A trip to California will give you a golden tan and gold frames for a personal blog or a vibrant summer photo shoot. From sunlit beaches and skyscrapers to scenic lakes, green mountain landscapes, Golden State guarantees an epic variety of excursions and locations for filming.
Top California Car Tours
- Valley of the Dead - a journey to the driest, hottest and lowest point of the Western Hemisphere, to the world of sand dunes, marble canyons, craters of volcanoes and palm oases. The first thing that catches your eye when visiting the Valley of the Dead is its amazing surrealistic landscapes: a combination of graceful rocks, powerful stone blocks and a scorched desert.
- Universal Studios Hollywood is the largest movie set in the world, created by Karl Lemmle in the early 20th century. Universal City covers an area of 93 hectares, everyone can visit it. This place has become popular among tourists of all ages thanks to the pavilions with the scenery of your favorite paintings, attractions and meetings with your favorite characters, exciting trips in the park, the opportunity to see the filming process and the creation of special effects. Inspection of Universal Studios Hollywood will take a full day, and if you get to the studio in high season, you will be in line for tickets for attractions. To save time, buy Front of the Line or VIP tickets in advance: they will allow you to visit all the attractions without waiting in line and not waste time at the box office.
- Santa Barbara offers to stroll along the busiest and most popular street of the State, the famous Stearns marina, to take vivid pictures from the observation deck of the oldest city court building, a beautiful example of Spanish architecture.
Not far from the city is the town of Solvang with a population of only 5,000 people. This is a small Danish village in the middle of California with Danish pastry shops, restaurants, shops with Danish national clothes and souvenirs.
Cali invites wine lovers to visit the Santa Ines Valley, famous for its wineries and fine wines.
- In San Diego, drop by the cute coastal area of La Jolla in the midst of a bustling metropolis: it will surprise you with a beach with fur seals, and the observation deck of Mount Soledad with a 360-degree view will allow you to take city views. The Coronado Peninsula is famous for the old wooden hotel Del Coronado, where the legendary comedy “Only Girls Are in Jazz” was filmed. Downtown with its promenade and the Maritime Museum will surprise you with ships and aircraft carriers, local cuisine, where seafood plays a big role. Do not forget about the 1200-acre city park in the center of San Diego with gardens, museums, the world famous zoo, beautiful buildings with Spanish-colonial architecture. At dawn or sunset, these buildings look very photogenic, casting incredible shadows even in low light. A cool photoset can be spent on a walk along the endless salt lake, visiting the Zabriskie Point, Dante's View. You will see the shooting of Hollywood films and Scotty Castle - a mirage in the desert.
- Los Angeles. Your LA photo report will be composed of mutually changing pictures of numerous cafes, restaurants, shops, mansions and exotic plants, and the aromas of local cuisine, the sounds of nature and the noise of the main streets of the city will be remembered. As a mosaic develops a unique, inimitable image of Los Angeles, which won the hearts of many people.
Beverly Hills opens the list of places of worship - it is always curious to see how and where the most famous people of the world live. Gorgeous mansions, expensive boutiques, a unique atmosphere of luxury - all this has concentrated one of the most famous cities in America. Visit the Spanish Steps and take a picture by the fountain - feel in Europe, go up to the observation deck of Griffith Park - you will find an amazing panoramic view, massive stationary binoculars of telescopes, a view of Mount Lee, the famous “Hollywood” sign, distinguished by its bright white letters against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills (the "Hollywood" sign was originally built to advertise housing construction under that name). The domed roofs of the building look amazing against the backdrop of the bright blue sky of Los Angeles - here there will definitely be where the photographer’s fantasies take place.
The next must-see is Downtown with its business atmosphere, markedly different from one-story America.
A great end to the tour will be a walk along the coastal city of Santa Monica, a picturesque beach, the coast of Malibu. Having parked near the coastline, you can take amazing photographs on the background of the ocean, palm alleys.
- Hollywood occupies a small area of Los Angeles. In addition to it, there is also North Hollywood - much cleaner, calmer, where there are excellent cafes, bars, restaurants, and West Hollywood - a more expensive area, is the main place of residence for LGBT people. In Hollywood cinema, visit the Walk of Fame and find the star of your idol, go to Grauman's Chinese Theater, climb the steps of the Dolby where the Oscars are awarded, take a walk around the Hollywood Forever cemetery, where the stars of old Hollywood are buried, go to Charlie Chaplin's studio.
- Napa Valley. At one time, during the Gold Rush and the development of San Francisco, William Kent acquired 295 acres of mahogany forest and donated it to the US government to save trees from being used as building material. Theodore Roosevelt assigned the site the status of a National Nature Reserve and the name Muir Woods in honor of John Muir, a famous environmental activist. There is a natural monument on the other side of the Golden Gate, then the road leads to the Napa River Valley, famous for its vineyards, producing fine dry wine. Muir Forest, a visit to the winery, a picnic with cheeses and pastes will add some unusual shots to your archive.
- Alcatraz - the island was used as a military and then super-protected prison for especially dangerous criminals. Now it is closed and turned into a museum. In the entire history of the prison, about 34 prisoners tried to escape from it, and in 1962 the most famous escape of Morris and the Englins was made, the fate of the participants of which is still a mystery. The awesome building of the prison castle can still be seen from the promenade, and tourists visiting the dining room, cells and the detention center where Al Capone visited. From the site of Alcatraz, a beautiful panoramic view of the city, foggy bridges and pelicans soaring in the sky opens, in honor of which the island got its name. A photo story from a former prison will surely gather a lot of views.
- Las Vegas (yes, formally it is the neighboring state of Nevada) begins with the famous plate “Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas”, which during its existence has become one of the main symbols of the gaming capital of the world. A walk along the main street of Vegas will give you photos of the most famous casino hotels: Luxor, Bellagio, Venetian, Ceasar Palace. After seeing Vegas, as everyone is used to seeing it, go to the old part of the city to see how the history of the city in the desert began. Vegas is full of chapels, where brides and grooms come from all over the world, spectacular shows, restaurants, and entertainment! It has its own Ancient Egypt with a pyramid hotel, Ancient Rome with the "Caesar's Palace", the Middle Ages with the castle of King Arthur, New York with the Statue of Liberty, Paris of the 20s with the Eiffel Tower, the magnificent "Bellagio" with the world's largest musical the fountain, Venetian architecture of the Venetian hotel and chic gondolas that ride tourists through the canals.
- Yosemite National Park. A variety of natural landscapes, granite cliffs, giant sequoias, noisy waterfalls, wide rivers and mountain meadows will be an excellent background or subject for photography. The natural national park is located on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range: tourists will visit the banks of the cleanest mountain river Merced, where numerous rafts are held, see immense granite slabs and vertical sheer cliffs, stroll along the Mariposa grove, where sequoias grow up to 3000 years old. The most impressive panoramic view of the park is the Glacier Point observation deck, 2199 m above sea level. From here you can see the famous Yosemite Falls, whose height is 739 m.
- Lake Tahoe is located on the border of California and Nevada, in the very south of Sierra Nevada. This natural reservoir is 35 km long and 19 km wide. In summer, people come here to take a dip in the clear, slightly bluish water, sunbathe on numerous beaches, and walk along shady trails. In winter, Tahoe surroundings are America's popular ski resorts. The lake is the second deepest in the USA and 11th in the world. In the States, everything is designed for motorists: a 100-kilometer road has been laid around the lake, there are often parking lots, viewing platforms convenient for shooting. Part of the coastline is occupied by beaches that differ in coverage (pebbles, sand, stones) - some of them are private (paid), others are public. High season on Tahoe - July, August, the time of the ski season. The main infrastructure is in Tahoe City on the northwest coast, in South Lake Tahoe in the south. Calm blue waters, looming pine trees, Fannett Island in the middle of the lake: the Emerald Bay is one of the most popular and recognizable areas of Lake Tahoe. You can rent a kayak or kayak and go exploring the island: you can take the perfect shot from the water, and if you go up the hills you get the perfect shot from above.
- San Francisco. Visit the main city square Civic Center Plaza, the business center of the city with many offices and business centers. Nearby is the religious center: the Cathedral of St. Mary, the American "Notre Dame Cathedral". Cliff House observation deck offers a beautiful view of the city beaches, the ruins of the Sutro baths.
The symbol of San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge: take a short walk to its nearest pylon! A gorgeous shade of rusty red looks amazing in the picture, paired with the sky, the sea or both of them. If you have time, you can get some art shots of the cables that hold the bridge. If not, there are many beaches, parks and other places from which you can get a stunning picture of this iconic place.
Take a walk in the city park of the same name, which amazes with its size and unique landscape design, visit the Palace of Fine Arts, where in 1915 the grand international exhibition Panama Pacific dedicated to the opening of the Panama Canal was held. Each tourist will find something for himself here: hundreds of films took place in San Francisco, Lombard Street is America’s most “crooked” street, Pacific Union millionaires club and two of the best viewing platforms in the city, where you will take unforgettable photos of the city called “The gateway to the Pacific”. Visit Haight-Ashbury, a very cool alternative district, filled with tiny galleries, vintage clothing stores, music stores, trendy cafes and street art. It was here that thousands of young people gathered in 1967 on the “Summer of Love”. The hippie culture has not disappeared: its vibrations are palpable today, they formed the urban hipster culture of San Francisco. Another attraction, “Painted Ladies,” is something that no Full House fan can miss out on! Opposite Alamo Square in San Francisco, there are 7 iconic Victorian houses, each painted a different color.
- Silicon Valley is famous for the high density of various high-tech companies. Start your tour with Stanford University, whose industrial park has become a key destination for developing Silicon Valley culture. No wonder its founder, Frederick Terman, was nicknamed the “Father of Silicon Valley”! Visit the computer technology museum and the NASA museum - here you will visit the space station, try the “regular” dinner of the astronaut. Discover the world of high-tech companies on tours of Google and Apple. You will see the birthplace of Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, E-bay and many others.