Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Memorial Day 2013 Weekend Events Southern California

Memorial day is the unofficial start of summer and no other place has more things to do and place to see than Southern California. Some of the most popular activities for the holiday weekend are beach camping, family barbeque's, visiting theme parks, heading to the beach and day tripping.

We have listed some of the most popular things to do in Southern California this Memorial day weekend. Many of these events and destinations are free or low cost and many theme parks are offering discount tickets.. All of them are perfect for a day of Southern California fun.

Theme Parks:
Legoland California is perfect for families with young children and Memorial Day is the grand opening of the new Legoland  Pirate's Reef ride. For families on a budget Legoland offering Resort Hopper tickets include admission to LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and LEGOLAND Water Park
Sea World San Diego has over 200 acres of fun rides and attractions. Sea World is located next to Mission Bay just minutes from the beach. Sea World is offering seven day pases for the price of one. Perfect for the long Memorial day weekend. Unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Diego for 7 consecutive days on sale now.

Magic Mountain This Southern California amusement park has more thrill rides than any other park. Magic Mountain is the roller coaster capital of the west coast with 16 coaster. Save $25.00 of admission with print at home tickets.

Hermosa Beach Fiesta Over 270 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. The festival takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in downtown Hermosa Beach, California.

Strawberry Festival Garden Grove 52nd Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend May 28-31, 2010. 44 exciting carnival rides, 5 contests, over 100 food and shopping booths, games, parade, celebrity autograph signings and live entertainment.

i Madonnari Festival Santa Barbara street painters, transform the Mission Satana Barbara plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images.

Memorial Day Yacht Party With three decks of fun, two all-star DJs and a boat filled with the hottest people, the one place you need to be this Memorial Day is on the DeLUXe Yacht Party.

Day Trips
Los Angeles Griffith Observatory The Griffith Observatory has lots of hands on exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. There is also a great view of the Hollywood sign and downtown LA. Admission and parking is free to the Griffith Observatory.

Orange County Irvine Regional Park Picnic areas are located throughout the 477 acre park with convenient parking and restroom facilities steps away. Things to do at the park include train rides, paddle boats, fishing and the Orange County Zoo.

San Diego USS Midway Museum Located downtown in San Diego at Navy Pier. America's longest serving Aircraft Carrier. Fun and educational day in downtown San Diego, California. The view from the flight deck is amazing.

Palm Spring Tram The most spectacular views in Southern California. Tram cars depart at least every 30 minutes. Nearby is the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival 2010

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival
Mark your calender for June 4 through June 6, 2010 as one of Southern California's most colorful festivals is about to start. The event is held at Lake Skinner Park which is about a twenty minute drive from downtown Temecula. The Festival kicks off Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. with a country music concert on the main stage, arts and craft fair, wine tasting and the luminescent extravaganza known as the "Balloon Glow." The Glow is created when balloon pilots synchronize igniting burners of the balloons. The burner is what creates the “hot” in the air. Whether done to a musical beat or the crowd’s demand to “Glow,” the balloons appear to dance as they flicker and shine against the hues of dusk and nightfall. Held both Friday and Saturday nights around 8 p.m. (after dusk), the Glow is one of the most popular entertainment options of the Festival.
Saturday and Sunday mornings are spectacular at the Festival when colorful hot air balloons dot the pastel dawn skies of Temecula. The mass balloon ascension takes place between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. weather permitting. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as hot air balloons need the cool morning air to fly.
Concerts are held on two stages. Friday the Main Stage, sponsored by Pechanga Resort and Casino, features Jimmy Wayne, The Band Perry and Bomshel. The colorful balloon glow is conducted on the Wine Garden lawns and set to music. Saturday on the Main Stage Paul Rodgers headlines with alternative rock bands Gin Blossoms and Vertical Horizon as co-headliners. Saturday’s balloon glow opens and closes with Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz at the Wine Garden Stage. Sunday Spyro Gyra headlines on the Wine Garden stage while the WGAS freestyle motocross show is at the Main Stage. All concerts are included in the admission price.

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival 2010
Lake Skinner Recreation Area 37701 Warren Rd. Winchester, CA 92596
Hours: Friday - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm., Saturday - 6:00 am to 11:00 pm., Sunday - 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Top 10 California State Parks To Visit On Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an important federal holiday to remember those who were killed in service of our country, and many people observe it by visiting memorials and honoring our nation’s soldiers. In addition, Memorial Day is also celebrated as a time to kick off the start of summer – a three-day holiday to strike up the barbecue, go camping or hit the beach – as long as you’re enjoying the sunshine with friends and family. No matter how you commemorate Memorial Day, California’s 278 state parks are the perfect place to mark this occasion since they won’t break your bank or require countless hours on an airplane. These priceless public assets offer spectacular and accessible natural wonders. The Nature Conservancy has been working with diverse partners for over 50 years to preserve California’s iconic state parks.
Most Memorable Trees – Humboldt Redwoods State Park – Humboldt County
A trip down the world famous Avenue of the Giants is a sight you’ll never forget. This memorial grove nestled in Humboldt Redwoods State Park is home to some of the most ancient and tallest trees on the planet. The park is over 53,000 acres, including 17,000 acres of old-growth redwoods, and offers prime camping and outdoor activities.
This was one of California’s first parks to be preserved when the state park system was established in 1928, and it protects about one-eighth of all remaining old-growth redwoods, the largest continuous stretch in the world.
Most Memorable Bridge – Natural Bridges State Beach – Santa Cruz County
Named after three arches carved out of a mudstone cliff, Natural Bridges State Beach offers traditional Memorial Day activities in a dramatic and diverse setting. Although the namesake bridges have been lost to the sea, their rocky remains provide a gathering spot for pelicans, cormorants and other sea birds. Catch a glimpse of otters and sea lions off shore and explore tide pools filled with colorful creatures. Learn about the area’s natural history at the visitor center, walk the nature trail through the wetland, play in the surf or just relax on the beach.
Afterwards, visitors can visit the nearby Seymore Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab to stand in awe by the assembled skeleton of a blue whale, the Earth’s largest animal. This 87 foot skeleton, from a whale that washed ashore nearby in 1979, is one of only four displayed in North America and is believed to be the largest displayed worldwide.
Most Memorable Soak – Grover Hot Springs State Park – Alpine County
A soothing soak in the therapeutic, green waters of Grover Hot Springs State Park surrounded by majestic Sierra Nevada granite peaks is as relaxing as it gets. There is a hot pool (102 - 105 degrees) fed by six mineral springs and a refreshing cool pool. Unlike most hot springs, there is almost no pungent scent of sulfur.
Visitors have been coming to this natural spa since the 1850s to “take the cure”. You can also camp overnight or hike to the Hot Springs Creek waterfall.
Most Memorable Hike – Mt. San Jacinto State Park – Riverside County
The weathered summit of Mt. San Jacinto is the highest point in the California State Park System at 10,834 feet in elevation. Visitors to Mt. San Jacinto State Park can take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to 8,500 feet and enjoy panoramic views of the high country, and then hike through beautiful granite mountains covered with pines, mountain meadows, and streams. The park also offers camping, horseback trails, picnic areas and food service and spectacular wildlife viewing.
Most Memorable Clams – Pismo Beach State Beach – San Luis Obispo County
Pismo Beach is home to the famous Pismo clam, which is the largest clam in California. This self-proclaimed “Clam Capital of the World” even has a clam festival every October. Visitors can try their luck at clamming (salt-water fishing license required) or enjoy the seaside activities this top California beach has to offer. With over 23 miles of soft sand, there’s something for everyone including camping, golfing, picnicking, fishing, swimming, walking the nature trails or soaking in the sun on the beach.
Visitors can also explore the nearby Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge - 18 miles of 500 foot towering peaks stretching from Pismo State Beach to Point Sal. In the 1980s, The Nature Conservancy acquired more than 3,000 acres of dunes to protect them from development and has since transferred them to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage as part of the Refuge.
Most Memorable Wildlife – Tule Elk State Natural Reserve – Kern County
The lush open country of the Central Valley is ideal for the once endangered Tule Elk, found nowhere else in the world except their native California. Tule elk are smaller than their cousins the Roosevelt elk, and are sometimes called dwarf elk despite their respectable heft, power and massive antlers. They are breathtaking to watch and are truly are a unique state treasure.
Famed cattleman Henry Miller embarked on a 50 year effort to save Tule elk in 1874 after once vast herds were on the brink of extinction. In 1932, the herd at what is now Tule Elk State Natural Reserve was given permanent protection. Visitors can take a guided tour, view exhibits at the visitor center or enjoy a picnic and watch elk roam past.
Most Memorable Pier – Malibu Lagoon State Beach – Los Angeles County
You don’t have to be a movie star to enjoy Malibu’s famous beaches – once referred to as the American Riviera. A stroll down iconic Malibu Pier at Malibu Lagoon State Beach is better than any red carpet. Visitors can fish off the pier, or if they don’t want to catch their lunch can relax at one of the local restaurants, grab an old fashioned shake or enjoy a picnic on Surfrider beach where Gidget and other beach-blanket movies were filmed. The pier also has facilities to rent beach equipment, book a harbor tour or go deep-sea fishing.
This is also a world-class surfing spot and located in the epicenter of California’s beach culture. Visitors can also explore the Spanish-style Adamson House, a National Historic Site, or the adjacent Malibu Lagoon Museum which features pictures of various Malibu eras from the native Chumash to the birth of the surf craze.
Most Memorable Fruit – California Citrus State Historic Park – Riverside County
As you enter California Citrus State Historic Park, visitors are greeted by a replica of an orange stand – a reminder of a bygone era of when “Citrus was King” and a second Gold Rush ensued as citrus barons flocked to Southern California to make their fortunes. This 377 acre park nestled in majestic palm trees and fragrant fruit groves captures and preserves the importance of the citrus industry to the state’s history and economy – which helped define California as the “Golden State”.
Visitors can learn more from the interpretive displays in the visitor center which is a model of a packinghouse, enjoy summer concerts in the amphitheater, picnic or explore the demonstration groves where navel and Valencia oranges, grapefruit and lemons are still grown.
Most Memorable Float – Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park – Butte County
Whether your vessel of choice is a drift boat, raft or a good, old-fashioned inner tube, it doesn’t get more relaxing than a refreshing float down the Sacramento River, California’s longest. As you drift, you’ll see scenic countryside filled with elderberries, wild grapes, sycamores, and wild roses which are home to diverse wildlife like river otters, herons, song birds and turtles. At the end of your trip, you can grab a picnic lunch under a massive oak or cottonwood tree or take a nature walk in Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park.
This is also a popular spot with anglers who can catch salmon, steelhead and shad, and The Nature Conservancy and its partners are working to restore the habitat necessary for fish and fresh water which is so important to the community, recreationists and local economy. They have undertaken one of the largest riparian restoration projects in the United States.
Most Memorable Birds – Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve – San Diego County
Located on the international border between Mexico and California, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of last salt marshes remaining in Southern California and is home to over 370 species of migratory and native birds – including six endangered species. This is a key stopover point of the Pacific Flyway. Whether you’re into photography or you just like to look at them, visitors can explore four miles of walking trails for prime bird watching.
A stop at nearby Border Field State Park to view the sand dunes and salt marshes that give refuge to critically threatened and endangered birds such as the Western Snowy Plover, the California Least Tern, and the Light-footed Clapper Rail or is also a must.
Once you’ve visited one of these most memorable parks, capture that memory with a picture and submit it to The Nature Conservancy

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Borrego Springs Prehistoric Statues

Borrego Springs Statues
Borrego Springs is most visited during the spring when thousands of people flock to this desert community to view wild flowers. Borrego Springs has another reason to visit this desert oasis. Over the last couple of years Dennis Avery and artist Ricardo Breceda have been placing life size statues of Prehistoric creatures that once inhabited this region of Southern California. These sculptures are an amazing sight to see in the middle of the Anza Borrego Desert. There are more than fifty prehistoric look-a-likes scattered across Dennis Avery's Borrego Springs property with plans for more. Borrego Springs is located in the middle of Anza- Borrego State Park which in itself is a wonderful place to visit. With the addition of these fascinating metal statues Borrego Springs is a must see. More information and a map to the statues is available on Dennis Avery's website.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

San Francisco Summer Vacation Packages

San Francisco Vacation Packages are the best way to see the sights and keep your trip affordable.

 San Francisco is a wonderful summer vacation destination and when you book a vacation package you get maximum value for your travel dollars.

 Here is a sample of summer vacation deals for San Francisco and the surrounding area;

Alcatraz Package Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fisherman's Wharf - Experience all that Alcatraz offers. This is the site of the first lighthouse and US fort on the west coast as well as being best known for its legendary prison. Also take in the more natural side of the island with its gardens, tide pools and spectacular bay views. Enjoy your accommodations at the newly constructed Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fisherman's Wharf located within walking distance of Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the Alcatraz Ferry and historic San Francisco Cable Cars.

Deluxe San Francisco Attraction Tour Package The Westin San Francisco Market Street - Enjoy our accommodations as well as 2 Adult Deluxe City Tour passes through Gray Line San Francisco Sightseeing & Tours!. Selected highlights and points of interests include Victorian Houses, Civic Center, Union Square, Nob Hill, Cable Cars, Chinatown, North Beach, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Marina District, Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio, Cliff House, Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge.

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour and Tasting Package Grant Hotel - This all day Wine Country tour takes in the best of California's world famous premium wine making region. Groups of 12 people or fewer add a personal touch and allow more flexibility in the winery visits. Tour includes a visit to 3-4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa, including a mass production and smaller boutique winery. Lunch is included in the tour.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Vacation Packages Best Western All Suite Inn - Visit Santa Cruz, a Travel and Leisure Magazine pick for Best Retro Escapes. Laid back, eclectic, free spirited fun epitomize the Santa Cruz experience. Entertainment abounds from roller-bladers to surf shops; ice cream to t-shirt stands. Artists and artisans all show their wares in this quirky, offbeat and ultra cool community. The heart of Santa Cruz is the Beach Boardwalk where you can enjoy the World’s Best Seaside Amusement Park. Your vacation package includes the Attractions Plus Unlimited Rides Package and accommodations at the Best Western All Suite Inn. See more Santa Cruz highlights with tickets to the Roaring Camp Railroads, Seymour Marine Discovery Center or a kayak rental.

Sonoma Hole in One Golf Package Holiday Inn Express Windsor-Sonoma County - Join the thousands of golfers who regard this dynamic course as a must play! As the host of many PGA Nike Tour events, the challenging layout offers a multitude of visual pleasures which include the club's signature Silos, a well placed selection of lakes and a year-round creek. Your accommodations are at The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Windsor located in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country and walking distance from the Windsor Town Green.
Still undecided then here are even more

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Donner State Park California Camping

Donner Memorial State Park is located near the town of Truckee in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Donner pass is where in 1846 members of the Donner party were stranded as them attempted to make a late season crossing over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. According to history some members of the group resorted to cannibalism to survive. The Emigrant Trail Museum at Donner State Park has exhibits depicting the tragic story and there is also a short hiking trail where you can see the actual site of the Donner party encampment. During the winter the lake freezes and snow completely covers the campground. When summer rolls around Donner State Park is an ideal place to camp. Visitors arrive from both Sacramento and Reno to escape the heat of the valleys below. Donner Memorial State Park has a swimming area and picnic sites for day use. Camping facilities are open during the summer: Creek Campground: May 28, 2010 to Sept 26, 2010, Ridge Campground: Jun 18, 2010 to Sept 12, 2010, and Split-rock Campground: July 1, 2010 to Sept 6, 2010 . Camping reservations can be made through Reserve America and are a must for most holidays and weekends.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Legoland California Summer Specials Discount Tickets and Vacation Pacakges

Legoland California Water Park
LEGOLAND California is offering sizzling summer ticket specials to kick off the holiday season. These special Legoland tickets are sold online online and will only be available for a limited time.Take advantage of these great deals on Legoland tickets now and you  have all summer to use them.  All summer specials are print at home, which means no waiting in line at the ticket booth. Check out  these great deals  Legoland California discount tickets.  Purchase by May 31, 2010. Valid for park visits through Sept. 6, 2010.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Mother's Day 2010 Things to Do

Make Mothers Day a day to remember by taking mom out for day trip. Restaurants will have lines, flowers soon fade and chocolates have too many calories. Mom will be happy with any of these gifts but spending the day with family she will a gift she will never forget. Here are some suggestions on unique places to go on Mothers Day.

Things to do on Mothers Day Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Farmers Market - Have breakfast or lunch at the original 1934 Los Angeles Farmers Market. Shopping at the specialty shops and then head next door to the Grove to check out the upscale stores and take in a movie.
Temecula Valley Wine Tasting - Many of the wineries are having special Mothers Day events including brunches and concerts. Temecula is about an 90 minute drive form Los Angeles.
Santa Catalina Island Take Mom on a trip to Catalina and she will have a very special day. Lots of things to do and see plus some really great restaurants in Avalon.
Crystal Cove Beach One of the few places left in Orange County where you can walk for miles along the coastline and see it in its natural state. Have lunch at the Beachcomber Cafe on the beach at Crystal Cove.
Griffith Observatory Here is a treat for Mom and the kids plus its free. Great views on a clear day, lots of hands on things to do for kids, and there is even a Cafe at the End of the Universe (operated by Wolfgang Puck) for lunch.
Point Dume Nature Preserve one of the best views you will find anywhere along the Southern California coast. On a clear day you can see the Malibu coast and Santa Monica beyond. Take Mom on a Sunday drive to this wonderful place.
J. Paul Getty Museum The beautiful gardens and spectacular architecture will dazzle Mom and make a memorable Mothers Day. There is a full service restaurant with views of the Santa Monica Mountains for Mothers day lunch. Admission is free to Getty Museum. parking is ten dollars.
Free Places To Go On a tight budget then here is a list of free places to go in Southern California. Mom won't mind if its free as long as she gets to spend the day with family she will have a great day!

Things to do on Mothers Day San Diego
Julian Historic Gold Town - Julian is famous apple pies and apple orchards. Located In the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains east of San Diego this 1870s gold rush town is about a two hour drive from San Diego. Getting there is half the fun on this Mothers Day Drive.
Quail Botanical Gardens - Lush gardens located on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas. Features rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rain forest and California native plants. Kids Seeds will enjoy the Seeds of Wonder Children's Garden. The lookout tower has a great view of the coast.
Keys Creek Lavender Farm  The lavender fields are nestled in a serene valley described as "at the end of nowhere", provide a picturesque setting for Mothers Day. Birds chirping, babbling brooks and row upon row of lavender and rosemary.
Hotel del Coronado Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch buffet is available in the oceanfront Ballroom and in the magnificent Crown Room from 9am – 3pm. The elegant buffet will feature a variety of culinary delights, live entertainment and a rose for each mom.
Hornblower Cruises San Diego Bay Breathtaking views of the San Diego harbor. Come aboard a Hornblower Cruise and create the perfect gift for mom… excellent cuisine, superb service and a luxury cruise with some of the most beautiful views in the country.
Mother's Day Sleepover San Deigo Zoo Mothers are given a first class ticket to meet Zoo animals from around the world. A buffet dinner with wine will be served, while a musician playing classical guitar entertains you. The following morning, you’ll awaken to a champagne mimosa delivered to you. After a hot breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to take an early morning walk to visit an animal behind the scenes before ending your whirlwind around-the-world tour.
Wine Tasting Mothers Day Many of the local wineries in Temecula and Escondido are having Mother's Day Celebration with brunches, live entertainment and of course wine tasting. Take a drive out to Southern California's wine country and make this Mothers day a special one.
Mother's Day Brunch At the Wild Animal Park Celebrate Mom’s special day with family and friends at the Zoo’s Mother’s Day Brunch. Enjoy the casual elegance of the Treetops Room as you make selections at the omelet bar or choose the pepper-dusted smoked salmon from the generous entree choices.