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California: Family

 

California is the ultimate playground for kids and families, so we've nicknamed it Kidifornia!

Family holidays are when some of the most treasured memories...

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Spotlight: Mammoth Lakes

Snowboard champion Chloe Kim has a lot to be thankful for, but mostly she’s thankful for her dad. Together they travel the world making the near-impossible happen.

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How to Adventure Like a Royal

Experience the majesty of California’s great outdoors with one of these vacation ideas

Adventurous vacations provided the building blocks for the royal romance between Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle. While he...

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Ride Like a Royal

Travel through California the way Meghan and Harry would on one of these luxury excursions

Millions of royal wedding watchers are obsessing over the soon-to-be-wed couple, who will ride through the streets of Windsor in a...

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How to Dine Like a Royal in California

A must-taste lineup of 20-course dinners, celebrity favourites, and secret cocktail haunts befitting a duchess

It’s a modern fairy tale: an American actress, a British prince, a blind date gone (very) well and a royal engagement that has...

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Experience hands on maritime history that will shiver your timbers

Most kids love boats, so you can imagine how excited they get about a really, really big boat. The U.S.S. Midway Museum is just that: a retired...

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Where kids rule!

 

California is the ultimate playground for kids and families, so we've nicknamed it Kidifornia!

Family holidays are when some of the most treasured memories are made, and Kidifornia...

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

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

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Trip 5-7 days 10 stops

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Take the trip that captures the heart and soul of the Golden State
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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 neighbourhoods,...

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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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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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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 65...

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

The latest “Living the Dream” commercial gives a snapshot of some of California’s most aspirational settings. From paddle boarding on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe to golfing on the...

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As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.
Mark Twain (recalling his first sighting of Lake Tahoe)
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Get into the coastal vibe

Maybe it’s the sun-streaked hair, the frequent smiles, the eyes always gazing west, looking to the horizon to see when the next set might roll in. It’s the unmistakable look and vibe of a...

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Unleash the kid within at California’s ultimate play lands

From Disneyland classics to beachfront carousels, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone. Take a tram ride to tour movie back lots at Universal Studios...

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Find out where the wild things are

Like a journey to Africa, a day at this spectacular park lets you see some of the world’s most magnificent—and endangered—animals at close range...

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Where to release your inner fashionista

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you're in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican piñata, you'll find it here. Want to sample fresh produce? Try our farmers...

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Elegant estates, relaxed wineries, urban tasting rooms

 

Elegant estates at the end of country roads lined with vineyards? Yes. Low-key wineries housed in converted barns? Yes again. Urban wine trails with hip in-town...

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There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
Edward Abbey
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Hands-on fun for all at farms, ranches, and fields statewide

From almonds and olives up north to avocados, oranges, and dates in South, the Golden State has a crop (or 10) for nearly every stretch of terrain. After all, ...

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The 10 acres of rooms, passages and gardens at Fresno's Forestiere Underground Gardens were excavated by hand using only farming tools.
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Go west, leaf peepers. From the mountains to wine country and quaint small towns, autumn brings a colourful show of foliage around the Golden State

Beyond its blissfully quiet beaches, the Golden State has more autumn than you may think. From the northern Shasta Cascade region all the way down to San Diego County, you’ll find nature’s...

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Luxury Resorts in the Desert

Relax at spoil-yourself spas under the desert sun

Pampering just comes with the territory in the California desert. Maybe in the old days, desert visitors had to pack in supplies and sleep on the...

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Celebrity Spotting

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Where to see stars in Hollywood

Stargazing takes on a different meaning in Tinseltown. While there’s no guarantee you’ll spy a familiar face when you’re here, there are some...

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Sample ultra-fresh, hyper-local, and downright amazing

When you come to California, come hungry. This is a state that seriously knows how to cook. Amazing and innovative chefs sprinkled with Michelin stars work with local farms and artisanal food...

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Tips and information to help you plan your trip

Whether you dream of carving a wave (maybe for the first time), relaxing at a wine country estate, taking a spin on an iconic theme park ride, or walking through soaring redwoods, you’ll find your...

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