Top Choice Museum in San Diego

Maritime Museum

This museum is easy to find: look for the 100ft-high masts of the iron-hulled square-rigger Star of India. Built on the Isle of Man and launched in 1863, the tall ship plied the England–India trade route, carried im…
Top Choice Historic Site in San Diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

This park has an excellent history museum in the Robinson-Rose House at the southern end of the plaza. You’ll also find a diorama depicting the original pueblo at the park’s visitor center, where you can pick up a c…
Top Choice Historic Site in San Francisco


Alcatraz: for over 150 years, the name has given the innocent chills and the guilty cold sweats. Over the decades, it’s been the nation’s first military prison, a forbidding maximum-security penitentiary and dispute…
Top Choice Winery in Napa Valley

Frog's Leap

Meandering paths wind through magical gardens and fruit-bearing orchards surrounding an 1884 barn and farmstead with cats and chickens. The vibe is casual and down-to-earth, with a major emphasis on fun. Sauvignon B…
Top Choice Winery in Napa Valley

Hess Collection

Art lovers: don’t miss Hess Collection, whose galleries display mixed-media and large-canvas works, including pieces by Francis Bacon and Louis Soutter. In the cave-like tasting room, find well-known cabernet and ch…
Top Choice Winery in Sonoma Valley

Bartholomew Park Winery

A great bike-to winery, Bartholomew Park occupies a 400-acre nature preserve, with oak-shaded picnicking and valley-view hiking. The vineyards were originally cultivated in 1857 and now yield certified-organic, citr…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

Mingei International Museum

A rare New Zealand kauri tree (a fragrant evergreen with flat leaves) marks the entrance to this diverse collection of folk art, costumes, toys, jewelry, utensils and other handmade objects of traditional cultures f…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in The Peninsula

Año Nuevo State Park

Twenty miles northwest of Santa Cruz, Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve is home base for one of the world's largest mainland breeding colonies of northern elephant seals. Last entry is at 3:30pm.
Top Choice Zoo in San Diego

San Diego Zoo

This justifiably famous zoo is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions, showing more than 3000 animals representing more than 650 species in a beautifully landscaped setting, typically in enclosures that replicate their …
Top Choice Art Museum in San Diego

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla

La Jolla’s branch of this museum gets changing, world-class exhibitions. Originally designed by Irving Gill in 1916 as the home of newspaper heiress Ellen Browning Scripps, who basically created modern La Jolla circ…