LA runs deeper than her blonde beaches, rolling hills and beemers-for-days would have you believe. She’s a myth. A beacon for countless small-town dreamers, rockers and risk-takers, an open-minded angel who encourages her people to live and let live without judgement or shame.
Grab your coat and a handful of glitter, and enter the land of fog and fabulousness. So long, inhibitions; hello, San Francisco. Natural Highs If California is one grand, sweeping gesture, a long arm cradling the Pacific, then San Francisco, that seven-by-seven-mile peninsula, is a forefinger pointing upwards.
Too often forgotten or dismissed as ‘flyover’ country between San Francisco and LA, this fairytale stretch of California coast is packed with wild beaches, misty redwood forests where hot springs hide, and rolling golden hills of fertile vineyards and farm fields. Coastal Hwy 1 pulls out all the stops, scenery-wise.
Disneyland & Orange County
LA and Orange County may be the closest of neighbors, but in some ways they could hardly be more different. If LA is about stars, the OC is about surfers. LA: ever more urban, OC: proudly suburban. If LA is SoCal's seat of liberal thinking, the OC's heritage is of mega-churches and ultra-conservative firebrands. If LA is Hollywood glam, the OC is Real Housewives.
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country
America’s premier viticulture region has earned its reputation among the world’s best. Despite hype about Wine Country style, it’s from the land that all Wine Country lore springs. Rolling hills, dotted with century-old oaks, turn the color of lion’s fur under the summer sun and swaths of vineyards carpet hillsides as far as the eye can see.
North Coast & Redwoods
There's a stretch of the coast with no road access called the 'Lost Coast,' but even the rest of the region, reached by a circuitous two-lane blacktop, feels far from the world's radar. The North Coast is no Beach Boys’ song; there are no bikinis and few surfboards.
Orange County Beaches
It’s true you’ll find gorgeous sunsets, prime surfing and just-off-the-boat seafood when traveling the OC’s sun-kissed coast. But it’s also the unexpected, serendipitous discoveries you’ll remember long after you’ve left this blissful 42 miles of surf and sand behind.
Perfect weather, beautiful buildings, great bars and restaurants, and activities for all tastes and budgets make Santa Barbara a great place to live (as the locals will proudly tell you) and a must-see place for visitors to Southern California. Check out the Spanish Mission church first then just see where the day takes you.
Disneyland & Anaheim
Mickey is one lucky guy. Created by animator Walt Disney in 1928, this irrepressible mouse caught a ride on a multimedia juggernaut (film, TV, publishing, music, merchandising and theme parks) that rocketed him into a global stratosphere of recognition, money and influence.
The birthplace of modern-day Wine Country is famous for regal cabernet sauvignons, château-like wineries and fabulous food, attracting more than four million visitors a year, many planning to wine and dine themselves into a stupor, maybe get a massage, and sleep somewhere swell with fine linens and a pool.