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1    Alcatraz Island
2    Calico Ghost Town
3    Columbia State Historic Park
4    El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
5    El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
6    Escondido Historical Society History Museum
7    Fort Ross State Historic Park
8    Fort Tejon State Historic Park
9    Heritage Square Museum
10  Railtown 1897
11  Kern County Museum
12  La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
13  Mariposa Museum and History Center
14  Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
15  Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
16  Heritage Park Victorian Village
17  Rancho Los Alamitos Ranch and Gardens
18  California State Railroad Museum
19  Old Sacramento Historic District
20  History Museum at Kelley Park
21  San Diego Maritime Museum & Star of India
22  San Juan Bautista State Historic Park
23  Stagecoach Inn Museum Complex
24  Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

25  Fresno Flats Historic Park
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Alcatraz Island Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Probably the most famous prison in the country. Access on by Blue and Gold Fleet boatsAddress
Blue & Gold Fleet
41 Pier
San Francisco, California 94133
General Location:
Closest City:  San Francisco
Closest Interstate: 
On an island, ferry service only
Closest Airport: 
San Francisco Intl

Contact
Phone 415 705-5555
Calico Ghost Town Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: partially reconstructed 1881 silver mining town. Gold panning, silver mine, narrow gauge train, 20 mule teamAddress
36600 Ghost Town Rd
PO Box 638
Yermo, California 92398
General Location:
Closest City:  Barstow (8 mi), Los Angeles (90 mi) 
Closest Interstate: 
just east of I-40, I-15 intersection, between the two
Closest Airport: 
Los Angeles Airport LAX

Contact
Phone 760 254-2122
Toll free 800 862-2542
Columbia State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: State park re-creates gold rush town of 1850-70 in existing townAddress
22708 Broadway
Columbia, California 95310
General Location:
Closest City: Modesto (40), Sacramento (70)
Closest Interstate: 
I-5
Closest Airport: 
Sacramento Intl SMF

Contact
Phone 209 532-0150

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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: 2 original structures of Spanish fort restored and 5 reconstructed, some in adobeAddress
123 E Canon Perdido St
Santa Barbara, California 93101
General Location:
Closest City:  Santa Barbara
Closest Major Highway: 
US 101 
Closest Airport: 
Santa Barbara SBA Airport

Contact
Phone 805 965-0093
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: 27 historic buildings, ranging from 1818 adobe to Spanish style 1926 church.Address
622 N Main St
Los Angeles, California 90012
General Location: In Los Angeles near Chinatown
Closest City:  Los Angeles
Closest Interstate: 
San Bernadino:  Exit Broadway; 101(Hollywood) ex Alameda
Closest Airport: 
Los Angeles LAX

Contact
Phone 213 628-1274
Escondido Historical Society History Museum Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description:  First library, Victorian house, blacksmith shop, barn, 1888 Depot, railroad car, all moved to Grape Day ParkAddress
321 North Broadway
Escondido, California 92025
General Location: In Grape Day Park
Closest City:  Escondido
Closest Interstate: 
I-15
Closest Airport: 
San Diego Lindbergh Field SAN

Contact
Phone 760 743-8207

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Fort Ross State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Reconstructed Russian-American Company Settlement, with museum exhibits in Commander's HouseAddress
19005 Coast Highway 1
Jenner, California 95450
General Location: Sonoma County
Closest City:  Santa Rosa (30 mi)
Closest Major Road:  US 101 Santa Rosa
Closest Airport:  San Francisco SFO


Contact
Phone 707 847-3286
Fort Tejon State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Restored adobes from the original fort. Museum, active re enactor's program.Address
Lebec, California 93243
General Location:
Closest City:  Bakersfield (40 mi) Santa Barbara 
Closest Interstate: 
I-5 Fort Tejon exit
Closest Airport: 
Bakersfield Meadows Field BFL

Contact
Phone 661 248-6692
Heritage Square Museum Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: 8 Victorian houses moved to an open open air museum and restoredAddress
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, California 90042
General Location: Highland Park
Closest City:  Los Angeles
Closest Interstate:  Pasadena Freeway
Closest Airport: 
Los Angeles LAX

Contact
Phone 818 796-2898

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10  Railtown 1897 Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Complex of railroad buildings, machinery & equipment, including a working turntable and a working repair shop, and Sierra RailroadAddress
PO Box 1250
Jamestown, California 95327
General Location:
Closest City: Modesto (40 mi)
Closest Major Road:  SR 99, SR 99 at Modesto
Closest Airport: 
Sacramento Intl SMF

Contact
Phone 209 984-3953
11  Kern County Museum Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: 16 acres, 58 buildings covering 1865-1945, on site children's discovery centerAddress
3801 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, California 93301
General Location:
Closest City:  Bakersfield
Closest Interstate: 
State Route 99
Closest Airport: 
Bakersfield Meadows Field BFL

Contact
Phone 661 861-2132
12  La Purisima Mission State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Mission restoration as a state park. According to the official California State Parks Site it is "the largest and most authentic mission restoration project in the American West." Visitor center, miAddress
2295 Purisima Rd
Lompoc, California 93436
General Location:
Closest City:  Santa Barbara (40 mi)
Closest major road: 
US 101
Closest Airport: 
Santa Barbara SBA

Contact
Phone 805 733-3713

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13  Mariposa Museum and History Center Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Indoor historical museum & display of one-room miner's cabin, outdoor mining equipment and Indian VillageAddress
5119 Jessie St
Corner of 12th & Jessie
Mariposa, California 95338
General Location: Yosemite
Closest City: Modesto, Sacramento (112)
Closest Major Road: 
SR 99
Closest Airport: 
Sacramento

Contact
Phone 209 966-2924
14  Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: 16 historic structures and buildings, tours of Coloma, Mill demonstrations, museumAddress
310 Back Street
PO Box 265
Coloma, California 95613
General Location:
Closest City: Sacramento (30 mi)
Closest Interstate: 
On SR 40 between I-80 and SR 50
Closest Airport: 
Sacramento Intl SMF

Contact
Phone 530 622-3470
15  Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Park in the middle of tourist area. 20 reconstructed or restored buildings around a square, surrounded by restaurants and shopsAddress
4002 Wallace St
San Diego, California 92110
General Location:
Closest City:  San Diego
Closest Interstate: 
I-8 and I-5 intersection
Closest Airport: 
San Diego Lindbergh Field SAN

Contact
Phone 619 220-5422

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16  Heritage Park Victorian Village Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: restored Victorian homes & city's first synagogueAddress
Heritage Park Row
5201 Ruffin Rd, Suite P
San Diego, California 91213
General Location: San Diego
Closest City:  San Diego
Closest Interstate:  I-5 Exit 15A
Closest Airport: 
San Diego Lindbergh Field SAN

Contact
Phone 619 297-9327
17  Rancho Los Alamitos Ranch and Gardens Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description:  7 acre historic ranch, with adobe ranch house from 1800. Smithy, barns, gardenAddress
6400 E Bixby Hill Rd
Long Beach, California 90815
General Location:
Closest City: Long Beach
Closest Interstate: 
I-405, SR 22
Closest Airport: 
Long Beach Municipal LGB

Contact
Phone 562 431-3541
18  California State Railroad Museum Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description:  Largest interpretive rail museum in the country, with 1849 Scene Gold Rush era street, part of Old Sacramento, 1849-era wood and canvas theater, Sacramento RailroadAddress
125 "I" Street
mail 111 "I" Street
Sacramento, California 95814
General Location: Downtown Sacramento
Closest City:  Sacramento
Closest Interstate: 
I-5 exit J St
Closest Airport: 
Sacramento Intl
SMF
Contact
Phone 916 445-7387

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19  Old Sacramento Historic District Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Description: Historic district of 28 acres in the heart of the city, with nine museums and over 50 historic buildings. Parts of the district are included in the Old Sacramento State Historic Park, Address
1111 2nd St #300
Sacramento, California 95814
General Location: Downtown, between I-5 and Sacramento River
Closest City:  Sacramento
Closest Interstate: 
I-5 exit J street
Closest Airport: 
Sacramento Intl SMF

Contact
Phone 916 264-7777
20  History Museum at Kelley Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: 27 buildings, some original, some replicas, working trolley, houses, businesses, ice cream parlorAddress
1650 Senter Rd
San Josť, California 95112
General Location: South end of Kelley Park
Closest City:  San Jose
Closest Interstate: 
I-280 or SR 101
Closest Airport: 
San Jose Intl SJC

Contact
Phone 408 287-2290
21  San Diego Maritime Museum & Star of India Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Includes sailing ship Star of India, ferryboat Berkeley, and steam yacht MedeaAddress
1492 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, California 92101
General Location:
Closest City:  San Diego
Closest Interstate: 
I-5
Closest Airport: 
San Diego Lindbergh Field SAN

Contact
Phone 619 234-9153

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22  San Juan Bautista State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Historic site within historic district, next to historic mission (which is owned and operated separately). Several buildings, living history day once a month.Address
19 Franklin St
2nd, Washington, & Mariposa Streets
San Juan Bautista, California 95045
General Location: Downtown San Juan Bautista
Closest City: Monterey (24) San Jose (40)
Closest Major Road: 
US 101
Closest Airport:  Monterey Peninsula MRY


Contact
Phone 831 623-4881
23  Stagecoach Inn Museum Complex Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Several buildings including reconstructed 1874 house, Chumash native hut, adobe house, carriage house, and museum in the InnAddress
51 S Ventu Park Rd
Newbury Park, California 91320
General Location:
Closest City:  Burbank
Closest Major Road: 
US 101
Closest Airport:  Oxnard OXR


Contact
Phone 805 498-9441
24  Sutter's Fort State Historic Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Restored to 1847 condition, self-guided tour, demonstrationsAddress
2701 L St
26th & K
Sacramento, California 95816
General Location: Downtown Sacramento
Closest City:  Sacramento
Closest Interstate: 
I-5
Closest Airport: 
Sacramento Intl SMF

Contact
Phone 916 445-4422
25  Fresno Flats Historical Park Click here for hours, admission fees, details of what's there, local lodging, local information & nearby things to do
Description: Two Houses, schools, jail, depicting late 19th century life in the Sierra Nevada foothillsAddress
PO Box 451
Oakhurst CA  93644
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