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California at a Glance
The city of Anaheim, some 30 miles from Los Angeles in Orange County, is one of Southern
Californias top tourist draws.
You might want to consider an Anaheim hotel or motel close to the
attraction at which you will be spending most of your time. Also, take advantage of hotel
shuttles to the amusement parks, and save yourself a lot of driving headaches.
Anaheim averages over 328 days of sunshine annually, with an average
daily temperature of 73 degrees.
Many visitors think of Lake Tahoe as a winter destination, and rightfully so. With more
than a dozen ski resorts in the area, Tahoe draws everyone from the backcountry powder
hound to the first-time skier.
From condos to cabins to campgrounds to casinos, and with nearly as
many beds as blackjack tables, the Lake Tahoe Basin offers accommodations to suit every
Depending on what kind of sports you're interested in, Lake Tahoe is
best visited during either the summer or winter months.
There's a cliche that Los Angeles is a group of suburbs in search of a city. To suggest
that LA has no heart is untrue. While the city does sprawl and has lots of diverse
communities within its boundaries, each of those districts has a heart and soul of its
Los Angeles' widespread nature can pose a problem as it does not have a
great public transportation system. The new red line subway links downtown to Hollywood.
Additionally there are buses, but because of the distances between many destinations they
tend to be slow going.
Forget smog. Visit Los Angeles during the winter months: November to
The Monterey Peninsula is a shining jewel on the crown of Californias scenic Central
Located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Monterey County is
accessible by both Coastal Highway One and Highway 101, which travels along the
agricultural byways of the Monterey Valley corridor.
Monterey is an ideal year-round destination although it is imperative
to remember to pack both sunscreen and sweaters.
Lodging choices range from restored Victorians in the city of Napa to grand resorts on the
outskirts of St. Helena to simple motel-spa combinations in the northern town of
The most famous winemaking region in the United States is a narrow
swath of expensive real estate stretching from the top of San Francisco Bay nearly 20
miles north to the foothills of Mount St. Helena.
The gorgeous views and luxury accommodations of Californias wine
country make this the perfect year-round alternative to a honeymoon in Tuscany.
At home with desert temperatures that hover in the 108-degree range in summer months, Palm
Springs is a resort destination, with plenty of spas, sports and sunshine to go around.
The City of Palm Springs seems to be wrapped in a dreamlike quality.
The heat could be the culprit or the number of lush spa hotels, or the large number of
gourmet restaurants and then again, it might just be the slow place of town life.
The comfortable climate and range of activities make Palm Springs
perfect year-round. Even during the summer the absence of humidity means youre very
Boasting a 'Mediterranean climate' with mild year-round temperatures, Sacramento is
located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 383 miles north of Los Angeles.
Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is served by all major airlines
with direct flights from Europe offered by several carriers. With about 140 daily flight
arrivals into SMF and 120 departures throughout North America and the world, Sacramento
clearly stands on its own against Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Sacramento is a great starting point for some of the attractions that
draw tourists to California: Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and the Gold Country are
all easily accessible.
Previously perceived as a sleepy, sunny seaside town, San Diego now ranks as
Americas 6th largest city.
On final approach into San Diego, youll fly directly over Balboa
Park, one of the nations largest urban parks. Just beyond the left wing of the
aircraft, youll see San Diegos ever- expanding downtown skyline, fronted by a
massive bayside convention center, set along one of the worlds great natural
San Diego Trolley routes serve downtown, Old Town, and the city of
Santee as well as extending to Mission Valley and the Qualcomm Stadium area.
Though summer is the high point of the tourist season, San Francisco sees a steady flow of
visitors that come for business and varying flavours of pleasure year round.
Less official than New York's borough delineations, San Francisco is
composed of a patchwork of neighbourhoods, each with its own unique flavor, feel, shops
With such a moderate climate, San Francisco can be visited any time of
year. Keep in mind that some days may be foggier than others, and some parts of town, such
as the Richmond, Sunset, or the Upper Haight, are much foggier year-round, and can often
be colder than the nearby Mission or Downtown areas.
San Francisco Attractions
Anchor Brewing Company
Angel Island State Park
Ansel Adams Center
Arboretum - Japanese Tea Gardens
Asian Art Museum
Cable Car Charters
Cable Car Museum
California Academy of Science
California Museum of Modern Art
Cliff House - views of the Pacific
Conservatory of Flowers
Craft & Folk Art Museum
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park
Gray Line Tours
Hard Rock Cafe
Hornblower Dining Yachts
John Paul Getty Museum
Magic Mountain - Roller coasters
Movieland Wax Museum
Oceanic Society Farallon Island
Pacific Marine Yachts
Ripley's Believe it Or Not
San Francisco seaplane tours
San Francisco walking tours
Stow Lake Boat House
Tatoo Art Museum
Treasure Island Museum
Twin Peaks - city view
Warner Bros. Studios
Santa Clara County, also referred to as 'Silicon Valley', is unique because of its
combination of physical attractiveness and economic diversity.
The Santa Clara area has more than 3,700 guestrooms that include all
the major chain affiliates and lodging options to satisfy all budgets.
Santa Clara has enough interesting attractions to make it an ideal
year-round destination. But, if part of the draw for you is Paramounts Great America
Theme Park, youll want to visit June, July or August.
Silicon Valley invariably conjures up images of technology and business but rarely images
of a vacation paradise.
Cities incorporated into the valley include Palo Alto, Campbell, Los
Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and of course
San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley.
If you want to explore the whole Silicon Valley area and visit each
city en route, it's usually advisable to rent a car.
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