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.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.

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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

The 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. Located in Navy Town USA, a visit to the Midway is uniquely San Diego!

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Universal Studios Hollywood General Admission Ticket

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. Take the world-famous Studio Tour, experience thrills and spills on exciting themed rides and join the Simpson family on hysterical adventure. Face heart-pounding special effects at every turn on Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride. Add a classic Hollywood finish to your day at Universal CityWalk®, with 30 great places to eat, more than 30 stores for a great shopping experience, 19 theatres to choose from, including an 7-story IMAX., three hot nightspots and more.And from magical spells to magical creatures, from dark villains to daring heroes, it’s all here at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, now open!Upgrade your ticket to the express option and avoid any upset on the day of. Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience! 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 express access to each ride, show and attraction on a priority basis with a maximum wait of 15-minutes, per attractionPlease note: Voucher is only valid for selected date of travelSee 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 Front of Line 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 Parking Please 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.