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Southern California Trip Itineraries

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Beverly Hills, sister city of Cannes, is world famous for its high end shopping, eating and luxury experience. This is where Hollywood's glitterati lived during its golden era, and it remains a polished example of everything elegant, decadent and over the top. This is a one day trip to expose the other, more real side of Beverly Hills. Despite it's reputation as a playground to the rich and famous, it boosts some of the richest cultural treasures in the Los Angeles Basin. Take this opportunity to experience some world class art, a museum experience unlike any other at the Museum of Tolerance and eat among the rich and famous as they talk about scripts, financial planning and future events. read more about Beverly Hills... Read More

Hollywood - Now and Forever

Hollywood - Now and Forever
Destination(s): Los Angeles

People from all over the world come to Los Angeles to see celebrities, experience Disneyland and lay by the beach. Hollywood is the epicenter of the region's past and present dominance in the entertainment industry. There is, however, also a historical and natural element to Hollywood that should not be missed. This is a trip back in time to the historical and natural splendor that Hollywood initially offered people in the 1920s. This is a trip to reconnect with Hollywood's golden era and witness it's renaissance as the new center of entertainment in the Los Angeles area. read more about Hollywood - Now and Forever... Read More

Local Food

Local Food
Destination(s): Los Angeles

This is a trip in that starts in the heart of Los Angeles and then veers to its suburbs in search of the quintessential locavore food experience. It starts out in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles and ends with a nice drive up the coa*t to Malibu. read more about Local Food... Read More

Make your own path in the San Diego Sand.

Make your own path in the San Diego Sand.
Destination(s): San Diego

San Diego is a beautiful destination, however it fits into a stereotype of beaches and upperclass activities. These things are here, but so are many other worlds. Great intimatie dining at San Diego's numerous cafe's and other nooks, as well as amazing culture and history. Redefine your perceptions of San Diego, and have a blast along the way. read more about Make your own path in the San Diego Sand.... Read More

Sea Side Seduction in Beautiful La Jolla

Sea Side Seduction in Beautiful La Jolla
Destination(s): La Jolla

La Jolla is considered The Jewel of San Diego, it is a destination bursting with passion and life. You will immediately feel this when you check into your fantastic hotel, the Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla. This location is perfect for your stay here, it is centrally located without sacrificing any of the privacy and seclusion you deserve. While you are here in La Jolla, you will stay busy rediscovering how fun playing in the sand can be at the La Jolla Caves and tide pools, you will also dress your best and dine in the clouds at the Sky Room. These activities sound so exhausting so why not treat yourself to a spa day at Gaia Day Spa. La Jolla, The Jewel of San Diego has everything you could ever want for a romantic weekend with a lover fun, sun and exciting nights. read more about Sea Side Seduction in Beautiful La Jolla... Read More

SD Tourist Spots - Another Look

SD Tourist Spots - Another Look
Destination(s): San Diego

Check out the iconic Balboa Park, the area's new 'it' renaissance city of Northpark and the chic, affluent city of La Jolla. Everything from these areas screams "tourist" to many travelers, but because the beauty of these destinations even natives love to enjoy them. Keep your wallet heavy while still enjoying the most iconic features of the city - from the area's best kept secrets - like the infamous vegetarian Mexican restaurant Pokez - to the staples of the area, like Balboa Park. read more about SD Tourist Spots - Another Look... Read More

Favorite Kid-Friendly Activities in Los Angeles

Favorite Kid-Friendly Activities in Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Written by Kristi Marcelle and Cagney Jarvis for Ciao Bambino.

With temperate weather and year-round activities, Los Angeles is a perfect vacation destination. Families should know that the LA area is sprawling and the best way to approach sightseeing is to divide and conquer. Rent a car, figure out what you want to do, and plan accordingly. Do you want beach, museums, or nature?

The beauty of Los Angeles is that there are many diverse and interesting experiences and attractions within driving distance for a day trip. Note, traffic and parking are notoriously horrible—plan for just 1-2 activities per day. Disneyland, of course, is a main kid-friendly attraction, but is located in Orange County and subsequently excluded from list.

Note: Be sure to read the Day Notes for the kid-friendly details on recommended attractions.

Ciao Bambino provides tips and advice around all things related to traveling with kids and is a guide to the best kid friendly hotels. read more about Favorite Kid-Friendly Activities in Los Angeles... Read More

Be Treated Like a Jewel in La Jolla

Be Treated Like a Jewel in La Jolla
Destination(s): La Jolla

La Jolla translates to, "The Jewel" so go ahead and feel like one on your vacation. Dine at the best restaurants, peruse the finest shops, lodge at the famous Torrey Pines and enjoy the fine arts like no one else does. Make your trip to La Jolla memorable, remember it as the trip you spent in absolute luxury. read more about Be Treated Like a Jewel in La Jolla... Read More

History and Heritage of the Southland

History and Heritage of the Southland
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Visiting gives us a chance to view both the present state of a place and also opportunities to glimpse history, the past of a locale and its culture. Below are locations that celebrate the heritage of the American West and the history of Los Angeles; included are historic buildings, famous cemeteries, and museums. For more notable destinations, also see our guides L.A. Architecture and L.A. Art Deco.

Day 1: Westside
Day 2: Closer to downtown
Day 3: Pasadena and eastward
Day 4: Farther flung

Photo of Skull Rock, Disneyland 1979 courtesy of Gene Spesard read more about History and Heritage of the Southland... Read More

Griffith Park Attractions

Griffith Park Attractions
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Perched between the Los Feliz and Hollywood neighborhood and the San Fernando Valley, Griffith Park is a destination with something for everyone. In this very large park are museums, a zoo, the famous Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theater, some golf course and much more.

Day 1 of this guide will help you to locate some of the sites in the park.

Day 2 lists some nearby destinations worth checking out, including some destinations in the trendy Los Feliz shopping district on Vermont Ave.

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