Activities in California

Activities in California
California is known for its natural beauty, with its majestic mountains, sparkling rivers and scenic coastline. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a wide range of activities throughout the state while participating in conservation efforts and enjoying world-class food and wine.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is committed to the conservation of animals, plants and habitats throughout the world. Researchers are on site at the San Diego Zoo Conservation Research near the Wild Animal Park. Another area of conservation practiced at the zoo is the research conducted at the Beckman Center, spearheading the use of green practices and materials. This project was cited for the LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Animals at the zoo include amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. For the public, tours and animal interactions include "Backstage Pass," an opportunity to meet the animals "up close and personal"; A guided bus and Discovery Tour, where guides introduce tourists to the animals and plants at the zoo; and a Horticulture Tour, focusing on the zoo as a botanical garden. There is currently a frog recovery program in place, as well as the reintroduction of endangered birds to the wild. The zoo also has a Seed Bank Project to protect populations against natural disasters and is developing conservation strategies to save the California condor. Educational policies at the zoo inspire people to take action to protect the natural world.

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
Balboa Park
PO Box 120551
San Diego, CA 92112
619-231-1515
sandiegozoo.org

Yosemite National Park

For people who appreciate the outdoors, there are many activities in Yosemite National Park. Hiking and birdwatching are popular, as well as rock climbing and horseback riding. A Valley Floor Tour conducted by park rangers takes place from May through October, and self-guided tours include Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Regularly scheduled programs are listed in Yosemite Today.

Water activities in the park include rafting along the Merced River (you must check for rules and regulations), and swimming is allowed from sandy beaches. Stream and river fishing is available, and people age 16 and over must have a valid California fishing license.Yosemite National Park extends for 1,200 square miles and does not have a single address. Tourists interested in obtaining information should contact the Public Information Office.

Yosemite National Park
Public Information Office
PO Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
209-372-0200
nps.gov/yose

Napa Valley

A trip to the wine country of California in the Napa Valley is a memorable experience. The beautiful countryside is home to the state's most well-known wine region, producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay along with other wine varieties. The Napa Valley is bordered by the Vaca and Mayacama mountains near Sonoma County. Visitors to the region can enjoy a stay at a number of charming bed-and-breakfast inns and schedule wine tastings and tours at local wineries.

Balloon rides over the valley are a popular pastime, and golfers will find interesting courses nearby. In addition to wine, the Napa Valley is known for its excellent cuisine. Tourists will find the Napa Valley Cooking School and the Culinary Institute of America in the area. Other Napa Valley activities include facials, mud baths and mineral pools at Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort in historic Calistoga, along with bicycle tours.

Article Written By Sharon Penn

Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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