Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sea World San Diego Ticket Deals

Summer may be ending but some of the best deals for SeaWorld San Deigo are good until the end of the year. Here is a sample of the ticket deals this aquatic theme park in Mission Bay San Diego is offering.

Family Fun Pack for three. Buy three tickets and save $40.00 off ticket booth price.

These tickets are valid from 8/31/12 through the end of the year. 3 tickets @ $59.66.

SeaWorld San Diego Adults pay kids price. Valid through the end of 2012. Everyone pays $62.00

SeaWorld San Diego 7 day pass adults $69.50 children 3-9 $61.50 Valid through the end of 2012

As you can see the ticket deals do not stop just because summer is ending.

Experience the Shamu® show, One Ocean®, and thrilling rides like Journey To Atlantis®, Shipwreck Rapids® and Wild Arctic®. Join Elmo and his friends at the Sesame Street Bay of Play® featuring family-friendly rides.

 Don’t miss the Pets Rule! ® show and the hilarious antics of Clyde and Seamore’s sea lion and otter show.

 Feed and touch dolphins and bat rays, and get up-close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins. Enjoy fascinating aquariums and exotic birds from around the world.  More about Sea World San Diego.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley

Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley
The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley has added a new route that  begins at the historic Sonoma Plaza, and meanders into the town of Glen Ellen and the Kenwood area, including stops at Benziger Family Winery, Imagery Winery, Paradise Ridge in Kenwood, and Deerfield Ranch Winery.

 This excursion is offered in addition to the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley's original route, which includes stops at four boutique wineries located in and around the town of Sonoma. Both tours are $99 per person and include a gourmet lunch catered by the acclaimed the girl & the fig restaurant.

 The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley experience begins with a daily passenger pickup at 10:30 a.m. from the town of Sonoma's Historic Downtown Plaza. Arrangements for pickup at several Sonoma hotel locations can be made prior to 10:30 a.m
Tours on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley began in the spring of 2011 and visitors have been raving about the experience from the beginning. The trolley is a hand-built replica of a California Street Cable Car that was used in San Francisco from the late 1890's to the early 1930's.

 Every detail from the all-wooden carriage to the solid brass bell is an authentic feature. It is an open-air cable car, allowing for a more sensory experience with unobstructed views, and the aromas of the vineyards, especially during crush.

 The wine trolley tours daily throughout the year, so guests are encouraged to dress warmly throughout the cooler months. You might like Old Town San Diego Trolley or San Francisco Open Top Bus Tour.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Manzanar National Historic Site and the Owens Valley

Manzanar National Historic Site
If you're traveling through the Owens Valley of California a nice little side trips is a stop at the Manzanar National Historic Site. During WW2 Manzanar was home to thousands of Japanese who were interned there for security reason.

Most of the Japanese were US citizens or legal immigrants loyal as any other person in the United States. After the attack on Pearl Harbor there was panic and these poor souls were caught up in the turmoil.

There is not too much left of the original camp except for the gymnasium and a couple of guard towers. Inside the gymnasium which is now the visitor center you can see artifacts, view movies and see some really amazing displays depicting life at the camp.

Manzanar National Historic Site is open every day from dawn to dusk. Currently, the interpretive center opens at 9:00 AM. The site is in a remote location, so plan to enjoy a meal and fill upon gas before you head out to the site.

Next time you journey along Highway 395 in the California Owens Valley be sure to check out the Manzanar National Historic Site you wont be dissapointed.

Read our full Manzanar National Historic Site article along with some wonderful pictures.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Convict Lake California High Sierra

Convict Lake
South of Mammoth Lake lies Convict Lake a crystal clear California High Sierra Lake. The lake get its name from  a gang of  escaped Carson City convicts had a shootout with a sheriff's posse in the nineteenth century.

Today visitors to Convict lake usually have fishing on their minds. The 170 acre lack is stocked with rainbow and brown trout and is an angler's paradise.

Camping is another popular activity with over 100 camp sites at the lake campground. During the summer the campsites are often, so make sure you reserve in advance.

If you can't find an available campsite, or you are looking for a few of those creature comforts of home, just across the road is Convict Lake Resort;The Convict Lake General Store located near the mouth of the lake, is the hub for the entire resort, including cabin and activity reservations.

Convict Lake activities include horseback riding, fishing, camping, sightseeing and back packing. Next time you are traveling Highway 395 take time and visit this beautiful lake, you will not be disappointed.

Read more about visiting Convict Lake at our main website.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

California Outlet Malls Back to School Shopping

California has 20 major outlets malls split between Northern and Southern California.  Most of them average around 40 factory stores however there area couple of mega outlet malls with over 160 stores, one in the  North and one South.

Outlet Mall shopping can be a trick business, it may seem like your getting a deal but if your not a savvy shopper you may up paying full retail. Mixed in with the standard merchandise are some slightly damaged and older items that you can really save money on.

Sales are the norm at outlet malls there is always one going on so just about any time of the year is a good time to go. Shop carefully, keep within your budget and you are going to save. This list covers most of the California outlet malls, a few of the smaller or struggling outlets have been left out.

San Francisco Bay Area Outlet Malls:

Central California Outlet Malls:
Southern California Outlet Malls:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lake Isabella Side Trips Things To Do

Lake Isabella
Lake Isabella is located in Kern County and traps the cool fresh water from the Sequoia National Forest.

Most visitors come here to go boating and catch fish and since the lake is one of the largest reservoirs in Southern California they have plenty of opportunity to do so.

After a day on the lake many tourist like to explore the surrounding area and they are a surprising assortment of things to do.

 Silver City Ghost Town a short drive on Highway 155. Silver is a recreated ghost town but gives you a good peak into the history of the Kern Valley.

Another interesting place to visit is the Kern Valley Museum in Kernville. iThe museum houses artifacts from prehistoric times to present day and has a collection of both indoor and outdoor exhibits, including some the valley’s original buildings. It is open year round, and best of all it’s free.
For more suggestions on things to do while visiting Lake Isabella check out our main web site.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lava Beds National Monument Lava Tubes & Hiking Trails

Lava Beds National Monument
You don't need to flay to Hawaii to see lave tubes we have plenty of there right here in California. Lava Beds National Monument is located  in a remote corner of the golden state, and it takes some effort to get there; however, it is worth the trip.

One of the attractions of Lava Beds the dozens of developed caves. These caves are the remnants of streams of underground lava that pushed through subsurface. After the lava exited, it left behind long tube-like caves.

 Lava Beds National Monument actually has the largest concentration of lava tubes in the United States.
There are 12 hiking trails at Lava Beds National Monument. Trails range from about a half-mile in length to nearly ten miles, so there is a trail for just about everyone.

Trails pass through points of historical events and features and also geologically interesting places. Pets and bicycles are not allowed on the trails. Make sure to take water with you and be ready for changeable weather conditions.

Read more about visiting Lava Beds National Monument at our main website.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Discovery Kingdom Vallejo Discounts

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom discount tickets
Save 50% off tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Our price $36.99, full price $73.98. Dont pay gate price when you can save over $30.00 off each ticket.

Enjoy admission to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and a picnic in a private, shaded area of the park. Wildlife wonders await you in the "Land" area where you can craft your own safari adventure as you feed giraffes or catch a glimpse of majestic lions and other big cats.

 Come "face to fin" with marine life in the "Sea" portion, where you can take in an orca show or kick back and watch the walruses, sea lions and sharks. Scream with delight in the "Sky" portion on a variety of roller coasters including Medusa, Vertical Velocity and the wooden Roar.

 Or, enjoy one of the park's many live shows, ranging from dolphins to tigers to Looney Tunes

Ticket includes:
Admission to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Access to reserved, private and shaded area in a beautiful picnic grove to enjoy a meal from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. (Service ends at 3:00pm. Catered food cannot leave picnic grounds. Value of meal is $20.00.)

Discovery Kingdom Vallejo Discount Tickets

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Irvine Park Orange County Family Day Trip

Irvine Regional Park
For over 100 years families have flocked to Irvine Regional Park for a day of outdoor fun.

 The 477-acre park contains some of the oldest coast live oaks in Orange County, and the preservation of  those trees is what led to the major renovations that the park has underwent.

Irvine Park attraction include six children's playgrounds, four softball fields, two horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, and a man-made lagoon and lake for fishing, a train ride, paddle boat rentals and miles of trail to explore.

There is also a Botanical Preserve, a Nature Area located on the south side of the park, as well as a pair of historical sites that include the Spanish American War/U.S.S. Maine monument, a Civil War cannon, Indian bedrock mortar, and a beautiful ornate 1920s cast cement bird bath.

The parks hours change depending on the season. From the colder months in the fall and winter the park is open for 12 hours a day from sunrise to sunset. When it starts to warm up the hours extend from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the spring and summer.

Reaching the park is pretty simple. From the Newport Freeway you take the Chapman Avenue East off ramp. From there you go east on Chapman for another five miles before making a left on Jamboree for a quarter mile to the park entrance.

Read our full review of  Irvine Regional Park




Friday, August 17, 2012

Napa Valley Wines and Lovely Scenery

Napa Valley California
Napa Valley California
Napa Valley is a popular day trip from San Francisco and Sacramento. Visitors enjoy the beautiful valley, taste wines, enjoy fine dining and shop at unique boutiques.

 Highway 29 is the main road through Napa Valley and can get congested on weekends.

To really enjoy your trip try to visit during the week or if you must visit on the weekend take a guided bus tour.

 The town of Napa, located at the southern part of the valley, has a charming downtown filled with unique boutique and beautiful old homes.

Head north on Highway 29 from Napa and you will reach the town Oakville, home to some very well-known wineries, including Dolce, Far Niente, Groth Vineyards, Opus One and Robert Mondavi.

The last town in the Napa Valley is Calistoga. Here you will find Hurd Beeswax Candle Factory and retail outlet, art galleries and book stores. Natural hot springs occur in Calistoga, which means you can soak in a mineral bath or mud bath at one of the local spas.

Read our full article on visiting the Napa Valley.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Alabama Hills Owens Valley Where The West Was Won

Mobius Arch Alabama Hills
Mobius Arch Alabama Hills
The Alabama Hills are located in the middle of the California Owens Valley near the little town of Lone Pine. You may recognize these jagged rock out droppings from one of the hundreds of western movies filmed here.

The Alabama Hills got its name from prospectors living and mining in the area during the Civil War.

When news reached California about the great victories won by the Confederates’ warship, the CSS Alabama, miners supporting the South named their claims in the ship’s honor. 
The list of movies that were shot at the Alabama Hills is near endless a few of the  highlights include  including the Hopalong Cassidy films, The Lone Ranger, Gunga Din, Springfield Rifle, How the West Was Won, and Joe Kidd.

On May 24, 1969, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated 30,000 acres of the area west of Lone Pine, CA as the “Alabama Hills Recreation Area.”

Most visitors to the Alabama Hills stay in the nearby town of Lone Pine. This small frontier town is home to the Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Museum of Film History, which houses a huge collection of memorabilia from movies filmed in the Alabama Hills.

Learn more about the Alabama Hills and check out some great photos at our main website.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Floating Campsites Lake Oroville

Floating Campsites Lake Oroville

There are not too many place where you can camp in the middle of a lake but Lake Oroville in the Sierra Nevada foothills is one of them.

There are ten floating campsites on the lake and they can accommodate up to 15 campers.

Exact locations of the floating campsites depend on lake elevation. Detailed information on the locations will be provided at check in.

Floating Campsites reservations available May through early September.

Lake Oroville Recreation Area is located 70 miles from Sacramento and 150 from San Francisco making it one of the most popular camping and recreation destinations in northern California.

Activities available at the lake include fishing, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping, and the most popular attractions and floating campsites.

Read more about Floating Campsites Lake Oroville

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Camping Yosemite National Park Cheap Vacation

Yosemite National Park
Camping at Yosemite National Park is mostly a spring and summer activity although some of the lower elevation campgrounds are open year round.

 Its best to plan well in advance to get your reservation if you plan on visiting during the peak summer season but this is one camping trip you will never forget.

Here is an overview of the campgrounds in and around Yosemite National Park.
Upper Pines Yosemite Valley and is open all year. Reservations required for stays during March through November. The rest of the year is on a first come, first serve. There are 238 sites and RVs up to 35 feet and trailers up to 24 feet are allowed.
Lower Pines a seasonal campground located near Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. It is typically open March through October. Reservations required and can be made up to five months in advance. There are 60 sites and RVs up to 40 feet and trailers up to 35 feet are allowed.
North Pines seasonal campground located near Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. Open April through September. Reservations required and can be made up to five months in advance. There are 81 sites and RVs up to 40 feet and trailers up to 35 feet are allowed.
Camp 4 open all year and is located at 4,000 feet elevation. Located in the valley near the Yosemite Lodge. Reservations are not taken at this location, but the campground does fill up early spring through fall. RVs and trailers are not permitted at this campground.
Wawona campground is located at approximately 4,000 feet. It is open year round and reservations are required April through September, and the rest of the year is on a first come, first serve basis. There are 93 sites, plus a group site as well as equestrian-oriented sites. RVs and trailers up to 35 feet are permitted. 


Bridalvail Creek campground is located about 45 minutes south of Yosemite Valley at approximately 7,200 feet. It is typically open July through September with all sites on a first come, first serve basis.
Hodgdon Meadow campground is located near the Big Oak Flat entrance station at about 4,900 feet. The campground is open year round and reservations are required. RVs up to 35 feet and trailers up to 27 feet are permitted. Group camp sites are also available spring through fall.
Crane Flat campground is 30 minutes from Yosemite Valley. It is typically open July to September and reservations are required. Two of the sites are accessible for wheelchairs. RVs up to 35 feet and trailers up to 27 feet can be accommodated.
Tamarack Flat campground is about 45 minutes north of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 6,300 feet. It is typically open June through September. This campground is first come, first serve only. RVs and trailers are not recommended.
White Wolf - Yosemite Creek campground is one hour north of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 8,000 feet. It is typically open July through September. This campground is first come, first serve only. RVs up to 27 feet and trailers up to 24 feet can be accommodated.
Yosemite Creek campground is one hour north of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,700 feet. It is typically open July through September. This campground is first come, first serve only. RVs and trailers are not recommended.
Porcupine Flat campground is located over an hour from Yosemite Valley and is typically open July through mid October. The elevation here is about 8,100 feet. This campground has 52 sites and is suitable for RVs and trailers up to 24 feet. No reservations are accepted.
Tuolumne Meadows campground is two hours northeast of Yosemite Valley at approximately 8,600 feet. It is typically open July through September. There are 304 sites and half are available on a reservation basis, and the rest are first come, first service. RVs and trailers up to 35 feet are allowed.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Parade of Ships Fleet Week San Francisco

Fleet Week San Francisco

Fleet week is observed at all major US navel ports San Diego, New Your and San Francisco. One tradition of fleet week in San Francisco is the Parade of Ships which features historic navel ships.

San Francisco Fleet Week is October 4 - 8, 2012. Events scheduled include the Fleet Week Air Show with the Blue Angels and the  Parade of Ships after which they will berth along the northern San Francisco waterfront.

There will also be a Italian Heritage Parade and everyone will get a chance to tour the navel vessels.

One of the best ways to see the Parade of Ships is from a tour boat. Hop aboard a special Red and White Fleet cruise from Fisherman's Wharf for a fantastic view of the Parade of Ships, an always-exciting highlight of San Francisco's Fleet Week.

Guests will gather mostly on the outdoor decks of the vessels to see the historic military vessels during the Parade of Ships, as they sail into San Francisco Bay from underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

 This year's flotilla features modern-day and historic military vessels, including a dozen U.S. Navy ships. Appetizers from the buffet and a complimentary beverage is included.

Parade of Ships

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nimbus Fish Hatchery Sacramento Day Trip

American River
If your looking for a nice day trip from Sacramento day trip then pack up the family and head to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. The drive is only twenty miles from downtown and should only take about 45 monutes.

Once you arrive at the fish hatchery situated on the banks of the American River head to the visitors center and check out the displays about the  unique world of salmon and steel head that inhabit the river.

Next door on either side of the visitor center, there are also two fish pens, that have graduating sizes of hatchlings and fish that you can feed.

A concrete ramp leads down to the river and former dam site from there, and is a good place to critter watch, occasionally catching a rare glimpse of a river otter sitting on a rock eating a fish or playfully performing for passerby's.
A pathway runs along this part of the river and t is part of the American River Bike TrailDirections and more information Nimbus Fish Hatchery.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Rocket Boat San Francisco Discount Tickets

Rocket Boat San Francisco
I'm sure many of you have seen  power boats going crazy fast up rapids, now you can have the same expirence on the San Francisco Bay.

 Strap yourself into Rocketboat, for 30 minutes ride around the bay.

With rock and roll music blasting   Rocketboat heads out onto the bay for a ride of a lifetime.

Speeds of up to 50mph are reached on your half hour ride around the San Francisco Bay. Depending on where you sit you are going to get wet but its all part of the fun. Passengers will thrill to the high-speed twists and turns, propelled by the boat's 2800hp engines.

 Rocketboat operated from May through October from PIER 39. Cruises may not operate during inclement weather. Never the same ride twice. If you want to get wet, sit towards the back. The front and middle seats tend to stay drier.
Rocketboat discount tickets
Full price tickets are $24.00. Discount tickets are only $12.00. Check out this fun ride when your in San Francisco.  Boarding at Pier 39 The Embarcadero at Beach Street San Francisco, CA 94133.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Sea World San Diego End of Summer Packages

With only one month to go before the kids return to school time is running out to enjoy a summer vacation in San Diego. Our vacation packages include hotel and tickets to Sea World. Choose from 82 San Diego Hotels ranging from affordable to resort style.

This SeaWorld Adventure Park vacation package provides unsurpassed convenience for exploring the best of Mission Bay. Come experience the wonders of the deep with Shamu and friends. Take a thrill ride on the Journey to Atlantis, go on a cold weather adventure in the Wild Arctic, and laugh yourself silly with Clyde and Seamore’s Risky Rescue.

Some tips before visiting Sea World San Diego:
Buy tickets online to save time and money! Online tickets offer substantial discounts off the gate price and can be printed at home. Your print@home tickets are "turnstile ready," simply head to the gate and scan your printout for entry.
Use SeaWorld's Quick Queue for express entry to popular rides and complimentary admission to Skytower, Skyride and Paddle Boats.
Park your pets and your stuff at SeaWorld! Daytime kennels are available outside the entrance to SeaWorld. Lockers are located adjacent to the Reservation Center and throughout the parks.
Travel light! Stroller and wheelchair rentals are available inside SeaWorld. Electric mobility vehicles are also available inside the main entrance.
Read more about Sea World San Diego and check out some interesting side trips while in San Diego.