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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.  ...

Myles McGuinness
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...

Living the Dream
Myles McGuinness
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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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Relax, reboot, and recharge any time of year at these 7 wellness destinations

The New Year always brings a renewed gusto to clean up our acts—physically and mentally. But in California, it’s always time to eat better, get fit, and clear away the mental clutter....

Stanford Inn by the Sea
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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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Rebecca Garrett

Winter in Mammoth Lakes

Ski into summer on mountains of snow

In winter, Mother Nature is good to Mammoth Lakes. Very, very good. The mountain town’s signature peak, Mammoth Mountain, gets, on average, more...

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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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California Backcountry Snow Adventures
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California Backcountry Snow Adventures

Try these creative winter adventure options away from the slopes

Snowboarding and skiing aren’t the only ways to play in California’s mountain wonderland, where sunny days and varied terrain make for 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 California’s most appealing destinations. The Golden State’s beach towns stand out for...

Perfect Beach Towns
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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...

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Make your way to theses seven ranches, mills, and storefronts to sample the state’s best olive oils

Spanish missionaries planted California’s first olive trees in the late 18th century, at missions from Sonoma to San Diego. It was no divine intervention; the savvy padres knew that...

Tasting California Olive Oil
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Sonoma County Annual Events
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Sonoma County Annual Events

Mark your calendar for festivals, fun, and even grape-stomping

Every weekend, it seems, there’s another terrific festival or flat-out party going on in Sonoma County. One of the best comes in March, when...

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10 getaways sure to make that special someone in your life swoon

Romance, like people, takes endless forms. Some couples splurge with champagne, candlelight dinners, and four-poster beds with all the trimmings. Others prefer a rustic retreat with a snuggle-up-...

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Trip 5-7 days 10 stops

Highway One Classic

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

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...

Orange County's Luxury Resorts
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Orange County's Luxury Resorts

Live like a star at posh getaways

The good life might have been invented in “The O.C.”—especially when it comes to resort destinations. With spas, elegant dining, posh lodgings,...

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Spotlight: San Diego

California dreamers, endless coastline & sunshine

As if all that sunshine isn’t enough, here’s a waterfront city brushed by perfect breezes, the light just right, the beer perfectly hoppy after a...

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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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Spotlight: Joshua Tree National Park
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Spotlight: Joshua Tree National Park

Rugged mountains, vibrant sunsets & uncountable stars

Boulders and buttresses, rugged mountains, gold mining ruins, desert plains dotted with the oddball trees—this is one weird place. Joshua Tree,...

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From Gold Rush history to the 8th wonder of the world, visit these favorites

If there was ever a box of chocolates—and all of them delicious—it’s the rich collection of natural treasures, fascinating...

Must-See State Parks
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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets...

10 Top Farmers' Markets
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The lowest golf course in the world is Furnace Creek in Death Valley, at 214 feet below sea level.