California: Entertainment

California: Entertainment


Explore California's Entertainment Hot Spots
Golden Gate Park
Spotlight: San Francisco

Gardens, glades, quiet lakes—here’s the emerald heart of San Francisco, a classic city park where everyone, from first-time visitors to go-every-weekend locals, find...

Spotlight: Hollywood
Discover Los Angeles County

Tinseltown, where starlets are discovered on every street corner (or at least we like to think they are), and the tinted windows of that stretch limo might be hiding a...

Spotlight: Hearst Castle
Discover the Central Coast

Mansions are a dime a dozen in California, with movie stars and tech power brokers building palaces and adding wings, pools, and yoga pavilions with abandon. But nothing...

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...

12 Places to Spot Celebrities
Performing Arts
Courtesy of Alonzo King LINES Ballet

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—...

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...

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.
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....

Nightlife in California
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Central Coast Missions
Tai Power Seeff

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...

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...

California's Top Performance Spaces
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...

How to See Live TV Shows
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...

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...

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...

12 Great Urban Parks
California State Capitol
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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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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...

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...

Top Film Festivals
David A. Lee
Olvera Street

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 Mexican...

Crocker Art Museum

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...


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...

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...


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—...

Monterey Jazz Fest
Courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival

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


Academy Awards
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Manzanar National Historic Site
Courtesy of Mammoth Chambers of Commerce

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...