If you have visited Los Angeles or San Francisco, you may not know all that there is to see and do in California. This article will give you a guide to some of the interesting sites and museums by cities. California is an important state in the United States. Its beautiful scenery, diverse cultures, and a large number of people make it a popular vacation destination.
1. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Whether you are interested in art, history or botany, the Huntington in San Marino, California is a must-see attraction. The museum contains a variety of art and artefacts including works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol.
The sculpture garden features sculpture from all over the world with emphasis on the late 19th-century artists who were inspired by French classicism. A unique feature of the gardens is a sequence of 14 cast concrete benches from California made for this location.
2. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
This zoo and garden it's situated in Palm Desert, California and it's under state preservation. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a 400 acre (1.6 km²) landscaped desert botanical garden and zoo located in Palm Desert, California. It is a nonprofit organization that provides outstanding educational programs and facilities to the public for the study of desert plants, animals and natural ecosystems; and also raises awareness of the importance of conserving natural resources in protecting endangered species.
3. Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden
Sculpterra Winery is the oldest winery in the Coachella Valley, California. It is located in the heart of Palm Desert. The winery features around 400 sculptures on the grounds that represent different aspects of desert life and human nature. The sculpture garden is a good place to relax with friends or family.
4. Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is a United States national park located within Twentynine Palms Valley, California, 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Palm Springs, California.
Humans have inhabited the area of Joshua Tree National Park since at least 10,000 BC. At that time, the area was desert with sparse vegetation and few amphibians and reptiles. The artefacts found at and near the Twentynine PalmsIndian Village Native American site can be seen today at the visitor's centre.
5. The Bowers Mansion
The Bowers Mansion in Pasadena, California is one of Southern California's best known historical homes and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981.
The Bowers Museum was founded in 1926 at the Bowers Mansion by Dr and Mrs Charles F. Lummis, who called it "the only house museum in America run by its original owners." The museum closed in January 2008 for extensive renovations and reopened its doors on March 2, 2010, like the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, a public-private partnership between the City of Santa Ana and Orange County's Great Park Corporation with grant funding from Bank of America and other local sponsors.
6. Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California is a museum of cars, motorcycles and the American lifestyle. The automobile museum is a California Registered Historical Landmark, and the oldest museum of its kind in the United States. The museum has a collection of over 260 vehicles on display from around the world. Of these, nearly one-third are vintage automobiles built before 1920.
7. Alameda's Museum of the American Indian
The museum is a cultural, educational and community resource dedicated to the preservation, sharing, and promotion of Native American traditions and history. It is located in San Jose, California. Written sources such as letters by missionaries are also displayed in the museum.
The museum acquires historical artefacts that help visitors learn about more than 300 different tribes from around the world making it a significant centre for the study of Native American culture.
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