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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Northern California Day Trip Idea

Northern California Trips
We have recently expanded our day trip destinations into the northern part of the Golden State. With the additional trips we now have over 2500 day trip ideas in California.

Our main focus is on family friendly places to visit. We do throw in a few destinations best suited for teens and above but the vast majority of destinations are perfect for both and adults.

One thing that sets our site apart from other travel sites is we visit each destination before reporting on it. If its listed, we have been there.

If your favorite northern California destination is missing lets us know and we will check it out.

To see all the new Northern California Day Trips head over to our main site and start exploring.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Popular California Destinations & Deal

Napa Valley California

 Our most popular California trips and destinations:

Friday, September 06, 2013

Off The Beaten Track Hollywood

Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Most tourist never get much further than Hollywood Boulevard when they visit this iconic city.

If you're looking for a little adventure while in town then check out Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The cemetery is the final resting place of stars such as Cecil B. DeMille and Jayne Mansfield.

To get the most out of your visit we suggest that you take guided tour.

You can pick up a map at the gift store and go it on your own but chances are you will miss out on many of the interesting facts and places located throughout the historic site.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery tour guide Karie Bible ushers guests from crypt to mausoleum, narrating historical tales and legends along the way. Upon arrival, cemetery security guards will instruct guests where to park on-site.

 Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour - $15 for a two-hour Hollywood cemetery tour for two (a $30 value)

Sunday, July 07, 2013

California Travel Off The Beaten Path

We have launched a Tumblr Blog and will be featuring  unique places to visit in California.

We will be be posting deals and destinations here on Blogger and reserve the Tumblr blog for more unusual things.

Some of them may be off the beaten path while others may be hidden in plain view.

As we travel around California we will be posting images real time. Tumblr was recently purchased by Yahoo and should be getting some exciting new updates and improvements.

 If you have a Tumblr account be sure to follow California Travel Off The Beaten Path

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Catalina Express Free Ticket Contest

To celebrate the Centennial of Catalina Island’s Avalon, Catalina Express is having  a Facebook giveaway on anniversary day, Wednesday, June 26.

Entries will be accepted through July 10. On July 12, 2013, one lucky Catalina Express Facebook fan will win 100 Days of Travel to Catalina.

The winner will be able to travel to Catalina as often as they like, based on space availability, until October 22, 2013.

Catalina Express has also launched the Avalon Centennial Planner filled with hundreds of dollars in savings for travelers to the island.

 In addition, throughout 2013, Catalina Express continues its Free Round Trip on Your Birthday giveaway.

IF you don't win the contest you can buy discount tickets to Catalina Island here.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Helicopters Make Catalina Island Sightseeing Easy

Catalina IslandThe Santa Catalina Island Company is launching Catalina Heli Expeditions, which pairs aerial sightseeing of the island’s natural environment and dramatic coastlines with opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation.

These customizable tours, which include any combination of heli-hiking, heli-biking and heli-picnics, are exclusive to guests of the Pavilion Hotel in Avalon.

Guests going on a guided heli-hiking excursion are taken to their choice of two exclusive locations, Empire Landing or Ballast Point, where they may choose between two challenging hiking routes.

 The Empire Landing route involves trails and dirt roads, with intermediate ascents and descents before joining an unpaved road leading to Two Harbors.

 The Ballast Point hike involves more vertical gain, taking hikers from sea level to the ridge line bordering the town of Two Harbors. Both hikes are fairly strenuous, approximately two hours in duration and are recommended for advanced hikers.

Heli-bike tours begin and end in Two Harbors and include bike rentals. Guests are greeted at the Two Harbors Heliport and taken to the Dive and Recreation Center, where they are fitted with bikes and helmets for their excursion.

They then set off to bike along the unpaved dirt roads that wind along the coastline of Catalina’s West End’s pristine coastline and through the island’s rugged interior.

More about visiting Catalina Island.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Save The Mendocino County Skunk Train

Skunk Train Tunnel Cave In
A huge tunnel collapse has halted operation of the world famous Skunk Train. The April collapse  Tunnel No. 1 will cost an estimated  $300,000 to repair.

The tunnel is over 1000  feet long and is 3 miles from the  Fort Bragg train Station

Most of the railroad's equipment is trapped in Fort Bragg so no trains can run out of Willits, even though the tracks to the east of the blockage are fine.

The economic impact of  losing the Skunk Train on Mendocino County is huge as many of the areas visitors plan on riding the train. The cave in could not of happened at a worst time with the busy summer season on weeks away.

ThisSkunk Train  has launched a Save Our Skunk campaign at In its first 3 days nearly 100 donors had provided $13,050. For those donating $300 and above, the Skunk train is offering free rides through the end of the 2014 season and a number of other perks.

For $25.00 contributions  the railroad is offering to send keychains, $50.00 you get a piece of rock from the tunnel and $100.00 you get a hard hat.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Things to do Memorial Day Southern California

Theme Parks are the number one destination for Memorial Day Weekend. Disneyland is expecting record crowds. For a slightly less jam packed experience both Knott's Berry Farm is offering $25.00 off adult tickets.

The next most popular destination are Southern California Beaches. Huntington Beach in Orange County and Mission Beach in San Diego have huge crowds on Memorial day.

Camping is right at the top of the list for Memorial Day Weekend Activities. Popular destinations are The Kern River and any campsite that is near or on the beach. Get an early start if you plan on going camping.

If you plan on staying near home there are plenty of  Festivals,events and activities.

Southern California Day Trips Over 2,000 fun things to do and places to see on Memorial Day or any other time of the year.

Annual Topanga Days Country Fair - Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday at The Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

Fiesta Hermosa hundreds of artists and crafters are featured, including painters, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters.Food Court, which offers 18 different kinds of ethnic food. Memorial Day Weekend.

Aquarium of the Pacific is its a kids place that parents like too. From the moment you walk in and see the huge life size blue whale hanging from the ceiling you know your in for a fun day.
Palm Springs Air Museum - has scheduled its Memorial Day Flower Drop for 1 p.m. Monday at the museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. A World War II-era B-25 Mitchell bomber will lay red and white carnations on the museum's aircraft ramp. Visitors are invited to collect a flower to take home. 760-778-6262.

Catalina Island is a quick getaway for those that don’t have the time to travel to some remote faraway location. Just about any traveler can find something to do on the island.

Santa Barbara is within easy day trip distance from Los Angeles. If you are planning on making the journey get an early start because there are plenty of things to do in this beautiful coastal town.

For lots more options on Things To Do Memorial Day visit our main website.

Things to do Memorial Day Updated 2013

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Top 10 Southern California Theme Park Discounts Summer 2013

Listed here are the top deals to save you money while visiting southern California attractions starting off with the best deals.

Magic Mountain Los Angeles is offering a huge discount, $25.00 off tickets with no advance purchase needed when you buy tickets online. This deal is not available at the ticket booth or from the Six Flags website.

Knotts Berry Farm Buena Park also has a great deal with $25.00 off adult tickets and $5.00 off kids tickets. You can not buy these tickets at Knotts. Tickets are valid through September, but the deal may end soon.

Legoland California 5 Days for the Price of 1 Resort Hopper Special! (Includes LEGOLAND/SEA LIFE/Water Park) Limited Time Only. Tickets must be purchased by June 30, valid until  October 27, 2013.

SeaWorld San Diego 7 day for the price of one. Unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Diego for 7 consecutive days. This deal works out to ten dollars a day!

Disneyland® Resort is famous for not giving discounts or coupons however you can get five dollars off. Save more if you buy a vacation package (hotel and tickets)

Long Beach Aquarium is a great place to take kids and affordable options to expensive theme parks. You can save a few dollars off with print at home tickets.

Now we get to the discount cards. Savings can be substantial but you must visit more places to reap the rewards. Great if you're on vacation, not so great if you only have one day.

Southern California 2-Park Flex Ticket Includes SeaWorld and Universal Studios. The ticket is valid for 14 consecutive days from the first day of use. Savings about 20% off.

San Diego 3-for-1 Pass includes 7 days unlimited use San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park and 
SeaWorld.  about 20% off. 

San Diego's Fabulous Four Combo Pass one day admission to San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, LEGOLAND California & SeaWorld Adventure Park San Diego. Save $30.00 when you visit all attractions.

Finally, there is the Southern California CityPASS. This card includes a three-day Disneyland Park Hopper, One day Universal Studios and one day SeaWorld San Diego. Advertised savings of 26%.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Paso Robles California Summer Events

Paso Robles is located in Central California, Inland from Hearst Castle and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This beautiful area is home to numerous wineries and situated near many of the central coasts attraction make it the perfect base for a vacation or weekend getaway.

The city of Paso Robles has a full lineup of events for visitors and locals to enjoy this summer:


5/11: National Train Day - San Luis Obispo County
Events including National Train Day on May 11 in San Luis Obispo, a day to celebrate the 144th anniversary of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.

Downtown Paso Robles, Memorial Day Weekend
Celebrate summer with this magical event for families. New, this year, is a Plein Air Masters exhibition, two-day workshops (taking place the week prior to the main events), guest lectures and an Art Tour.The weekend kicks off with a party on Friday night, followed by a full day of activities on Saturday including a Plein Air Quick-Draw and auction, followed by a fine art show.

5/24 - 5/27: Great Western Bicycle Rally
Paso Robles Event Center, Memorial Day Weekend
Gather some friends, hop on your bikes and get ready for a thrilling weekend of bicycling through the rolling hills of stunning Paso Robles. A variety of routes are geared for all levels of riders so everyone can join.

6/1: Model A and Model T Car Show
Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join the fun at this free event where local antique car clubs exhibit their unique old Model A and Model T automobiles on the original highway that runs in front of the Adobe.

6/2: Paso Pinot and Paella Festival
Templeton Community Park, 6th Street Templeton, CA 93465, 2 – 5 p.m.
Join the Pinot Noir producers of Paso Robles and 20 amazing local chefs for an afternoon of great wine and food.

8/23: Concerts in the Park 
Downtown City Park, Friday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of live jazz, blues, rock, fusion and more at this free summer concert series in downtown Paso Robles. Savor a glass of J. Lohr wine for sale at the concert.

6/22: Trading Day and Kids Flea Market
Downtown City Park, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Find that coveted antique table or discover the perfect piece of artwork at this popular outdoor yard sale filled with collectibles and curiosities

July 6: Forks & Corks Festival
Halter Ranch Winery
Another fabulous new festival in Paso Robles will bring people from all over California together in one setting to enjoy all beverages that have been "cork'd" such as whiskey, gin, wine, Port, beer and ciders.

7/13: Lavender Festival
Downtown City Park, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Relax and recharge your spirit at this fragrant festival. Indulge in lavender ice cream and unwind with

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

April Events in and Around Palm Springs

April 4-7: Kraft Nabisco Golf Championship at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage (formerly the Dinah Shore). For more information call 909-841-8854.
April 4-8: 2nd American Documentary Film Festival at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. Featuring over 100 documentary films from around the world. For more information:

April 5-7 Indian Wells Arts Festival at the Tennis Gardens in Indian Wells. On-site demonstrations, live musical entertainment and a Gourmet Market Place add to the fun. For more information call 760-346-0042.

April 5: The Commodores Perform at The Show at The Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. For more information call 800-585-3737.

April 6: John Legend in Concert at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. For more information call: 760-342-5000.

April 11: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Presented at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert. For more information call 760-340-ARTS.

April 12: Morris Day and the Time Perform at The Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon. For more information call 800-252-4499.

April 12: Comedian Biran Regan Performs at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella. For more information call 760-775-5566.

April 12-14; April 19-21: Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival at The Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. This year expanding to two weekends. Featured performers include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Stone Roses, and Blur. For more information:

April 19-28: Hair Presented at the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). For more information call 760-323-5123.

April 26-28: Stagecoach Music Festival at The Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band headline this highly acclaimed country music fest. For more information:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Big bear Lake Trout Derby

Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake Resort Association will pay $50,000 to an angler that reels in the grand prize tagged trout at the 5th Annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby June 8 and 9, 2013.

 There are a total of fifteen tagged trout at the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby including one particular fish worth the big bucks of $50,000.

 In the last two years four tagged trout have been caught at Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby, which has caused quite a buzz in the fishing community. This year’s organizers of the event are optimistic that a lucky angler will reel in the trout worth a small fortune.

Free entry is given to Fishin’ for 50K participants who stay at least one night at a Big Bear Lake Resort Association lodge from June 7 to June 9.

The amount of free entries is based on lodging occupancy per reservation. Up to four free entries is also given to participants who rent a pontoon boat on either day.

An awards ceremony takes place Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. in the Big Bear Visitor Center parking lot located at 630 Bartlett Road (in the Village). The awards ceremony includes a general raffle with thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear, bait and tackle from national manufacturers.

Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby is Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Entry is $55 for adults and $30 for participants under age 16.

Entries are limited to the first 750 registered anglers. Each contestant receives a free jar of Pautzke Fire Bait and a wristband that provides discounts at participating Big Bear restaurants, shops and specialty services.

For rules and regulations or to register for the event visit