Why I love California
“Like almost half the people who live here, California is not where I was born, but it's where I've chosen to live. I never get tired of exploring (or more truthfully, eating my way around) my adopted home state, with its vibrant multicultural mix. Summer finds me climbing mountains in the Sierra Nevada and hitting SoCal beaches, while spring is time for wildflower blooms in the desert. Fall brings wine-country...” Read More
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San Francisco City and Muir Woods Trip with Optional Bay Cruise or Ferry to Sausalito
Tour the city of San Francisco and explore famous Muir Woods, home to the world’s largest redwood trees on this small-group tour. Snap photos of places such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks and any other sites you request on this intimate, flexible city tour aboard a minibus or a 13-passenger van. If option selected, on the following day after your city tour, take a ferry ride to the beautiful bayside town of Sausalito or hop aboard a cruise across the bay of San Francisco.This small-group tour is limited to 13 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.In the morning, after pickup from hotels in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman’s Wharf by minibus or a 13-passenger van, guests will be driven to Muir Woods. Guests will be given two hours to explore and gaze up into the forest's canopy, surrounded by Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees and stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes to look out at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. In the afternoon, your San Francisco tour starts with an exploration of the city’s top sights, from Union Square and Chinatown to Twin Peaks and Haight-Ashbury. See the neighborhood of North Beach, known for its Italian restaurants, and snap photos of Coit Tower. This tour is given by a local perspective. Tour guests enjoy more stops and photo opportunities on this San Francisco city tour as well as more time at each attraction.If option selected, on the following day after touring San Francisco, hop on a Bay Cruise and ride along San Francisco Bay, offering incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the stunning San Francisco skyline. Or, take a ferry to Sausalito, a beautiful, charming town on San Francisco Bay that stretches into the wooded hillsides. Sausalito is full of unique boutique shops and galleries showcasing artwork from local artists. Please note: If guests choose the Bay Cruise option, the Bay Cruise will take place on the next day (departure time: open). If guests choose the ferry option to Sausalito, they will receive open tickets which they can use any time during their stay in San Francisco.
Skip the Line: Front of Line Pass at Universal Studios Hollywood
Get the celebrity treatment with this all-access pass. It includes all-day admission to the park, one-time priority access to all rides, shows and attractions, plus behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions. This feature is very popular with Southern California residents, so pre-purchase to guarantee Front of Line privileges.Each day, Universal Studios Hollywood offers a limited number of Front of Line Passes and they often sell-out at the front gate. Make sure to pre-purchase your Front of Line Pass online and avoid any upset on the day of. Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience!Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made and see firsthand the world’s largest 3-D experience, King Kong 360 3-D, created by Peter Jackson. Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies.Be part of the battle as you embark on a mission to defend the Allspark from the evil clutches of the DECEPTICONS® in TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride 3D!Join Gru, his daughters and the mischievous Minions on the heartwarming and hilarious 3-D ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Start your adventure in Gru’s home, where you’re recruited for his latest scheme – one where you’ll become an actual Minion. Then visit a re-creation of the first film’s memorable seaside carnival, “Super Silly Fun Land,” an all-new, over-the-top outdoor family play zone inspired by the lively experience shared by Gru and his three adorable girls: Margo, Edith and Agnes.Note: Priority entry privileges, reserved seating, special demonstrations and special tours are subject to ride, show and attraction availability. A Front of Line Pass at Universal Studios Hollywood entitles pass-holders to one-time priority access to each ride, show and attraction on a priority basis with a maximum wait of 15-minutes, per attraction.For information on rides, shows and attractions, please see below for additional information.
3-Day California Coast Tour: San Francisco to Los Angeles
Take an epic journey down the stunning California coast on this 3-day one-way trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Visit Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Cambria, Solvang and Santa Barbara, and enjoy views of jagged coastlines, mountains, forests and picturesque rolling hills studded with vineyards. Explore fascinating marine exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a guided tour of magnificent Hearst Castle, journey along famous 17-Mile Drive, spot California's iconic sea lions, and take the train from Santa Barbara to bustling downtown Los Angeles. This tour by comfortable van offers flexible daily itineraries, letting you explore at a relaxed pace with your knowledgeable guide and on your own. This tour is perfect for those looking to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a fun, relaxing and incredibly scenic way.
Go Los Angeles Card
With access to over 26 top LA attractions, activities and tours, the Go Los Angeles™ Card offers something for everyone! Tour Warner Bros. Studio on a VIP tour; meet your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Hollywood; take a hop-on hop-off city tour; experience thrills at Six Flags Magic Mountain; one weekday ticket to Universal Studios and much more. Enjoy the flexibility to create your own itinerary and sightsee at your own pace; plus, you’ll save up to 55% on select tours, attractions, dining and shopping. Whether you’re a first-time or seasoned visitor, you’ll love this whole new way to discover Los Angeles! Enjoy direct entry to attractions. Simply print your pass and go – no voucher redemption required!
Go San Diego Card
With access to 43 attractions, activities and tours all around San Diego, the Go San Diego™ Card offers something for everyone! Visit the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND® California and Knott’s Berry Farm; cruise along the San Diego Harbor; go snorkeling or kayaking in La Jolla; take a guided city walking tour; enjoy a day trip to Hollywood and much more! You’ll have the flexibility to create your own itinerary to sightsee at your own pace; plus, you’ll save up to 30% at select shopping and dining locations. Enjoy direct entry to attractions. Simply print your pass and go – no voucher redemption required!
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
Escape to the mountains for two full days of hiking, sightseeing and exploring in the amazing natural wilderness of Yosemite National Park. On this overnight tour from San Francisco with a knowledgeable guide, trek through Yosemite Valley, explore the high country and marvel at giant sequoias, waterfalls and famous sites including Half Dome. Choose from a variety of activities, such as hiking, biking and swimming, and at the end of the day, relax in your provided accommodation in or near the park.