The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

2. Universal Studios

After many expansions (and a 4-acre fire on the lot in 2008), the territory is 415 acres, and the tour includes fleeting glimpses of productions in progress (such as "CSI"), and a series of staged scenes, including a 3-D King Kong encounter, an earthquake in a subway station, a leaping "Jaws" shark, the old "Psycho" motel and mansion, a "Fast and Furious" car that belches flames, and a gaggle of "Jurassic Park" dinosaurs that fling spittle. Pictured: 3-D King Kong encounter
Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times
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