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Information on attractions, accommodations, and dining in California - and much more, including things to see and do, parks and recreational areas, annual and special events, and climate information!

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I have lived in California on two different occasions and enjoyed both of them tremendously. I lived in the small town of Glendora in the south and near Monterey in the north. While there I traveled the state from the desert to the Pacific and from the redwoods to Mexico and loved every place I visited. I'm sure you will love California as a vacation destination also.

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California Division of Tourism
P.O. Box 1499, Department, TIA
Sacramento, CA 95812
1-800-862-2543, fax 916-322-3402
http://www.gocalif.ca.gov.
State of California; 1-800-862-2543. Available 24 hours a day.
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California Division of Tourism
P.O. Box 1499, Department, TIA
Sacramento, CA 95812
1-800-862-2543, fax 916-322-3402
http://www.gocalif.ca.gov.
State of California; 1-800-862-2543. Available 24 hours a day.

One of the best ways to get good travel information is to check with folks who know a lot about the area in which you plan to visit. I recommend that after you get the general information you are seeking about California, you check with Allexperts for specific information about the places you plan to visit. It is a great site!
Allexperts - California! Ask volunteer experts questions about travel and tourism, and attractions for free! Allexperts and Getting Away With Jim Bruner, working together to give you the best in reliable travel information.

Click on Anaheim, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, San Diego and San Francisco for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit to these California cities. Area Travel Packets was created to help travelers get the most out of popular destination and to help them plan their vacations ahead of time.

Click on the California Home Page by Orbitz for your California Vacation Guide. Orbitz can help you make the most of your California vacation with hotel and activity recommendations. On this page, you can use the interactive map to select where you want to vacation. Or, choose a theme that matches your lifestyle and interests: Family, Golf, Spa, Beach, Trendy, Wine Country and even Green. You will also find additional tips and ideas for your California vacation when you visit the California Home Page by Orbitz.

With its two Disney theme parks—Disneyland® Park and Disney's California Adventure® Park, three resort hotels and an energetic entertainment, dining and shopping district, the Disneyland® Resort is one of the premier vacation destinations on the West Coast. For additional information, click on the Orbitz Disney Land Home Page.

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Travel Etiquette
Behavior and customs vary greatly from country to country. We discuss the correct travel etiquette so that you won't be caught out. TravelEtiquette was formed to offer a unique reference point on essential etiquette advice and information for worldwide travel. Our features and articles are written by professional journalists and experts - who have a particular interest, or a background in this area. So – know before you go. Visit TravelEtiquette so you will know how to, as the old adage states, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

Climate and Weather Information
For climate information on California, click on Climatologies and then click on the map to find California.

Getting There and Around and Driving Information

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Visit the Transit Rider website for all of the information you will need to get around in several California cities without having to do your own driving.

Click on the California Home Page by Orbitz for your California Vacation Guide. Orbitz can help you make the most of your California vacation with hotel and activity recommendations. On this page, you can use the interactive map to select where you want to vacation. Or, choose a theme that matches your lifestyle and interests: Family, Golf, Spa, Beach, Trendy, Wine Country and even Green. You will also find additional tips and ideas for your California vacation when you visit the California Home Page by Orbitz.

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Parks and Recreation Areas
Joshua Tree National Park was a favorite of mine long before it became a national park.
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Yosemite National Park is one of my favorite places in America.
 
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Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the world's tallest trees: old-growth coast redwoods. They can live to be 2000 years old and grow to over 300 feet tall. The parks' mosaic of habitats include prairie/oak woodlands, mighty rivers and streams, and 37 miles of pristine Pacific coastline. Three California state parks and the National Park Service unit represent a cooperative management effort of the National Park Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation. They are Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park. Click on Redwood National Park for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

Yosemite National Park in Northern California is one of my personal favorites. Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada that is filled with waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things. Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley. Click on Yosemite National Park for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit. 

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Ranging from 1500' to 14,494' in elevation, these adjoining parks protect immense mountains, deep canyons, huge trees, and stunningly diverse habitats. The Generals Highway climbs over 5000 feet from chaparral and oak-studded foothills to the awe-inspiring sequoia groves. From there, trails lead to the high-alpine wilderness which makes up most of these parks. Beneath the surface lie many beautiful caverns. Although they were created by separate acts of Congress, Sequoia and Kings Canyon share miles of boundary and are managed as one park. Sequoia was the second national park designated in this country.

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Click on the California Home Page by Orbitz for your California Vacation Guide. Orbitz can help you make the most of your California vacation with hotel and activity recommendations. On this page, you can use the interactive map to select where you want to vacation. Or, choose a theme that matches your lifestyle and interests: Family, Golf, Spa, Beach, Trendy, Wine Country and even Green. You will also find additional tips and ideas for your California vacation when you visit the California Home Page by Orbitz.

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Click on Anaheim, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, San Diego and San Francisco for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit to these California cities. Area Travel Packets was created to help travelers get the most out of popular destination and to help them plan their vacations ahead of time. 

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Adventure USA specializes in sightseeing tours and other activities in and around San Francisco. Whether its a tour of Alcatraz, a sightseeing tour of San Francisco, a private tour of the wine country or hang gliding over Mt. Tamalpais or any other tour or activity we can help. Adventure USA has many partnerships with local specialty activity providers, enabling us to offer the widest range of tours and activities in the San Francisco Bay Area at the lowest prices.

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Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the world's tallest trees: old-growth coast redwoods. They can live to be 2000 years old and grow to over 300 feet tall. The parks' mosaic of habitats include prairie/oak woodlands, mighty rivers and streams, and 37 miles of pristine Pacific coastline. Three California state parks and the National Park Service unit represent a cooperative management effort of the National Park Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation. They are Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park. Click on Redwood National Park for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

Click on Lake Tahoe for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit to this area. Area Travel Packets was created to help travelers get the most out of popular destination and to help them plan their vacations ahead of time. 

Pacific Comfort Bus Lines is dedicated to providing luxurious full service charters, short and long term contracting for shuttle bus services, and more. We can help you enjoy most of the western states including California, Idaho, Nevada and Washington. We offer day trips, sightseeing packages and charter packages for almost any destination of your choice including (but not limited to) Casinos, Sporting Events, Concerts, Ski Resorts, State Parks, and other Tourist Destinations.

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Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo serves as the hub of California’s Central Coast. The ideal weather and natural beauty of San Luis Obispo provide numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation at nearby parks, lakes, beaches and wilderness areas, as well as at locations up and down the Central Coast. Accommodations range from fine San Luis Obispo hotels to intimate B&B's to oceanfront resorts. Click on San Luis Obispo and Central Coast Visitors for interesting virtual tours of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo hotels, more additional information on this exciting area of Central California Coastal attractions.

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Restaurants and Dining Suggestions

Medieval Times - Buena Park.  This is an interesting place for a meal as you watch a great show while enjoying some good food.  The kids will love this place!

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Some Favorites in California
Humboldt Redwoods - Perhaps one of the best places in California to get back to nature.
Joshua Tree National Park was a favorite of mine long before it became a national park.

With its two Disney theme parks—Disneyland® Park and Disney's California Adventure® Park, three resort hotels and an energetic entertainment, dining and shopping district, the Disneyland® Resort is one of the premier vacation destinations on the West Coast. For additional information, click on the Orbitz Disney Land Home Page.


 

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