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7 Historic Music Venues in California
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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...

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Discover the Central Valley

Although it’s in the heart of California’s most productive agricultural region, Fresno is also a sophisticated city...

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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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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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Lone Pine

Discover the natural beauty and another side of California in a historic Owens Valley small town

Head to Lone Pine to see a different side of California—one that is less connected to...

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Check out these pieces of California history—complete with great restaurants, shops, and wine tasting rooms

Walk around Civic Center Park, in the town of Hanford, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d time-machined to the 1920s: There’s...

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How to Experience the Summer of Love

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Travel back to 1967 with these themed events, exhibits, and tours

It has been 50 years since thousands of American teenagers flooded San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in search...

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The California Questionnaire: Natalie Morales

The journalist and active mom tells us her favorite things about her new California life in Los Angeles County

Allured by the year-round California sunshine and ready for a lifestyle change, NBC news anchor Natalie Morales swapped “The Today Show”...

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8 Great Learning Vacations in California

Cook like a pro, make cheese, or even get on a Hollywood stage at one of these fun classes

Everyone knows that if you want to learn to surf, California is the place to do it. But the great talent that the Golden State has to offer is...

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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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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 promise of the next Star Wars film keeps fans in a lather of excitement, our...

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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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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BMW Performance Driving School

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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-...

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

No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a bit of Hollywood show business on your itinerary. Luckily, there are multiple opportunities to see a taping of your favorite ...

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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...

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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...

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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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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....

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Visit the stand-ins for Arabian deserts, African jungles, and Shangri-La

Watch the latest blockbuster and you might see scenes shot in a globetrotting array of locations. But back in the so-called “Golden Age of Hollywood,” starting with the first talkies in 1927 until...

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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...

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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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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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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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“For works from the 1960s to the 2000s, SFMOMA has one of the most important collections in the world.”
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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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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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Where to see buildings and settings fit for a king (or queen)

Think of castles, and you probably imagine a turreted wonder in Europe. But California has its own surprising crop of palaces and estates fit for a monarch, created by people with imaginations as...

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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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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.