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    STUNNING: San Juan Capistrano Mission

    by marinarena Updated Apr 30, 2014

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    So, you are thinking of visiting Los Angeles and surrounding area but think that there is nothing absolutely gorgeous to see. Well, think again and check out the San Juan Capistrano Mission. Read more on my San Juan Capistrano page.

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    San Juan Capistrano, California
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    knott's berry farm

    by davesut Written Mar 12, 2014

    We really enjoyed knott's berry farm. As theme parks go this was great. There are plenty of rides to enjoy. A bit of info - you have to pay for parking which for UK visitors will seem a bit strange but in USA this appears to be the norm for such places. The place is, of course, busy in the summer but given that it stays open until 10pm you can get on a good few rides very quickly after the crowds start to disperse at around 6pm. I conquered one fear of the big drop and I do mean fear.

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    Disneyland...the best Disney Park

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    I liked this park a lot better than the one in Orlando because it is smaller and easier to walk which is a great thing if you have children. It also is cheaper and you can easily walk out to eat at cheaper restaurants in the middle of the day. Also, the hotels nearby are at a great price.

    Paradise Pier at Disneyland Me with the Cars at Disneyland Me with TinkerBell ToonTown
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    My favorite

    by solopes Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    I really appreciated my visit to California, but if I had to choose my favorite place it would be... Santa Barbara.

    Maybe because we spent there the sunniest day in California, maybe because it is really nice, this would be MY beach if I decided to swim in California

    Santa Barbara - USA
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    Death Valley and Mojave Desert

    by Madasabull Written Dec 17, 2013

    As we drove from San Francisco, with nice warmish weather, then through Yosemite National Park and snow so deep the pass was closed while it was cleared, and then to arrive in the hottest place in America, has to be experienced to be believed fully.

    It was hard to imagine such nothingness, I mean, the place looked dead, and you couldn't help but think about all those poor people who, when searching for a better life, came across this place instead.

    But it still became an area of mining, Borax mining, gold and silver prospectors holes (actually I better call them digs), could be seen for miles in all directions. We will find what we need in the most inhospitable of places if we have to or if there is money to be made.

    A great drive around here, and there are visitors places toilets, as there are not many trees to hide behind.

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    LA Beaches

    by Madasabull Written Dec 17, 2013

    We have seen them all on Bay Watch and loads of other movies and shows, but there is nothing like seeing these beaches for real, and they really are a treat.

    Miles of flat sandy beaches, with the main beaches cleaned and graded to remove all the rubbish and debris.

    There are net ball nets and other activities to be had on the main beaches too, and some of the houses right on the beach edge are fantastic and must cost a fortune.

    Great beaches and plenty of bars and diners close to them.

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    Yosemite National Park

    by Madasabull Written Dec 17, 2013

    Always wanted to visit here, and now was my chance

    I couldn't believe I was actually here. A place I had always wanted to go, but somehow struggled to get here.

    But now I have been, I have loads of great memories to keep and share. I am so glad I went. The views and wildness of it takes your breath away.

    The people in the small towns in and around here are warm and friendly, and we stayed in a great hotel by chance, and had the best BBQ we had up to then, as we came out of Yosemite.

    We found some great things to do and see by chance here, it I can't help but think how many more little treasures there are hidden around Yosemite National Park.

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    San Francisco Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge

    by Madasabull Written Dec 17, 2013

    No trip to San Francisco is complete with checking out the Golden Gate Bridge, for a tourist that is, and we loved it so much, we crossed over it twice. Well we had to get back of course.

    It was amazing. You could see the skyline of San Francisco so clearly, and Alcatraz too. We took some video and some pics at the Vista Point off Redwood Highway, which seemed like the place to get the best pics, and while over that side of the bridge, drove on a bit more to see the Giant Redwood Forest.

    The bridge was being re-painted while we were there, and Im sure that not matter when we would have been there the bridge would be being painted, it's probably and all year through job, it is massive.

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    Giant Redwoods and Colonel Armstrong

    by Madasabull Written Dec 13, 2013

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    We heard that these trees where up North from us and given that this would mean going over the San Francisco Bridge, and taking pics of Alcatraz while near the bridge, it was perfect.

    When we arrived there we couldn't really believe just how big these things are. I have seen Karri Trees in South Western Australia, and these where huge, but not the same really.

    I loved it here with these trees in California more, and I suppose having my wife with me to enjoy it made a huge difference. And after all, these Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world.

    Funny picture of my wife, we laughed a lot at this. She looks like a creature of the woods.

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    Pacific Coast Highway

    by Madasabull Written Dec 13, 2013

    Our first leg of our 3 week road trip was leaving LA and heading to San Francisco. It will mean driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, and it was fantastic.

    This coastal highway see's you driving along high above the sea on the side of some very big rocky hills.

    You will pass diner and shops, and even small towns and places to stay if you wish.

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    San Francisco

    by solopes Updated Dec 12, 2013

    The most European of the American cities that I visited,, San Francisco is really a must see.

    The connection to the sea, the conflicts between the straight streets and the hilly place, the several and different quarters, the bay, Alcatraz, everything has something in common with our American references and memories built by movies. Not to be missed!

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    A Taste of Napa County Wine

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 7, 2013

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    There are hundreds of wineries in Napa County, the heart of wine country in California. This area is ideally suited for growing grapes as it is warm but protected by fog and not prone to freezes. Many of the best wineries brought wine grape seedlings from the greatest wineries in Europe to thrive in California and produce amazing wines. Years ago wine tastings at the wineries were complimentary and the only thing you paid for was a bottle of the best wine you tasted, if you wished to buy one. Now the wine tastings cost but are still an experience to taste the best wines and decide which ones are to your liking before buying. Listed below are Napa County wineries that have tastings or special offers (check with the individual winery to make sure of their offer, current prices, etc).

    Acacia Vineyard
    tel. +1 707.226.9991
    tel. +1 877.226.1700
    2750 Las Amigas Road
    Napa, CA 94558
    Two for One Tasting Flight

    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.963.8600
    680 Rossi Rd.
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Reserve Cave Tasting - $45 per person

    Black Stallion Winery
    tel. +1 707.227.3250
    tel. +1 888.279.6272
    4089 Silverado Trail
    Napa, CA 94558
    Two for One Tasting Coupon!

    Bourassa Vineyards
    tel. +1 707 254-4922
    190 Camino Oruga Ste 5
    Napa, CA 94558
    Complimentary 2 for 1 VIP Tasting PLUS!

    Beaulieu Vineyard
    tel. +1 707.967.5233
    1960 St. Helena Hwy
    Rutherford, CA 94573
    2 Tastings for the Price of 1

    Beringer Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.963.8989
    tel. +1 1.866.708.9463
    2000 Main St
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    2 for 1 Tasting in the Old Winery

    Burgess Cellars
    tel. +1 707.963.4766
    tel. +1 800.752.9463
    1108 Deer Park Rd.
    Deer Park, CA 94576
    Complimentary Tasting With Purchase

    Chateau Montelena Winery
    tel. +1 707.942.5105
    1429 Tubbs Ln.
    Calistoga, CA 94515
    Reserve a Tour or Tasting

    Chimney Rock Winery
    Tel. +1 707.257.2641
    5350 Silverado Trail
    Napa, CA 94558
    free seasonal treat with purchase of a tasting

    Clif Family Winery at Velo Vino
    tel. +1 707.968.0625
    709 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    $5 Off Paso Gavia Tasting

    Cuvaison Estate Wines - Calistoga
    tel. +1 707.942.2468
    tel. +1 800-253-9463
    4550 Silverado Trail North
    Calistoga, CA 94515
    Complimentary Tasting for Two with Purchase

    Cuvaison Estate Wines - Carneros
    tel. +1 707.942.2455
    tel. +1 800.253.9463
    1221 Duhig Road
    Napa, CA 94559
    Complimentary Tasting for Two with Purchase

    Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.967.8032
    tel. +1 800.913.1118
    677 St. Helena Highway
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    2 for 1 Signature Tasting OR 10% off Vineyard Courtyard

    tel. +1 707.967.3993
    1178 Galleron Road
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Tasting Offer!

    Hall Winery - St. Helena
    tel. +1 707.967.2626
    tel. +1 866.667.4255
    401 St. Helena Highway South
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Special Offer

    The Hess Collection Winery
    tel. +1 707.255.1144
    tel. +1 877.707.4377
    4411 Redwood Road
    Napa, CA 94558
    Tasting Pass 2 for the price of 1

    Jamieson Ranch (Reata)
    tel. +1 707.254.8673
    1 Kirkland Ranch Road
    Napa, CA 94558
    2 for 1 Cheese Plate!

    Midsummer Cellars
    tel. +1 707.967.0432
    264 N Fork Crystal Springs Rd
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Tour & Taste with Winemaker Rollie Heitz!

    Merryvale Napa Valley
    tel. +1 707.963.7777
    tel. +1 800.326.6069
    1000 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    2 for 1 Signature Tasting

    Mumm Napa
    tel. +1 707-967-7770
    8445 Silverado Trail
    Rutherford, CA 94573
    2 for 1 Tour Pass

    Prager Winery & Port Works
    tel. +1 707.963.7678
    tel. +1 800.969.7678
    1281 Lewelling Lane
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Premium Tastings for $20

    Robert Mondavi Winery
    tel. +1 707.968.2000
    tel. +1 888.766.6328
    7801 St. Helena Highway
    Oakville, CA 94562

    Rutherford Ranch Winery
    tel. +1 707-968-3200
    1680 Silverado Trail S
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Chocolate and Wine Pairing Offer-2 for 1

    St. Clement Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.265.5000
    tel. +1 866.877.5939
    2867 St. Helena Hwy North
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    2 for 1 Tasting

    St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery
    tel. +1 707.963.4533
    tel. +1 800.942.0809
    8440 St. Helena Highway
    Rutherford, CA 94573
    Comp Library Taste with Purchase

    Sterling Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.942.3344
    tel. +1 800.726.6136
    1111 Dunaweal Lane
    Calistoga, CA 94515
    Discount Passport-$5 off

    Silverado Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.257.1770
    tel. +1 800.997.1770
    6121 Silverado Trail
    Napa, CA 94558
    10% Off Purchase Offer

    V. Sattui Winery
    tel. +1 707.963.7774
    1111 White Lane
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    VIDEO & Wine Tasting Offer!

    William Hill Estate Winery
    tel. +1 707 265 3024
    1761 Atlas Peak Road
    Napa, CA 94558
    Half Off Tasting or Vineyard Experience

    Did you know each 5-ounce glass of wine took a little over half a pound of grapes to make?

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    Long Beach~The Queen Mary"The Grey Ghost "

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 10, 2013

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    I've have visited the Queen Mary many of times, but that was since the Spruce Goose days. Sadley that has been sold. That was a neat piece of our history. I have history with the Queen Mary, since this is the ship that brought my mom back home during WWII. She thinks nothing of it, but I am pretty proud of my mom serving during WWII. She shared a very small bunk room with three other girls and they had to have armed escorts anytime they went anywhere on the ship. She said she got a little sea sick because at the time they were still cruising back a forth just incase any enemy subs were still out to sea. Still, she has fond memories of the Grey Ghost and so every time you visit Long Beach, you have to visit the Queen Mary.

They have guided tours or just explore it on your own. Check at the ticket office for different activities.

    The Queen Mary’s story is rich with history, elegance and grandeur. From the time her construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland. Upon her Maiden Voyage in 1936 the Queen Mary was considered the grandest ship ever built and the elite of high society. 

In 1939, at the start of the World War II, the Queen Mary was drafted into service and outfitted as a troopship. Deemed the Grey Ghost due to her new camouflaged grey exterior, she joined the Allied Forces and played a crucial role. When the war ended, she was restored to her former glory and continued passenger service. In 1966, Queen Mary was for sale and winning bid was $3.45 million dollars and thus began the ship’s new journey to her new home in Long Beach, California.

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    Arcadia~Santa Anita Park

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 26, 2013

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    Arcadia’s first settlers were the Tongva/Gabrielino Native Americans who date back at least 7,000 years, and many of their earlier beginnings where recorded by the missions that settled in this area and archeological sites. The Spanish government deeded 13,000 acres of land to its first white settler Mr. Hugo Reid who established ranges for grazing cattle and building the first adobe, thus becoming Rancho Santa Anita. Passing through many hands, Elias Lucky Baldwin, a gold investor eventually became the next land owner of 8,000 acres who was drawn to the lush green rolling hills dotted with oak trees and declared it paradise. Settlers moved in establishing orchards, farms, and ranches.

    Once called Rancho Santa Anita that extending north from San Gabriel to the Sierra Madre mountain range. Mr. Baldwin also established Santa Anita Racetrack in 1907 equipped with all the modern conveniences, but was closed in 1909 because it was deemed illegal gambling.

    Santa Anita reopened its doors Christmas day in 1934 due to a new group of investors, one of them Doc Strub also since the California deemed legalized pari-mutuel wagering, It was built in beautiful art deco style by architect Gordon B. Kaufman. Many historical events has opened over the past, the first is when Seabiscuit won Santa Anita’s Handicap. It was an Japanese American internment center from 1942-1944. After the war it experienced prosperity again for many years. The 1960’s brought a new chapter during its life by many renovations of offices and grandstands. The Breeders' Cup races have been held here during the 1986, 1993, 2003, 2008, and 2009. The prosperity continued way into the 1980’s and since then it has had its up and downs with corporate changes and additions with retail operations on property grounds.

    Family Day! During Saturday or Sundays they have family day. It is held in the center of the track filled with rides, games, and many more entertainment. Entrance for kids and the carnival rides are free! Nate loved soaring like Peter Pan and the mixer rider, because the little girl who rode with him kept sliding down toward him and they both giggled so loudly!~

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    Rosamond~EEBC's Feline Conservation Center

    by Yaqui Written Oct 26, 2013

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    This is a very wonderful place to visit for the family to educate them in the importance of animal conservation. It is a world renowned for it works in breeding endagered species of felines. They are also know to rescue felines who can no longer be taken care of by previous owners, which many make the mistake on taken on such responsibility. They have many types of tours or events so please checkout the website for more information. They are all kept in special enclosures. They have over 60 wild cats ranging from leopards, tigers, and jaguars. It is very educational to learn so much about such a wonderful majestic animals.

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