despicable Me. These areas not only feature incredibly fun rides but also restaurants and shops that look like they’ve come straight out of the screen!

Without a doubt, one of the most popular areas of the park is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Potterheads’ dreams will come true when they take a ride through Hogwarts™ castle on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, cozy up with a yummy Butterbeer™, or find their perfect magic wand at Ollivander’s™ Wand Fitting Experience in the village of Hogsmeade™.

The world famous Studio Tour is located on the Back Lot. On this 45 to 60-minute tram ride, visitors can enjoy a sneak peek into sets from old TV and movie favorites like Frankenstein and Jaws, narrated by Jimmy Fallon. The tour also allows visitors to explore the sets of more recent hits like Fast & Furious: Supercharged and King Kong.

The Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood™ houses amazing rides that are not to be missed. Both Revenge of the Mummy and Transformers™: The Ride 3D ride are on this level!

San Diego Zoo

For all you animal-lovers, your heart is sure to burst when you visit the world-renowned San Diego Zoo! This animal haven is well-known for the wonderful care it provides for over 3,700 animals that call it home. Its open-air, cageless exhibits are designed to recreate natural animal habitats and make the animals feel as comfortable as possible.

The 100-acre zoo is located inside Balboa Park in San Diego. For those who may be overwhelmed by the amount of walking involved, all tickets provide the option of a 35-minute narrated tour on a double-decker bus covering much of the zoo, as well as the Skyfari, an overhead gondola lift that takes you from one end of the park to the other.

With more species to see than one could possibly imagine, visitors can plan their trip best by choosing their favorite exhibits to see first! These include Monkey Trails and Forest Tales, with animals from the rainforests of Asia and Africa like spider monkeys, pygmy hippos and slender-snouted crocodiles, and the Polar Plunge with over thirty species from the Arctic.

Those with a desire to travel to the Australian outback can make their way to Koalafornia to see wombats, kangaroos, wallabees, koalas, tasmanian devils, and many other creatures that they might never have a chance to see elsewhere!

San Diego Zoo: Special Experiences

There’s plenty to smile about at the San Diego Zoo, not only because of the incredible animals roaming around but also the zoo’s efforts to help animals around the world through its conservation and species preservation programs. Over time, they have helped release over thirty endangered species back into the wild. The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research employs over 200 scientists worldwide, dedicated to helping save animal species and the habitats they live in.

A Vacation Destination Like No Other

Whether you’re staying in California for three days or three weeks, you never need to worry about running out of things to do. From the amazing parks listed above to beautiful beaches, mountains, deserts, and so much more, California has a seemingly endless array of magical sights for residents and visitors alike.

Planning your visit ahead of time can ensure you make the most out of your trip. Let your aRes Travel planning agent take the hassle out of organizing your next adventure ― and save you money at the same time!

For exclusive deals on cheap California attraction tickets, amazing savings on hotels and packages, and some of the lowest prices on travel, call 1 (800) 434-7894 (international callers use +1 (619) 546-5622) to speak with an aRes Travel planning expert seven days a week, or book online now.

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