ATTRACTIONS: (some main ones)
From Eureka to San Diego, the big and small coastal cities of California are not to be missed (especially Monterey, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara); the Colorado River; Big Sur region; Lake Tahoe; Redwood National Park; Viticulture and Wine Region (Napa Region); Santa Catalina Island and Yosemite National Park.
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of California, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
For more attractions and points of interest, follow the links below.
- lake tahoe
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
AGREEMENT AND VISITOR’S OFFICE:
- Los Angeles
- Napa Valley
- palm springs
- Redwood Coast
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Electricity: 110/120V, 60Hz
- Times to Travel: There is never a bad time to visit California. For sure, some weather extremes exist on occasion, but it’s a lot like being in London on a rainy day – there’s so much to see and do that you never really notice a downpour.
Climate: California (rightfully so) boasts of excellent weather throughout the year, but conditions vary substantially north to south.
- Biotionary: Nickname of California, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.
Areas of the Central Plains are hot in summer, while cold and foggy in winter. Much of southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego, etc.) is protected from extreme temperatures due to the surrounding mountain ranges, so coastal cities tend to be slightly cooler in summer.
Statewide, August and September are the warmest months, while January and February are the coolest.
San Francisco’s weather is unpredictable with cloudy, cool and foggy conditions commonplace, and yet, the next day can be sunny with temperatures in the high 70s. Most agree that the city offers ideal weather conditions from September to November.
The Cascade, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe areas receive heavy winter snow. In the arid deserts of the southeast, and in Death Valley, extreme high temperatures are quite common.
The heaviest precipitation falls in the northern coastal zones.
Seasonal Temperature Averages:
High Temperatures (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 52/11 (Feb) 58/15 (March) 63/18 (April) 78/20
May 75/24 (Jun) 84/29 (July) 90/32 (August) 93/33
(September) 90/32 (October) 85/29 (November) 70/21 (December) 59/15
Low temperatures (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 39/3 (February) 40 /4 (March) 44/6 (April) 45/7
May 50/10 (June) 54/12 (July) 58/14 (August) 60/16
(September) 58/14 (October) 53/12 (November) 48/9 (December) 40/4
Hollywood – it’s not just letters on a rock
Perhaps the most famous and most visited neighborhood in the American city of Los Angeles is Hollywood. It is not only the center of the American film and television industry, but also entertainment, shopping and nightlife. Tourists eager to sniff at its glory like to do all this.
Hollywood is located northwest of Downtown and its integral part has become the inscription Hollywood, which since 1923 has dominated the rock above the city. However, few people know that this now characteristic inscription was created by complete coincidence. Originally, it was an advertisement for the Hollywoodland real estate agency, which cost a whopping $ 21,000 at the time. The inscription was illuminated by about 4,000 light bulbs. There was even a hidden house behind the letter L, in which lived a man whose job was to check daily and possibly replace defective light bulbs.
However, over time, the last four letters fell off the inscription and no one cared about the rest. Just for information – the letters are about the height of a four-story house, so when some of them fell, it must have caused quite a stir. In 1940, the people decided that this icon of Los Angeles needed to be saved. After 20 years, however, the letters began to slide down the slope again, so several financially demanding repairs had to take place here. The remaining letters hung on the rock for many more years, and today no one can imagine this neighborhood without an inscription. If he suddenly disappeared, it would certainly be a great shock to everyone. Today, these nine letters represent a protected historical monument.
If you get a crazy idea (like many other people) to climb to the letters and look at Los Angeles from a slightly different perspective, you will probably be disappointed. There are no roads leading to the sign, and what’s more, they can’t even go there at all! However, if you decide not to follow these orders, expect a fine of about $ 100. However, it is possible that you will still leave disappointed – this attraction is now fenced and carefully monitored by security. Another way to get at least close to the sign is to get off the congested California road and head up the serpentines to the luxury villas nearby. From here you can take some nice photos and you won’t break the law.
Giant letters have also been associated with a number of tragedies in the past. In 1932, a young actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide here. She was soon followed by other people who were disappointed with the life, failure and bitter truth of cruel Hollywood. The place thus began to become a symbol of unfulfilled dreams and unfulfilled fame.
Hollywood has no official borders today. Only a sign on the edge of Fairfax Avenue and Merlose Avenue will alert you that you have entered it. Around 300,000 people live here and the most important person in the district is the mayor. Hollywood also includes most of the surrounding hills. And what does the name Hollywood actually mean? The name is derived from the evergreen, honeysuckle holly tree. In translation, Hollywood could mean something like “Holly Forest”.
Hollywood, as a synonym for the film industry, was founded between 1910 and 1920 by Jewish investors from Europe. Over time, production studios like Universal and Paramount Studios have turned into entertainment factories and billions in profits. However, most of the industry is now located in surrounding areas, such as Burbank and Westside. Various support services, such as editing, effects or lighting, remained in Hollywood. Hollywood’s main shopping mall is located in the area where La Brea Avenue, Highland Avenue, Cahuenga Boulevard and Vine Street intersect Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard.
Between the famous Chinese Theater and the Kodak Theater, where the Academy Awards are announced annually and the Oscars are presented, lies the famous Hollywood Walk of Frame. It is decorated with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars with the names of celebrities. However, in order to have your own star, it is not enough to be famous, you also need $ 25,000. For this amount, a star with a name will be created on the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard.
Personalities from various branches of the show business – from the television, radio, theater, film or music industries – can have their star here. Another condition for star formation is that the personality must be known for at least 5 years. Every year, out of about 200 designs, 25 names are chosen to adorn the sidewalk as newcomers. Historically, Joanne Woodward, an actress, had her first star on the Walk of Fame in 1960. Today, you will find the stars of such personalities as Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Matt Damon and many others. The sidewalk is therefore regularly under siege by tourists who expect to catch their star, at least in the photo.
Among the classic tourist attractions are also attractions such as the Museum of Records – Guinness World of Records Museum or Wax Museum – Hollywood Wax Museum. About 5 minutes’ walk from the Chinese Theater is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the Oscars were first awarded in 1929. The elegant Victorian James House, located near Hollywood Boulevard, is a reminder of the 19th century. In the past, this street was lined with a number of such villas and there was also a school for rich children.
If you fancy lively evening entertainment, head to the Sunset Strip, a street that is a famous artery of nightlife. You will find a large number of rock clubs, bars, restaurants, pubs and fashion hotels. It is almost a must for anyone visiting Hollywood to visit the prominent Beverly Hills neighborhood. There you can enviously watch the millionaire villas of movie stars or enjoy the most expensive car models parked near swimming pools the size of at least half the football field. Well, let’s face it, this doesn’t appeal to us at all, does it?