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California — Thanks mostly to the international glamour of Hollywood and the freewheeling reputation of San Francisco, even those who have never been to California have no trouble picturing the famously diverse state. Equally a source of wonder are the Napa and Sonoma wine regions, the towering redwood forests, the dramatic coastline of Big Sur, the sheer cliffs of Yosemite, and the desolate dunes of Death Valley.

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For everything from the natural and idyllic to the urbane and hedonistic, all packed into the Golden State.

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Quirky California: A Photo Tour of Salvation Mountain

October 02, 2015 by Nilina Mason-Campbell

Salvation Mountain in Niland, California is a roadside attraction that draws legions of visitors to the Colorado Desert (which, confusingly, is not located in ... Read More »


Saying "Aloha" to Hawaiian and Pacific Island Culture in San Diego

October 02, 2015 by Teresa Bitler

San Diego is part of the mainland, but in places, it can feel outright tropical thanks to the sailors and soldiers who brought a love of Polynesia back with ... Read More »


A One-Day Walking Tour of San Francisco

September 29, 2015 by Elena Sonnino

Traveling to San Francisco with only aday to explore? Throw on a pair of comfortable walking shoes, grab your camera, and set out to see the city on foot with ... Read More »


From $635: 3-Day Yoga Retreat for Two

September 08, 2015 by Kristine Hansen

Typically, a yoga retreat costs several thousand dollars. But in the Baja California area of coastal Mexico, near the town of Todos Santos, Rancho Pescadero--a ... Read More »


3 New (and One Old) Reasons to Visit Calistoga, California

September 01, 2015 by Katie Hammel

Calistoga, located on the north end of Napa Valley, was once an upscale resort town. Founded by California’s first millionaire, Sam Brannan, it was home to a ... Read More »

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