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Drives and Destinations

Drives and Destinations

Situated across San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado boasts a unique combination of quaint small-town friendliness and sophisticated luxury. Defined by two famous structures, the historic Hotel del Coronado and distinctive San Diego-Coronado Bridge, the "Crown City" offers an enchanting island experience that has made Coronado one of California's most sought-after vacation destinations for more than 100 years. The city is famous for pairing a relaxed atmosphere with pristine beaches, first-class accommodations, exciting arts and culture and abundant outdoor recreational activities.Following are some of the offerings that make Coronado a perfect year-round destination for a romantic weekend getaway,…
The next time you head to the airport you might want to think twice before shoving your swimsuit and sunscreen into a hold-all that's seen better days. Research released today by leading airline Virgin Atlantic reveals that the luggage we carry says a lot about the type of traveler we are, and we find out which celebrity suitcases are most like our passengers'. The study shows that one in five of us (20%) can't remember the last time we bought new luggage, while more than half (55%) would only upgrade their suitcase if it was worn-out or broken. That said,…
Children have a new place to play and explore since the Sacramento Children's Museum (SCM) opened in August 2011. Located in Rancho Cordova, a Sacramento suburb, SCM's 7,000-square foot space includes a main exhibit area that showcases permanent and temporary exhibits, a special area for babies and toddlers, a creative art studio, a party room and a resource center. "This announcement symbolizes the beginning of a new and exciting asset for the community," said Alan Godlove, President of the SCM Board of Directors. Godlove went on to say that SCM is "a place where imaginations can roam, confidence can grow,…
Mating elk and Indian-style barbecued salmon packages are being offered by the Elk Meadow Cabins at Redwood National and State Parks in Humboldt County this October. The elk rut is an annual display in which male Roosevelt Elk - North America’s largest - bugle and challenge each another to become bull elk of the harem. The powerful bull elk are seen posturing and rising dramatically to lock antlers as they push one another back and forth to exhaustion in order to assert their dominance and gain breeding access to the cows (female elk). The violent mating ritual is often visible…
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…
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