Best Tourist Attractions in California: Apple Company Store – Visit the Mothership
Located inside Apple's headquarters, this unique geek boutique sells souvenir T-shirts, baby onesies, accessories and hats, all emblazoned with our favorite half-bitten apple.
Unlike most Apple retail outlets, the store is only open weekdays and it doesn't sell computers. Still, it's a must-see for the true Mac fan.
Best Tourist Attractions in California: Aquarium of the Bay – Explore the depths of the sea
A family trip to Pier 39 in San Francisco wouldn't be complete without stopping at this 65,000-square-foot oceanfront aquarium. It's home to more than 20,000 sea creatures — including the native sevengill shark, which cruises the nearby bay. Watch these massive predators devour their lunch at 11:30 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays, then explore the aquarium's floor-to-ceiling tunnels filled with schools of anchovies, bat rays, skates and giant sea bass.
In the "Touch the Bay" exhibit, you can lightly pat leopard sharks, bat rays and tide pool creatures such as sea stars and sea cucumbers.
Tip: Buy the Bay Cruise package ($37 adults; $22 kids 5-11) and you can visit the aquarium and join a 1-hour tour around Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay.
Best Tourist Attractions in California: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World – Shopping for the manly man (or woman)
This ginormous 180,000-square-foot store, dedicated to the great outdoors, sells everything under the sun — from full-size Tracker boats to fire arms and kayaks.
Inside the massive "log cabin," you'll find giant freshwater and saltwater aquariums, an indoor trout stream, Nascar simulator, shooting range and target casting. Several events are offered throughout the year, from archery classes to hunting/fishing workshops and family summer camps. Fish feedings take place at noon every Saturday.
While you're here, enjoy lunch at the Islamorada Fish Company, where you can dine on wild game and seafood alongside a 13,000-gallon saltwater tank. Menu items include hickory smoked rotisserie chicken, venison stuffed mushrooms and hand-breaded alligator. We prefer the Islamorada Sandwich, made with grilled mahi mahi, sauteed onions and American cheese.
Tip: An additional store is located in Manteca at 1356 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca, CA 95337.