California: Entertainment

ALL DREAMS WELCOME

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...

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...

Discover the Central Coast

Mansions are abundant in California, with film stars and tech power brokers building palaces and adding wings, pools and yoga pavilions with abandon. But nothing comes...

Get inspired by some of California's most bucket-list worthy locations

Our latest TV ad, “Living the Dream,” offers a glimpse of some of the Golden State’s most inspiring settings. From paddle boarding on the crystal-...

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

The latest “Living the Dream” TV advert provides an irresistible sampling of some of California’s most amazing settings. From paddleboarding on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe to...

Myles McGuinness
SPECIAL FEATURE
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 southern California beach and you might see Matthew...

Frankenmedia/Flickr
SPECIAL FEATURE
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...

Hearst Castle
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.
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...

SPECIAL FEATURE
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...

magicredshoes/Flickr
SPECIAL FEATURE
Attend a taping of a sitcom, talk show, or game show

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

SilverTD/Flickr
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...

Photo by David A. Lee
West Hollywood
Jon Viscott

West Hollywood

Welcome to WeHo, L.A.’s sizzling-hot centre of alternative lifestyles

West Hollywood has been dubbed “The Creative City.” And for good reason. Bordering Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, West Hollywood (WeHo) is a...

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 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 begin a tour...

San Francisco

End your road trip by exploring one of the world’s great cities. Famous for grand dame Victorian buildings, 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...

SPECIAL FEATURE
8 great urban parks

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

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...

Broad Contemporary Art Museum by Chris Burden

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
Galib Ahmad/Flickr

Sacramento and the Arts

Visit galleries, join art walks, and see a play

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

SPECIAL FEATURE
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
David A. Lee
Olvera Street
CTTC

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 back to 1930 when it was established to celebrate the city’s...

Crocker Art Museum
glengould/flickr

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 and put on their game-face smiles to see who wins one of these annual awards, which recognise outstanding work in dramas, comedies, documentaries,...

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr
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 festival. Top names, newcomers, and favourites—some 500 artists in all—jazz it up on...

Courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival
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...

Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr
Manzanar National Historic Site
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...

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

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...

SPECIAL FEATURE
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...

David H. Carriere/Getty Images
SPECIAL FEATURE
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...

Jody Horton/Offset