Thursday, July 31, 2008

Universal Studios Hollywood City Walk

Universal Studios Hollywood City Walk City Walk is just outside the main gate to Universal Studios in Los Angeles. The main focus of the mall is entertainment and dinning. Most of the shops sell tourist related products but they are fun to browse through. If your planning a day at Universal Studios and use the general parking lot you will have to pass through City Walk in order to get to the amusement park. Of course the idea is that you spend some money on your way in or back from the studios. City Walk is a great place for lunch or dinner while you visit Universal Studios, if your looking for a place to shop you might want to look elsewhere.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Del Mar Fairgrounds Family Day

Del Mar Race TrackFamily Fun Day is back and better than everat Del Mar! Bring the whole family and take advantage of the numerous FREE attractions for the entire family. Racetrack admission is FREE for children under 18, adults are $6. Activities include:

THE RAD HATTER - Create and decorate your own hat with the famous Rad Hatter
LAKE ELSINORE STORM - Baseball clinics, fast-pitch radar game and wiffleball games
Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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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.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sea World San Diego Discount Tickets

Sea  World San Diego Planning a trip to Sea World in San Diego, here's a great way to save money. These discount tickets save you $12.00 on adults. Adults admission is the same as Kid's Price plus 2nd Visit Free. With the price of everything going sky high it's nice to save on something. Take the family to Sea World this summer and get in free for a second day. Adult tickets are usually $66.00 each with this special deal tickets are only $54.00. Tickets expire December 31, 2008. Blackout dates: 7/26/08, 8/02/08, 8/09/08, 8/16/08. Order your tickets now

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 08, 2008

Westfield Horton Plaza San Diego

Westfield Horton Plaza San Diego Located in downtown San Diego the Westfield Horton Plaza is an amazing shopping mall. Five floors of stores and restaurants right in the heart of the city. Take the stairs to the top floor and you are treated to vistas of the San Diego Skyline. One whole level is dedicated to eating and people watching. The other levels contain smaller stores mixed in with large retailers.
Westfield Horton Plaza San Diego view of downtown During the day the mall is filled with office workers. At night, you get a younger crowd for shopping before they head to the Gaslamp Quarter for dining and entertainment.Westfield Horton Plaza San Diego Shops Address: 324 Horton Plaza (between Broadway and G Street, and First and Fourth Avenues), San Diego. If you have a Go San Diego Card
card you get a complimentary VIP passport to Savings book.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hollywood California - Southern California"s biggest tourist trap

Tour Bus Hollywood Boulevard You know it's going to crowded, you know the streets are lined with vendors selling maps to the homes of the stars and yet you know you have just got to see it. Visitors come from all over the world to see this place, as you walk along the street you can hear people speaking German, Spanish, French, Brit's with accents and just about any other language. Even though the place is a little seedy in spots it's defiantly worth taking the trip to Hollywood. There are lots of historic buildings including Grauman's Chinese Theatre which seems to be the center of all the tourist activity. Brightly colored tour buses line up in front of the theatre waiting for tourists to board. Darth Vader, Elvis, Pirates and Michael Jackson look-a-likes walk up and down the street trying to get you to take a picture with them for $5 dollars. Musicians play and the tourists keep coming. Darth Vader Hollywood Boulevard For a little relief form the crowds on Hollywood Boulevard you can duck into the Hollywood and Highland Mall which is directly behind the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. This new modern mall has shopping plus quite a few places to eat. Take the stairs to the top floor and you are treated to a vista of Hollywood and Los Angeles beyond. Parking can be a problem, unless you pay the ten bucks for the lot. If you do not mind walking a couple of blocks you can find free parking on the surrounding streets. Tourist trap yes. worth visiting defiantly, Hollywood California.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood and Highland people enjoying Hollywood

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.