1. Los Angeles
Visit world-class museums, such as the new and dazzling Broad Contemporary Art Museum, at the los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art complex where you can view over 15,000 works. tour the soaring, stainless-steel Walt disney Concert hall (home of the los Angeles Philharmonic). For great fashion finds, explore the LA.

2. Valencia
Splash and swim in the water park, test your courage on the fast-spinning new X2 ride, or just enjoy the kids' happy faces at the fun-f lled Six Flags Magic Mountain.

3. Yosemite National Park
With spectacular granite formations, such as the soaring half dome and el Capitan, this park's famous main valley justifiably draws crowds. Visit the less-frequented but equally stunning high country of Yosemite, a designated UNESCO World heritage Site. rent a comfortable tent cabin and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the riverfront tuolumne Meadows lodge.

4. Lee Vining
For a breathtaking drive out of Yosemite, head east via tioga Pass. relax at the Whoa Nellie deli just off the i-395 highway intersection at lee Vining; try the juicy buffalo meatloaf or the lobster taquitos.

5. Mono Lake
Gaze in amazement at the eerily white, rocky tufa towers that rise from this unusual lake. the lake is also home to thousands of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds (guided walks available).

6. Independence & Mount Whitney
Visit the Man-zanar National historic Site, where more than 10,000 Japanese-Americans were detained during World War ii. then drive 15mi/25km west to Whitney Portal to see Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain on the uS continent, at 14,494ft/4,418m.

7. Lone Pine
Explore the Alabama hills, the setting for dozens of old-time Western movies and, as well as more recent films, including Star Trek and Tremors.

8. Death Valley
Explore this national park, which protects one of the harshest deserts on earth, where you can see sand dunes, rock formations and outstanding spring wild flowers. Play golf at the world's lowest-elevation course, or stay at the luxurious Furnace Creek inn (open from mid-October till mid-May).

9. Fontana
Feel the thunder of stock cars, drag racing cars and more at Southern California's Auto Club Speedway. race around the track alongside a professional instructor at the Richard Petty driving experience.