California Favorites

  • Chapman Ave sign, Orange, CA
    Chapman Ave sign, Orange, CA
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California Favorites

  • Fog / Weather

    San Francisco Favorites

    you've come to the right place! (especially if you want to see fog). i live here so check out my travel pages for tips, and feel free to email me for more direct questions. i hate to tell you, but october is one of our warmest months here. september is also warm. the weather changes not only from day to day, but it's a microclimate, so it changes...

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  • Downtown

    Los Angeles Favorites

    Regal L.A. Live http://www.lalive.com/movies This is the biggest venue to see a first-run movie and frankly, the main cinema megaplex in downtown L.A. It's a beautiful cinema house inside and within. COMING SOON- 4 DX technology! Regal L.A. Live is set to be the first 4DX technology theater in the U.S. Experience action packed movies to the...

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  • Beaches

    San Diego Favorites

    If it is the beach you're looking forward to, I'd suggest that which one you spend most time at would depend upon your income level and tastes. Ocean Beach is a "funky,""let it flow" type of place and the main street, Newport Avenue is full of restaurants and bars, and the Ocean Beach Hotel is just across the street from the Ocean. Mission...

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  • Hikes / Trails

    Yosemite National Park Favorites

    After a lengthy break and snack, we pushed further up the trail with the crowds thinning out considerably. We reached the Little Yosemite Valley Campground in no time but had been told we would have to camp up the trail due to it being full. There certainly seemed to be plenty of open spots and one big group of boisterous guys told us to just set...

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  • Disneyland

    Anaheim Favorites

    If you are heading to Disneyland especially during the summer time when children are out of school, expect long lines up to a two hour wait! Make sure to take the Disney's Fastpass. This is available to the following attractions: California Screamin', Grizzly River Run, Soarin' Over Califronia, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the RAdiator...

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  • 17 Mile Drive

    Monterey Favorites

    The community of Pebble Beach is actually an unincorporated area run by a corporation rather than by an elected government but it falls under a census designated place called Del Monte Forest. Del Monte Forest has an average house value of about $800,000, while the residents are 90% white, with average incomes of about $100,000 per year. You will...

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  • Flora / Fauna

    Death Valley National Park Favorites

    This lizard is called a "chuckwalla". He was big! At least 20 inches! And he looked mean. Later on I found out he's a harmless herbivore. We saw him sun bathing on this stone during a short hike around Scotty's Castle.

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  • The Pier

    Santa Monica Favorites

    As you probably all ready know what is one of my favorite things is learn the history about the places I visit. So when a community takes the time and especially money to install one of these I like to take the time and read some of the information that is shared. This one is located at the base of the pier by the carousel. Santa Monica...

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  • The Lake

    South Lake Tahoe Favorites

    Well, I guess if you came here, to Lake Tahoe, your main reason was to see the lake! Just ensure you leave enough time to do just that, not like me, too busy taking in the sights elsewhere, haha. Seriously, you will need much longer to see the beauty here. You'll want to stop everywhere, and take your time just looking!! I hope to go back some day...

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  • Aerial Tramway

    Palm Springs Favorites

    You can leave the sunny warmth of Palm Springs and witness the spectacular landscape of San Jacinto Mountain and then arrive at the top to a Winter wonderland with magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and the beautiful Coachella Valley below. Sitting on the balcony of the Matchbox Bistro looking down on Palm Canyon Drive during the...

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  • Grauman's Foot & Hand Prints

    Hollywood Favorites

    At front of the chinese theater you can find the first prints done by stars.There are different stories how it came to the prints.Fact is that ,Mr.Sid Graumann invited on 17.May 1927 Norma Talmadge,Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to put their prints in the cement(all 3 stars at this time)The first walk of fame so to say. Hollywood Blvd.

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  • Queen Mary

    Long Beach Favorites

    Located along the walls of the "The Immortal Chaplains" Chapel is a story of how Charles Walter David, Jr., Stewards-Mate First Class sacrifice his life to save others. United States Coast Guard Charles W. David, Jr. served on the United States Coast Guard Cutter Comanche (WPG-76) during World War II. On February 3, 1943, as one of three cutters...

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  • Sunsets

    Big Sur Favorites

    There are so many places to view the sunset on highway one...dont be psycho about getting to a certain place...as you drive you can watch it set slowly and if need be, pull off at the las t possible minute to view this awesome spectacle. And dont all crowd into one turnout...there are plenty ahead...no matter which way you are going...dont be a...

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  • Seasonal Events

    San Jose Favorites

    In summer 2008 we saw country artists Jason Aldean and Emerson Drive at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Tickets were $15 for general admission and about $75 for the seating immediately in front of the stage. This is a nice little venue for a concert. This historic stadium's beer stands, snack bars, and barbecue restaurant were open for concert goers....

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  • Summer Activities

    Mammoth Lakes Favorites

    you must visit the local hot spings of the area.. stop at any gas station and ask the attendant what his or her favorite hotspring of the area is and go there!,,, you wont be disapointed .. one word of caution.. most locals go clothing optional.,, so no staring. :) we actully camped at a campground near devels postpile.. this is a really neat...

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  • OLD SACRAMENTO

    Sacramento Favorites

    Go to Old Town...everyone will say that but it is true. Old town is darling with its wooden sidewalks and sleepy river ambiance. It is a bit touristy, but that's why it has a few good resturaunts and fun bars. http://www.oldsacramento.com/home.html I live in midtown Sacramento, and my fondest memory is sitting outside on my porch on hot summer...

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  • Beaches and Tide Pools

    Laguna Beach Favorites

    Here's a site so you can always see what's up on the beach. (daylight only) click below: Laguna Beach WebCam keep refreshing the cam (F5), it updates and changes location constantly.

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  • Living in Manhattan Beach

    Manhattan Beach Favorites

    Manhattan Beach has an interesting history, before it was a town, it was part of the ten-mile ocean frontage of Rancho Sausal Redondo, which means "Round Clump of Willows. Gregory Peck (the actor) who owned a section of the north end of town, called it “Shore Acres”. In 1901, Stewart Merrill bought the south portion and called his section Manhattan...

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  • The Hotel Del Coronado

    Coronado Favorites

    While organizing your time in San Diego or Coronado, include a stop at the Palm Court just off the lobby of the Hotel Del for an afternoon cocktail, soda or coffee with delicate pastries. It is a luxurious way to relax. After 5:30 nightly there is piano entertainment and on Sudays they serve Victorian High Tea between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The...

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  • Danish Feel

    Solvang Favorites

    Solvang was founded by Danish Immigrants who initially lived in the midwest in 1911 and celebrated it's centennial in 2011. being the only danish community in California, it recieves more than a million foreign tourists a year who go and savor the quaint danish atmosphere of this Quiant town. they partake of Danish Food and sweets and buy the...

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  • Flora / Fauna

    Joshua Tree National Park Favorites

    The Rock formations are really nice to look at and take pictures and they have some pretty nice camp sites......Jumbo Rocks. There were very few flowers in bloom in the month of March i suppose because of lack of rain ......But i did enjoy my one day road trip to the desert and i plan on going back and staying a night in the back of my truck with...

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  • PASADENA

    Pasadena Favorites

    Memorial Park is conveniently located near the well beaten path of Old Pasadena and just steps from the Metro Gold Line stop named after the park itself. Stretching from Holly and Walnut St along Raymond Ave. The 5+ acre park features a big, modern playground for the kids, ample lawn space, cement path for running and the Levitt Pavilion , a...

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  • Harbor / Beach

    Oceanside Favorites

    There is a really wonderful walkway that takes you safely from the beach area to the downtown area under the railroad tracks. They accented with some lovely art work and decorated the walkway with a nice paint scheme. Along the walkway they have planted some really beautiful garden. It is also handicap accessible. It is next to Pier View Way. For...

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  • Beaches / Caves / Cliffs / Coves

    La Jolla Favorites

    Built in 1894, as late Victorian beach cottages and have been listed on the National Register since 1970's, have sadly not been taking care of for many years and are is such sad shape. Once of cottages was called the Neptune and Cove Tea Room. The local heritage group has been trying to save them, but the owners know the land they sit on is worth...

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  • IB Pier

    Imperial Beach Favorites

    This section of IB has been in the process of re-vitalizing itself and it's coming along nicely. The best thing is that the popularity of the Pier has not diminished at all. Are you getting the picture? The IB Pier has been for many years the focal point of this area in Imperial Beach and it still is. There is something refreshing and relaxing...

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  • Marin County Info

    San Rafael Favorites

    San Rafael began flourishing as a city in the mid 1800's. The late 1800's attracted a lot of new residents, and many Victorian houses from that era have remained. Here in California, we think this is old. This Victorian house is now the Marin County Museum. The museum is small but does offer some tidbits of information.

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  • Knotts Berry Farm

    Buena Park Favorites

    Boysenberry Jam (of Knott's Berry Farm) Buena Park is the home of the boysenberry. It was created by combining blackberry, red raspberry and loganberry. Walter Knott, namesake of the berry farm, and Rudolph Boysen are the credited inventors. Why Boysen took all the credit namewise for the fruity idea- this I have yet to uncover! Well, I guess it...

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  • Beach / Boardwalk

    Venice Favorites

    My favorite thing about the Venice Beach Boardwalk is the people who come to see it and the people who earn their living here. It's so diverse and a friendly environment. The artwork is not impressive, the wares are cheap but for the mere price of parking, you can spend 2-4 hours easily being amused and entertained. No fond memories I can think of....

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  • Torrey Pines State Reserve Park

    Del Mar Favorites

    The photo shows Red Butte, one of the higher grounds in Torrey Pines' trail system. Several trails spread out from here, including Razor Point, Yucca Point, and the trail to the beach. When I visited, all these trails were closed due to erosion (this year we got more rain in southern California than in Seattle). But that didn't stop people from...

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  • Apple Pie in Julian

    Julian Favorites

    Eat apple pie, tour the old mine, have a romantic get-away-weekend at the old Julian Hotel, or just walk down the main street to see shops that cater to the needs of the local residents. One of my favorite shops sells all types of wood burning stoves. In recent years there has been a different type of "Rush" to Julian and that is the "Country...

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  • Pacific Coast Highway / Highway 1

    California Favorites

    Del Mar is a city just north of San Diego along historic Highway 101. It is a charming beach resort town and fashion's itself somewhat like a Mediterranean hillside town. It is hilly in this area along the California Coastline. Del Mar residents pride themselves with the many regulations, especially regarding beach activity and behavior. On of my...

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  • Golden Gate Bridge

    San Francisco Favorites

    I've seen the Golden Gate bridge at all hours of the day and night, from multiple vantage points, in all kinds of weather. The view never gets old. It's one of my favorite places in the world to photograph. The best views, in my opinion, are from the north side of the Bridge up in the Marin headlands.

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  • Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Los Angeles Favorites

    There is plenty to see in LA without having to hire a car. Here is my suggestion for Hollywood, stay in one of the metro accessible hotels in Hollywood you can find a really good list at this site: http://www.la-electric-travel.com/hotels-in-hollywood.html all the hotels listed are within walking distance from the metro rail. You can see the...

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  • Downtown

    San Diego Favorites

    The San Diego Trolley or Old Town Trolley Tours? The confusion comes in because both the SD Trolley and Old Town Trolley Tours have a stop at Old Town and they are both called the "Trolley." San Diego's public transportation system includes a three line light rail system we call The Trolley. The BLUE LINE runs approx. north/south from American...

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  • Weather Wise

    Yosemite National Park Favorites

    Temperatures in April can range between 32 (freezing) and 66 (relatively pleasant), but the weather can go from gorgeous to dangerous in a matter of an hour - very unpredictable, still, in April. That being said, I don't want to discourage you from going because it's a beautiful time of the year, waterfalls are flowing strongly as the snow is...

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  • Information / Sources

    Anaheim Favorites

    Having a Carl's Jr treat in the home of Carl! Anaheim is the physical and sentimental headquarters of the beloved Carls Jr fast food restaurants. The founding family of the chain restaurant, the Karchers, is quite famous locally with the late patriarch Carl Karcher, having appeared on advertisements. Carl's Jr is popular along with McDonalds,...

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  • Photography

    Monterey Favorites

    Monterey has the largest population of raccoons I've ever seen in a city, small town, or the country. Some nights near the wharves, just after dark, you'll see a mess of coons sneaking out from under the wooden structure to search for the masses of tourist trash that is lying about. Enjoy looking at these crazy little guys, but don't get too close,...

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  • Other Points of Interest

    Death Valley National Park Favorites

    Corkscrew Peak is the towering sentinel of the Grapevine Mountains of northern Death Valley National Park. Corkscrew Peak derives its name from the twisting, corkscrew-like exposures of the Lower Cambrian Corkscrew Quartzite. It juts out from behind the Grapevine Mountains. There is a sign that points to it while traveling along 374 East toward...

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  • Third Street Promenade

    Santa Monica Favorites

    Shop or have lunch at SANTA MONICA PLACE. Situated along Colorado Avenue & 4th Street & 1 block away from Ocean Avenue, it's mall shopping housed within the contemporary architecture designed by world-renowed architect Frank O. Gehry (winner of the 1999 American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal).

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  • People

    South Lake Tahoe Favorites

    Lake Tahoe is a popular summer and winter resort. It is nestled in an out-of-the-way part of California and that may be one of it's biggest draws. It seems that many of the residents are an off-shoot breed of the mountain folk found in the USA in the early years of it's development. No, not the "hillbilly" type. Those people who love nature and...

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  • Mountains/ hiking

    Palm Springs Favorites

    Make a trip to Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake in the world in terms or volume thanks to the engineering wonder Hoover Dam. Avoid carrying suspicious looking bags in case you incur unnecessary delay to your fellow travellers when the security checks on you. We can't afford a burst dam after 9/11 can we?

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  • Universal Studios

    Hollywood Favorites

    If you have a chance to go to Hollywood,I think many people go to there. It's enough to go once but it is really nice place. I went to there on Sunday but it was little bit rainy so not crowded. So if you don't want to rush at there,how about go to rainy day or wet weather?

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  • Information / Sources

    Long Beach Favorites

    This booth is located on Aquarium Way and filled with all kinds of wonderful information of things to see and do. Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 301 E. Ocean Blvd, Suite 1900 Long Beach CA 90802 (562) 436-3645 (800) 452-782

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  • Weather

    Big Sur Favorites

    Like most of the Coastal Areas of California from North in Mendocino Area up to the San Diego Area, The climate in the Big Sur and Monterey Peninsula area is really made up of several mini-climates and can vary depending upon the time of year, the time of day and the area visited. Afternoons when a cool breeze blows in off the ocean a drive just...

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  • Sports / Recreation / Shopping

    San Jose Favorites

    Santana Row and Valley Fair mall (both across the street from each other) provide great shopping of most major retail shops, but if you're like me who's more into great restaurants, window shopping or being outdoors, this area is perfect to spend several hours at! Both shopping centers have great restaurants, and Santana Row has outdoor seating...

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