California USA…What more needs to be said? When it comes to the American dream, California is the model. Sun, surfers, beaches; mountains, skiing, hiking; amusement parks, zoos and Hollywood all waiting for someone to jump in and enjoy the adventure.
California became the 31st state to join the union on September 9, 1850. The state has always been known to do things in a big way; examples of this include the California Gold Rush and the Hollywood film industry. It’s no wonder that California is the 3rd largest state covering 156,537 miles of the American West and a majority of the American pacific coastline.
Many vacationers to California come to visit the major tourist attraction, such as Sea World, Disneyland, Universal Studios and of course the beautiful California beaches. However, some visitors come for the adventure of the open road and travel California’s highway 101.
Known as California’s Coastal Highway, the 101 starts in downtown Los Angeles and travels north through some of the most scenic vistas in the state. Along the way travelers will experience the sights and sounds of San Francisco, the tastes and beauty of California’s wine country and end their travels in the mist of the largest Redwood forest in the world.
Not far off of Highway 101 between Crescent City and Eureka California is one of the few places where the notorious Big Foot has been sighted. The city of Happy Camp even holds an annual Big Foot Jamboree each Labor Day Weekend.
Another big California attraction is Mt. Shasta, which is part of the largest National Forest in the state. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is made up of more than 2 million acres of forest, hundreds of lakes and climbs from 1,000 feet above sea level to more than 14, 000 feet when standing on top of Mt. Shasta itself. Mt. Shasta is a large dormant volcano that is flanked by two smaller volcanoes, Shastina and Hotlum. The park itself offers hiking, camping and wilderness exploring. Visitors can find information regarding the volcanoes and their eruptions in the areas cities and towns.