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Visiting California

California’s pull, undeniable since the Gold Rush, seduces today’s treasure hunters with regal redwoods and immense beaches. Drive south from Mendocino to San Diego for shifts in altitude and attitude, visit the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz Island when you’re not noshing at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, or walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame and catch a flick at Graumann’s Chinese Theater before visiting the stunning Getty Museum in LA. Enjoy the natural splendor of California’s amazing natural parks like the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve or the massive Death Valley National Park, or tour man-made wonders like the Anaheim’s legendary Disneyland, or San Simeon’s sprawling Hearst Castle.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top ... Read More
California’s pull, undeniable since the Gold Rush, seduces today’s treasure hunters with regal redwoods and immense beaches. Drive south from Mendocino to San Diego for shifts in altitude and attitude, visit the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz Island when you’re not noshing at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, or walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame and catch a flick at Graumann’s Chinese Theater before visiting the stunning Getty Museum in LA. Enjoy the natural splendor of California’s amazing natural parks like the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve or the massive Death Valley National Park, or tour man-made wonders like the Anaheim’s legendary Disneyland, or San Simeon’s sprawling Hearst Castle.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips California

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Our San Francisco Biking Adventure

Written by juliejaynak on 14 Jul, 2013

The number one thing we knew we wanted to do on our vacation in San Francisco was to rent bicycles and ride across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito. I wasn't 100% sure how this worked, if it was guided or if we had a…Read More


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The Drive from Monterey to San Simeon

Written by MilwVon on 06 Jun, 2013

After spending nearly three hours at the aquarium, it was time for us to make our way south along "The 1". Highway 1 is a two lane road that connects the central coast towns from Monterey to our evening's destination, San Simeon. Having…Read More


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Making the Drive from LA to Monterey

Written by MilwVon on 06 Jun, 2013

After a good night's sleep, it was time to depart Thousand Oaks and head north to Monterey. Ultimately, we would end our day's travels in the San Simeon area.As we left the Hampton Inn around 6:30am we witnessed a couple of what appeared to…Read More


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The Southwest Chief - Amtraking Across America

Written by MilwVon on 05 Jun, 2013

When I planned for this trip several months ago, I wanted the "getting there" to be as much a part of my vacation as the wonderful things we had planned to do once I got to California. The Southwest Chief is one of two…Read More


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The Return Drive from the Central Pacific Coast

Written by MilwVon on 05 Jun, 2013

After spending four days exploring California's coastal area, it was time to head inland for the high desert and ultimately my departure via Amtrak that evening. On Friday morning we got up and about around 8:00am. We went down to the Piedras Blancas…Read More


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Solvang downtown observations

Written by stvchin on 28 May, 2013

Solvang is a touristy little Danish community of around 5,000 residents in the middle of Santa Barbara County and we decided it would make for a great short trip for Memorial Day weekend. Much like the Chinese-American community has their Chinatowns and Italian-Americans have their…Read More


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Driving down the coast

Written by rufusni on 09 Jan, 2013

I headed off the nice straight and fast US-101 and onto CA-1 at Leggett. And the road was a fairly twisty affair as it went up and down, lots of switchbacks- took a bit of concentration driving - it also made me miss my normal…Read More


San Diego Sojourn

Written by judee0624 on 12 Dec, 2012

Last weekend we drove to San Diego, California to attend the annual December Nights celebration at Balboa Park. We do not go out in the evening very often so this was a big thing for us. We had attended this event several years ago…Read More


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Hiking down into Yosemite Valley

Written by rufusni on 14 Nov, 2012

We decided that we would hike down from Glacier Point down the Panorama trail. We planned an early start and drove up the winding road to Glacier Point. That trip up made me feel quite travel sick but it remained just feeling queasy. We arrived…Read More


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