No Visit to a California destination would be complete without visiting one of the many museums. California has a reputation as a haven for people with creative minds, and you can see this in its multifaceted cultural offerings. Arts abound here in four main formats: large-scale, world-class organizations; smaller, quirkier museums, often showcasing the Golden State’s history and its abundant idiosyncratic subcultures (think surfers, Silicon Valley techno-wizards, and Peanuts aficionados).
When the weather hinders traditional camping activities (or not) stretch your mind with a visit to one of California’s museums. Need more encouragement? Check out 10 Reasons to visit a museum!
- KidZone Museum – Truckee is locatad off Interstate 80 from the Highway 89 junction. The museum focuses on a child’s development of social, imaginative, physical and problem solving skills. Exhibits include an Art Studio, Jungle Gym and Exploration Station. Visit www.kidzonemuseum.org
- Winter Olympics Museum – Tahoe is located mid-mountain at Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and all kinds of memorabilia from the event can be found in the museum. They even have an olympic podeum that the bronze, silver and gold winners once stood upon to receive their medals. Take time to rent ice skates and skim across the olympic-sized ice arena with astounding panoramic views of the Lake Tahoe region. Other amenities found at High Camp include a huge heated swimming lagoon, jacuzzis, restaurants and shops. High Camp is only accessible by ski gondola. Visit www.squaw.com/olympic-museum
- Mammoth Ski Museum – Mammoth is located off Interstate 395 from Highway 203. Exhibits include vintage photography documenting the history of downhill skiing. Visit More Info
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