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On your next trip to California, vacation like the adventurous Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would. From shopping at some of Markle’s favorite stores to dining at...

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Discover the North Coast

Contraptions, creations, and creativity—those are the mantras for this wacky three-day event on an out-there stretch of the North Coast. Contestants must maneuver their...

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Spotlight: Napa Valley

Rock rolls into the wine country with this three-day event in Napa that features headliners Bruno Mars, The Killers, and Muse. With more than 80 performers in the...

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Turn your next vacation into fairytale by visiting these exclusive destinations in the Golden State

On your next trip to California, vacation like the adventurous Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would. From shopping at some of Markle’s favorite stores to dining at celebrity-favorites and...

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Kidifornia is the ultimate family playground—and it now features a video series that celebrates adventure and fun learning experiences

Adventures in Kidifornia is a new original “edutainment” video series that showcases some of the most exciting—and enriching—family destinations in CaliforniaUsing a unique...

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How to Pack for a Trip to California

The lowdown on what to bring with you—and what to leave at home

California attracts more than 250 million tourists each year, many of whom are eager to swim, ski, hike, and of course, sample local wines. Others...

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Spotlight: Santa Barbara

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Mediterranean style magic and a perfect ocean breeze

Bougainvillea twining across red-tiled rooftops, birdsong mingling with the ocean breeze, islands and whale spouts on the horizon—...

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Spotlight: Ventura County

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Absorb the relaxed vibe of this classic California destination on the coast

When it comes to places in California that feel like one big outdoor playground, Ventura County, on the south end of the Central Coast, stands out...

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Share the Love in the Golden State

Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Wine Country have bounced back beautifully from recent challenges—now is the perfect time to visit

California is a profoundly resilient destination—something you can see for yourself in Visit California’s new spot, “Share the Love.” In the wake...

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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...

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Casa de Fruta Orchard Resort

Part fruit stand, part theme park, this Central Coast stop is the perfect place to fill your belly

What started as a humble cherry stand in 1908 is now a massive roadside attraction, welcoming more than 3 million visitors each year. Located 40...

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Visit these diverse and artistic neighborhoods throughout the state

Considering the Golden State’s abundance of thriving artistic communities and culturally diverse neighborhoods, the California Arts Council had plenty of possibilities for its 2017 statewide...

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8 Dog-Friendly California Hotels

Pamper your pup at these digs that are pretty nice for humans, too

Dog owners used to be faced with an unhappy dilemma when it came to traveling: leave their pups behind or stay in flea-bitten...

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Harris Ranch

This Central Valley oasis is a perfect place for a quick pit stop or even a relaxed meal and overnight stay

Making the trip on Highway 5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco? Look no further for a worthy stop:...

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A quick guide on the 21 historic Spanish missions

Starting in 1769, Spain built a chain of 21 missions across the length of Alta California—from San Diego to Sonoma—as a way...

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Ragged Point

Trip 3-4 days 8 stops

San Luis Obispo to Ragged Point

Venture from San Luis Obispo up Highway 1 to discover pristine coastline, small beach towns, and a fabled landmark
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With males reaching 5,000 pounds, northern elephant seals, found at Piedras Blancas, are the Northern Hemisphere's largest seals.
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Spotlight: Sonoma County

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Escape to wine country with secret vineyards, cozy inns, and rich history

Spanning more than one million acres from the Pacific Ocean to the rugged Coast Range, this slice of wine-country bliss defies typecasting. Yes,...

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Spotlight: Napa Valley

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Explore ultimate wine country luxury in the land where Cabernet is king

Napa Valley reigns as the land of grand estates, expansive tasting rooms, quaint towns, and elegant lodgings, many of which edge up to the...

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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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