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Take a peek at some trip-of-a-lifetime California family vacations

Welcome to Kidifornia, a place filled with some of the greatest family vacations in the Golden State. Check out amazing views of the Golden Gate...

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Find the cool spots featured in VisitCalifornia’s dream family vacation

The latest “Welcome to Kidifornia” commercial offers a quick peek at some trip-of-a-lifetime family vacations in the Golden State—filled with beaches, national parks, theme parks, and more.  ...

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Living the Dream in La Quinta
Get inspired by some of California's most bucket-list worthy locations

Our latest TV commercial, “Living the Dream,” offers a glimpse of some of the Golden State’s most inspiring settings. From paddle boarding on the...

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Experience the incredible "Living the Dream" locales on your next California vacation

The latest “Living the Dream” commercial provides an irresistible sampling of some of California’s most amazing settings. From paddleboarding on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe to sizing up...

Myles McGuinness
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Pro Picks: California's Best Bike Routes

Add these rides—suggested by professional cyclists—to your Golden State cycling bucket list

California has a few distinct advantages when it comes to cycling: year-round mild temperatures, varied terrain, natural beauty, and the honor of...

Trip 5-7 days 10 stops

Highway One Classic

Take the trip that captures the heart and soul of the Golden State

Start in one of California’s sunniest destinations, not just in terms of the weather, but also in attitude. In the heart of the city, shop in Horton Plaza, or catch a baseball game at Petco Park. See the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo. Next, explore one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods,...

San Francisco

Finish your trip in one of the world’s great cities. For a novel way to visit “the City by the Bay” park your car and explore by foot, bike, and unique public transportation. Pedal bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and back, then explore the lush Presidio, a former military base that’s now a...

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Discover quintessential sun and fun at these coastal charmers

Take one part water, one part sand, one part sun-soaked coastal charm, and you’ve got the recipe for some of the Golden State’s most appealing destinations....

Lucas Himovitz
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How to Experience the Summer of Love

Travel back to 1967 with these themed events, exhibits, and tours

It has been 50 years since thousands of American teenagers flooded San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in search...

Jun 24 - Jun 25
Head to this new summer festival in Pasadena to hear the impressive lineup and sample local cuisine

Music festivals don't have to cater to just one generation—and that couldn’t be clearer at Pasadena’s first-ever summer concert festival,...

Arroyo Seco
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Spotlight: Anaheim

Amazing attractions, shopping and dining in the one-of-a-kind Orange County town

With its laid-back vibe and unbeatable attractions, this vibrant city on the northwest side of Orange County has become a popular destination for...

Culinary Institute of America at Copia
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8 Great Learning Vacations in California

Cook like a pro, make cheese, or even get on a Hollywood stage at one of these fun classes

Everyone knows that if you want to learn to surf, California is the place to do it. But the great talent that the Golden State has to offer is...

California’s Best-Kept Secrets

Discover 8 of California’s Best-Kept Secrets

These remote and surprising spots fly under the radar for even the most well-versed California travelers

Think you’ve seen all of California? Think again. We traveled to eight different remote locations to showcase some of California’s lesser-...

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Where to find—and how to get into—some of the Golden State’s most coveted speakeasies

During the Prohibition era, secret bars, or speakeasies, popped up in hidden places; those who dared to seek out these illegal establishments—and had the connections to get in—could...

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Spotlight: Mendocino

Discover a coastal paradise with ridiculously fresh seafood, amazing wine, and craft beer

With its dramatic ocean-bluff setting overlooking a steel-blue sea, this coastal hamlet is an obvious magnet for artists, romantics, and lovers of...

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With their own history, wildlife, and amusement park, piers sit at the intersection of natural beauty and Golden State culture

Stunning scenery, cool playgrounds, and fascinating history—not to mention endless sunset selfie possibilities. Stroll along a...

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8 California Food Trends

Try the regional flavors, surprising ingredients, and classics with a twist that made our list of Golden State culinary trends

California has always been a trendsetter when it comes to the culinary arts—from its extraordinary array of ethnic fare to its...

Hidden Gems

A scenic journey of discovery.
This 8-part video series will introduce you to some lesser-known California attractions that just might change the way you think about the Golden State. From scenic byways to wine country destinations to historic honky tonks, Hidden Gems will take you on a scenic journey of discovery.
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See a few amazing wonders of the sea first-hand

Each year, about 20,000 gray whales make an epic 6,000-mile/9,656-km journey between Alaska and Mexico—and then back again. These whales travel from feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to mating and...

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Treat yourself in the Golden State

Health and wellness are paramount in California, so it’s no surprise that the state has more than its share of high-end spas and wellness centers. Think four-star resorts in swanky beach towns,...

Ultimate Spa Experiences
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The lowest golf course in the world is Furnace Creek in Death Valley, at 214 feet below sea level.