Welcome to Southern California

Pop Culture

SoCal is Valhalla for pop-culture fiends. Where else can you sip martinis in Jack Nicholson’s favorite booth, hike your way to Batman’s cave and gaze up at the stars just like Jimmy Dean in Rebel Without a Cause? Start with a tour of LA’s movie studios, attend a live TV taping, then join the paps in Malibu. Not that LA gets all the glory: wine and dine at Cary Grant’s former party pad in Palm Springs, a desert resort laden with Rat Pack anecdotes; or hit Orange County for TV-famous beaches and stars of the cartoon realm at Disneyland, the world’s best-loved theme park.

Natural Beauty

Iconic beaches, snowcapped crags, sculpted deserts: in case you hadn’t noticed, Mother Nature plays favorites with SoCal. Whether you’re a punk surfer, aspiring pro-volleyball nut or new-school bohemian, there's an idiosyncratic SoCal beach and adjacent beach town just for you. Offshore, the Channel Islands are a jewel-like archipelago and part of what is one of the planet’s richest marine ecosystems. Back on the mainland, escape to Big Bear Lake's cooler alpine climes or turn up the heat in Death Valley, Joshua Tree or Anza-Borrego, where dusty 4WD roads and hiking trails lead to hidden canyons and mirage-like oases.

Epicurean Highs

Think of SoCal as one huge, heavily laden table, passionately prepared by forward-thinking chefs and artisan purveyors. At one end is San Diego and its incomparable fish tacos, at the other Santa Barbara and its luscious bottles of red. In between is a cornucopia of flavors, textures and thrills: decadent red-wine burgers in a pocket-sized Hollywood bistro, freshly steamed crab by the South Bay surf, fragrant pho (Vietnames noodle soup) in a loud, proud OC throwback. Whether you’re hankering for freshly made tamales at a proper panaderia (Mexican-style bakery) or cognoscenti pastas in a slinky downtown warehouse, SoCal delivers. Dig in!

Arts & Architecture

A bull's-eye for many of the world's leading actors, writers, musicians, artists and designers, SoCal explodes with inimitable creative energy. Heart of the action is LA, home to many of America's richest, riskiest and most innovative art collections, influential live-music venues and comedy clubs, and a slew of laterally thinking neighborhoods jammed with grassroots galleries, artisan studios and street art. Not enough inspiration for you? Turn your attention to SoCal’s architecture. Spanning everything from Spanish-flavored missions and art-deco theaters to modernist prototypes and cutting-edge concert halls, it’s an eclectic mash-up unmatched anywhere in the country.

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Skip the Line Universal Studios Hollywood Express Ticket

Each day, Universal Studios Hollywood offers a limited number of express tickets and they often sell-out at the front gate. Make sure to pre-purchase your ticket 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.Note: Priority entry privileges, reserved seating, special demonstrations and special tours are subject to ride, show and attraction availability. A Universal Express Ticket entitles pass-holders to one-time priority access to each ride, show and attraction on a priority basis..For information on rides, shows and attractions, please see below for additional information.

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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

Visit: USS Midway Museum, San Diego, CaliforniaThe USS Midway was the US Navy's longest serving carrier of the 20th century (1945-1992), and the largest ship in the world for a decade, housing 4,500 crew! Now you can walk in the footsteps of 225,000 sailors on a self-guided audio tour narrated by former Midway sailors and officers. More than 65 locations, from the engine room to the bridge, and 25 restored historic aircraft are on display. The USS Midway also contains interactive exhibits and climb-aboard aircraft for all ages. Don't miss the flight simulators, gift shop and cafe. Experience what it was like to be part of a "city at sea", explore galleys, officer's country, sleeping quarters and the engine room of the first Navy ship too large for the Panama Canal! You will be amazed by the 4-acre flight deck and the 360-degree panoramic view of downtown San Diego. Front-row accessible parking spaces, available on a first-come, first-served basis, on Navy Pier directly in front of the ticket booth. Regular parking fees apply.Complimentary, loaner wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.Elevator access from Navy Pier onto the ship.Elevator access from the hangar deck down to the second deck.Elevator access up to the flight deck from the hangar deck.Wheelchair-accessible family restroom on the hangar deck.Approximately 60 percent of the museum’s exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Located in Navy Town USA, a visit to the Midway is uniquely San Diego!

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Universal Studios Hollywood General Admission Ticket

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience! Don't miss the chance to visit the world's largest movie studio and theme park! At Universal Studios Hollywood there's a world of fun-filled adventures the whole family will love. You’ll go behind-the-scenes on the world-famous Studio Tour to explore real film sets where Hollywood movies are made. Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions – including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Transformers™: The Ride 3-D, and Fast and Furious – Supercharged – that put you inside some of the world’s most popular movies and TV shows.  Plus, explore the mysteries of Hogwarts™ castle, and experience pulse-pounding rides and attractions that transport you into a world of magic and excitement at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.Add a classic Hollywood finish to your day at Universal CityWalk™, more than 30 places to eat, awesome night spots, 19 screen theater with state-of-the-art IMAX® and more than 30 unique shops. It’s LA’s favorite place to play. CityWalk™ is located directly next to Universal Studios Hollywood.Please note: Voucher is only valid for selected date of travel See below for more attraction information:

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The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood

Ever wanted to be treated like a movie star? With the VIP Experience you can enjoy just that. This unique experience includes an extensive guided tour of Universal Studios Hollywood℠ and its motion picture studio with access to areas of the studio lot that the general public never sees.Your VIP guide will also escort you to the park’s most popular rides and attractions, taking you in via special exclusive VIP entrances. Afterwards, enjoy time to explore the vast park on your own, you can skip the queues at every attraction, get the best seats in the house for every show, enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch and more.The VIP Experience offers: • A full day of movie-making magic with a specially-trained guide to tour locations closed to the general public • Tour historic Backlot locations • Walk through actual sets of War of the Worlds • Roam the largest prop warehouse • Take photos at the original Psycho House • Unlimited Universal Express access to ALL rides, shows and attractions • Reserved seating at ALL shows • Gourmet lunch in exclusive dining location • Light refreshments served in our exclusive VIP Lounge • Valet ParkingPlease note: Booking is only valid on selected date of travel.

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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

Turn back the pages of history and relive San Diego's early days as it became the Birthplace of California. In Old Town San Diego (sometimes called the "Jamestown of the Pacific"), you will experience early Americana with its distinctive "West Coast Style" Spanish flavor.The San Diego Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour is the easiest way to get around town. You can hop on and off at any of the 10 stops as often as you like. The stops are conveniently located close to all popular attractions, shops and restaurants. Trolleys depart every 30 minutes.

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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

You can get the full Los Angeles experience on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. The open-top buses provide recorded commentary throughout the tour. The double-decker Red Route bus departs Grauman's Chinese Theatre every 20 to 40 minutes, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore each stop in detail. On the Red Route, you’ll see top LA attractions like Farmers Market, the Beverly Center, La Brea Tar Pits, the famous Chateau Marmont hotel and more. Connect to the Blue Route if you want to head north to Universal Studios Hollywood. The Purple Route will take you all around downtown Los Angeles, Olvera Street, Chinatown, the Fashion District and LA Live. The Yellow Route will take you out to Santa Monica Beach via Westwood, Brentwood and Century City. The Orange Route will take you to Fisherman's Village, Waterside and select LAX hotels.