Saturday, July 26, 2008

Griffith Park Southern Railroad

Griffith Park Railroad train station Open Since 1948 in Griffith Park, Los Angeles the Griffith Park Southern Railway takes rides on a one mile journey aboard a miniature train. Two different trains are at the park and can take up to seventy passengers at a time. The loop around the park takes you over a creaking fifty year old bridge and past a western town before it returns you to the Los Feliz train station.
Colonel Griffith train Train rides are $2.50 per person and your trip around the park takes about 15 minutes. There is plenty of free parking and after the train trip you can walk over to the Griffith Park pony rides and let the kids enjoy a fun ride on the park ponies. Parents have as much fun as the kids watching the ponies take off around the track. The first fifty feet or so the ponies take off at a gallop and really give the children a fast little ride.Pony rides at Griffith Park The train and pony rides are located at 4400 Crystal Springs Drive (Near Los Feliz & Riverside)Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323) 664-6903 Southern California train rides

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Great Balloon Takes Flight at Night

Great Park Balloon Ride Irvine Irvine California Before being closed by the FAA for alleged safety violations the great balloon ride took thousands of people for a 500 foot high view of the Irvine Valley. After a complete inspection no problems turned up and the ride is now back in operation with added night rides from 7-10 pm Thursday through Sunday. All rides are free and you can also check out the new preview park surrounding the balloon take off area. Directions; exit the 5 freeway at Sand Canyon and enter the old El Toro base on Marine Way. follow the signs to the great balloon. Irvine California.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Cabrillo National Monument San Diego

Cabrillo National Monument San Diego Located at the tip of Point Loma in San Diego this 160 acre parks has some of the best views you will find anywhere along the west coast. The statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is just one part of this national park. Visitors can take a guided tour of the Point Loma Light House or hike down to the shore and view tide pools. Admission is only five dollars a bargain price for any San Diego attraction.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Point Mugu State Park

Cloudy day at Point Mugu, California Point Mugu State Park is north of Malibu and is the largest preserved area in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Along the beach are rocky outcrops and tide pools inland there are miles of trails to explore.

 The Mugu Rock (picture lrft) is not a natural feature but was formed when Pacific Coast Highway was cut through the mountain.

The park is a popular place for viewing birds, marine mammals, and wildflowers and provides about 15,000 acres of preserved coastal land.

Camping is permitted in two campgrounds Thornhill Broome Campground, on the beach and Sycamore Canyon Campground inland. Point Mugu State Park is 15 miles south of Oxnard on Highway One 9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265. Read full article Point Mugu State Park.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Carpinteria State Beach - Santa Barbara

Carpinteria State Beach Carpinteria State Beach is called the “the safest beach in the world” by locals and is definitely one of the best beaches along the Southern California coast. Beach camping is a favorite pass time at Carpinteria State Beach. There is even an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner station within walking distance of the campground so it's possible to take the train and go tent camping at this great beach. Carpinteria State Beach was once a busy canoe building center for the Chumash Indians. Carpinteria is located between Santa Barbara and Ventura and has been rated the #1 swimming beach in California. The campground at Carpinteria State Beach has 213 campsites for RV's and tent camping and is open year round. During the summer months reservations are a must. Southern California Beach Camping

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter

San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter Located in downtown San Diego this16 block area of the city is on the National Register of Historic Places. Most people come here to enjoy one or several of the over 70 sidewalk restaurants and bars. When the sun sets the Gas Lamp Quarter really gets cooking. The lamps come on and people come out to enjoy the fun atmosphere of this historic part of town. At one time this was a run down area full of seedy hotels and bars. In 1976 the city decided to clean up the whole area and create a destination for locals and visitors. Today the quarter is visited by thousands of people each year. All around new high rise condo building are springing up ensuring that the San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter will never fall back to it's run down paste.
San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter historic buildingsIn 1976 the City of San Diego adopted a Planned District Ordinance for the Gas lamp Quarter, establishing design and use guidelines for the redevelopment of the Gas lamp as a National Historic District. During this time of restoration enough architecture was preserved for the Gas lamp Quarter to receive national recognition and in 1980 the entire district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The San Diego Gas lamp Quarter extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from 4th to 6th Avenue, covering 16 1/2 blocks. It includes 94 historic buildings, most of which were constructed in the Victorian Era, and are still in use with active tenants including restaurants, shops and clubs.