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Family, Fun, La Jolla

Family, Fun, La Jolla
Destination(s): La Jolla

La Jolla is an area known for its flashy attractions, it may not seem like a great place to bring the family, but when you think about it, sun, sand, and surf combine to make a great destination. Enjoy the majestic Pacific Ocean, bask in the infamous Southern California sun and enjoy the company of your family. While you are here be sure to enjoy some of that flash mainly in the amazing restaurants you can dine at, whether you want authentic Italian or Mexican food, they have it all. Some other amenities you can enjoy are the accommodations at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, where you will be right on the beach. Also on this seven acre site you will find great restaurants close and convenient. read more about Family, Fun, La Jolla... Read More

San Diego for lovers

San Diego for lovers
Destination(s): San Diego

As February's biggest holiday is fast approaching, there is no better way to celebrate your love for your partner, your friends, your family or even yourself than with a quick, weekend trip to San Diego's coast. Apart from being one of the busiest restaurant days of the year, this season is filled with lots of special deals, prefix menus and lover paradise retreats to tickle everyone's fancy. read more about San Diego for lovers... Read More

The Best...Lunch in San Diego

The Best...Lunch in San Diego
Destination(s): San Diego

Think lunch is the most dull of the required meals? In San Diego, you'll never second guess a hot sandwich or afternoon smoothie with these picks. From downtown to North County, San Diego offers hot lunches or dirty sandwiches that will fill you up, fill that craving and squash that mood to get you through the day. Eat up, folks. read more about The Best...Lunch in San Diego... Read More

First Time in San Diego

First Time in San Diego
Destination(s): San Diego

San Diego's long coast is filled with tourist havens (like the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park) as well as local secrets (like Coronado's Cafe 1134 and the indie music joint Belly Up) that make this southern California city so special. Casual ambiance is the specialty, where flip-flops, sand and a tan are always in season. Enjoy the beach at every destination, where most neighborhoods (like Cedros Design District, Ocean Beach and even Gaslamp) are all within walking distance of the water. But be aware of San Diego's vast circumference, as must-see destinations like Coronado, North Park, Pacific Beach and Solana Beach are so far apart a car is necessary. read more about First Time in San Diego... Read More

Gardens of Los Angeles

Gardens of Los Angeles
Destination(s): Beverly Hills

All the sunshine here does not go to waste! Given a little care and water, plants will thrive in Los Angeles. For a break from all that asphalt, here are some gardens worth checking.


Photo of peacock at Los Angeles Arboretum courtesy of Zabowski read more about Gardens of Los Angeles... Read More

Affordable Los Angeles Restaurants

Affordable Los Angeles Restaurants
Destination(s): Glendale

A meal at the places listed here will cost you around $8 to $15 dollars a person; plus more for alcoholic beverages.

This list started as my most frequented favorite restaurants in LA, with more expensive places screened out. I have also done some online research in an attempt to make this selection more comprehensive.

The days are organized by location:

Day 1 -- Westside
Day 2 -- West Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire
Day 3 -- East Hollywood, Los Feliz, and Silverlake
Day 4 -- Koreatown Vicinity
Day 5 -- Downtown
Day 6 -- San Fernando Valley
Day 7 -- East Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Gabriel, and Eastward read more about Affordable Los Angeles Restaurants... Read More

Around the World in Orange

Around the World in Orange
Destination(s): Newport Beach

There are many things that can draw you to Orange, the beautiful weather, the ocean, its over 100 art galleries, of just fun. No matter what your reasons you will be sure to find it. Stay in luxurious accommodations at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, browse over 40 art galleries in one day, have fun at Balboa Park. No matter where you go, whether it be to Tangata, or Las Brisas or Kappo Sui, you will find something new and exciting to try with the whole family in Orange County. read more about Around the World in Orange... Read More

Everything San diego

Everything San diego
Destination(s): La Jolla

From the three "jewels" in San Diego's park system, to sparkling beaches, to lions and tigers and bears, oh,my!, San Diego offers something for everyone. For an action packed week, including top cuisine and nightlife options, with enough relaxation and quiet places thrown to recharge your batteries, you'll love everything San Diego! read more about Everything San diego... Read More

Pacific Beaches in LA

Pacific Beaches in LA
Destination(s): Hermosa Beach

Day 1 lists the Malibu beaches, starting close to the city and heading up the coast.

Day 2 lists the Santa Monica and beach cities beaches, starting in Santa Monica and heading south. read more about Pacific Beaches in LA... Read More

Downtown

Downtown
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Los Angeles is not New York or Chicago. It developed primarily in the 1920s and again in the 1950s. It became the epicenter of a national experiment; people were tired of the congestion of Eastern US cities. Fifty years later, Los Angeles is a city unlike any other in scope or design. Downtown Los Angeles, long neglected and overlooked, has awakened in the past ten years. It is now a vibrant community, replete with some of the tallest skyscrapers in the country, cultural neighborhoods unique to the area and a rich historical past. It is still a transitional neighborhood, but it now offers any visitor an experience rich in culture and history. This is a two day trip designed to give the visitor a glance into the silent heart of this massive metropolis. This isn't Disneyland or Universal Studios; this is a chance to experience the violent and exciting jolt of a city moving forward. read more about Downtown... Read More