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California

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    Los Angeles

    California, United States of America (USA)

    The bright lights of Tinseltown are home to surfer-filled beaches, glorious mountain hikes, glitz and glamour in spades and year-round sunshine.

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)

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    Bucket List Experience

    One of the world’s most famous bridges – a red-hued, 1.75-mile suspension bridge that spans the Golden Gate Strait, where the Pacific Ocean meets San Francisco Bay. San Francisco’s most iconic landmark.

    Best for ages: 8+ | Free

  • Dive with great white sharks at Guadalupe Island

    San Diego, California, United States of America (USA)

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    Bucket List Experience

    This remote island off Baja California offers the best great white diving in the world, with almost guaranteed sightings, excellent visibility up to 40m and a pleasant water temperature of 18°C-20°C.

    Best for ages: 18+ | £3,500 | 5+ days

  • close up of the base of giant redwoods trees in Sequoia National Park
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    Giant redwood trees of Sequoia National Park

    Sequoia National Park, California, United States of America (USA)

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    Bucket List Experience

    Giant Redwood (sequoia) trees only grow on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, and the Sequoia National Park is home to the largest of them; the Giant Forest boasts five of the world’s tallest trees. The must-see is General Sherman, the planet’s largest tree, 83m tall and 11m wide.

    Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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    John Muir Trail

    California, United States of America (USA)

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    Bucket List Experience

    The USA’s premier hiking trail stretches 211 miles from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney (4,418m), the highest peak in North America. The route takes in a stunning range of landscapes, bypassing tranquil creeks, waterfalls, sequoia forests and the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

    Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 3 weeks

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  • Disneyland

    Anaheim, California, United States of America (USA)

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    Bucket List Experience

    The mouse-tastic magic lives on at Walt Disney’s world-famous California theme park, the first, original Disneyland and reputably the ‘happiest place on earth’.

    Best for ages: 4+ | £90

  • Aerial Bixby Bridge (Rocky Creek Bridge) and Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur in California, USA America. Drone Shot
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    California State Route 1 Road Trip

    California, United States of America (USA)

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    Bucket List Experience

    The drive down Highway 1 between San Francisco and LA is around 6 hours non-stop, but this region of unsurpassed coastal beauty will have you stopping and staying over. Expect dramatic craggy coastlines, dreamy ocean views, giant redwood trees, exceptional hiking, condors and whales. The stand-out stretch is the 90-mile mountainous section of the California State Route 1, between Carmel and Heart Castle – arguably the US’s most scenic drive.

    Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 6+ hours

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  • Alcatraz

    San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)

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    Bucket List Experience

    A mile-and-a-half offshore in the San Francisco Bay, the most notorious escape-proof prison still sends a shiver down the spine. Book in for a tour for fascinating insights into the inmates’ lives and legends.

    Best for ages: 8+ | £35

  • Hollywood

    Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)

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    Bucket List Experience

    The indomitable heart of the movie industry, where dreams are still made. See the star-studded Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater – where the biggest premieres still take place – and the Dolby Theater, home of the Academy Awards.

    Best for ages: 8+ | Free