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Los Angeles is a city of gleaming skyscrapers, broad mountains, deep valleys and golden beaches - full of hopes and dreams, successes and misery, with the promise of better things to come..
San Francisco is a unique city famous for Hollywood-style car chases, clanging cable cars, beautiful Victorian-styled buildings and a liberal, relaxed community, all set within a..
Tour elegant rooms depicting various eras in California's past.
A walk through the lovely 19th-century State Capitol is a must on any visitor's list. Free tours of the building leave..
Located in the US state of California the bayside city of San Diego is known for its outdoor lifestyle, mild, sunny climate and relaxed, party atmosphere. Only 200 km (120 miles) south of..
The orange orchards of Orange County are a little harder to find these days, but not so the ideal citrus-growing climate. Theme parks, outdoor shopping complexes, and fine restaurants in..
Find the perfect balance between urban and rural on California's Central Coast. Artist enclaves in Carmel and Big Sur, celebrity residents, world-class resorts, an emerging wine region and..
You may have missed your opportunity to strike it rich during the California Gold Rush, but local landmarks, annual celebrations, and history museums in Auburn, Nevada City, and Angel's..
San Francisco is considered one of the greatest cities in the world for many things, including five-star dining, a happening theater scene, and gay and lesbian culture.
And, beyond the 130..
The warm air may draw you here, but any number of other attractions will keep you coming back. It could be the innovative spas in Desert Hot Springs, the outdoor adventures in the desert..
The hard part, when thinking about California's High Sierra, is deciding what to do during your visit. The options include Yosemite, King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks at where John..
Ontario, Riverside and San Bernardino are thriving urban centers in one of the fastest-growing areas of California. However, the area's agricultural roots are still alive in the surrounding..
Find yourself amid the nature preserves, forests and rugged trails of California's North Coast, and you'll also discover artist enclaves, fine dining and music festivals. The giant tree you..
If you're looking to escape the crowds of California's better-known parks, the Shasta Cascade region is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise year round, where every kind of recreation on Mounts..
Drive through the Central Valley, and you'll see evidence of how life here has historically revolved around agriculture. You'll find incredible farmer's markets, roadside produce stands..
Winter brings a whole new way to explore this World Heritage Site.
While Yosemite never ceases to be a jaw-dropper, there is something particularly elegant about the region's granite domes..
Lake Tahoe is the Sierra Nevada's sapphire jewel, and one of the coolest ways to see it is by skimming across the cerulean surface on a kayak, buoyed by water so clear it's as if only the..
Monterey’s historic waterfront district, Cannery Row, was once the heart of a thriving sardine-packing industry, a time immortalized in John Steinbeck’s novel. There you can shop or..
In this quintessentially quirky SoCal beach town, Ocean Front Walk offers a nonstop parade of street performers, rollerbladers, palm readers, and colorful characters. Stroll the whole 5 km..
See fabulous boutiques - and watch for celeb shoppers - along this iconic strip.
There is nothing quite like Rodeo Drive . This spectacular stretch of designer boutiques running through..
Walk or bike across one of the world's most famous spans.
With its towers, sweeping cables, and majestic span across the mouth of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge is certainly one..
Sonoma, where the vibrant restaurant scene reflects the agricultural bounty of the region. Take time to shop or do wine tasting in the historic plaza, or visit one of the nearby wineries..
Chill out at Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead. These two deep-blue lakes lie close to each other in the San Bernardino mountains and have long been favorite year-round alpine playgrounds. Snow..
Visit Mid-Century Modern masterpieces in stunning desert settings.
If you're a fan of Mid-Century Modern design, Palm Springs could be your Mother Lode. Stars of the silver screen who made..
Ride horseback on trails leading to dunes and beautiful beaches.
Whether you like to stretch out on a beach blanket and read some pulp fiction, or get up and play in the surf and sand, you..
Ride classic carousels and coasters at the edge of the Pacific.
One of the happiest ways to play along the California Coast is to spend a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk , roughly..
The park now includes a nighttime rock 'n roll orca extravaganza with a dizzying light show. As with any Shamu show, don't sit anywhere near the first 14 rows unless you're okay getting..
At Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks the trees are giant (the General Sherman tree ranks as the largest in the world) and the crowds can be too during peak summer months. But head..
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park occupies over a fifth of San Diego County, and in spring the desert's glorious wildflowers are an unforgettable sight. Knowing when the bloom peaks can be a..
Spend the day in world-renowned Napa Valley, located about an hour northeast of San Francisco. For lunch, catch the Napa Valley Wine Train, a scenic 3-hour gourmet-dining excursion aboard..
At San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, climb aboard beefed-up off-road Segways and join a safari to see rhinos, giraffes, oryx, and other animals of the African savannah and beyond.
Wander to waterfalls, vistas, and redwoods at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
With its 24m (80-foot) waterfall tumbling down the cliffs to meet the Pacific, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park..
Immerse yourself in a magical festival of shows, parades, and attractions celebrating California's storied past and exciting future.
From the Gold Rush to Hollywood's Golden Era to the..
Imagine cool mountain lakes, lava rock, steaming mud pots, stinking sulfur vents, and the world's largest plug-dome volcano--all in one place.
That place would be Lassen Peak, which rises..
Take a close look at sea otters, sharks, and thousands of other sea creatures.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of those destinations that charms everyone who walks through its great glass..
There's good reason Shasta has been dubbed "the houseboat capital of the world" - its waters are dotted with almost anything that floats.
Thankfully there is plenty of room. Shasta is..
Peek beyond the bustle around Riverside to discover one of California's newest wine regions.
Barely 40 years old, the Temecula Wine Country has quickly evolved into a thriving destination..
Explore slot canyons, oases, and magical dunes.
Death Valley is the largest national park in the continental U.S., an incredible 13,000 square km (5,000 square miles). But mere acreage..
Check out one of the most scenic, most enjoyable beach towns anywhere.
Great art, great restaurants, great surf. The city of Laguna Beach is a seaside village of 25,000-plus residents that..
See beautiful paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and more in this idyllic coastal hamlet.
With crashing waves, fog and sky, sea cliffs, wind-sculpted trees, and pretty white houses..
Get a taste of Gold Rush times along the city riverfront.
Sample saltwater taffy, tap your toes to jazz, take a vintage photo, or just watch the Sacramento River roll by at Sacramento's Old..
Beautiful Balboa Park feels like its own city, specializing in serenity and knowledge.
With 15 museums, offering everything from photography to model trains, it has been dubbed..
Imagine life in this once-vibrant mining community, now a fascinating and eerie ghost town.
There's something eerily appropriate about bumping down the dusty desert road the winds the final..
Step back into the time of silver mines and raucous desert life.
Step back to the 1880s, when silver mining was the business to be in, and Calico was the place to be. Scene of the largest..
Look for enormous Roosevelt elk in meadows, especially at Elk Prairie.
As you drive through Redwood National and State Parks in the Crescent City region, crane your neck to see the world's..
Descend into a magical subterranean landscape, a National Historic Landmark.
Using only hand tools and his imagination, Sicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere spent 40 years creating the..
Be blown away but extraordinary art, architecture, gardens, and views - and it's all free.
The Getty gives you three for the price of none (admission to this wonderful institution is..
Stroll by the sea, have a bite, hang out on beach, and watch the bodysurfers on sun-drenched beaches.
The Newport Harbor and beach area features miles of paths, fresh seafood, two piers..
Relive San Diego's early days as it became the birthplace of California. In Old Town San Diego (sometimes called the "Jamestown of the Pacific"), you will experience early Americana with..
Palm Desert , about 21km (13 miles) southeast of Palm Springs, was once best known for its El Paseo Shopping District , a mile-long street that locals had dubbed "the Rodeo Drive of the..
Get a close-up look at two-ton seals at a coastal preserve.
With an enormous body and a giant proboscis-like snout, even one bull elephant seal would be enough to catch your eye. Now..
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