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Surf and Turf La Jolla Style

Surf and Turf La Jolla Style
Destination(s): La Jolla

La Jolla is an amazing place because it offers so many opportunities for adventure and fun. Whether you be on a kayak exploring the caves of La Jolla on the expansive and breathtaking Pacific Ocean, or on terra firma hiking through hundred year old trees at the Torrey Pines State Reserve you will be busy. Speaking of surf and turf, why not enjoy the fresh fish and other great foods, at local eateries, like the Cheese Shop or, dining right on the water at the well know Humphrey's La Jolla Grill. La Jolla offers it all, and in one convenient place, what more can you ask for? read more about Surf and Turf La Jolla Style... Read More

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy the San Diego Sun

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy the San Diego Sun
Destination(s): San Diego

San Diego is known for being a vacation destination, however it also has a strong business pull. This integration of work and play is one reason to visit San Diego. You hotel the Westin Horton Plaza is one of these such places, it is a great hotel that is close to the Convention Center as well as great shopping like Seaport Village and Bazaar Del Mundo. Also while you are here take advantage of the fine dining available to you, ranging from fresh seafood, to authentic Mexican and more. So roll up your sleeves and dig into all that San Diego has to offer. read more about Roll up your sleeves and enjoy the San Diego Sun... Read More

Walking L.A.

Walking L.A.
Destination(s): Beverly Hills

Forget about hiking or even taking a steep uphill walk. That all is too much effort!

This list is about places where you can embark on a pleasant, civilized stroll and take in the local scene. The destinations include shopping areas, religious sites, parks, old mansions, and beaches. Get outta the car and experience L.A. by foot at these low-key places!

The walks below are more or less ordered from west to east.

For more walking excursions, check out the Los Angeles Garden Guide. Or if you are feeling more industrious there is also this Hiking Guide. read more about Walking L.A.... Read More

Epic Theme Park Escepade

Epic Theme Park Escepade
Destination(s): Disneyland

Come and enjoy the fantasy and family fun that Orange County has to offer, stay for a weekend have stories for a lifetime. This is an action packed weekend that will take you to two of the most prolific theme parks in the world. Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland will be the playground for you family. Along the way dine in the jungle at the Rain Forest Cafe, and chow down like a cowboy at Overland Stage Southwestern Grill and BBQ Company, it is a real mouthful. Bring the family and enjoy some of the infinite options in Orange County. read more about Epic Theme Park Escepade ... Read More

Offbeat Los Angeles

Offbeat Los Angeles
Destination(s): Beverly Hills

California has always been a haven for misfits and eccentrics. Accordingly, Los Angeles has many hidden locales that just make you wonder. Because the Southland is so huge, the more you look then the more odd stuff you will find. Listed here are a variety of sites to get you started.

The Days below are organized geographically:

Day 1 --- Westside
Day 2 --- Hollywood
Day 3 --- Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown
Day 4 --- Near Downtown
Day 5 --- San Fernando Valley Sites
Day 6 --- Sites to the South
Day 7 --- Sites farther East
Day 8 --- Outside the City

Photo: Venice Beach performer. By Irene read more about Offbeat Los Angeles... Read More

First Time in Los Angeles

First Time in Los Angeles
Destination(s): Beverly Hills

Los Angeles is a place that means so many things to so many people. Worldwide, the city is famous as the center of America's entertainment industry and also as the essential car city. To the rich and already famous, Los Angeles is the perfect place for a secluded garden hide-out in the hills, with easy access to top-shelf shopping, dining, and nightlife. To the many hard-working immigrants in this very diverse city, it is the location for their own chance at the American dream. For the traveler, visiting means a chance to gawk at the commotion and conspicuous consumption, all while enjoying the good weather and excellent food.

The hardest thing about a first visit to Los Angeles is the logistics of transportation. The intrepid can navigate via public transportation, although they will sacrifice a lot of time to riding on buses. The region is very large and spread-out so renting a car is often the way to go. This opens a whole new can of worms: the traffic in Los Angeles is pretty bad and driving entails a lot of local knowledge regarding choice of routes at particular times of day. For a visitor, a little common sense will go a long way.

The spots and activities listed here are mostly in the historic downtown or the Hollywood area. There are a ton of things to do in these locales, including many iconic landmarks. Day 4 is all about going shopping and has a wider geographic range. read more about First Time in Los Angeles... Read More

Two day walking/dining tour of downtown San Diego

Two day walking/dining tour of downtown San Diego
Destination(s): San Diego

Downtown San Diego is a fun city to explore on foot. Spend one day walking along the scenic boardwalk, visiting the maritime museum, the tall ships and Seaport Village. Great dining along the way. Begin the second day with a Bay boat tour and then afoot learning about the history of the Gaslamp quarter district. read more about Two day walking/dining tour of downtown San Diego... Read More

Relaxing Weekend in San Diego

Relaxing Weekend in San Diego
Destination(s): San Diego

My husband and I headed down to San Diego to visit my brother and to enjoy a relaxing weekend in the beautiful San Diego area with a moderate amount of activity and a moderate amount of chilling. With my brother's local advice we found a great mix of SD highlights and hidden gems. read more about Relaxing Weekend in San Diego... Read More

Channel Islands

Channel Islands
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking and Camping read more about Channel Islands... Read More

Three Days in San Diego

Three Days in San Diego
Destination(s): San Diego

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