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Top Choice Museum in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Broad

From the instant it opened in September 2015, the Broad (rhymes with “road”) became a must-visit for contemporary art fans. It houses the world-class collection of local philanthropist and billionaire real estate ho…
Gallery in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Anglim Gilbert Gallery

The Bay Area hits the big time here, with gallerist Ed Gilbert continuing Anglim's 30-year legacy of launching art movements from Beat assemblage to Bay Area conceptualists. Major gallery artists range from politica…
Top Choice Cinema in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The 1932 landmark New Mission cinema is restored to its Timothy Pfleuger-designed Art Deco glory, with a new mission: to upgrade dinner-and-a-movie dates. Staff deliver microbrews and tasty fare to plush banquette s…
Top Choice Californian in Yountville

French Laundry

The pinnacle of California dining, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is epic, a high-wattage culinary experience on par with the world’s best. Book one month ahead at 10am sharp, or log onto OpenTable.com precisely at …
Top Choice Historic Site in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Alcatraz

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 Historic Building in San Simeon

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle is a wondrous, historic, over-the-top homage to material excess, perched high on a hill. The estate sprawls across acres of lushly landscaped gardens, accentuated by shimmering pools and fountains, sta…
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 Amusement Park in Inland Orange County

Knott’s Berry Farm

Old West-themed Knott's Berry Farm often teems with packs of speed-crazed adolescents testing their mettle on an intense line-up of thrill rides. Gut-wrenchers include the wooden GhostRider and the '50s-themed Xcele…
Top Choice Aquarium in Monterey

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey’s most mesmerizing experience is its enormous aquarium, built on the former site of the city’s largest sardine cannery. All kinds of aquatic creatures are featured, from kid-tolerant sea stars and slimy sea…
Historic Site in Mono Lake Region

Bodie State Historic Park

At Bodie State Historic Park, a gold-rush ghost town is preserved in a state of 'arrested decay.' Weathered buildings sit frozen in time on a dusty, windswept plain. To get there, head east for 13 miles (the last th…