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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

    Good food court/markets! Grand Central Market is a neighborhood treasure. Downtowners especiallyappreciate it for providing a variety of fruits, veggies, meats, exotic spices and more which would all be otherwise hard to get. If you happen to be downtown, this is the place to go for a filling meal without emptying the pocket. Various deli-style...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Museums / Theaters

    San Jose Favorites

    I hope this map helps you find the Winchester Mystery House. We found it very easily! Located on Winchester Boulevard, between Interstate 280 and Steen Creek Blvd. Follow the Winchester Mystery House signs. Here is link from the web site with more directions. Directions to Winchester Mystery House

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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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  • 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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  • Nostalgia / Nature

    Sacramento Favorites

    Wandering around the city, i came across these market stalls, selling all sorts of fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. The market stalls here are located in the picturesque Cesar E Chavez Plaza, corner of 9th and J Streets.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Winter Activities

    Mammoth Lakes Favorites

    The weather is fantastic. It gets lots of snow, but warms up during the day and you get plenty of sunshine as well. We were caught in a snowstorm right before Christmas and had to walk in a raging Blizzard to get food. Pulled it back to the Condo on a sled!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    There are many things to do in San Francisco. Generally, if you have three days there, make sure to go to the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and book ahead of time to go to the Alcatraz Island. Go to the Sonoma for a day, too.

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  • Proud Bird

    Los Angeles Favorites

    This restaurant ..Proud Bird is famous in aviation circles for displaying such great historic planes .The location of the restaurant is very near the LAX airport . . The adress of this restaurant is Proud Bird Restaurant. 11022 Aviation Blvd .Los Angeles .CA .90045 The Bell X 1 The is the first Airplane that broke the SOUND BARRIER.

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  • Information / Sources

    San Diego Favorites

    I find that local maps are useful while trying to get an idea of the scope of a place and where specific areas are in relation to other places. The second photo is a map from a free magazine that tells about the things to see and do in SD and it is showing the downtown area, Coronado Island, the SD Zoo, Hillcrest and Old Town. Just to give an...

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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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  • Information / Sources

    Anaheim Favorites

    Once upon a time, Anaheim, for a major city, had minimal restaurant selection, but the big town has added a wonderful, popular array of establishments since the turn of the century. Check my Ana restaurant tips for local options. However, here I list common chain restaurants I would recommend, within and outside of the Disney Resort: Roy's...

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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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  • 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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  • Windmills

    Palm Springs Favorites

    As you enter Coachella Valley, you'll find tons of the wind turbine power generators. Surprised at how big they are and overwhelmed by the numbers of them. I ended up taking a lot of photos but they don't show the impact I got there...

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  • City Views

    Santa Monica Favorites

    This is one of the most intriguing art displays in the greater Los Angeles area I've seen up close- an anti-nuclear "Chain Reaction", by Paul Conrad, a political cartoonist who was named on the official "enemy list" of U.S. President, Richard Nixon. It is not the most eye-pleasing of public art pieces created- and that likely was not artist...

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  • Walk Of Fame

    Hollywood Favorites

    lots of different impersonators you can have your picture taken with but always remember that taking pictures with them will cost you $ 2 to 5, depending on the character they portray as nothing is free along the walk of fame fronting the Grauman's Chinese theater these days. lots of wannabee actors, actresses and impersonators.

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  • Inspired Moments

    Big Sur Favorites

    Back on the Pacific Coast Highway, heading north, even more spectacular chunks of the coast unfolded before us, with wild flowers in profusion and a roller-coaster series of steep inclines and precipitous overlooks enticing us to look just over their edges. The pressure for a campground did not seem so great as the day prior and we turned down a...

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  • Beaches / Parks

    Long Beach Favorites

    Of the 36 parks in the city El Dorado is the largest and the closest to my home. The park holds an archery range and even a frisbee-golf course..which is packed with the oddest people. Jogging here with Ethan we stopped to feed the ducks.

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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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  • 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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