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14 Ways To Tour The World Without Leaving California

The West Coast is the best coast, because it has all the coasts in one. Hop in the car, and travel the world without leaving the Golden State. Get there with Ford. Go Further.

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1. Get lost in a Chinese garden in San Marino.

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The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens is home to the gorgeous Garden of Flowing Fragrance, which is modeled after the scholar gardens of Suzhou, China.

3. Get spiritual in the Buddhist temples and monasteries of California.


Buddhism is the second-most popular religion in California, so it's no surprise that there are many temples you can visit. You can visit Buddhist centers in the Chinese tradition such as the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. You could also visit monasteries in the Thai forest tradition such as Abhayagiri in Redwood City.

5. Hike the rough terrain of the Vasquez Rocks.


If you can't make it to the Australian Outback, Vasquez Rocks in the northern part of Los Angeles County is the next best thing. The park has terrain unlike anything else in the area. It's a must-visit for movie buffs too, because it's been the backdrop for many films over the years.

7. Visit a rainforest in Muir Woods.

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The giant redwoods located in Muir Woods National Monument are part of the Pacific Temperate Rainforest's ecosystem, which is home to some of the oldest trees in the world.

10. Get spooked by an Old West ghost town in Bodie.


Not far from Mono Lake, you'll find Bodie, the once-bustling gold-mining town of 10,000. Bodie is now preserved by California's state parks system as a monument to the state's gold-mining past.

14. Say hello to the wild animals of Africa in San Diego.

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The world-famous San Diego Zoo is full of African animals, like this baby white rhino, Kayode. The zoo is also home to lots of other animals from all around the world.

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