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Drives and Destinations

Weaverville, the town that James Hilton - the author of Lost Horizon - said inspired his mythical paradise of Shangri-La, has been named by Budget Travel as one of the coolest small towns in America and, by exclusion, as the coolest small town in California.Recent visitors gather at The Joss House With a population of 3,807 souls, Weaverville is known for its isolated location near the Trinity Alps of northern California. The settlement began during the California Gold Rush and was the site of the 1854 Tong War among Chinese laborers who eventually thrived there, embraced by a supportive community.…
With new Alaska Airlines flights begun in June, Sonoma County now has three flights from Los Angeles non-stop to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport- STS. San Diego also began a new flight non-stop to Sonoma County Airport in June. Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport - STS, offers convenient service to this wine, spa and coastal destination. In addition to these new flights from Southern California, Sonoma County Airport is served by non-stop flights from Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Visitors departing from Sonoma County Airport on Alaska Airlines can also ship home a case of wine for no additional…
This summer, Melting Pot Food Tours celebrates its fourth year as the original food tours provider for Los Angeles. The company has pioneered walking-tasting culinary tours of the city's best restaurants in the most historic neighborhoods. Their three tours--The Original Farmers Market and 3rd Street, Old Pasadena, and East LA Latin Flavors—are chock full of stories of local color, introductions to merchants, and exotic tastings of world cuisine. Melting Pot Food Tours was founded by native Angeleno sisters Lisa and Diane Scalia, who share a passionate desire to put Los Angeles on the map as a world-class epicurean destination. Their…
A world of possibilities await visitors to San Francisco this summer, from navigating the legendary culinary scene, diving into diverse neighborhood festivals, experiencing live music or events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. To help visitors make the most of their days and nights in the city, the San Francisco Travel Association has launched a guide to “49 Hours of SF” at www.sanfrancisco.travel/49hours. Joe D'Alessandro of San Francisco Travel “Everyone knows that the average weekend is 48 hours, but in San Francisco there is no average weekend,” said Joe D’Alessandro, San Franciso Travel president and CEO.…
Aside from good food, nothing pairs with wine better than spectacular scenery. Wine lovers will get that perfect pairing this summer when they combine one of California’s 25 beautiful national parks with a nearby iconic wine country experience. Yosemite Falls and Cooke Meadow in early MayWith dozens of diverse wine regions and even more grape varieties across the Golden State, wine lovers can savor their favorite wines and explore new ones on their way to and from great parks from Yosemite in the High Sierra down to Joshua Tree in the desert. Like the stewards of California’s unique national parks,…
Each year, tourists visit wine regions throughout California to explore the state's 3,000 wineries and the diverse array of cultural attractions. From gardens, art museums, great seasonal cuisine and artisan foods to natural hot springs, spa treatments, beaches, redwood groves, golf, and boutique shopping, California wine country offers travelers many diversions between visiting the wineries. With so much to choose from, some of the state's regional winery associations have shared their "insider" tips for having great experiences while touring their wine regions. The following are recommendations for three ideal days in Amador County, Lodi, Monterey County, Napa Valley, Paso Robles,…
MariliyMonroe, Miss Cheesecake of 1953, celebrates by cutting a cheesecake at the Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of the Original Farmers Market in LA Since 1934, the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles has been all things to all people. It is a tourist's delight, a community center, a great grocery store, a wonderful place to dine, a reflection of L.A.'s extraordinarily diverse culture and cherished by generations of visitors. For all that, it is the Market's remarkable stories which make it so endearing to so many. For 78 years, the completely unique Farmers Market (Saturday Pow Tour 4, Markets &…
The Exploratorium is the prototype for participatory museums. A few facts: At the 4th Science Centre World Congress in Rio in 2005, science centers from five continents ranked the Exploratorium as the number one science center in the world. In 2011, the Exploratorium received the U.S. National Science Board 2011 Public Service Science Award for its contributions to public understanding of science, one of the most prestigious national honors in science given to an organization. And it was named one of the 12 most impactful non-profits in the U.S. (and the only museum), by the book Forces for Good. The…
Market Street dawn morning of earthquake. Prepare to be moved! Earthquake, a major new exhibit and planetarium show, opened at the California Academy of Sciences on May 26, 2012, taking visitors on a kinetic journey toward understanding these super seismic phenomena and how they fit into the larger story of our ever-changing Earth. Occupying the entire west hall of the Academy, the exhibit will feature a number of large-scale installations, including a walk-through model of the Earth, an enclosure for live baby ostriches (yes, there are surprising connections between earthquakes and ostriches!), an earthquake simulator resembling an old Victorian home,…
Searching for Brangelina? Aiming to see movie-making in action? Here's where to find it all in the Golden State. For more than a century, California has been the world's entertainment hotspot, ever since legendary director Cecil B. DeMille shot Hollywood's first major motion picture in 1913. Studios soon followed, establishing headquarters here, with filmmakers traveling statewide to take advantage of California's diverse landscapes—perfect for everything from cowboys and Indians to classic thrillers. Now, a century later, the romance and glamour of Tinsel Town is as much a part of Southern California's allure as its fabled beaches. And other parts of…
With less than 400 California condors in existence, this endangered species is still an uncommon sight. Even rarer is the opportunity to watch condor parents incubate an egg, and raise a chick. That is, until now. He's on his wayVisit the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy's new web camera, Condor Cam (www.sandiegozooglobal.org/video/condor_cam), to see Sisquoc and Shatash, the first condor pair ever to be observed by the public, raising a chick on a live web camera set up in an off-exhibit area for condor care at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. For decades, field biologists, behaviorists and zookeepers…
Travelers today seek more than a hot little hammock to tick away their vacation time. According to the Travel Industry of America, adventure pursuits are taking a front seat in travel planning, including activities such as kayaking, scuba diving and mountain climbing. The new breed of "experiential travelers" is also on the rise, according to TravelZoo's Gabe Saglie. This concept translates into less time "zoning out" and more time learning or experiencing a destination's assets from the ground up. According to Saglie, more than 50 percent of Americans are interested in this type of travel. This new travel niche is…
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