Best Tourists Attractions in California: Academy of Motion Pictures – Oscar headquarters
Home to Hollywood's famous Golden Boy, this is Academy Awards central. During the week, its state-of-the-art Samuel Goldwyn Auditorium often hosts movie screenings and Hollywood premiere parties.
The Academy Gallery, located on the grand lobby and fourth floor, displays a fine collection of movie memorabilia and film-related exhibitions.
Best Tourists Attractions in California: Agritourism – Visit a working farm
California is known for the cheese, but it also produces an amazing bounty of other foods — from delicious strawberries and fresh green artichokes, to creamy avocados and tart citrus fruits. The University of California has put together a handy Web site that includes many of the state's farms, ranches and food-related events.
If you feel like getting your hands dirty, spend the night on a working farm, where you'll enjoy gardening classes, learn how to make wines, and pick your own fruit/veggies.
At Cowgirl Creamery, you can learn the basics of cheese making, or take a hands-on tour of Harley Farms goat dairy. Amy's Farm offers tours of its Holstein calf ranch, while Quicksilver Ranch gets you up close and personal with adorable miniature horses. Want to slurp down some fresh oysters? Don't miss Tomales Bay, where you can tour the local oyster farms and enjoy them fresh from the oyster beds.
Best Tourists Attractions in California: American River – Whitewater thrills in gold country
Located near Sacramento in Gold Country, the American River is one of the best spots for whitewater rafting in the state.
Choose from the South Fork, with Class III rides and lazy swims along the raft, or join a Middle Fork adventure, which traverses through secluded canyons along the Sierra Nevada foothills. Designated Class IV, the Middle Fork is packed with thrills. Be sure to check out Tunnel Chute, created when Gold Rush miners blasted a tunnel that created one of the most exciting whitewater rapids in California.
Along the North Fork, you'll travel through pine forests and canyons, framed by 2,000-foot-high cliffs.
Tip: Most American River outfitters depart from Lotus, just a few miles away from Marshall Gold Discovery State Park.