Castle Air Museum
Home to over seventy restored vintage military aircraft ranging from pre-WWII to the present-day fighters, Castle Air Museum houses a fascinating collection of wartime memorabilia, uniforms, historic photos, and personal military artifacts from the past century. The Museum is proud to display the most complete lineage of Bomber Aircraft on the West Coast dating from prior WWII to the end of the Cold War spanning nearly 70 years.
Castle Air Museum gives visitors a peek into the past and lends insight into the evolution of aircraft and the past milestones of aviation. It offers visitors of all ages a glimpse of what the future of aerospace might hold. Castle Air Museum has amassed the entire collection of U.S. Air Force jet fighters from America’s first operational jet fighter the Lockheed P-80 to the amazing General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Korean War to Desert Storm.
Yosemite Natl. Park
Yosemite National Park includes nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous scenery, including high cliffs, deep valleys, tall waterfalls, ancient giant sequoias, and a large wilderness. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. Two Wild & Scenic Rivers, the Tuolumne and Merced rivers, begin in the park and flow west to the Central Valley. Millions of people visit Yosemite each year to experience its beauty and its many opportunities for enjoyment.
Merced Courthouse Museum
The Merced Courthouse Museum encompasses 8500 square feet of exhibits, both permanent and rotating, which depict the history of Merced County as well as the settlers of the Great Central Valley. We are located in the county’s three-story courthouse built in 1875, one of the oldest historical buildings in California. On the National Register of Historic Places, the architectural style of the building is Italianate, designed by State Capital Architect, Albert A. Bennett. Our museum is staffed by volunteers who devote their time into preserving and passing on the history of this great land to generations to come.
Hilmar Cheese Factory
Cheese manufacturing facility with a fun California visitor center open to the public.
In 1984, twelve Central California dairy families, seeking to maximize the value of their Jersey cows’ high solids milk, created Hilmar Cheese Company. They invested heavily in research, the latest technology and staff excellence –a practice that continues to guide the privately held company today.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cannery Row in Monterey
With its picturesque charm and colorful history, Cannery Row captivates visitors from all over the world. The unique appeal of this fabled street is what makes Cannery Row the most popular vacation destination on California’s Central Coast. With luxurious waterfront hotels, enticing restaurants and captivating boutiques, Cannery Row is the ideal place to soak up the culture and beauty of Monterey Bay.
Raise a glass to days filled with world-class wineries, Michelin starred restaurants, luxurious accommodations, the most beautiful landscapes, and the most welcoming people. Yes, there’s more to Napa Valley than just Napa — we have 5 distinct towns and 4 regions for you to dine, shop, sip and stay: Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, Napa, and American Canyon.
Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. After his mother’s death, William Randolph Hearst inherited thousands of acres around San Simeon, and over time, purchased more, eventually encompassed about 250,000 acres. Hearst conceived a retreat he called La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.” By 1947, when Hearst had to leave the remote location because of his fragile health, the estate was still unfinished even though it comprised 165 rooms and 123 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to Hearst’s specifications and showcasing a legendary art collection.
San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is proudly unique among the scenic waterfront attractions of the world. The Fisherman’s Wharf of today rests on land created from the rubble of buildings destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906. What could not be destroyed was the love of the sea, generations of fishing skills, and traditions expressed in good things to eat and drink.
Many of the well-known sights of today were developed only in the last few decades. The original Meigg’s Wharf was once the main port of entry to San Francisco and an extremely industrious place. Lumber, food, and immigrants all arrived here, and railroads came right to the water’s edge to pick up building supplies for the rapidly growing city. Hardworking fishermen, both Chinese and Italian (who were often accompanied by their wives), set out to make a living by catching fish and crab in small vessels at the wharf.
It is the heritage of these early fishermen, which contributes to today’s color blending of the old and the new at Fisherman’s Wharf – the center of an ocean-oriented industry beloved by native San Franciscans and visitors alike. Today, as in the past, it is the fishing fleet that gives Fisherman’s Wharf its authenticity and activity.
Sequoia National Park
This dramatic landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity—huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees. The parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370′ to 14,494′.