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are free or low cost, all are perfect for a family outing.
Adamson House Museum ranks among some of the most magnificent homes in California—a mini Hearst Castle, Los Angeles style on Malibu Beach.
One of the first quintessential Californian style houses, this quasi-mansion was originally constructed for
Leona Valley Day Trip Where to Pick Cherries. Set among the beautiful mountains of Northern Los Angeles County, just 10 miles west of Palmdale, California, is the town of Leona Valley. Once celebrated for its abundance of cattle ranches, the area is
Southern California is generally thought of as starting in Santa Barbara and ending at the U.S. border near San Diego. This Southern California bucket list includes some tourist attractions, hidden gems, and unique points of interest. Southern
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
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains run along the coast of Southern California from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Sleek double decker trains whisk you along the coast at speeds up to 90 miles an hour .Riding the Surfliner gives you an opportunity to
Paramount Ranch is located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park consists of about 2700 acres of oak and sycamore woodlands. Paramount movie studios purchased the land in the 1920s to use as a movie ranch.
Over the next
The Doheny Blues Festival features non-stop music on three alternating stages, plus tasty food, microbrew sampling, eclectic vendors and family fun. Recognized as one of the top blues music festivals in the nation,
This year's festival will be
Treasure Island Park Laguna Beach is one of the most beautiful parks in Southern California. The park sits directly in front on the 30 acres five-star Montage Resort.
A paved pathway runs along the top of the cliff offering amazing views of the
Doheny State Beach is located in South Orange County next to Dana Point Harbor. Doheny was California’s first state beach thanks to Edward Doheny who donated 41 acres of ocean front property to the state in 1931.
Up until the Dana Point Harbor was
Moro Campground offers spectacular ocean views from all of its sixty campsites. Unlike some other beach campgrounds, there is no bad campsite. Everyone has an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean.
It's been twenty years since the State of
Crystal Cove State Park has one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. Three miles of pristine beach plus over 2000 acres of park. The main point of entry is the Crystal Cove Historic District. Here you will find the Crystal Cove Beach
Tucked away neatly under coast live oak and sycamore trees in Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons, O'Neill Regional Park serves both as a day use picnic area as well as an overnight camping facility.
Close to the inner-city sprawl of Southern California,
San Diego County Fair June 3, 2016, through July 4, 2016. This Year’s Theme: Mad About the Fair, a nod to Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
For 24 days the San Diego County Fair rolls into the Del Mar fairgrounds bringing
When it comes to harbor tours and whale watching in San Diego Hornblower Cruises offers the best tours. No other San Diego harbor cruise operator has more choices. Dinner Cruises, San Diego Bay tours, Scenic Brunch Cruise and Whale Watching all
Legoland California Resort offers three amazing attractions. The main theme park, SeaLife Aquarium and Legoland Waterpark.
With over 60 rides and attractions geared for smaller children, LEGOLAND is one of the best places in California to take
San Elijo State Beach one of the most popular places to camp along the beach in Southern California. Located in Northern San Diego County the campground is divided into two sections, North and South.
San Elijo State Beach can be best described as
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
Hidden in a canyon and surrounded by houses is Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch. This former working ranchero was once owned by actor Leo Carrillo and has been restored by the city of Carlsbad to look much as it did over a century ago.
Alabama Hills Owens Valley Road Trip points of interest you don't want to miss.
Take a drive in the Alabama Hills’ “movie flats” and walk in the footsteps of the Lone Ranger, Russell Crowe, Gene Autry and Mel Gibson. Or simply enjoy the natural
Calico Ghost Town is one of the few remaining original mining towns of the west. Donated to the County of San Bernardino in 1966 by Walter Knott (Knott's Berry Farm) the town is now alive and well.
The streets that were once full of silver miners
Cabot's Pueblo Museum is one of Southern California's most unique buildings. It all started with one man’s dream. He was an extraordinary individual who worked hard and traveled to many places.
He wanted the desert to be a wonderful place to live,
Joshua Tree National Park Day Trip best things to do and see while visiting this amazing desert park.
Joshua Tree National Park sits on the border of Riverside and San Bernardino counties and covers nearly 800,000 acres
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
Antelope Valley Indian Museum displays an amazing collection of Native American artifacts. The museum is located in the Mojave Desert about 25 miles from the town of Lancaster.
This wonderful little gem is only open on weekends 9 am to 4 pm.
RV Camping Port San Luis Harbor. Camping at Port San Luis is unique in that it offers RV campers a place to camp only steps from the Pacific Ocean. Currently, only RV's are allowed to camp in five areas around the harbor.
Port San Luis RV camping
A good place to start your trip to the Santa Barbara Wine Country is in the charming historic town of Los Olivos, an artist colony whose early 20th century downtown is filled with art galleries, boutiques, wine stores and historic stagecoach stop
Mission Santa Barbara Day Trip.
Upon arriving, it’s hard not to be inspired as you make your way up the long driveway past the wooden cross erected in memory of Father Junipero Serra to this magnificent 1786 landmark with its Earthy Yellow colored
La Purisima Mission in Lompoc California is one of the state’s most complete missions with activities that are popular for school field trips and visitors.
The first thing you notice when you pull into the parking lot is that there is no mission.
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.
Santa Barbara is within easy day trip distance from Los Angeles. If you are planning on making the journey get an early start because there are plenty of things to do in this beautiful coastal city.
First-time visitors to Santa Barbara head to
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