California: Entertainment
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California: Entertainment

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 Outside Lands Music & Arts Fest
Spotlight: San Francisco

It makes sense that the 1960s home to flower children, rock concerts, and the summer of love is home to this a multi-stage extravaganza in Golden Gate Park. The 3-day...

How to See Live TV Shows

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...

BMW Performance Driving School
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BMW Performance Driving School

Drive fast in an M Series BMW at a racetrack south of Palm Springs

Zooming really fast in an ultra-speedy M Series BMW may seem like one of those Walter Mitty moments that’s out of your reach. But now those need-...

Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour

This classic Hollywood tour lets you see TV and movie history in the making

Hollywood magic still resonates at this huge studio lot in Burbank, where you can witness pieces of cinematic and television history—and also have...

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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...

Foodie’s Guide to California Ballparks
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“For works from the 1960s to the 2000s, SFMOMA has one of the most important collections in the world.”
Ruth Berson, deputy museum director, SFMOMA
Best Coast Celebrates Pappy & Harriet’s
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Best Coast Celebrates Pappy & Harriet’s

The Los Angeles rock duo loves performing at this unique desert venue

Anyone who has ever attended a concert at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, or scarfed down a plate of its celebrated macaroni and cheese...

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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
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GRAMMY Museum
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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...

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...

7 Oscar-Worthy California Hotels
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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 Star Wars: The Force Awakens has fans in a lather of...

California Vacations for the Star Wars Icons
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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...

DIY Star Wars Experiences in California
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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...

12 Places to Spot Celebrities
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Performing Arts
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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...

12 Architectural Treasures
Hearst Castle
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...

Nightlife in California
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Central Coast Missions
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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...

California's Top Performance Spaces
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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 ...

How to See Live TV Shows
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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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...

Palm Springs Modernism Week
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West Hollywood
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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...

San Francisco Bay Loop

Trip 3-5 days 10 stops

San Francisco Bay Loop

Discover this something-for-everything loop tour around an iconic bay
Golden Gate Bridge

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...

San Francisco

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...

12 Great Urban Parks
California State Capitol
Bodie
Kodiak Greenwood

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...

Museums
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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...

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.
Sacramento and the Arts
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Sacramento and the Arts

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...

Top Film Festivals
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Olvera Street
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Olvera Street

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...

Crocker Art Museum
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Crocker Art Museum

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,...

Emmy Awards
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The Getty Center
The Getty Center

The Getty Center

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...

September

Enjoy three days of smooth jazz at this lauded event, alleged to be the world’s longest-running jazz fest. Top names, newcomers, and favorites—some 500 artists in all—jazz it up on eight stages at...

Monterey Jazz Fest
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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...

Academy Awards
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Manzanar National Historic Site
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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...