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It was happen-chance that I found Cameron’s Pub, Restaurant, and Inn in Half Moon Bay while on a work trip, and I couldn’t be happier that I stumbled in. A few minutes from Half Moon Bay is a bright red double-decker bus inviting you for a pint or a drink. Interview with Cameron, Founder of …

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Note: Our goal is to provide all unique perspectives using imagery from our visit to provide the most authentic perspective possible. For usage details, please visit our media licensing page. Alcatraz Island, often called “The Rock,” presents a fascinating blend of American history, natural beauty, and cultural significance. Primely positioned in the middle of the …

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With its waterfront experiences, shopping, and beach town feel in a big city, Long Beach is an underrated destination. Nestled in Southern California, just south of downtown Los Angeles, LBC is a perfect example of a SoCal city. Although it has a beach town feel on a much larger scale, Long Beach isn’t just a …

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California, “The Sunshine State” is enormous. Seriously! It is the most populated state in the United States and has over 480 cities to explore. And that’s just the cities: California’s natural beauty and variety is just as enormous. Choosing lodging can be overwhelming when considering where to stay in California, particularly in the most popular …

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It’s not humanly possible to explore all of the Joshua Tree National Park within a day. I’ve tried it. Didn’t work. Thus, I’ve many recommendations for tourists looking for the best places to stay near Joshua Tree. Below are some of the best accommodations where you and your families can rest comfortably after your tour. …

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Oh, Los Angeles. A city that is renowned for its glitz and glamour, famous inhabitants, and high-end shopping. But the real treasures of the City of Angels can be discovered at its fascinating flea markets. The vibrant flea markets in Los Angeles are unlike anywhere else. Local street vendors, antique shop owners, fashion lovers, and …

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Personally, living the dream would be soaking up that Southern California lifestyle. Nothing beats immersing yourself in surf culture and digging into mouthwatering Mexican or coastal food. Each day greets you with the warm sun and the most perfect weather you can imagine. Southern California provides an experience that you can’t get anywhere else. Where …

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California – the Golden State, home to movie stars, tech giants, and natural wonders that stretch from the ocean views and sunny beaches in the south to the towering redwoods and mountains in the north. If you plan a trip to this diverse and beautiful state, you might feel unsure of the best way to …

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Calabasas is a great spot for foodies for many reasons. It’s a star-studded area with top-tier dining in an oceanside community. It’s close to Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Agoura Hills, so you’ll have your pick of the crop for a tasty meal you’ll love. We’re here to help you figure out the best …

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Palm Springs has been a vacation destination for both upscale travelers and people wishing to visit Joshua Tree National Park for a century. Although native people, and later Mexican explorers and European settlers have lived in this area for far longer, it was developed as a resort community in the early 1900s. At first, it …

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Are you planning a trip to California? Then you’ve come to the right place! This blog will be your guide on how to make the most out of your visit. From sandy beaches to towering mountains, there are options to suit various interests in the Golden State. We’ll tell you about some must-see attractions and …

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Northern California is one giant treasure chest for anyone who likes pristine nature and fascinating historic places. The rugged and rural Humboldt County, encompassing a huge area of wilderness and coastline, is centered around the small city of Eureka, situated on Humboldt Bay.

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The Southern California coastal town Huntington Beach’s nickname is Surf City, USA. That pretty much captures the identity of this laid-back, beachy, west coast town. Located in Orange County, Huntington Beach is about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles and about 30 from Anaheim and Disneyland. There are over eight miles of shoreline with wide …

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The Santa Ynez Mountains are mostly famous for the stunning Santa Barbara coastline, where they meet the sea. But the real hidden gem of this region is tucked away on the other side – the Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Ynez Valley is a part of California wine country. Its many rolling hills and mild …

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Welcome to Calabasas, California, a charming city nestled among the Santa Monica Mountains. Choosing the perfect place to stay in Calabasas is essential for a memorable adventure along coastal California. From luxurious resorts to cozy boutique hotels, Calabasas offers a taste of California’s unrivaled hospitality and serenity. These Calabasas hotels and vacation rentals are designed …

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The concrete metropolis of Los Angeles conjures up images of celebrities, the glitz and glam of Hollywood Hills, and palm tree-lined streets and beaches. Let’s try a new angle. Did you know that this Southern California area is a hiking hotspot and rich in natural beauty? Being close to nature is a magical, healing, and …

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San Francisco is a place many folks love to visit; one of the largest cities in California, known for its fog, bright red Golden Gate Bridge, and hilly aesthetic. It’s known as home to the infamous Alcatraz Prison, and with recent news coverage, you may be wondering if San Francisco is safe. Believe it or …

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Welcome to Sunny San Diego, where the city boasts the perfect weather year-round. This west coast state can offer an intense selection of family-friendly activities. Grab some surf lessons, sprawl out in the sand, visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, or indulge in San Diego’s coastal cuisine. If someone told me to close my eyes …

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Just a short drive from the bustling city of San Francisco, the picturesque coastal town of Half Moon Bay offers a number of fun activities and attractions to explore. Half Moon Bay has everything from pristine sandy beaches where you can soak up the sun and ride the waves to awe-inspiring nature reserves teeming with …

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First laying eyes on the town of Solvang, California can be a delightfully surreal experience. One minute you’re driving through the beautiful, sun-soaked hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, and the next, you feel like you’ve been transported back in time to an old-world Danish town. Rest assured, you wouldn’t be the first to initially …

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When it comes to sun, sand, and surf, San Diego gets the gold medal. America’s Finest City is a haven for some of the best restaurants I’ve had the honor to eat at, world-class museums, and breathtaking beaches. Personally, visiting San Diego was love at first sight, and I’d move there in a heartbeat. My …

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The Lake Tahoe area on the border of Nevada and California is a wonderful place to vacation. This big blue lake is breathtaking and gigantic – it covers 191 square miles and has an average depth of 1000 feet, making it the second deepest lake in the United States after Oregon’s Crater Lake. Depending on …

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Welcome to our guide to the best restaurants in San Francisco, California! San Francisco is no stranger to some of the best cuisines in the world and is home to some of the country’s best restaurants. Those looking for a city with many dining options, waterside dining, handcrafted cocktails, stunning Ocean Beach views, and fresh …

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From its 70 miles of gorgeous ocean coastline to the seriously amazing weather, San Diego is the ideal destination for stateside coastal vacations, and it’s also a pretty terrific place to visit when you’ve never traveled to the United States. But how do you choose what to do in this beautiful Southern California city? One …

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Newport Beach in California is a curious mix of luxury homes, laidback surfer dudes, and refined boating culture. The weather is spectacular and rarely gets above 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and below 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. The sun shines almost every single day, and there are enough outdoor activities available around …

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Modern-day Los Angeles is famous for movie stars, Hollywood, and taco trucks. It’s also one of the most sprawling metropolises to visit to fill your days with unique experiences and legendary tourist sites. Los Angeles boasts some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, from the iconic Hollywood Sign and Sunset Boulevard to the Santa Monica …

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Located on the central California coast, Santa Barbara is a destination for everyone. With its Mediterranean architecture, rich Spanish heritage, endless outdoor activities, and world-class wineries, it’s no surprise why Santa Barbara is so popular. However, the culinary scene has erupted in this area the past decade, with Michelin-star restaurants and other award-winning establishments entering …

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A shimmering city on the ocean, San Diego is a refreshing stop for any traveler. Though far less glamorous than its neighbor to the North, San Diego has just as much to offer even if it doesn’t have a giant name sign. Each of the city’s seventeen neighborhoods offers something intrinsically different, providing travelers with …

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Any California traveler will soon find themselves visiting San Francisco. This massive metropolis is busy as one of the three major cities in the Bay Area, with an airport connecting almost every corner of the world. It is the main gateway to northern California and all the beautiful sights it has to offer. For decades, …

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Located off the coast of Southern California, Santa Catalina Island (usually shortened to Catalina Island) is a fantastic destination for scuba diving, wildlife viewing, shopping, and relaxation. This 22-mile-long island is the southernmost island of California’s Channel Islands. If you only want to spend the day on Catalina Island, it’s a short one-hour trip via …

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With nine national parks, the beautiful state of California has more than any other in the nation – a fact far too overshadowed by the glamor of Hollywood and the magic of Disneyland. The city lights and culinary delights of places like Los Angeles and San Francisco are great. Still, California’s national parks are home …

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Big Bear Lake, a small city in San Bernardino County, is one of the prominent tourist destinations in Southern California. The town lies on the banks of its namesake, Big Bear Lake, renowned for its gorgeous turquoise color and the backdrop of the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains. The town is also neighbored by a few …

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Napa Valley in Northern California represents one of the most well-known wine-producing regions in the country. Still, Napa isn’t the only area in California where winemaking is a treasured art. The City of Temecula, which wasn’t incorporated until 1989, represents one of the most exciting areas in California for new vintners and visitors interested in …

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Calling all Cali-lovers! If you’re heading to California’s central coast, prepare for a whirlwind of fun – because the San Francisco Bay Area has plenty to explore, no matter your travel style. From touring Silicon Valley and South Bay, enjoying the city’s landscape from the San Francisco peninsula to the cultural attractions of the East …

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Newport Beach is a popular destination for all ages, offering the best of California weather, beaches, dining, water sports, and family fun. This Southern California coastal town is known for its large harbor, ten miles of beaches, excellent whale-watching opportunities, and local craft beers. These are the best things to do in Newport Beach.

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As someone brought up in a country where two weeks of sunshine during the whole season of summer is considered “balmy,” I adore exploring California. One of my favorite road trips ever was driving a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) along the California coast. I’ll admit, I planned this trip badly, spending a …

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Death Valley National Park is one of the largest national parks in the United States and is as magnificent as it is treacherous. Death Valley is a land of extremes, boasting the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth: 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Locals measured the scorching temperature in 1913. Death Valley is also home to the …

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Sounds appealing, doesn’t it? If you look past the name Death Valley National Park, you will find it is one of the wildest experiences in the western United States. The brave visitors who enter this California desert are in for a truly surreal landscape and potentially a very hot afternoon.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called Carmel, is located on the Monterey Peninsula on California’s central coast. It is a picturesque one-square-mile village with fairytale cottages and tranquil cliffside vistas. It is also home to a strong arts community known for its many galleries. This bohemian village has been a longtime favorite of Hollywood legends such as Clint …

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The mere name Napa Valley conjures up visions of sun-filled days and rolling vine-covered hills. This unique clime, located north of San Francisco, has long been known for hundreds of hillside vineyards that create some of the best wines in the world. So, where do we begin? The Napa River extends some 55 miles throughout Napa …

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If you’re planning a trip to California and looking for a city with a small-town charm and plenty of things to do, look no further than Visalia. Nestled in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Visalia offers a range of activities, from exploring national parks to visiting local museums and dining at farm-to-table restaurants. …

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Dana Point is a sleepy little beach town in Southern California that’s easy to miss if you drive too fast on the highway. However, it’s worth a visit if only for the cozy beach vibe and the unpretentious and friendly population. The city’s official motto is “Harboring the Good Life,” that sentiment is evident along …

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Vista is a city in San Diego County, California. Once part of Mexico, Vista was originally comprised of three ranchos, including Rancho Buena Vista and Rancho Guajome, formed from a Mexican land grant. Though the rancho era began to fade in the area during the 1850s, Vista’s architecture, cultural scene, and local cuisine are heavily …

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If you’ve been to Merced, California, I’m sure you can attest to the beauty of this city. Here are the most incredible things to do in Merced, California, that anyone should check out. Merced, California, has been around since its establishment in 1889. This gorgeous city in the San Joaquin Valley has continued to shine …

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Chico is a small city in northern California. It is in Butte County, roughly 90 miles north of Sacramento, the state capital. Chico is most famous as the home of Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the nation. The park contains numerous amenities, including the Chico Creek Nature Center, Bidwell Park Golf …

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Are you planning to visit Santa Barbara and unsure where to start? Don’t stress. It can be overwhelming to decide where to stay in Santa Barbara; many Santa Barbara hotels are comfortable, luxurious, and prime locations for outdoor adventures, wineries, shopping, and exploring the area. Also known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is known …

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The Sierra Nevada mountain range, located in the Western part of the United States, is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts. Affectionately known as the “Range of Light” due to its unusually pale-colored peaks, this vast land boasts breathtaking parks, diverse flora and fauna, and some of the continent’s highest mountains and oldest trees.

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Santa Monica, California, is a popular beach city in western Los Angeles County, welcoming millions of tourists annually. It’s a hotspot for travelers worldwide, with quick travel time to and from Los Angeles and convenient access to Orange County and San Diego via the Pacific Coast Highway. With over 300 sunny days per year, Santa …

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If you’re looking for a fun-filled weekend getaway or a more extended vacation destination, look no further than Ojai, California. This tiny town in Ventura County, in Southern California, is home to some of the state’s best wineries, restaurants, spas, and outdoor activities. Here are the best things to do in Ojai, California. One of …

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Clearlake, California, is home to just over 16,000 people. It is one of Lake County, California’s smallest yet fastest-growing towns. It is located in Northern California and is the perfect getaway spot for people who want to vacation away from the hustle and bustle of major cities or enjoy a serene afternoon near Clear Lake …

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Turlock, California, is the second largest city in Stanislaus County, located in the heart of California’s Central Valley region. Nearby cities in this corner of California include Modesto, Livingston, and Ceres. It is believed the name “Turlock” originated from the Gaelic word “Turlough,” the name of a village in Ireland as found in James Payn’s …

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Barstow is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, set in the Mojave Desert. In the 1800s, it was an important stopping point for many travelers heading west.  This city offers various historical activities, including something for travelers of all ages. In addition, Barstow is home to many museums, including the Mojave River Museum, …

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Auburn is a small, picturesque California town 30 miles northeast of the state’s capital city of Sacramento and due north of Folsom Lake. The town sits on Interstate 80 and California Highway 49. The region is divided into North Auburn and Auburn, and history and topography are the primary differences. Even though you are in …

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Irrespective of your status as a solo traveler, on a Christmas lights tour, or with a traveling family, this is the perfect place for an adventurous Southern California vacation. These are the best things to do in Glendale, California. TL;DR: Things to Do in Glendale, California 1. Brand Park Address: 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA …

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Mendocino is known for its rugged coastal beauty and the United States oceanfront botanical gardens. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens occupy 47 acres on the northern coast and have over 200 floral varieties. These are the best things to do in Mendocino, California. The botanical gardens have over four miles of trails that crisscross the …

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Located on the rugged coastline in San Diego County, La Jolla, California, is a seaside community famous for its beach destinations, outdoor recreational activities, access to marine and wildlife, and friendly locals. Known as “The Jewel,” La Jolla draws visitors from all over the globe to experience its beautiful coastline, luxurious hotels, high-end shopping, museums, …

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The coastal city of Ventura lies halfway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles off the Pacific Coast Highway. As the county seat of Ventura County, Ventura is the largest city, with just over 110,000 residents in 2020. And although everyone refers to the town as “Ventura,” its official name is San Buenaventura, meaning good fortune. …

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Fort Bragg, officially known as the City of Fort Bragg, is a small town along the West Coast. Although the population is less than 7,000, Fort Bragg is the largest town on the beautiful Mendocino coast. Located in Mendocino County along the Shoreline Highway, Fort Bragg is a tourist destination with many notable landmarks and …

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Whether you know it as the City of Dreams, La-La-Land, the City of Angels, or just LA everyone is familiar with the great city of Los Angeles. This west coast metropolis in southern California is beloved for its entertainment industry, high-profile residents, and sunny weather, among much more. Here are the best things to do …

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Mariposa, California, is a small and charming town mostly known today as an attractive tourist destination. The city played a role in the California Gold Rush as a mining town in the late 1880s when gold ore was discovered nearby. It served as Mariposa County’s seat and was named after the beautiful monarch butterflies seen …

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If you’re looking for a fun day in Palo Alto, California, you’ll find no shortage of activities to enjoy. Gorgeous, sunny Palo Alto is situated in the upper western corner of Santa Clara County in the San Francisco Bay Area and is close to the often underrated California city of San Jose. It is a …

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Venice, California, is part of the Westside Region of Los Angeles County. Since its founding in 1905, Venice has been known as an eccentric, entertaining, and unique part of the Southern California landscape. This beachfront resort town has welcomed artistic expression and diverse cultures for over a century while providing amusement, education, and ocean-centered activities …

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Carlsbad, California, is a cool, coastal town in San Diego County, about 35 miles north of downtown San Diego and 50 miles south of Orange County. Carlsbad’s beautiful beaches stretch over 7 miles along the coastline and feature an incredible foodie scene, making this destination a must-see for solo travelers, families, couples, and everyone. Here …

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Pasadena is a unique city eleven miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The region was first inhabited by the Hahanog-an Indian tribe, who lived in villages scattered along the Arroyo Seco and the mountain canyons in what is now South Pasadena. This small mission town is home to world-class educational institutions and museums located at …

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Santa Cruz is just an hour south of San Francisco, but it feels worlds away from big city life. Instead, it feels like a remote paradise with redwood mountains, beautiful beaches, and great surf.  The city has a long history, beginning in 1769 with a Spanish explorer discovering the land. This explorer, Don Gaspar de …

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Healdsburg, California, is a small town located in Sonoma wine country. It is nestled on the beautiful banks of the Russian River Valley. For those who want to taste Sonoma County and experience the best wine-tasting rooms, wine tastings paired with food, and more, downtown Healdsburg and the surrounding areas have you covered! If you’re …

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, known to most only as Carmel, is a blissful destination for a break from the hustle and bustle of big-city life. Situated on California’s central coast in Monterey County, this quaint, Hamlet-like village is a breath of fresh air, full of activities to entertain both young and old. Indeed, Carmel is the perfect combination …

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As it happens, Antioch has many amazing things to do. Being Contra Costa County’s third-largest city, Antioch is a busy city that offers city and country life experiences you’ll never forget. Antioch has 31 incredible parks covering over 310 acres of land. It also boasts some extra 600 acres of open space, owned and managed …

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Truckee, California, is nested in the Sierra Nevada mountain range about 200 miles northeast of San Francisco. The location of this community offers year-round activities for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who love skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and biking.  During the winter, Truckee has been recognized as the coldest spot in the nation, making it a popular …

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Located within the Southern California county of Riverside, Idyllwild, California, is a picturesque community surrounded by the pine trees of the San Jacinto Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest. Often called “Mile-high Idyllwild” due to its elevation, the mountain resort offers visitors the opportunity to partake in outdoor adventures such as mountain biking, hiking, …

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If you’re visiting Los Alamos, good news! You’ll have so much fun in this funky town full of life, antique shopping, wine tasting, friendly faces, and hidden gems. Located in Central California’s Santa Ynez Valley, it is a tiny town, but it’s underrated in the best way possible. Los Alamos is the small town to …

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Pismo Beach is a quaint beachside city with incredible, expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Here is a list of the top things to do in Pismo Beach, California, as a family, solo, or with your peers. But there’s much more to this charming town than meets the eye. From exploring the tide pools to …

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The city of Capitola is a small seaside town on Monterey Bay’s northern coast. Located just two hours from San Francisco, Capitola is a popular site for weekend beach getaways. The city’s exact origins are often up for debate among historians, making Capitola an interesting spot for those who love delving into local historical mysteries. …

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If you plan on visiting Laguna Beach in Orange County, California, anytime soon, you’re in for a real treat. Laguna Beach has a fun and casual vibe while maintaining some seriously elegant areas of luxury and sophistication. Laguna Beach is a coastal town that offers dozens of gorgeous beaches, vineyards, wineries, oceanside parks, interesting tours, …

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Irvine is located in Orange County and is known for its friendly residents, excellent education system, and low crime rate. When in southern California, you are certain to find plenty of fun things to do in Irvine! If you have never been to this often-overlooked town, you might wonder what to do in Irvine. Irvine, …

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Nestled on the Sacramento River, the small town of Red Bluff, California, offers an array of things to do on vacation or if you reside there. Surrounded on three borders by national forests, Red Bluff serves as a Mecca for outdoorsy travelers. To its south, Sacramento lies just an hour’s drive away, making this an …

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Editorial Note: This article was originally published by Kyle Kroeger after a visit to the region and was recently reviewed and revised by Doug Weissman, a California native, along with a two-person editorial review. Read more about our editorial approach for more information. Located in California wine country just north of San Francisco, Napa Valley …

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Placed directly in the San Bernandino Mountains, just a few hours from Los Angeles, Crestline, California, is home to the giant Lake Gregory and other historical landmarks in Southern California. Crestline is a wonderful place to visit any time of year, and while they do experience some snowy winters, you will still be able to …

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Nestled near the Central Coast of California lies Santa Maria, a community known for wine and mouthwatering Santa Maria-style barbecue, a regional culinary tradition. The community is part of the nation’s largest wine-producing region, Santa Barbara Wine Country, and is home to many famous wineries.  Santa Maria offers locals and visitors access to many cultural …

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Roseville, California, the largest city in Placer County, is located in northern California, where Route 65 and Interstate 80 intersect. Roseville is part of the larger Sacramento metropolitan area, only 18 miles northeast of the California State Capitol building.  Recently, Roseville has been named 21st in the list of best places to live in the United States. …

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Not many people know that the city of Santa Barbara was originally named La Laguna de Concepcion and didn’t actually become “Santa Barbara” until 1602. The story goes that the Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino sailed during a massive storm through the Channel Islands and La Laguna de Concepcion on December 4, 1602. That was the …

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Many top things to do in Fallbrook involve the outdoors or a component of nature, one way or another. A stroll along the historic downtown will reveal that many of the wooden buildings still standing are, in fact, historic. The local Historical Society Museum highlights the important aspects of local history through the preservation of …

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Santa Ana is a large city centrally located in Orange County, California. With a community rich in Hispanic and Latino culture, the art and music scene is an eclectic blend of funk and folk. The restaurant scene is award-winning; from the best tacos in Orange County to plant-based vegan spots and fresh sushi, Santa Ana …

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Looking to visit a classic Southern California beach town? Check out these best activities and attractions in Oceanside to make the most of your visit. The Oceanside Harbor Village has many amazing things to do, including great food, souvenirs, local wildlife, and boat rentals. You can spend all day being a tourist in the Harbor. …

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Ramona, California, is located within San Diego County and was once known as the “Turkey Capital of the World.” This dubious honor was lost when the number of turkey farms declined at the end of WWII, though the area remained centered around poultry for years as the chicken egg business rose to take its place. …

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Just a few hours north of San Francisco and located directly on the coastline, Cambria, California, is home to the great seaside escape of Moonstone Beach, marine wildlife, and historical landmarks. At times, they do experience some cold winters, but you will still be able to enjoy the landscape the coastline gem has to offer. While …

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Jamestown, California, is a small town of around 3,400 in Tuolumne County. When visiting this area, there are many fun things to do in Jamestown. Destinations like the Historic Fallon House Theatre and Black Oak Casino may include custom tours and history highlights, while breweries and wineries offer tasting room options. Here are some of …

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The Bishop area has gorgeous scenery and ample hiking, fishing, and rock climbing. And it’s rural isolation and unspoiled terrain are part of the draw. Many think of the town as a small town with a big backyard. These are some of our favorite things to do in Bishop. Bishop is also known for its mules. …

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Departing from the whir of technological buzz, San Jose is so much more than its location within Silicon Valley. While the area is known for its technology and innovation, it deserves to be known for its fantastic food and drink scene, outdoor adventure, and cultural experiences. Even a Luddite could fall in love with Teal …

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If you have never been there, you might wonder if Anaheim, California, is worth visiting. Here are some interesting facts about this southern California city: Anaheim is on the map just northeast of Los Angeles. The renowned Disneyland Resort is found in this city – not to mention other Disney parks. In addition, there are …

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Welcome to Blythe, California, arguably one of the most unhidden yet unheralded treasures in this West Coast state! You won’t be disappointed if you look for things to do in Blythe. Not only does this beautiful city and surrounding area offer plenty of options for things to do, but many of these activities are free! …

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Embark on a journey through Fresno, California, and you’ll uncover many activities that cater to every interest and budget. The city’s blossoming economy has given rise to new ventures and points of interest, enriching the tapestry of experiences available to residents and tourists. From complimentary delights to premium attractions at $60 a head, most pursuits …

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The gateway to Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, is reserved and weird. You’ll love the vibe here while checking out the best things to do in Santa Rosa. Excellent food, stellar hiking, biking, and incredible wines await in this northern California gem. Santa Rosa is a quick 55 miles north of San Francisco. It is the …

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Solvang is a little town with a charming European spirit located in the heart of California. This is a very special place influenced by Danish and Dutch settlers who arrived in that area hundreds of years ago. These are the best things to do in Solvang. Therefore, if you want to transport yourself to Northern …

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A trip to Northern California often involves San Francisco, but there is so much more to this region. Oakland is a diverse and lively city with a unique culture just across San Francisco Bay. With its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a break …

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It’s no surprise that the definition of “eureka” is “a cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something,” as the city of Eureka, California, is sure to bring a lot of joy to anyone who visits. With so many unique things to do in Eureka, California, the city is often a stopping …

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As a lifelong San Diegan and an avid museum-goer, I’ve enjoyed exploring the city’s arts and culture scene for years. From the moment I stepped inside the San Diego Museum of Art as a young traveler, I knew I had found my passion. Over the decades, I’ve witnessed the evolution of San Diego’s museum landscape, …

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When it comes to cities that pack a punch, you can’t get much better than SoCal’s San Diego. Also known as America’s Finest City, San Diego has world-famous attractions, top-rated restaurants and bars, and pristine beaches. While the city is known for its beaches and ocean views, there are many other things to see and …

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On its own, San Diego is a city with a lot to offer. As America’s Finest City, San Diego has miles of beautiful beaches, a buzzing nightlife scene, many art galleries, and an impressive history dating back to its Gold Rush days. Not to mention the dozens of family-friendly attractions, including the world-renowned San Diego …

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Whether you’re a nature lover, adventurer, or foodie, you can surely find your place in the Golden State. You will never run out of places to go because of the wide range of things to do in California. This includes fun beach escapades, adrenaline-inducing trips to amusement parks, relaxing nature trails, diverse food explorations, and …

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Joshua Tree is one of the best destinations in Southern California, and it’s hard not to see why. While it looks dull from the outside, do not underestimate the power of this 800,000-acre park.  Local and international tourists frequent this place for its magical views and the vast array of activities that you can do …

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With beautiful beaches, lots of history, and plenty of cultures that can be seen around the neighborhood, it’s no surprise that Point Loma has become a top vacation destination in San Diego! Here are our favorite things to do in Point Loma. Point Loma is a coastal town that’s as fun to live in as …

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Joshua Tree National Park is an incredible and unique natural wonder that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. This national park is like no other. People flock all over the nation to see the beautiful landscape and special trees that make up this National Parks Service site.

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California is known for its sights. Its diverse landscape is truly something to behold; they, along with the countless manmade California landmarks, are a testament to that. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Hollywood Sign, these landmarks attract tourists worldwide. Here are the most famous landmarks in California. There are many things to do …

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Tahquitz Canyon is a natural wonder located in Palm Springs, California. This 60-foot waterfall and its surrounding landscape are popular tourist destinations and for justifiable grounds. Visitors can enjoy hiking, picnicking in the park, and admiring the beauty of the falls. About Tahquitz Canyon Tahquitz Canyon is within the San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs, …

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If you’re planning a coastal Central California vacation and wondering where to stay in Big Sur, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’ve planned a weekend getaway, a day trip, or a two-week road trip adventure, Big Sur hotels range from luxury resorts, cabin rentals, inns, and campsites along the Big Sur coastline. Displaying rugged scenery, …

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From fishing, swimming, and kitesurfing to walking trails, bike paths, and cultural attractions, there are lots of things to do in Long Beach. This coastal city is a classic Southern California beach town with a modern vibe. Travelers come to Long Beach for family vacations, romantic getaways, and events such as the Grand Prix of …

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With jagged coastlines, soaring waterfalls, towering redwoods, and that glamorous persona, California has more exotic places than you might think. When you consider the word “exotic,” your mind probably travels to somewhere like Bali, the Maldives, or a curvaceous Mediterranean coastline. Mine sure does! The Golden State of California entered the nation in 1850 and …

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Whether you’re in Palm Desert to hit the green, indulge in some retail therapy, or hike the many scenic trails, the things to do in Palm Desert offer a long list of leisure activities that promise an experience for every type of visitor. This sun-drenched city is in the heart of Greater Palm Springs and …

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Big Bear is one of Southern California’s favorite vacation destinations. Located up in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, it’s comprised of Big Bear Lake and the communities that surround it – collectively, they all make up “Big Bear.” This place was named by the people of the Serrano tribe, who were the first to settle …

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Famous for beautiful beaches and hosting many celebrity homes, Malibu is a town in Los Angeles County just north of the city that makes for a true California seaside paradise. This place has a laid-back and chill aura, making it a perfect holiday destination for people who want to take a break from their busy …

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Looking for the best breweries in Northern California? If you’re raring for a fizzy glass of ice-cold brew, you won’t find any shortage of craft breweries in this sun-drenched region. NorCals love their beers so much that it’s a multi-billion dollar industry, and beer is revered just as much as wine is venerated in its …

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If you’re looking for a way to save on your trip to San Francisco, look no further than the CityPASS. This booklet offers tourists discounts on some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and more. So is it worth buying? Let’s take a closer look. With so many …

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The first time I visited Los Angeles, I drove a convertible Mustang. Having rented the car in San Francisco and slalomed down the US 101 (considered one of the most scenic drives in the world), I eventually finished my trip in San Diego and Southern California. It had been a liberating and unforgettable experience – …

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So, do you need a car in San Diego, CA? This is probably the first question that comes to your mind when visiting the city. Check out our article for a detailed answer. Known for its parks, beaches, dining, nightlife venues, and world-class attractions, San Diego has earned the name of California’s Beach City. Located …

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Welcome to the sunny and thrilling land of California! This place has incredible sandy beaches, towering redwood forests, and a stunning mix of landscapes ranging from forests to deserts, mountains to wine regions. It’s no wonder people from across the globe dream of vacationing here. Whether you’re into tech or celebrities, California caters to multiple …

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Waterfalls in California come in all shapes and sizes. The coastlines and forests seem to have a never-ending array of misty cascades of crystal blue water splashing with powerful drama into seas and riverbeds like the McWay Falls in Big Sur or Devils Falls. With so many hiking trails with waterfalls in California, it’s easy to make …

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Are you planning a trip to California soon? Have you ever considered traveling to a less popular destination than Los Angeles or San Diego? People tell me that the East Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area, in general, are a must-see when you make your way to California. The people, the food, and the …

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Northern California vs Southern California is a rivalry that has been going on for decades. If you’re not from California, the competition between these neighboring regions may perplex you. Why the needless tussle? Although in the same state, NorCal and SoCal have many stark differences. 

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With its vast beaches and great weather, visiting SoCal will surely be a great time. To help you plan the perfect SoCal itinerary, here’s a list of Southern California’s best places to visit. Southern California, affectionately termed SoCal, is a prime attraction for sightseers and locals, brimming with many engaging endeavors amidst its constant sunny …

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A journey to Joshua Tree National Park is where you’ll find an unparalleled haven for outdoor enthusiasts, where the unique desert landscape promises a memorable weekend escape. From the stark beauty of the iconic Joshua trees to the rugged canyons and fascinating rock formations, this Southern California gem caters to adventurers of all kinds. With …

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Looking for some fun things to do in Palm Springs, California? We have the complete list of local, touristy, and unusual things to do in this iconic desert town. As young people say these days, travel is life! Seeing a new place for the first time or returning to a favorite vacation spot is an unforgettable experience. …

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When you’re looking for an adventure, it’s not hard to find where to start: California is the place to be, with sunshine, beaches, and street art galore… but that’s just the beginning. Picture it: the people, the weather, the whole atmosphere of the state—wouldn’t you say it has a certain “je ne sais quoi?” A …

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San Francisco is a lovely place to tour because of the many walkable sites and scenes that attract tourists from all over the world. Many people like to explore the city by taking a long stroll for a local experience. San Francisco is a great place to explore on foot. It’s a pedestrian-friendly city, and …

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Are you looking for the best California road trips? In this article, we’ll discuss the top places to visit in the state. Road-tripping is a fun activity with your family and friends and a great way to explore a new destination. California is a truly majestic place to tour by road, filled with sites to see …

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Are you planning your next vacation to a full-of-life US city with exotic beaches and thriving nightlife? What about San Diego or Los Angeles? In this San Diego vs Los Angeles comparison, I have listed everything you need to decide the best option. It already requires planning and effort to take a trip to California. …

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Editorial Note: This article was initially published by Kyle Kroeger after a trip to San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. In November 2023, the article was revised by Douglas Weissman, a California native and professional traveler. From scenic state and national parks to the sprawling metropolis of San Francisco and the stunning coastline along the …

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Maybe you’ve heard of Yosemite Sam or just finished holding your breath during Free Solo. Whatever the reason that brought you here, we’re here to discuss the best time to visit Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is a national treasure that attracts over 3.5 million visitors per year. We can confidently say there is no wrong time to visit. However, depending …

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San Francisco is known for its steep hills, earthquakes, and trolleys, among other things. But it’s known for having the world’s most twisty, curvy streets and home to some of the country’s most expensive real estate! Other famous roads in San Francisco include Market Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, and Van Ness Avenue, located in …

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With its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, charming neighborhoods, and steep hills, San Francisco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Whether you love the concept of slow travel or want to see all that San Francisco offers on a long weekend, the city by the bay never disappoints. Among the …

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The Santa Cruz Mystery Spot is where the laws of physics seem to be defied. It’s a tourist attraction where people can experience weird gravitational effects and optical illusions. Visitors can do a number of fun activities at the mystery spot, including standing on walls, walking upstairs that leads nowhere, and feeling like they’re spinning …

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