Best Tourist Attractions in California (I)

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Best Tourist Attractions in California (I)

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.


Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera (I)

The Mayan Riviera, Mexico's 80-mile long Caribbean coastline, stretches from the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos to the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an. It's a coastline of hidden coves, white-powder sand beaches and gleaming aquamarine seas. Perfectly blue skies and green coconut palms scattered on the beaches' edge compete this picture-perfect postcard. This sliver of heaven offers visitors orange of vacation options from eco-tourism to ultra luxury destinations.


Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Cancun

Cancun, once a coconut plantation, became a tourist mecca during the late 1970s, mainly because of its design. Cancun is now a wonderful place to practice jet skiing, snorkel, scuba diving, swimming, and sailing. Alternatively, you can take one of the hundreds of tours to modern beaches. High rise hotels hug the coastline, while bars and restaurants spill into Cancun's "party central" area that attracts tourists from all over the world.


Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen was once an old fishing village. Now, 34 miles south of Cancun's airport, the town's main shopping street, Fifth Avenue, is a pedestrian mall, whose shops lure visitors with tequila, sombreros and other tourist items. Playa, as it is referred to by locals, offers everything from luxury hotels with all the facilities, to smaller personalized establishments; several bars, shopping malls, bistros serving traditional and international food, cultural and recreational spots, water sports and golf.


Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Chichen Itza

Inland from the pristine beaches, Chichen Itza performed an important role in Mayan religious rites, since its birth in the fourth century. People believed that the cenotes, or underwater sinkholes, were doorways to the afterlife. Now that Chichen Itza has been made a New World Wonder, the ancient ruins are a major tourist stop.


Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Xcaret

One of Riviera Maya's biggest attractions, Xcaret, was once a Mayan port for departures to Cozumel. There's swimming along an underground river, dolphin programs and cultural attractions. Visitors come to learn about the area's ecology and Mayan history, relax on the beach, float down one of two subterranean rivers, swim with dolphins, or wander the jungle-shrouded trails.