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Architectural Highlights of the Southland

Architectural Highlights of the Southland
Destination(s): Beverly Hills

Los Angeles is a treasure trove of both Art Deco and Modern architecture. Many Art Deco buildings are located either downtown and in the Mid-Wilshire district; this Art Deco guide covers more sites in this architectural mode.

In terms of the Modern movement, Los Angeles is ground zero for residential architecture of this type. There are a number of Frank Lloyd Wright residences. Schindler and Neutra were based here for many years and had clients on the area. The later generations of Modernist residential architects are well-represented as well, including Craig Ellwood, John Lautner, and Gregory Ain, The trick is finding what you want to see in the massive Los Angeles area.

Day 1 -- Downtown vicinity
Day 2 -- Hollywood/Silverlake
Day 3 -- Mid-Wilshire
Day 4 -- Westside
Day 5 -- Eastside
Day 6 -- Miscellaneous read more about Architectural Highlights of the Southland... Read More

Sports Galore in Orange

Sports Galore in Orange
Destination(s): Costa Mesa

Orange County may be known for its access to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and that is great. It is also known as a great place to view breathtaking art, and it is. However it also boasts nearly every sport you can think of. This trip will bring you to collegiate basketball games, professional hockey games, and of course relaxing golf. It wouldn't be complete for most people with out golf. If golf is not your thing, then do one of those other Orange County things, its up to you. Between the John Wooden Classic dine at great laid back restaurants and sample an obscene amount of beer. Do this all over the city, and then crash at your oh so comfortable bed at the Hilton Suites Anaheim/ Orange. read more about Sports Galore in Orange ... Read More

San Diego: On a Budget

San Diego: On a Budget
Destination(s): La Jolla

San Diego might be recognized around the world for being one of the most gorgeous places on earth, but that also doesn't equate to spending wads of cash. While traveling to the west coast this season, make sure that you pack light in ways beyond your suitcase. Join the many bold who have enjoyed San Diego's landscapes without much more than the packs on their back, and a few adventures that cost no more than a meal. read more about San Diego: On a Budget... Read More

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

It makes sense that here in L.A., a city with so many centers, the downtown area has had its up and downs over the years. Currently the downtown area is in something of a resurgence--and ironically this comeback has probably been made stronger by the recession. The slower pace of recent growth has given the lovely older buildings a chance to be appreciated instead of clumsily renovated or destroyed.
Also note this Art Deco guide, focussing on architecture.

Day 1 -- Sites
Day 2 -- Food
Day 3 -- Bars
Day 4 -- Hotels
Day 5 -- More Buildings and Stuff


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Low-key Los Angeles Bars

Low-key Los Angeles Bars
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Here I have collected a number of Los Angeles dive and neighborhood bars. Not every night is the occasion for champagne, high heels and glitter! Sometimes you just want to find a no-frills place to have a beer or a stiff drink and maybe even meet some locals. There are a bunch of somewhat friendly hole-in-the-wall bars here in Los Angeles, this list is just to get you started on a low-key night out.

Day 1: Downtown and Eastside Bars
Day 2: Miracle Mile and Westside Bars

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Historic Movie Theaters

Historic Movie Theaters
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Day One lists the movie palaces that are still showing movies. If the place has been multiplexed, I recommend watching a movie in the main auditorium!

Day Two lists smaller historic theatres.

Day Three collects theatres that have been converted into nightclubs, concert halls, or multi-purpose performance spaces.

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San Diego Bar Crawl

San Diego Bar Crawl
Destination(s): San Diego

Certain areas of San Diego are renowned for their bar scene. Take Pacific Beach, for instance. Just a few shorts miles from the ocean, this prime real estate isn't just about the salty ocean air as Pacific Beach's main drag - Garnet Avenue - is filled with bar to bar stops from the freeway entrance to the ocean. It is nearly impossible to every restaurant/ bar in the lot, but it's pretty fun to try. Check out the short list that starts at Pacific Beach's well known comedy bar and finishes near Mission Beach's infamous roller coaster. read more about San Diego Bar Crawl ... Read More

First Time in Orange County

First Time in Orange County
Destination(s): Dana Point

Orange County is a wide and varied patchwork of cultures and communities, so it always benefits from more than one look. However, for new visitors to the area, there are certain locales more equal than others. First timers gravitate to the coastline, and the beach towns of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach (do you see a theme yet?), and San Clemente. The original Disneyland in Anaheim is a must, even for those without children. And don't forget to hire a car: this is a land built around the internal combustion engine, where people use the term "freeway close" with no trace of irony. read more about First Time in Orange County... Read More

Hollywood and Palm Springs

Hollywood and Palm Springs
Destination(s): Los Angeles

There is more to Los Angeles than Disneyland, Beverly Hills and crime. Experience the throbbing Bohemian vibe of Silver Lake, the historical past of Hollywood's golden era and the hipster past of Palm Springs. This is the quintessential Los Angeles experience for those that want to live an updated 1950s lifestyle right here, right now. read more about Hollywood and Palm Springs... Read More

San Diego with Kids - Top Family-Friendly Attractions

San Diego with Kids - Top Family-Friendly Attractions
Destination(s): San Diego

San Diego is a wonderful place for family vacation. Not only there are plenty of family-friendly attractions from zoo, aquarium, theme park and museum but the city itself is beautiful and family can enjoy a great nature from beach to nature park.

This guide is created by Amy @ The Q Family, a family travel blogger for The Q Family Adventures Travel blog.

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