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Palisades Park. The Park has rides, restaurants, vendors, carnival games, and the famous carousel.
the California Valley quail.
|Where did John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd do their first live gig in 1978 as the Blues Brothers?||California
the Universal Amphitheatre.
|Where did Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson drown in 1983?||California
|Next to black, what is the most common adjective used in California place-names?||California
|What city has billed itself as the 'Gem of the Pacific Coast'?||California
|What Southern California city was named for a Los Angeles dentist?||California
Burbank. The dentist's full name was Dr. David Burbank.
|Where was the 'Western White House' during the Nixon Administration?||California
|What location in California is considered the Birthplace of the Hell's Angels?||California
|This town that overlooks both the San Francisco Bay and Richardson's Bay has been called a Mediterranean-style seaside village. What is its name?||Marin County, California
Sausalito. Sausalito is built on hills that rise abruptly from the bay. It's filled with trendy restaurants and boutiques. Many tourists take a ferry from San Francisco just to see Sausalito.
Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright's last major design was for the Marin Civic Center, built in 1957. The building stretches across a ridge of rolling hills. Wright designed the structure to blend with its environment. Buff walls match California's brown summer hills. The blue roof reaches toward the sky.
|A large mountain dominates the Marin skyline as seen from San Francisco. What is the mountain called?||Marin County, California
Mount Tamalpais. Because of its three peaks, Mount Tamalpais is sometimes referred to as the sleeping maiden.
|During World War II, the United States built war ships in Marin County. What was the shipyard called?||Marin County, California
Marinship. Between 1942 and 1945, Marinship turned out 15 Liberty ships and 78 T-2 tankers.
Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge, which stretches between San Francisco and Marin County, opened on May 28, 1937. It is not painted gold but "international orange."
Mission San Rafael Arcangel. Mission San Rafael was one of the last missions to be built. The original buildings were destroyed, The mission was restored in time to celebrate California's centennial in 1950.
|At this campground, located in Felton, you can take a ride on an 1880 steam train through the redwoods of Santa Cruz county. What's its name?||Some California Fun
Roaring Camp. Riding the steam train was a lot of fun. You sit in gondola-type cars and can smell the freshness of the Redwood trees. During our ride, the guide told us of special events they have. For example, on Halloween they take you on a guided train ride tour through the haunted Redwood forest. I would love to go back for that, sounds like scary fun! Also, there's a place deep in the forest that you can only get to by the steam train that a lot of people go to, to get married at.
|At this place, there's so much to see that they have four different tours to show different sections of the estate. What's it called? ||Some California Fun
Hearst Castle. Located in the city of San Simeon which lies on a scenic stretch of SR 1 that extends from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo, this estate once belonged to William Randolph Hearst. He was a newspaper publisher who died in 1951. This castle is of remarkable beauty and has lots to see. When visiting, however, it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes for each tour involves a lot of walking and has many stairways.
|What's the name of the island that was once home to some maximum security prisoners?||Some California Fun
Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz Island was used as a federal maximum security prison from 1934 to 1963. I think it's a shame that this prison is no longer in operation, for I believe it kept hardcore criminals right where they belonged with a slim to zero chance of ever escaping to freedom. It was closed in 1963 due to high operating and repair costs along with security issues, and has supposedly been proven far more popular and profitable by allowing tourists to visit there.
|What's the name of a very popular place in Monterey where you can find hundreds of marine life species?||Some California Fun
Monterey Bay Aquarium. There's so much to see there. Species of interest for me were for one, I couldn't believe how big tuna fish actually are. I was amazed by their size. Also, the jellyfish caught my eye. There were so many of various colors and sizes. My favorite part of the aquarium, however, had to be the hands-on exhibit. There were many species available for visitors to actually touch, and I was surprised at how soft a starfish is to the touch. I had always had the impression of a rough shell-like feel when looking at a starfish, so I was very surprised by that one.
|What's the name of the Victorian mansion that is so complex and huge that even its owner needed a map to find her way around?||Some California Fun
Winchester Mystery House. The story behind this place is that Sarah Winchester was supposedly so haunted by spirits that she kept building on to her house to confuse them and keep them away. All I can say is I wouldn't recommend wandering off on your own, because who knows you may never find your way out!
|Located in Klamath, this place has a trail of oddly shaped Redwood trees. What's it called?||Some California Fun
Trees of Mystery. If you're interested in seeing trees that seem to take on a growth formation of their own, this is the place for you.
|What's the name of the place that is located in Santa Cruz and is sure to blow one's mind with its unexplained gravitational pull?||Some California Fun
Mystery Spot. There have beeen many theories on the unexplained gravity pull there. For me, I don't really know what to believe. All I do know is that I honestly felt very dizzy and couldn't walk without holding on to the railing.
I Love You, California. The state song was written by F.B. Silverwood and A.F. Frankenstein.
Mount Whitney. At 14,494 feet, Mount Whitney is also the highest point in the contiguous United States.
Redwood. Redwood trees once covered much of the Northern Hemisphere. Today they are found only near the Pacific coast.
Saber-Toothed Cat. The saber-toothed cat was short-legged and muscular with a stubby tail. They were larger than modern lions and their deadly fangs were 8 inches long. Many of these were preserved in Los Angeles' La Brea Tar Pits.
California Gray Whale. California gray whales can be seen migrating south along the California shore. They are traveling from Alaska's Bering Sea to Baja California to mate and have their calves.
Benitoite. Benitoite is called the "blue diamond", and was first discovered in the San Benito River.
Serpentine. There is more of this blue and green rock in California than in any other state. It is used in making asbestos, and contains the minerals chromite, magnesite, and cinnabar.
Native Gold. Gold gave California its nickname, the Golden State. It inspired the Gold Rush of 1849. California is still one of the top gold-producing states in the nation.