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Fifty Reasons to Love California!

From the cafif
Official California State Visitor's Guide
2000-2001

 

1. 120 miles of horseback riding trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park 2. Buck Owens' Crystal Palace museum and concert hall in Bakersfield
3. Selma, "Raisin Capital of the World" 4. A herd of 400 buffalo on Catalina Island
5. 21 historic missions 6. 700 Wineries (and counting)
7. Heinhold's First and Last Chance Saloon in Oakland where Jack London began writing The Sea Wolf and Call of the Wild. 8. 21 Locomotives on exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento
9. The 21 foot tall pink marble pyramid in Felicity, the self-proclaimed Official Center of the World 10. Cactus King Nursery, Encinitas, the largest retail cactus nursery on the West Coast
11. Furnace Creek Inn, built in Death Valley in 1927, boasts a spring-fed swimming pool and the lowest grass golf course in the world, 214 feet below sea level 12. Big Kitchen Café, San Diego, the self proclaimed center of the universe and where Whoopi Goldberg once washed dishes
13. About 300 caves in Modoc County's Lava Beds National Monument 14. Around 20,000 gray whales pass our shores every December - April
15. Tien Hau Temple in San Francisco, the oldest Chinese temple in the United States 16. Certified farmers' markets in 350 cities and towns
17. More than 4,000 windmills in San Gorgonio Pass (they produce enough electricity to power Palm Springs and the rest of the Coachella Valley 18. Stockton's Moses Rodgers House, onetime home to a former slave, who was the first to successfully drill for oil in the region
19. Exeter's giant outdoor nurals preserve the city's history and culture 20. 20 official wildlife viewing areas
21. The Delta, near Rio Vista, one of the top 12 windsurfing aras in the world, according to aficionados 22. Vichy Springs Resort & Inn, home to the only naturally carbonated hot springs in North America
23. Three drive-through redwood trees along Highway 101 between Laytonville and Klamath 24. 2,500 year-old seagrass specimens at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Lancaster
25. Birthplace of the African-American holiday Kwanazz, created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karega, California State University, Long Beach 26. The largest permanent archery range in North America, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista
27. Cerro Gordo Mines Ghost Town, near Keeler, once the richest city in the U.S. 28. St. Helena, western home of the Culinary Institute of America
29. Gold Mountain Ski Area, near Graeagle, oldest reported sport-skiing area in the western hemisphere 30. 90 types of mammals in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, including 10 kinds of bats.
31. The Tomales Bay Oyster Company, shucking Pacifics since 1909 32. Musso & Grank's Grill, Hollywood's oldest restaurant
33. Some 26,000 tons of dates, harvested annually in Riverside and Imperial Counties 34. 9,000 barrels of beer a week from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico
35. 160 rooms and more than 10,0000 windows in San Jose's Winchester Mystery House 36. Doris Day's Cypress Inn in Carmel, where pets are welcome at afternoon tea and overnight
37. 45 snow resorts offering downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and more. 38. More than 3,500 works by children in the International Child Art Collection, Los Angeles
39. 2,425 feet of falling water at Josemite Falls, the longest drop in the United States 40. The 20 million-year old Torrey Sands Cliffs, La Jolla
41. 840 species of plants on the Channel Islands, including 20 kinds of lupines 42. Huntington Beach, 8.5 miles of uninterrupted strands of pristine beach.
43. World's tallest living tree (367.5 feet), in the Montgomery Woods State Reserve in Mendocino County 44. Ballard Inn, Ballard, chosen by American Historic Inns as one of the top 10 "most romantic inns" in the U.S.
45. . Diamond Valley Lake, near Hemet, where more than 70 species of Ice Age fossils were unearthed during excavation. 46. 20 million acres of National Forest and 50 significant wilderness areas for backpacking
47. California Coastal National Monument, established January 2000, running along the entire California coast and extending out for 12 miles 48. Kaweah Post Office, Tulare, the smallest post office still in operation. Only 10 feet wide, it's state historic landmark 389
49. Lunch Box Museum, in Firebaugh, displays 420 American-made metal lunch boxes and more than 300 thermoses. It's the seventh-largest such collection in the world 50. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, a labyrinth of tunnels and natural wonders of historic mining district to explore

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