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Barstow, California

The Spirit of the Old West: by Shelley Poulton.

While you probably won't run into Clint Eastwood, you may run into a few tough guy spirits in any one of dozens of ghost towns scattered across the American west.

Calico Ghost Town is a historic silver mining town that was founded in 1881. Located just ten miles north of Barstow, California.

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town.

Hollywood, California

Hollywood: Behind the Scenes: by Cecilia Lee.

To discover how TV and movies are made, there are a number of Hollywood Tours that get behind the scenes and give you a stars in your eyes experience.

Los Angeles, California

A Day In Los Angeles: by Calix Reneau.

Visitors to Los Angeles usually think of Hollywood and movie stars, but for my money nothing beats a day visiting the beaches of nearby Santa Monica Bay.

Get a taste of the famously laid-back, Southern California lifestyle on a tour of the West Coast's most famous beaches; taking in Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

A First-Timer's Guide to Los Angeles: by Jim Rufus.

In planning your LA visit, don't try to do everything in one week. Target specific activities, plan day trips and allow yourself some rest in between.

Taking the Los Angeles Sightseeing Grand Tour is also a good idea for first-time visitors to Los Angeles.

It's Not a City and It's Not a Town: by Leon Schwarzbaum.

Bounded by Wilshire Boulevard on the south, Sunset Boulevard on the north, I-405 on the west and Beverly Glen Boulevard on the east, Westwood has assumed a village personality.

More to L.A. Than Meets the Eye: by Elizabeth D. Sommer Spratt.

If you think L.A. is alfalfa sprouts, avocados and earthquakes, you are missing out on a truly diverse cultural and epicurean experience.

Shipwrecks Off California: by Gregory J. Robb.

North America's Pacific coastal waters are home to so many ship wrecks that the trees, inlets and rocks are historically marked by their remains.

Summer in the City of Angels: by Shelley Poulton.

There's something for everyone in Los Angeles during the summer. It's even said that Los Angeles has more attractions and theme parks than any other U.S. destination.

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley Wine Tours: by Shelley Poulton.

With some 200 wineries in operation, there are plenty of places to stay, eat, and of course, sample the wine on a bouquet of Napa Valley wine tours.

Norden, California

Clair Tappaan Tops Tahoe: by Karen Solomon.

Looking fo somewhere to stay in Tahoe for around $50 a night? Sierra Club's Clair Tappaan Lodge is an affordable, comfortable, homestyle boarding house perched atop Donner Summit, Lake Tahoe; about 45 minutes west of Reno and one and a half hours drive east of Sacramento, just off of Interstate 80.

Palm Springs, California

A Slice for Kids Too: by Cheryl Bruneau.

Commonly known as a Mecca for golfers and the retired, and further known as the playground for the rich, the question not often addressed is: What to do with the kids in Palm Springs?

Diversity Defined: by Robin Treece-Winston.

From the eccentric to the conservative, Palm Springs has evolved as a city of unity, bringing together a vastly diverse group of people.

San Bernadino, California

Hiking Death Valley: by Robin Treece-Winston.

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned professional or a mere beginner, Death Valley offers dozens of options for trailblazers in search of a scenic and challenging hike. No trail is alike, and each varies in its length and difficulty.

San Diego, California

Balboa Park: by Leon Schwarzbaum.

Balboa Park is larger than New York's Central Park and is home to 15 of San Diego's 27 museums.

Mountains, Silence and Idyllwild: by Karla Von Huben.

A tiny alpine village, Idyllwild, nestles 5,000 feet up the side of Mt. San Jacinto, approximately two hours north of San Diego.

San Diego's Hot Theme Parks: by Karla Von Huben.

San Diego Zoo with Transport

San Diego is home to many attractions, but none more beguiling than the world-famous San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park and SeaWorld.

The Best Chinese Food Ever: by Karla Von Huben.

Beautifully presented, fabulous food, superior service, generous portions and reasonable prices make the Panda Inn a dream come true.

San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park is More Than a Picnic - by Dana Sherne.

Although there is almost nothing more pleasant than a sunny day picnicking in the park San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - larger than New York's Central Park - has plenty more to offer.

Ring in the Chinese New Year (in San Francisco)!

The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California.

San Francisco's Best Dive Bars: by Dale Shaw

A real American drinking den should be dark, slightly seedy and full of local characters. Nowhere does the dive bar better than San Francisco

Santa Barbara, California

The American Riviera: by Robin Treece-Winston.

Known for its Spanish-Moorish architecture and Mediterranean influenced panache, Santa Barbara is a beautiful coastal city dotted with historic mission structures and lush greenery.

Sonoma, California

Savouring Sonoma: by Karen Solomon.

The charm of Sonoma County is reflected in the region's smaller vineyards, the antique architecture of the tasting rooms, and the friendly, knowledgeable staff in the wineries.

Venice, California

Venice Beach is Not Exactly Berkeley: by Karen Solomon.

Venice is the Berkeley of the South without the academic conversation.

Watsonville, California

California's Tiny Seaside Treasure: by Kimberly Barker.

Minutes from the Monterey Peninsula and only a two-hour drive from San Francisco, Moss Landing is the kind of town where everyone knows everyone else.

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