Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Walt Disney Concert Hall

A molten blend of steel, music and psychedelic architecture, this iconic concert venue is the home base of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but has also hosted contemporary bands such as Phoenix and classic jazz men li…
Architecture in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Gamble House

It’s the exquisite attention to detail that impresses most at the Gamble House, a 1908 masterpiece of arts-and-crafts architecture built by Charles and Henry Greene for Procter & Gamble–heir David Gamble. The en…
Top Choice Architecture in Sausalito

Sausalito Houseboats

Bohemia still thrives along the shoreline of Richardson Bay, where free spirits inhabit hundreds of quirky homes that bobble in the waves amongst the seabirds and seals. Structures range from psychedelic mural-splas…
Top Choice Notable Building in San Diego

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Going south from Plaza de Panama, you can’t miss the circle of seating and the curved colonnade in front of the band shell housing the organ said to be the world’s largest outdoor musical instrument. Donated by the …
Top Choice Architecture in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Lyon St Steps

Two blocks, between Broadway and Green St, flanked by forests and glamorous mansions – including Senator Dianne Feinstein's. Jaw-dropping bay and Marina views. Popular with stair-runners and coffee klatches. Conne…
Notable Building in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Sunnylands

Sunnylands is the mid-century modern estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, one of America’s ‘first families.’ At their winter estate in Rancho Mirage, the Annenbergs entertained seven US presidents, royalty, Holly…
Architecture in San Diego

House of Pacific Relations

Here are 15 cottages from the 1915 exposition, inside which you will find furnishings and displays from various countries, plus about as many built since. During opening hours, they often have crafts and food for sa…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Transamerica Pyramid & Redwood Park

The defining feature of San Francisco's skyline is this 1972 pyramid, built atop the wreck of a whaling ship abandoned in the Gold Rush. A half-acre redwood grove sprouted out front, on the site of Mark Twain's favo…
Notable Building in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Masonic Auditorium and Temple

Conspiracy theorists, rock aficionados and anyone exploring immigrant roots must know the Masonic Auditorium. Built as a temple to freemasonry in 1958 in mid-century modern style, and remodeled in 2014, the building…
House in San Jose

Winchester Mystery House

An odd structure purposefully commissioned to be so by the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, the Winchester Mystery House is a ridiculous Victorian mansion with 160 rooms of various sizes and little utility, wit…