Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California
In all of your California daydreaming, palm trees, golden sands and Pacific sunsets beckon, right? The good news: SoCal is where those cinematic fantasies really can come true. Pop Culture Surf, sand and sex will always sell SoCal.
Marin County & the Bay Area
A huge, densely populated metropolitan area surrounds San Francisco, but the Bay Area is not your typical complex of suburbs and bedroom communities. Many of the cities and towns around the bay draw inventive and creative people from around the world.
Los Angeles & Around
Grab your coat and a handful of glitter, and enter the land of fog and fabulousness. So long, inhibitions; hello, San Francisco. Outlandish Notions Consider permission permanently granted to be outlandish: other towns may surprise you, but in San Francisco you will surprise yourself.
Welcome to sunny Los Angeles, a shiny city of reinvention where small talk always starts with a question: ‘Where are you from?’ This query reveals what’s driving the city’s energetic buzz – a perpetual in-fl ow of dreamers, go-getters and hustlers primed with unabashed optimism.
San Diego & Around
Whoosh – here comes a skateboarder. And there goes a wet-suited surfer toting his board to the break, while a Chanel-clad lady lifts a coffee cup off a porcelain saucer. San Diego’s coastal communities offer all that and more.
Disneyland & Orange County
After San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Central Coast is the top reason to visit California. Alternative-lifestyle guru Timothy Leary called California the ‘nose-cone of the rocket’ and this was certainly its tip when he and his band explored it physically, mentally and chemically at the start of the 1960s. Much of the mystique and lore of the state is here.
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.
Santa Barbara County
Palm Springs & The Deserts
California’s outback is where the Wild West lives on. Though spliced by ribbons of interstate, the desert state of mind is as far from Los Angeles as Shangri-La. It’s the lair of escapists, hedonists, rabble-rousing ranchers, prophetic environmentalists, Native American tribes, eccentric folk artists and daredevil test pilots.
Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada
If you’ve done coastal, cultural, creative and culinary California, it might be time to shake off all those civilizing influences and discover another side of the state altogether. This would be, of course, the nature, adventure, blue skies and sheer wildness of its dominant mountain range, the majestic Sierra Nevada.
Disneyland & Anaheim
Mickey is one lucky mouse. Created by animator Walt Disney in 1928, this irrepressible rodent 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.