2015 Articles

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:
The Bay Area’s diversity, cultural amenities and scenic beauty make it a top destination

The San Francisco Bay Area never disappoints visitors: the majestic towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline...
SAN JOSE & SILICON VALLEY:
High-tech innovation hub welcomes visitors

San Jose and Silicon Valley have come of age as centers for the arts, culture and attractions..
LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
This is the place for big dreams and reinvention

Henry Rollins—journalist, punk legend, radio host, spoken word artist and actor—once remarked, “For me, returning to Los Angeles...
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
Warm sunshine, theme parks, museums and miles of sand and sea

As you bask in San Diego’s warm sunshine, consider your options for fun and illumination...
ORANGE COUNTY:
Laid-back surf vibe meets high-fashion style

Celebrities and surfers congregate in Orange County’s beach cities along a coastline reminiscent of the French Riviera...
MONTEREY BAY & BIG SUR:
Where Californians go to relax

The coastal region from Santa Cruz through Big Sur stretches south of one of the largest urban areas in the state—the San Francisco Bay Area...
CENTRAL COAST:
Endless beaches for wandering

Like a shell necklace, a string of small beach towns lines the coast south of Big Sur to Santa Barbara...
NORTH COAST:
A lush land of redwood forests, fishing harbors, Victorian villages, even Bigfoot!

Nature’s loftiest skyscrapers, the 3,000-year-old arboreal titans known as Sequoia sempervirens, grow in only one place on earth...
SHASTA CASCADE:
Explore the great outdoors with a mystical mountain, mud pots and more

Thrusting 14,179 feet into the Northern California sky, Mount Shasta is such an imposing presence that it creates its own weather...
HIGH SIERRA:
Come explore this epic land of mountains, meadows, forests and streams

The name is Spanish for “snowy mountains,” but John Muir’s pet name for the Sierra Nevada was “The Range of Light."...
GOLD COUNTRY:
The land of the “Mother Lode,” source of California dreams

It was a flash in the pan—literally—that changed world history. The glittering gold nugget that caught the eye of...
CENTRAL VALLEY:
California’s vast and fertile heartland

The Central Valley is considered by many to be the greatest garden in the world...
DESERTS:
A paradise for adventurers, golfers, shoppers and spa-lovers

California’s desert region has lured visitors for more than a century to bask in its year-round warmth and enjoy its...
INLAND EMPIRE:
This often-overlooked region offers the best of California, from high deserts to soaring mountain ranges and abundant vineyards and orchards

Within the Inland Empire’s vast 5,000 square miles, the scenery and historic sites ...

2014 Articles

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:
TRANSCENDENT BEAUTY AND CULTURE

The San Francisco Bay Area is a destination that never disappoints visitors...
SAN JOSE & SILICON VALLEY:
HIGH-TECH INNOVATION HUB

San Jose and Silicon Valley are more than home to leading-edge technology powerhouses...
LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
A PLACE FOR BIG DREAMS

Marilyn Monroe once remarked, “People cut themselves off from their ties of the old life when they come to Los Angeles...
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
FUN IN THE SUN AND A WHOLE LOT MORE

Near-perfect weather and an upbeat attitude are San Diego’s main attributes, but there’s far more to the nation’s eighth-largest city...
ORANGE COUNTY:
FUN, FASHIONABLE AND FASCINATING

As seen from its many freeways, Orange County looks like a vast expanse of matching terracotta-tiled rooftops...
MONTEREY BAY & BIG SUR:
THE TRUE LAID-BACK CALIFORNIA

Stretching south of one of the largest urban areas in the state, the coastal region from Santa Cruz through Big Sur is the perfect place to drop the daily stress...
CENTRAL VALLEY:
CALIFORNIA’S FERTILE HEARTLAND

The rich green strip wedged between the Sierra Nevada range and the coastal mountains in the center of California is considered by some...
CENTRAL COAST:
MILES OF BEACHES WITHOUT THE CROWDS

Like a shell necklace, a string of small beach towns lines the coast south of Big Sur to Santa Barbara...
NORTH COAST:
SETTLE IN THIS LUSH LAND OF REDWOOD FORESTS

Until you’ve seen one up close, it’s hard to grasp just how neck-craningly tall a coastal redwood is...
HIGH SIERRA:
COME PLAY AND EXPLORE IN THIS EPIC LAND

John Muir liked to call it “The Range of Light,” but that wasn’t the naturalist’s only pet name for his beloved Sierra Nevada...
GOLD COUNTRY:
CALIFORNIA’S DREAMS TOOK ROOT

Something caught the eye of carpenter James W. Marshall as he tended to a sawmill in the Sierra Nevada foothills...
SHASTA CASCADE:
DISCOVER THE GREAT OUTDOORS

“Lonely as god, and white as a winter moon,” is how Joaquin Miller, “the poet of the Sierras,” described Mount Shasta...
INLAND EMPIRE:
THIS REGION SHOWCASES CALIFORNIA’S EXTREMES

The Inland Empire’s quintessentially Californian landscape closely reflects the state’s past...
DESERTS:
FERTILE GROUND FOR ARTISTS, ADVENTURERS AND STAR-GAZERS

One of the most enduring myths about the California desert is that it is lifeless. Nothing could be further from the truth...

2013 Articles

Los Angeles County
The renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright once remarked, "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles."...
Tri-Valley: A great place to play, dine, relax
Thirty-five miles east of San Francisco and 27 miles north of San Jose...
Marin County
Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco lies picturesque Marin County, a place filled with natural beauty and small-town charm...
San Diego County:
Sunny, sassy & fun for everyone

Near-perfect weather and an upbeat attitude are San Diego’s main attributes, but there’s far more to the nation’s eighth-largest city....
Orange County
As seen from its many freeways, Orange County looks like a vast expanse of matching terracotta-tiled rooftops, mirrored office buildings and enormous malls...
High Sierra: Come play and explore in this temple of nature
John Muir liked to call it "The Range of Light," but that wasn't the naturalist's only pet name for the Sierra Nevada...
Deserts
The first band of Gold Rush hopefuls to face off with the desert arrived on Christmas Day, 1849...
Wineland!
A thrilling place for every taste

Wine is so popular in California and there are so many varieties here...
Golf:
Swing Away in the Desert

Dramatic landscapes and top course designers create a unique golf experience...
Theme Parks: Magic on Demand
Diversions are as plentiful as sunshine in California. One of the most popular outlets: original theme parks...
Road Trips: Get your motor running
Californians didn't invent the car, but they like to think, with some justification, that they invented the automobile lifestyle...

2012 Articles

Santa Cruz: Beaches are just the beginning
Water lovers may be lured to its sandy beaches, but Santa Cruz isn't only about the coast. From redwood forests to country vineyards to surfable waves...
San Francisco Bay Area: The "City by the Bay" dazzles newcomers and natives alike
With its Mediterranean climate and stunning natural beauty, it's no wonder the San Francisco Bay Area encourages a laid-back way of life...
Los Angeles County: A land of dreams, art and reinvention
The renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright once remarked, "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles."...
Orange County: Discover the SoCal lifestyle in the OC's surfing beaches, theme parks and wild canyons
Seen from its many freeways, Orange County looks like a vast expanse of matching terracotta-tiled rooftops, mirrored office buildings and enormous malls...
Central Coast: Laid-back, outdoorsy and sophisticated
The coast from Monterey to Santa Barbara is a gorgeous expanse with views that rival the rest of California...
High Sierra: Pristine mountain adventure in any season
John Muir liked to call it "The Range of Light," but that wasn't the naturalist's only pet name for the Sierra Nevada...
Wine Country: Vintage Pleasures
It was the shock heard round the world. At the Judgment of Paris in 1976, the judges awarded their top scores to a Chardonnay from Napa Valley winery Chateau Montelena...
Golf: Tee It Up on the Coast
On any scorecard of American golf destinations, California shines as the ace of states. No other domain from east to west can match the diversity of golf experiences...
Road Trips: Get Behind the Wheel and Go!
Californians didn't invent the car, but they like to think, with some justification, that they invented the automobile lifestyle...

2011 Articles

SANFRANCISCO BAY AREA: Quintessential California all in one region
In one multi-county region that rings San Francisco Bay, visitors find almost all that Northern California is known for...
Los Angeles County: A land of reinvention
The renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright once remarked, "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles...
San Diego County: Fun in the sun and a whole lot more
Fun in the sun may be San Diego's calling card, but there's far more to the county than its 70-mile-long (113 km) coastline...
High Sierra: "The Range of Light" offers pristine mountain adventures, summer or winter
Naturalist John Muir liked to call the Sierra Nevada "The Range of Light," but he had other pet names as well...
Deserts: Step into a land of magnificent desolation
It is nearly impossible to imagine how the Death Valley 49ers—having already crossed Nevada's Great Basin—reacted when they beheld the California desert...
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