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Valentines day falls on Sunday this year so a weekend getaway could be just the right ticket for romance. If you only have one day Southern California offers an almost unlimited selection of fun and affordable things to do on Valentines
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium San Pedro is a wonderful aquarium located near the entrance to the Los Angeles Harbor. While not nearly as large as Aquarium of the Pacific it is the perfect size to explore with kids.
Cabrillo Aquarium has a good
Hollywood is a star-studded destination even for those that aren't star struck. But if you are, Hollywood's reputation as an iconic place to rub elbows with the famous isn't that far fetched, as visitors to the area often bump into some of tinsel
Fresh mountain breezes, clear blue skies and a unique blend of calming stillness and vigorous outdoor activities is what you will find at Big Bear located in the San Bernardino Mountains, approximately 100 miles northeast of downtown Los
Los Angeles Farmers Market day trip to a historic landmark that has been around since 1934. The market is located on the corner of third and Fairfax and is a fascinating place to spend the day.
The farmers market has more than 100 shops and
Petersen Automotive Museum Day Trip. If you're a car buff, you'll think you died and went to heaven.
More than an automotive museum, the Petersen is a cathedral of cars where hot rods sit aside early electric vehicles, classic gems and star cars
Part working movie studio and part theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood is all about the shows.
So the most important thing for guests to the park to remember is that they will need to set a viewing schedule that works around the other rides
When you're checking off the list of reasons why you should plan a visit to Palm Springs, make sure to include, the sunshine, great resorts, shopping, outdoor adventures, museums, and spectacular scenery. This beautiful oasis in the Mojave Desert has
2016 “Lunar New Year Festival” Orange County Tet Festivals celebrate The Year of the Monkey
This year Orange County will be hosting two Tet Festivals. One at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, the Second at the OC Events Center in Costa
Trestles Beach attracts surfers from all over the world to experience the perfect wave. Trestles is named after the railroad bridge over San Mateo Creek near the entrance to the beach. The 3½-mile-long beach consists of five separate surf breaks:
Teatro Martini Dinner Theatre Buena Park California
Looking for a new twist on the same old dinner theatre? Prepare yourself for a unique entertaining evening of music, cabaret comedy and cirque-style acts.
Teatro Martini Dinner Theatre Discount
While most people travel to Anaheim to visit Disneyland the city has a few attractions worthy of a day trip including the Anaheim Packing House.
The Anaheim Packing House is a collection of eatery’s every foodie will love. The restored two-story
Davey's Locker operates whale watching cruises out of Newport Beach, California. During whale watching season, tours depart daily aboard the Ocean Explorer whale watching the ship. Bring along the whole family for a fun and educational
The Richard Nixon Library opened in 1990 and is dedicated to educating the public about the life and times of the 37th President. Surrounding the nine-acre site, you will find beautifully landscaped grounds which include the first lady's rose garden
The Back Bay area of Newport Beach describes the inland area, which connects the Upper Newport Bay with Newport Harbor. If you seek a peaceful retreat with a chance to observe nature without straying too far from the city, then this is the place for
Outlets At San Clemente is Southern California's newest outlet shopping center. Located in the Sea Summit at Marblehead development, the mall share's its bluff-top location with multi-million dollar ocean view homes.
Along with the mall and homes,
Visiting Old Town San Diego is like taking a step back in history. Often called the birthplace of California, Old Town is the location of the first Spanish settlement in the region and near the site of the first of California’s 21 missions. Today,
San Diego whale watching trips with Hornblower Cruise last about 3½ hours. Adventure Hornblower is the largest and fastest whale watching boat in San Diego.
Whale Watching $22.50 Half Off Tickets
During the month of December through April, the gray
In a dusty field in the northwest corner of San Diego County, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum stands a living, breathing portrait of agricultural and mechanical ingenuity.
Situated on 55 acres of rolling California farmland, the Antique
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens if a fun and affordable day trip from San Diego or Orange County. Located in the foothills above Vista, California, these amazing gardens cover 13 acres in Brengle Terrace Park.
What's so special about Alta Vista
Located in the mountains 60 miles east of downtown San Diego, is the historic gold mining town of Julian.
Once a booming hub during California's gold rush, this rustic but charismatic hidden gem retains much of the charm and the atmosphere of
La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tours discount tickets. You will get wet, but it's all part of the fun.
La Jolla sea caves can only be visited by kayak or boat. One exception is Sunny Jim Cave which can be seen by climbing down a stairway and through a
Potato Chip Rock is an eight-mile round-trip hike from the parking at Lake Poway Park lot to the top of Mt. Woodson. The hike up to Potato Chip Rock is steep with little or no shade and may not be suitable for novice hikers.
This trip is best made
Before visiting Legoland California, we suggest that you buy tickets ahead of time online. Rarely are the most affordable tickets sold at the ticket booth.
Legoland California theme park is only about an hours drive from Disneyland. A family of
Neverland Ranch is a landmark in Santa Barbara County made famous by its former owner Michael Jackson. The ranch and grounds are strictly off limits to the public however you can take a drive up to the entrance gate and take pictures.
At one time,
While not directly on the Beach, El Capitan Canyon Resort offers amazing coastal views and easy walking distance to El Capitan State Beach.
Accommodations at El Capitan Canyon Resort include Safari Tents, Cabins and Yurts. Imagine going camping
Hearst Castle at San Simeon is the one place you must see when visiting the California central coast. Hearst Castle is located about nine miles north of Cambria, California along Highway one.
Hearst Castle was occupied by William Randolph Hearst
The little town of Cambria is nestled among beautiful pine trees and the Pacific Ocean. The area where Cambria is today started out as the property of Mission San Miguel.
After the Spanish lost their claim to California, the land was sold and
See Canyon is not just another pretty Californian face on the map. The unique micro-climate that exists in the area provides the perfect conditions for producing top quality apples.
The apples by themselves are naturally delicious. Golden
Sycamore Springs Resort is more than your ordinary spa. It's a sanctuary that has been put together by a special group of people, to create a special kind of place. A retreat for residents of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and every metropolitan area in
Solvang Danish Village was established in 1911 by a group of Danish teachers. Solvang means "Sunny Field" in Danish. Today the village is a major tourist destination and jumping off point for visitors exploring the Santa Barbara wine country.
Los Osos, California is a quaint little town next to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. There is a lot to see in this little central coast town and it makes an interesting day trip destination.
Los Osos is part of a vast area that was once inhabited
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