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Discover Los Angeles County

With its diverse collection of museums, Los Angeles has grown into one of the world’s great cities for art lovers. From the dramatically modern Getty Center high above...

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Spotlight: Greater Palm Springs

Beyond the musical acts, the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, held in April at Empire Polo Club in Indio, has morphed into something of a cultural phenomenon, with...

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Discover the Deserts

So close you can see the fuzz fly on the tennis balls, the top-tier competition at this two-week-long event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden gets you rivetingly close to...

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

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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Catch a show at one of these landmarks in California’s musical heritage

Anytime is the perfect time to explore California’s unique musical history. Certainly, the Golden State is home to a variety of eclectic music landmarks—like a haunted brothel-turned-rock-club and...

7 Historic Music Venues in California
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GRAMMY Museum

Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the music biz at this downtown L.A. gem

For a must-see look at the creative and business sides of making music, plan a visit to this outstanding, often-overlooked museum, part of...

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These hotels have turned in stellar Hollywood cameos

Hollywood celebrates most of its best players during awards season—from actors and directors to makeup artists and sound-effects engineers. But one category of performers tends to get...

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Here’s where Yoda, Darth Vader, and their friends would go to relax

The Force may be strong—but the need for a vacation can weaken even the toughest Jedi knight.

Indeed, while the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has fans in a lather of...

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When seeing the movies just isn’t enough, here are 10 adventures around the Golden State where you can see Star Wars in a whole new light

Maybe you’ve pre-booked tickets to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens multiple times over the holiday season. Or you're binge-watching the preceding six films in preparation.

But...

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Where to get a glimpse of the hottest movie stars

Is that who I think it is? In California, the answer is probably yes. Here, stars and celebrities live, work, and play. Look around on a sunny Socal beach and you might see Matthew Mcconaughey...

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Performing Arts

Museums, music, and a hint of bohemia

Nested near the city’s cupola-topped City Hall, impressive performance spaces in San Francisco present some of California’s—and the world’s—...

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Cross iconic bridges and tour castles statewide

Even if you don’t know the difference between a California bungalow and a Bauhaus box, you’ll get a kick out of visiting some of California’s most unforgettable bridges, buildings, and other...

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Before Sacramento became the state capital, other cities, including San José, Vallejo, and Benicia—were also the seat of government in the Golden State.
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Experience the energy of nightlife in the Golden State

Once that infamous California sunshine starts to dim for the night, you’ll find plenty of ways to keep the heat cranked up high. Theme parks go neon-bright, with open-late rides and...

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Central Coast Missions

Visit some of California’s most beautiful missions to discover the state’s Spanish roots

Strung like Spanish pearls along an 824-mile trail from San Diego to Sonoma, California’s 21 historic missions offer a wealth of treasures, from...

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Amazing venues for amazing entertainment

From historic landmarks to contemporary masterpieces, California’s elegant and beautiful settings for live performances are as big a part of the concert-going experience as the productions staged...

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Attend a taping of a sitcom, talk show, or game show

Next time you're in L.A., you can watch the cast of The Big Bang Theory or Two Broke Girls crack up the audience, be amazed by incredibly smart people on ...

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Visit a building that’s every bit as beautiful as the sounds inside

With its soaring stainless-steel panels, the exterior of Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall has been likened to everything from a...

February

Home to one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the country, the Palm Springs region is a natural setting for this citywide event. Join thousands of design buffs...

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West Hollywood

A designer’s dream with shops, architecture, and style

West Hollywood has been dubbed “The Creative City,” and for good reason. Bordering Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, “Weho” is where fashion and the...

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Trip 3-5 days 10 stops

San Francisco Bay Loop

Discover this something-for-everything loop tour around an iconic bay
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Start your trip with a visit to one of the most iconic spans in the world. With towers soaring 746 feet/227 meters into the sky, its span arcing across the mouth of San Francisco Bay, and all of it painted fire-engine red, the Golden Gate Bridge makes a dramatic destination, and a great way to...

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End your road trip by exploring one of the world’s great cities. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, classic cable cars, dynamic diversity, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring crimson bridge, the “City by the Bay” truly has it all. Trend-defining cuisine ranging from Michelin-starred dining to...

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Explore these urban oases

While you might think of a city park as an appealing splash of green amidst the asphalt jungle, California’s urban parks stand out as cultural hubs, with outstanding and innovative...

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Bodie

Tour the eerie remnants of a former boomtown

There's something eerily appropriate about bumping down the dusty desert road that winds the final few miles into Bodie State Historic Park. Round...

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Museums

See masterpieces and innovative contemporary works

With its diverse collection of museums, Los Angeles has grown into one of the world’s great cities for art lovers. From the dramatically modern...

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With more than 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the Western U.S.
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The Lost Boys Santa Cruz Tour

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Visit the real-world locations that inspired the popular 1980s vampire movie

It has been three decades since Hollywood introduced audiences to The Lost Boys, a film that cast Jason Patric and Corey Haim as a pair...

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Sacramento and the Arts

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Visit galleries, join art walks, and see a play

Artists and galleries owners have gained serious traction in Sacramento, and music, plays, and performances abound. Find out what’s going on by...

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Top movies and celebrity spotting

Combine the glitz of Hollywood, top movies from around the world, and some of the best celebrity spotting anywhere, and it’s easy to understand why California’s film festivals draw serious...

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Olvera Street

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Visit L.A.’s historic heart and learn about Mexican heritage

Although it’s known as the birthplace of Los Angeles, Olvera Street actually dates to 1930, when it was established to celebrate the city’s...

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Crocker Art Museum

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Vibrant, eclectic, fascinating

The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum is still one of the leading museums in California today...

SEPTEMBER

Televisions biggest stars get dressed up, duded up, and put on their game-face smiles to see who wins one of these annual awards, which recognize outstanding work in dramas, comedies,...

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The Getty Center

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Escape to L.A.’s modern-day Acropolis for art masterpieces and commanding views

Perched in the hills above West Los Angeles, The Getty Center looks like a modernist city on a hill, a collection of dramatic buildings housing...

February/March

Every February (or early March), the red carpet rolls out for one of the world’s most star-studded affairs, the annual Academy Awards.

This exclusive red-carpet event may be reserved for...

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Manzanar National Historic Site

Learn about a sobering time in U.S. history

During World War II, thousands of Japanese-Americans were moved from their homes throughout the West and brought to internment camps like Manzanar...

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Think outside the nacho plate on your next visit to a California baseball stadium

At California’s ballparks, the days of limp hot dogs on soggy buns have given way to an era of gourmet grub fit for a foodie—as well as improbable creations that seem to have been conjured by...

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