Friday, October 31, 2008

Desert Adventures Jeep Tours

Desert Adventures Jeep Tours
Located in Palm Springs California Desert Adventures offers jeep tours to their 1,000acre private preserve located right on the San Andreas Fault. Visit a beautiful natural palm oasis and recreated Cahuilla Indian Village and participate in an active archaeological dig on the Indian Cultural Adventure. Explore a recreated old mining camp, pan for gold, tour a homestead shack, and explore a cowboy encampment on their Pioneer Adventure. Journey through incredible steep-walled canyons, visit a (dry) waterfall and learn all about earthquakes and geology on the Fault line Express. Or witness the spectacular transition from day to night on the Twilight Adventure. Tour are approximately 3 hours to four hours and are available daily at 8:00AM or 1:00PM Desert Adventures Jeep Tours

Monday, October 27, 2008

Zeppelins return to California

California Airship Ventures
Airship Ventures Inc.'s zeppelin airships will start flying scheduled flights starting Friday 10-31-08. Riders will be treated to a bird's-eye view of Napa and Sonoma wine country, the Big Sur coastline, San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. The cabin holds 12 passengers and two crew members, and tickets start at $495 per person for an one-hour ride. Despite the slumping economy, the company hopes to sell about 15,000 tickets a year in the Bay Area, aiming to attract passengers for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and even marriage proposals. For ticket information visit Airship Ventures web site.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Yosemite Valley Tunnel View


Yosemite Valley Tunnel View just recieved a $3 million make over. One of the most popular vistas in the park has undergone some changes that should make tourists happy. Six view-blocking trees have been removed and a separate spot for scenic viewing was built. The tunnel overlook is on Highway 41, just east of the Wawona Tunnel as you enter Yosemite Valley from the south. The view of the Yosemite Valley is spectacular from here and one of the first stops as you enter the park. The $3 million tunnel view project was the first out of the chute of four projects in Yosemite. The others are improvements to a junior ranger center at Happy Isles, a survey of lichen on Yosemite cliff faces and increasing from 13,000 to 17,000 the number of underserved youth participating in a weeklong camp program run by the Yosemite Institute. "This view truly depicts America the beautiful," said Hansen, of the Yosemite Fund, which took contributions from more than 2,000 donors to help pay for the project. "The improvements re-establish the promise of inspiration to those who visit Tunnel View."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Nevada City California

Nevada City California
The entire downtown district of Nevada City is an national historic landmark. Visitors enjoy shops, boutiques, galleries and museums located in the historic wood and brick buildings. Things to see in Nevada City:
Nevada Theatre (California Historical Landmark No. 863), 401 Broad Street, California's oldest original-use theatre.
The South Yuba Canal Office (California Historical Landmark No. 832), 134 Main Street, was used during the period of 1857 to 1880.
The National Hotel (California Historical Landmark No. 899), 211 Broad Street, is one of the oldest continuously operating hotels west of the Rocky Mountains.
The Miners Foundry (California Historical Landmark No. 1012), 325 Spring Street, was the first manufacturing location of the Pelton wheel.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Leo Carillo State Park

Leo Carillo Beach Leo Carrillo State Park is where the beginning of "Grease" was filmed and is one of the most picturesque spots along the Malibu coast. The beach has tide pools and sea caves for exploring plus two sandy beaches for sunbathing or swimming. Inland there are 135 campsites along a canyon lined with giant sycamore trees. Leo Carillo State Park is also the starting point for several hiking trails that lead into the Santa Monica Mountains. To get to Leo Carillo State Park travel up highway one 28 miles from Santa Monica. Reserve Campsite at Leo Carillo State Park
Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach
35000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
310-457-1324

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Neptune's Net Pacific Coast Highway Malibu

Neptunes Net Pacific Coast Highway Neptune's Net restaurant has been serving diners fresh sea food along Pacific Coast Highway since 1958. The most popular dish here is fish and chips washed down with beer. Weekends the place fills up with bikers with the crowd evenly split between Harley's and road racers. Neptune's gets mixed reviews on the food but the view across the street toward the beach is fist rate. After dining make a dash across PCH and check out the wind surfers riding the waves in and then back out. The beach here is a little narrow here and almost a locals only destination. So if your planning a day at the beach stick to one of the many state beaches that dot the coast along this section of Pacific Coast Highway.
Neptune's Net Pacific beach view Construction crews are busy grading huge lots behind Neptune's restaurant. Soon there will be million dollar homes just a few hundred feet from the biker hangout. Only time will tell if this icon along coast highway survives or is replaced by some trendy mall.
Directions: Just north of the Ventura County line on Highway 1.
Neptune's Net
42505 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: (310) 457-3095

Friday, October 17, 2008

Eureka Mine, Death Valley, California

Eureka Mine, Death Valley The Eureka Mine was owned and worked by Pete Aguereberry in the early 1900s. The rumor is that the mine is haunted by a grisly ol' "prospector". During its peak gold ore assayed as high $500 a ton. Today there are a few dilapidated buildings perched on a rocky ledge overlooking Death Valley. Directions: Take the paved Emigrant Canyon Road to a sign indicating Aguereberry Point. Take the graced (rough) gravel road to the site. the buildings and structures will be along a low ridge on the right side of the road. Map Coordinates (NAD83): ~36 21.154N; 117 03.708W

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Lost Coast Lighthouse

Lost Coast Lighthouse
Lost Coast Lighthouse (Punta Gorda Lighthouse) is located along the most unspoiled stretch of wilderness on the California coastline. No major road approaches the ocean here for over 70 miles, while relics such as the former lighthouse on Cape Mendocino, now relocated to the village of Shelter Cove, speak eloquently of the region’s rich past. From Eureka, travel, 10 miles south on U.S. Highway 101 to the Ferndale exit. Proceed 5 miles on County Road 211 to Main Street in Ferndale. Follow Main Street approximately 1 mile to its end. Turn right on Ocean Street, then immediately left on Wildcat Road. Continue 45 miles to Petrolia. Turn right on Lighthouse Road and travel 5 miles to Mattole Campground. The Lost Coast Trail begins at the Mattole information kiosk and leads south 3 miles to the lighthouse.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Laguna Beach California

Main Beach Laguna Laguna Beach is one of the most scenic places along the Southern California coast. Summer can be quite busy with visitors from all over the world. During the off season Laguna is for locals and savvy travelers who have found out the weather is almost as good in winter as summer. Downtown Laguna has not changed that much over the years. Some new restaurants, a few new hotels but other than that it looks much the same as it did the the sixties. So far the city has resisted high rise mega resorts and hotels. At least for now Laguna Beach remains a quaint seaside town.
Laguna Main Beach sand view
Main beach is the most visited beach along the Laguna coast. The beach is wide and sandy with plenty of room to lay out in the sun or go for a stroll along the sand. Pacific coast Highway parallels the ocean here giving passing drivers a quick look at all the activity along the boardwalk and beach. Laguna Canyon road heads inland from here and takes you through the canyon to the suburban area or Irvine. If you take a trip through the canyon be sure to stop at Orange Counties only working winery and sample some of the fine Laguna Canyon wine.
Aliso beach Aliso Beach is a few miles further along PCH and is another beautiful Southern California beach. At one time there was a pier here but after being damaged by several storms it was removed. No more pier fishing but with a view like this who needs fishing. Aliso Beach has a sharp drop off if you decide to swim here use caution.
Laguna Coast Southern California enjoys some of it's best weather after the summer season. Fall and winter are a great time to visit So Cal. These pictures were taken mid October, sunny sky and mid seventy temperature. Laguna Beach is a perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Magic Mountain Discount Tickets

Magic Mountain California
Save 20 dollars a ticket on your next trip to Magic Mountain in Valencia. No other amusement parks come close to having as many roller coaster rides. Magic Mountain has recently added new attractions for younger kids and is making the park more kid friendly. Six Flags is also serving up "Thrills by Day, Chills by Night" during Fright Fest Presented by SNICKERS®. Families love our fun the kid-friendly shows, after dark scare factor is for bigger kids. Fun crafts and games in a pumpkin field setting provide creative excitement for the entire family. It’s pint-sized thrills for the pint-sized set in this Looney Tunes town designed for the little ones. Enjoy the numerous photo opportunities with Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals, and see what special treats they have in store. Complimentary trick or treat bags for all children ages 10 and under. Save 20 dollars on tickets to all rides, shows and attractions.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Montana De Oro State Park

Montana De Oro State Park
Montana De Oro State Park is located about six miles southwest of Morro bay and seven miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Road. There are several trails popular with mountain bikers but most visitors end up at Spooner,s Cove, across from the campground. The park is a great place to explore tide-pools or head inland along one along the park’s trails. Montana De Oro State Park is definitely worth the trip if your spending some time in the San Luis Obispo area.

Monday, October 06, 2008

San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park

Save on  admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Includes Journey Into Africa tour, Conservation Carousel ride, all shows and exhibits and Park at Dark activities!

The San Diego Zoo's Safari Park is a an outdoor  in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California.

 Safari Park  is one of the largest tourist attractions in the in Southern California.

 The park's most famous and popular exhibits are the open-range enclosures.

Visitors are taken on a tram tour to view various habitats representing the Asian Plains, East Africa (the largest of the enclosures; it alone is larger than the San Diego Zoo), North Africa, Asian Waterhole, Southern Africa, and the Mountain Habitat.

Ticket Options:
1-Day Pass
Admission, Journey into Africa tour, & Conservation Carousel
San Diego 3-For-1 Pass
Visit San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, & SeaWorld
San Diego's Fabulous Four Combo
Exclusive! Save up to $30 on entrance into 4 popular parks - San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, LEGOLAND and SeaWorld
Deluxe Photo Caravan
3-hr animal experience to both Africa & Asia

Sunday, October 05, 2008

La Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort

La Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort During the summer Borrego Springs California is one of the hottest places in the United States. Temperatures usually are well over 100 degrees day after day. Fall and winter are the best time to visit when things cool down into the seventy degree range. Unlike Palm Springs, Borrego Springs is a more peaceful destination for a romantic getaway or a weekend retreat. La Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort is San Diego County's only four-diamond desert resort. Surrounded by desert mountains and 650,000 acres of Borrego State Park, the resort offers away from the busy coastal cities. Anza-Borrego features a breathtaking display of wildflowers in the spring, palm groves, a variety of cacti and sweeping desert views. Spend the day or a weekend getaway at this scenic desert location.

Friday, October 03, 2008

San Diego SEAL Tour

SEAL Amphibious Sightseeing Cruise
Visiting San Diego and looking for a unique way to see the cities attractions then try San Diego’s only amphibious Sea and Land Adventure. The tour departs from Seaport Village and heads down Harbor Island Drive to Shelter Island, where you splash into the San Diego Bay. Once in the water your voyage takes you almost to the tip of Point Loma and back. Bring along a camera for this adventure there is a new photo op at every turn of the boat. Ont the return trip back to dry land the Captain will allow the kids to take turns driving the vessel. Bring along the whole family for this fun educational tour. More things to do in San Diego.