is too large to be fully explored in a single trip, but in an
so varied it's hard to pick out specific highlights.
Francisco is a city of hills and distinct neighborhoods. As
general rule, geographical elevation means wealth - the higher
you are, the less fog you endure, resulting in better views. The
and tours at Alcatraz
vividly recount the prison's legacy of cruel
and unusual punishment, such as unbearably long periods of solitary
confinement that drove some men mad.
Angeles is far and away the biggest and most stimulating city:
a maddening collection of freeways, beaches, seedy suburbs, upscale
neighborhoods and extreme lifestyles. The first-time visitor may
find Los Angeles thrilling and threatening in equal proportions;
place that picks you up and sweeps you along whether you want
or not. While it has its fine-art museums, California cuisine
and a few
old-fashioned urban plazas, what people really come here for is
experience the city that has come to epitomize the American Dream
the fantasy worlds of Disneyland
and Hollywood , as well as the gilded
opulence of Beverly Hills and Malibu.
Los Angeles you can head south to the growing metropolis of
Diego, with its broad, welcoming beaches and easy access to
or push inland to the desert areas , most notably Death Valley,
and inhospitable landscape of volcanic craters and salt pans that
summer becomes the hottest place on earth. While in San Diego
visit a world reknown zoo at Balboa Park and Sea World.