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Happy 75th Union Station!

When Union Station in downtown Los Angeles opened on May 3, 1939, the city hosted a three-day celebration that included a parade attended by 500,000 people. While Union Station’s 75th Anniversary celebration may not draw half a million, the city’s nearly 10M current residents will join – at least in spirit – to thank this […]

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The Bay Bridge Lights from Twin Peaks | SF Photo of the Day

While our previous discussion of The Bay Lights on San Francisco’s second-most famous bridge shared all the details about this awesome art installation with you, we knew we’d need to revisit the topic when we happened upon the photo below: Sometimes a picture really is worth 1000 words! We offer congratulations to flickr.com user David […]

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View The Bay Lights in San Francisco and Marin County

From now until March 2015, the west span of the Bay Bridge will serve as a unique venue for a light sculpture installation – known as The Bay Lights – which was designed by world-renowned artist Leo Villareal. The sculpture’s 25,000-LED lights, attached to the bridge’s cables, are programmed to come alive and twinkle in […]

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Yosemite National Park March 2012 Road Closing

If you’re traveling to Yosemite, please be advised a January 22 rockslide necessitates the closing of Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) beginning at 8:00 a.m. on February 29, 2012. The road will be closed between the Foresta Road junction and the El Portal Road (Highway 140) junction. According to a nps.gov press release, […]

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February is Museum Month in San Diego

Given its idyllic weather, the bevy of beautiful San Diego beaches and the boatload of other fun things to see and do, pretty much any time is a great time to vacation in San Diego. But choosing to do so in the month of February is especially FAB since February is Museum Month in San […]

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Anaheim Packing District Promises Culinary Delights

Before Orange County tourism became such an economic powerhouse, the area was best known for growing and distributing oranges. A new real estate development that incorporates buildings from that period – called the Anaheim Packing District – is set to open Summer 2012 in downtown Anaheim to celebrate the area’s agricultural history while simultaneously opening […]

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Movies Filmed at Lake Tahoe

Several movies have used this popular California vacation destination as a filming location, the first of which was 1924’s ‘Rose-Marie’ (famous for Jeanette McDonald’s rendition of the song “Indian Love Call”). Here’s a clip: You can also witness Lake Tahoe’s beauty in a movie filmed 50 years later – the Oscar-winning ‘Godfather II’ starring Marlon […]

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Good Food Awards in San Francisco

You need only check out our San Francisco Food Tours article to know we love San Francisco and its unique food offerings, and here’s where we hope to be this weekend. On Saturday, January 14, 2012, the popular Ferry Building Marketplace will host the winners of the second annual Good Food Awards (to be announced […]

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Yosemite Free Entrance Days for 2012

Entrance fees for the California National Parks vary from park to park. For example, Yosemite’s current entrance fee is $20/car, but no entrance fee will be required if you decide to incorporate a visit to Channel Island National Park on your Los Angeles vacation (although you will have to pay for transportation – either by […]

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Zipline Catalina Island at Night!

California ziplining reached a new high on December 16, 2011, with the introduction of Santa Catalina Island’s Zipline Night Tour. Available on Friday and Saturday evenings, this “Night Zip” – the Golden State’s first — offers two hours of exciting and eco-focused fun. Glowing reviews are coming in fast, and every-day operation for this unique […]

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