The locavore movement responsible for establishments like the San Francisco Ferry Building and Pike Place Market in Seattle has also brought about smaller public markets in various cities across the nation. A more recent example is the Santa Barbara Public Market, a block-long bastion of artisan produce and healthy food vendors that’s becoming a community fixture for locals and new destination visitors to Santa Barbara.
California’s 1,264-mile (2,034-kilometer) coastline is dotted with some of the world’s most stunning Pacific beaches. While there’s nothing wrong with spending vacation days lazing on the sun-kissed sand, the California coast has a whole lot more to offer travelers with a taste for adventure.
Looking to experience the Mediterranean without jumping the puddle to get there? You don’t have to go all the way to Greece when there’s a taste of the Riviera in California’s backyard. Twenty-two miles off the southern coastline, Catalina Island offers a similar aesthetic to places you might experience in the Mediterranean without the crowds. A lot of tourists are flocking to Europe this year because of the falling rate of the euro, so this is your chance to enjoy a much more ease-filled Mediterranean getaway by staying local.
With flat terrain and warm, sunny weather, Los Angeles is an easy place to be a cyclist. If you can’t beat the traffic, why not escape it on two wheels? Biking is also a better way to explore than by car and allows travelers to cover much more ground than on foot.
With the TMZ Hollywood Celebrity Hot Spot Tour in Los Angeles, you know it’s going to be a starry ride even before you get in the van since you cross over the Hollywood Walk of Fame to get to the ticket booth — and, once there, you’re literally standing on the hands of some of the world’s most famous people, from Shirley MacLaine to Jack Lemmon. You’re then guided to the awaiting van to begin collecting all the insider bits of gossip for which TMZ — Hollywood’s foremost gossip site — is so famous.
There’s no shortage on magic at Disneyland any time of year, but it’s especially magical now: starting May 22, the theme park will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary, kicking off the celebrating by staying open for 24 hours. While there are Disney attractions all around the world, like those in Paris, Tokyo, and Orlando, Disneyland Park in Anaheim […]
The ultimate trip to Los Angeles means seeing all of the sights in town, like Melrose Avenue, Universal Studios and Mann’s Chinese Theatre. But once you’ve done the things at the top of your L.A. list, it might be time to hit the road. One of the best things about Los Angeles is its accessibility to other great spots. Beyond Tinseltown, you’ll find a great variety of places to explore, including nearby Orange County and beach towns like Santa Barbara and San Diego, which can be reached in a day. Or go further afield to Monterey, along Highway 1, or Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s some inspiration to get you on the road next time you visit California.
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Who knew that merely driving up the California coastline could transport you back in time? That’s exactly what happened when I took the Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Trip from Los Angeles tour. Our tour guide also filled the role of driver and, with just four other passengers, we set off on the open road for a very personalized excursion.
Featuring an area known as Retro Row for its eclectic mix of vintage clothing and antique stores, old-school record and barber shops, and all manner of independent businesses, many of them housed in Art Deco buildings, 4th Street Long Beach is the city’s cultural heart and soul, and one of the best places to spend a day or weekend during a trip to Los Angeles. It’s classic California with a modern edge. Below is a local’s guide to 4th Street Long Beach, including Retro Row and beyond.