Friday, February 29, 2008

Trees of Mystery Klamath California

Trees of Mystery Klamath CaliforniaYour fist sight of the Trees of Mystry is a giant statue of Paul Bunyan which makes you think this is a tourist trap. But you will soon find out that this is a very special place. A hiking trail takes you past Paul, up into a giant, hollow, redwood log, and then back to the actual mystery trees. The highlight of your visit is a ride on the Skytrail, which takes you on a nine minute ride above the treetops in a ski lift. On your way back stop at the huge gift shop which also includes a Native American museum. Trees of Mystery 15500 Highway 101 North Klamath, CA. 95548 1-800-638-3389


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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Coronado Beach San Diego

Cornado Beach Coronado is connected to San Diego by the Coronado Bridge or you can drive around the bay via Highway 75 and Imperial Beach. The beach is located on the ocean side of Coronado island, south of the naval air station, past the Hotel Del Coronado. Beach areas have fire rings, restrooms, showers, and lifeguards. Park free on Ocean Boulevard, but plan to arrive before 11 a.m. on summer weekends to beat the crowds.


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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Studios is one of Southern California's most visited attractions. Major rides and shows included: Water world-A Live Sea War Spectacular, Shrek 4-D, T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride and Jurassic Park: The Ride. If your squeamish about rides hop aboard the back lot tour tram for a behind the scene look at how movies are made. The tour takes about forty minutes and is a must see at Universal Studios. Universal Studios Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Sacramento Zoo

Sacramento Zoo
The Sacramento Zoo offers a variety of exhibits for the entire family to enjoy. There is large number of rare and endangered species at the zoo. Not as large as the San Francisco zoo,the Sacramento zoo is still fun. Sometimes they have "Ice cream safaris" Where they have all you can eat Ice cream flavors and you can walk around eating ice cream looking at animas. If you have time while in Sacramento, stop by and visist the zoo. The Sacramento Zoo is located south of downtown on the corner of Sutterville Road and Land Park Drive, just off the I-5 freeway.


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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center Drive up to the 10,000 foot level of the white mountains of in east central California and you will find the earth's oldest living inhabitant "Methuselah", at 4,767 year old Bristlecone Pine. On dry windswept mountaintops of the Great Basin in the western United States grow earth's oldest living inhabitants, the Bristlecones. When you get to the forest do not expect to see hundreds of trees. The trees are there but spread out over the mountain growing out of the rocky surface of the White Mountains. The view can be fantastic and the picture opportunity almost out of this world so if your car is up to it the drive is worth it. Before you attempt to drive up to the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest make sure your vehicle is in good working order. This is not your typical Sunday drive, the forest is defiantly off the beaten path. Reaching the White Mountains and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest from Bishop, California is about a 1 hour drive. Travel south (14 mi / 23km) on hwy 395 to Big Pine, then east up hwy 168 to the White Mountain Road (13 mi / 21km). Here we turn left and continue the remaining 7 miles (11km) up to Schulman Grove at 10,100' (3048m). Several vista turnouts are located on the White Mt. Road, the most spectacular being Sierra View Overlook

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Irvine Park Railroad

Irvine Park Railroad Take your kids to Irvine Regional Park in Orange County and ride the rails. This fun little train takes you on a one mile loop through the oak trees and next to the park lake. Kids and their parents will enjoy riding the Irvine Park Railroad. If your planning a birthday party the railroad party pavilion is the perfect place and offers four different packages. If your going for a train ride or a party celebration the train is fun for kids and adults. Irvine Regional Park 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92862


Monterey Bay Aquarium

 Monterey Bay Aquarium The Monterey Bay Aquarium is California's best aquarium and a major attraction for visitors who come from all over the world. Located on the bay in Monterey, California the aquarium was named by Parents Magazine as the best aquarium for kids in the United States. With sweeping vistas looking out over the Monterey Bay and world class exhibits the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a defiant must see in California. As with most attractions you will need to arrive early to beat the crowds especially during the summer time. Get up and get there at 10 a.m. when the aquarium opens and enjoy a few hours of quite time. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 Read what other travelers have to say about the Monterey Bay Aquarium


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Monday, February 18, 2008

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is located in Campo California. The museum offers train rides (including some to Tecate, Mexico), and has 6 steam locomotives, 12 diesel locomotives and 59 other pieces of rolling stock. Train rides from the historic Campo Depot depart om weekends on a 12 to 16-mile round-trip. Once a month a train crosses into Mexico for a trip to Tecate. Advance reservations are required for the Mexico trip due to U.S. Customs regulations. The Museum's main facility is located in Campo, California, about 45 miles east of downtown San Diego. Campo Depot State Highway 94 & Forrest Gate Road Campo, California.


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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tijuana say 'hasta la vista' to Tourists

Tijuana's recent wave of violence appears to have driven another nail into the coffin of a tourism industry already hobbled by its reputation for tacky tourist traps and rowdy bars and by long waits at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing.
Visits are down 90% since 2005, when an estimated 4.5 million came to the area, according to the downtown merchants association. On an average day now, only about 150 tourists show up, the association says. Some encounter the latest Tijuana spectacle: convoys full of heavily armed soldiers rumbling down Avenida Revolucion.
Lucky for us there is plenty to do right here in California. With so much to see and do right in our own back yard, Californians are saying 'hasta la vista' Tijuana.

LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens

LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens The Los Angeles Zoo is often overlooked because of it's bigger neighbor to the South, the San Diego Zoo. Many people are surprised to find that the LA Zoo is such a nice place to visit. With over 950 animals and a lush tropical setting the zoo is defiantly worth putting on your LA to do list. A couple of tips to make your LA Zoo visit more enjoyable are to arrive early and take the Zoo tram up the hill to the back exhibits and work your way down the hill. There is more than enough things to keep you busy all day long however the LA Zoo can become quite crowded in the afternoon. Take the kids, have fun and start your LA Zoo adventure early.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Pt. Fermin Lighthouse San Pedro

Pt. Fermin Lighthouse Pt. Fermin Lighthouse was built in 1874 with lumber from California redwoods. The lighthouse was a one-keeper station until 1941 when all coastal lights were extinguished. The lens lantern and gallery were replaced by an lookout shack which remained for the next thirty years. The structure fell into disuse and disrepair until a new lantern and gallery were built by volunteers, restoring it to its original condition in 1974. Lighthouse Tours are held every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 3:30 p.m. The lighthouse tour take you through the structure and you can see various displays and pictures about life at the lighthouse. The tour finishes up with a climb up the steep stairway to the light tower. If you decide to visit Pt. Fermin Lighthouse take a short drive up the hill to the Fort MacArthur Museum. S. Gaffey St. at 807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro 90731

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Egyptian Theatre Hollywood

Egyptian Theatre  Hollywood The 1922 Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is an historic landmark. Over the years the theatre underwent changes in management, ownership, and use. Up until early 1990 the theatre was a first run movie house. The Egyptian was closed from 1992 to 1998 when it officially opened as permanent home of the American Cinematheque. The $15 million renovation & rehabilitation has returned the Egyptian Theatre in all it's splendor. The address of the Egyptian Theatre is 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, between Las Palmas and McCadden, just east of Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

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Brighten your back yard with LEDs

Living in Southern California gives you plenty of opportunity to entertain outside in your garden or patio. If you are still using old style landscape lighting, you might want to change to LED (Light Emitting Diode). LED landscape lighting can change the look of your garden at night. Your guests will be amazed with the many different colors. LED lights will add a dramatic dimension to your front or back yard. Lizardlighting.com offers hadco landscape lighting systems that will make your back yard the envy of your neighbors. Consider adding LED lighting to your landscaping to save money and brighten up your outdoor living.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Angels Flight Railway Los Angeles

Angels Flight Railway Los Angeles Angels Flight in downtown Los Angeles is called the "Shortest Railway in the World". The Los Angeles Incline Railway was built in 1901 by Col. J.W. Eddy to connect the downtown shopping district the residential district of Bunker Hill. Over the years Bunker Hill slowly became a run down section of town full of boarding houses and empty lots. An urban renewal project in the late 1960s converted Bunker Hill into office buildings and a senior citizen's condominium complex, called the Angelus Plaza. During that period Angels Flight was dismantled and put into storage. In 1995 the railway was rebuilt and opened to serve office workers and torusits. Unfortunately in 2001 an accident killed one person and injured seven and closed Angels Flight. Since the accident the two historic cars, Olivet and Sinai, have been completely rebuilt and are in storage off site. The Station House and Arch exteriors have been restored. The Shortest Railway in the World is ready to resume passenger service and awaiting approval from government agencies to reopen. What the project really needs is the mayor of Los Angeles to get off his butt and put some pressure on so this LA landmark can reopen. Angels Flight is located at the corner or 4th and Hill streets in Downtown Los Angeles. To get there by car: Take the Harbor Freeway (110), exit 4th St, head east until Hill Street. Parking lots and structures are located nearby. By Metro Rail: Take the Metro Red Line to the Pershing Square station, exit at the 4th street end. By Metro Bus: Take the 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 48 and 304 lines into Downtown L.A. Get off at 3rd St.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Romantic Things To Do in Southern California

Southern California has some very romantic places to visit. Looking for a special place to enjoy a few hours or a romantic weekend. Southern California has the perfect place for you. Here are some suggestions to take your sweetheart:
Laguna Beach has got to be one of the most romantic places to visit along the Southern California coast. Boutiques, art galleries, and world-class restaurants all add up to make Laguna Beach a top pick. Don't forget to stop by the Laguna Canyon Winery for some wine tasting.
Crystal Cove is another romantic beach situated in between Laguna and Newport Beach You can walk for miles and see the coastline unspoiled by parking lots and hotels. The Beachcomber Cafe, at Crystal Cove is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant has patio seating and is right on the beach.
Ride the Amtrak Pacific Coastliner on a romantic train trip to San Diego Getting there is half the fun. The train station is in downtown San Diego and within walking distance of the San Diego Bay. From there you can take a Harbor Cruise or dine at one of the water front restaurants.
Palm Springs Tramway About a three hour drive from the Los Angeles area. You will need to leave very early or sleep in and leave after rush hour. The tram ride takes your from desert floor to the snow covered mountain. Perfect weather to snuggle up with your honey. On the way back take your time so you do not caught in the evening traffic. Maybe even stay the night in Palm Springs.
Santa Catalina Island is the place for me 26 miles across the sea. Catalina is a wonderful trip any time of the year and a perfect destination for your romantic getaway. Plenty of things to do and see and lots for fine restaurants to choose from. Boats leave from Dana Point , Newport Beach and Long beach.
There are hundreds of places to take a day trip on Valentines Day and the most important part of your journey is spending time with the one you love.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse The 30.5-acre historic 1909 Point Cabrillo Light Station is bordered on three sides by a Nature Preserve, consisting of 270-acre of undeveloped coastal bluffs, terraces, and prairies. The western most boundaries of the preserve and Light Station are the beautiful, but often moody Pacific Ocean. The Nature Preserve and Light Station include 3.5 miles of trails for hiking, bird watching, and unparalleled views of the Mendocino Coast. Therestored 1909 Head Lightkeeper's House (Inn) now provides guests with theopportunity to see the Light Station at night. An evening's stay at the Inn includes a private night time tour of the Lighthouse with the current Lightkeeper. 45300 Lighthouse Road Mendocino, California 95460

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California Snow Fun

With the recent storms mountains resorts across the state of California are all open. Even Southern California has snow this time of the year. There is no excuse not to head up to the snow for some fun. Before you leave make sure you have all the right equipment to have a safe warm experience. Burton snowboards along with snowboard clothing and accessories can be found at christysports.com. Pick and choose from a huge selection of the best equipment you will find anywhere. Christysports.com also has ski and snowboard conditions on their web site. You can even have snow reports delivered to you by email. Check out the reports, stock up on equipment and head up to the snow for some winter fun.

Mission Inn Riverside

Mission Inn Riverside
The Mission Inn of Riverside is a hotel, museum an historical landmark. The original12-room adobe boarding house called the "Glenwood Cottage" and was built in 1876. Today the Inn occupies an entire city block and is the cultural center of Riverside. 75 minute walking tours led by trained docents on the art, architecture and history of the Mission Inn. Access is based on availability. Reservations are recommended. The cost is $12 for adults and senior citizens, children under twelve free with an adult. $1 AAA discount. Call the museum at (951)788-9556 during regular business hours for available tour times and reservations. The Mission Inn Museum 3696 Main Street Riverside, CA 92501 951-788-9556

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

Gilroy Gardens
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, (formerly Bonfante Gardens)is California’s only horticultural theme park. The gardens includes rides, attractions, theme gardens, food concessions, an Events Plaza, and more. Some attractions are very unusual, including 50 years old, one-of-a-kind Circus Trees rescued from Scotts Valley, California. Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is open from March through November. Gilroy Gardens, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation. 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy (Hwy 152), Gilroy, CA 95020 - (408) 840-7100


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Romantic Vacation for Valentines Day

If you are looking for a romantic place to go for a vacation or a Valentines Day getaway consider Las Vegas. Remember "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas". My most romantic trip to Las Vegas ended up being my wedding day. We headed off for a long weekend to take in a show and see the sites and before the vacation was over we were married. Las Vegas is a great place to get married, after the ceremony you are right in the middle of a 24 hour a day party. There are so many places to stay it is hard to make a choice. Lodging runs from budget hotels to mega resorts and everything in between. There are plenty of things to do in Las vegas other than gaming. Nearby attractions include Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon and Valley of Fire. Trusted Tours & Attractions offers many tours that take you to all the major attractions. Just hop on the bus with your romantic partner and sit back and enjoy the view. You can now even book your hotel reservation though the Trusted Tours & Attractions web site. There is a special promotion going on right now with a chance to win a digital camera. All you need to do is sign up for the Trusted Tours & Attractions news letter and you are entered for a chance of winning a Canon Power Shot digital camera. If your looking for vacation ideas or planning a Valentine Days escape with your romantic partner check out Trusted Tours & Attractions web site.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Tet Festival Garden Grove 2008

Tet Festival Garden Grove
Celebrate the year of the rat at one of the largest Tet festivals in the the world. Attracting over 100,000 persons annually, this Southern California event is the largest cultural event in Little Saigon. One of the highlights of the festival is the Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant. The pageant will take place on Friday, February 8th 2007 at 6pm. Since the Tet Pageant is part of the festival, all you need is an admission ticket to the festival to enjoy the show.
Food vendors sell everything from the hot dogs to Vietnamese egg rolls, dried squid and barbecued meats of every description. The Garden grove Tet festival is a multicultural event and everyone is invited. The festival will take place on Friday February 8th from 2-10 pm, Saturday February 9th from 10 am to 10 pm and Sunday February 10th from 10am to 9pm. Garden Grove Park, 9301 Westminster Ave. Garden Grove, CA


Cars Land Disney's California Adventure

Cars Land Disney's California Adventure One of the new projects for California Adventure is Cars Land. The expansion will be an entirely new, 12-acre addition, immersing guests into a world inspired by the hit Disney•Pixar movie, Cars, playing to America’s love affair with automobiles. One of the attractions you can look forward to is: Radiator Springs Racers, a major “E-ticket” attraction, places guests right in the middle of the amazingly detailed, dimensional Cars world of Mater, Lightning McQueen, Doc and Sally. Guests get a quick race briefing from Doc and Lightning, and suddenly find themselves in the midst of a race around hairpin turns and steep banks. Sounds like fun keep posted for more information on the California Adventure Park expansion.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

La Habra Children's Museum

Children's Museum La Habra Children's Museum is located in a historic 1923 Union Pacific Train Depot. Inside you will find 7 galleries with many different hands on exhibits that will keep your kids amused. Outside there is a dinosaur topiary and historic 1942 caboose. The Children's Museum at La Habra was one of the first children's museum to open on the west coast. A short tour of the caboose is on the hour every hour. La Habra Children's Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 301 South Euclid Street La Habra, CA 90631 Phone: 562-905-9793

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Sausalito, California

Sausalito, California
Sausalito is about 8 miles north of downtown San Francisco and has been called, 'the Riviera of California.' It's a beautiful, quiet, artistic community that offers an historic downtown, some great view of the city and Angel Island, as well as some great restaurants and parks. If you only have a limited time for a day trip, Sausalito is an excellent choice. Read reviews about Sausalito California.


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Friday, February 01, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday Day Trip Southern California

This Sunday most people will be staying at home or heading to a Super Bowl party which leaves the roads and highways wide open. If you are not a football fan Super Bowl Sunday is just about the best day of the year to head out on a day trip. Last year we went to see the USS Midway Aircraft Museum in San Diego. The drive from Orange County to San Diego can take up to three hours on a normal day. We made the trip down to the museum in under one and a half hours. The freeway was wide open and average speed 80 miles an hour. Parking was a breeze and thier was no waiting for a bay front table at Anthony's Fish Grotto for lunch. For a desert day trip a good bet is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway >. If you decide to go be sure to bring warm clothing there is plenty of snow on top of the San Jacinto mountains this time of the year. North of Los Angeles a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo should be possible with minimal traffic. If you can drag your partner away from the the TV Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect day for a one day outing in Southern California.