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17 destinations to explore in California

The most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area.

Destinations in California

Alameda County7 attractions

This is a county in the state of California which was the seventh most populous in the state

Alpine County4 attractions

This is the least populous county in California state.  There are no incorporated cities in the county.

Amador County3 attractions

Amador County, is a county in the U.S. state of California, This County bills itself as "The Heart of the Mother Lode" and lies within the Gold Country.

Butte County6 attractions

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments.

Calaveras County4 attractions

Calaveras is the Spanish word for skulls; the county was reportedly named for the remains of Native Americans discovered by the Spanish explorer Captain Gabriel Moraga.

Inyo County9 attractions

Almost one-half of Inyo Country is within Death Valley National Park. With a population density of 1.8 people per square mile, it also has the second-lowest population density in California, after Alpine County.

Los Angeles County22 attractions

Most populous county in the United States, with more than 10 million inhabitants as of 2018. It is the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world with a Nominal GDP of over $700 billion.

Madera County2 attractions

Madera is the Spanish term for wood. The county derives its name from the town of Madera, named when the California Lumber Company built a log flume to carry lumber to the Central Pacific Railroad there in 1876.

Orange County8 attractions

Third-most populous county in California, the sixth-most populous in the U.S. Although mostly suburban, it is the second-most densely populated county in the state, behind San Francisco County.

Riverside County9 attractions

Mostly desert in the central and eastern portions, but with a Mediterranean climate in the western portion.

Sacramento County7 attractions

Its county seat is Sacramento, which has been the state capital of California since 1854. Sacramento County extends from the low delta lands between the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River, including Suisun Bay, north to about ten miles (16 km) beyond the State Capitol and east into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The southernmost portion of Sacramento County has direct access to San Francisco Bay.

San Bernardino County10 attractions

It the fifth-most populous county in California and the 14th-most populous in the United States which has so many beautiful tourist places and more.

San Diego County17 attractions

California's second-most populous county and the fifth-most populous in the United States. San Diego County has more than 70 miles (110 km) of coastline. This forms the most densely populated region of the county.

San Francisco County13 attractions

Cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.

San Mateo County8 attractions

just south of San Francisco and home to the world-renowned Mavericks surfing competition.  The county seat is Redwood City. he county's built-up areas are mostly suburban with some areas being very urban, and are home to several corporate campuses.

Santa Clara County9 attractions

Home to Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County is an economic center for high technology and has the third highest GDP per capita in the world. The county's concentration of wealth, primarily due to the tech industry, has made it the most affluent county on the West Coast of the United States and one of the most affluent places in America.

Ventura County5 attractions

Historically inhabited by the Chumash people, with their presence dating back 10,000-12,000 years. Known for their rock paintings and for their great basketry, the Chumash were hunter-gatherers, fishermen, and also traders with the Mojave, Yokuts, and Tongva Indians.

Map of destinations in California