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Travel Spotlights: Pacific Region

Defined by its dramatic waterfronts, verdant forests and multicultural cities, the Pacific’s unique combination of coastal allure and urban intrigue makes it a playground for the adventurous.

California

From the iconic Highway 1 to the inland valleys, deserts and rugged mountain ranges, discover the unique culture, unbeatable climate, award-winning wine, beer and culinary scenes of California as you travel throughout the Golden State.

Hit the road on the famed Highway 1 to explore seaside towns like Cambria, a quaint outpost near the jagged Big Sur stretch of coastline. Head inland to find hidden gems in wine regions like Paso Robles as you go on a sipping adventure. Don’t miss the 1960s lovable charm of the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, architectural gems like the ornate domes at Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, or the dramatic architecture at the Salk Institute in San Diego’s La Jolla neighborhood,. In Escondido, experience local urban winemaking trends on the tasting patio at Hungry Hawk Vineyards & Winery or sample killer craft beers at the flagship Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens.

No matter which part of the state you see, California makes for one epic and unforgettable vacation!

Greater Palm Springs, California

Visitors enjoying Monarch Hot Springs in Greater Palm Springs, California
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Relax and Rejuvenate

World-class spas, legendary hot mineral springs and kilometers of pleasant hiking trails makes Greater Palm Springs a top destination for wellness and relaxation. Pamper yourself and watch your worries melt away as you revel in the natural beauty and endless sunshine of this locale.

Joshua Tree National Park near Greater Palm Springs in California
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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park, with its stark mystical appeal is a one-of-a-kind place with thrilling rock climbing, tranquil nature walks and engaging guided tours. Colossal boulders, blooming wildflowers and native wildlife fills the desert geography with a sense of wonder.

BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Greater Palm Springs, California
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Exciting Year-Round Events

From the lauded Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament and Fashion Week El Paseo, the greater Palm Springs area always has something fun going on to see or take part in.

Participant home in Modernism Week in Greater Palm Springs, California
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Mid-Century Modern Architecture

A treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture awaits all year, but especially during Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Tour legendary properties like Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway and Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate. Be swept away to a different era, where this classic design aesthetic was born.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, California
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Sky High Sights & Attractions

Ascend over 2,500 meters from the base of Chino Canyon to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Descend and head to feed giraffes and bounce with wallabies at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, home to over 600 desert animals.

West Hollywood, California

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Hip and Happening West Hollywood

With hotspots in every direction, West Hollywood is the center of Los Angeles and a true not-to-be-missed California destination. Experience award-winning cuisine and entertainment, premier shopping and dazzling skyline views from rooftop bars and sparkling hotel pools.

Rainbow Crosswalk in West Hollywood, California
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Welcoming to All

Los Angeles is known for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community and West Hollywood is considered its cultural hub in the City of Angels. Check out the neighborhood’s iconic gay bars, brunch spots, active nightlife and impressive arts and culture scenes. Pride festivities take place in June.

Group of guys enjoying drinks and treats in West Hollywood, California
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Fabulous Food & Drink

Glitz, glamour and classic Southern California cool feature prominently in this walkable area of Los Angeles. World-class restaurants cooking up internationally inspired dishes and cocktail bars are just down the street from luxurious new hotels and historic accommodations that are only found here.

Exterior of Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California
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Active Nightlife

Legendary nightclubs of the Sunset Strip invite you to a night out on the town you’ll never forget. Check out a concert at famed Whiskey A Go Go or The Roxy Threatre. Dance to the music then refuel at the many surrounding eateries.

Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California
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Fashion Forward

Shop the premier boutiques of West Hollywood, from the legendary Melrose Avenue to the eclectic and artsy Santa Monica Boulevard. The Design District nearby offers more than 70 fashion design showrooms displaying the latest trends in its Pacific Design Center.

Yosemite Mariposa County, California

Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County in California
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Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County

Plan several days to explore Yosemite National Park’s granite giants, streaming waterfalls, towering Sequoias, lush meadows and abundant wildlife. Access the park’s southern and western entrances through activity-filled and beautiful Mariposa County. Vehicle reservations are not required in 2023!

History Museum in Coulterville, California in Mariposa County
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California’s Gold Rush Era

Experience Coulterville’s historic western charm and learn more about California’s Gold Rush era at the Northern Mariposa County History Center. Coulterville provided supplies to thousands of miners seeking their fortunes and their history lives on at sites throughout the small town.

Wawona Hotel located within Yosemite National Park, California

History in Wawona

Located within Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, Wawona welcomes visitors with historic appeal. Stay at the victorian-styled Wawona Hotel before exploring the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, hiking Chilnualna Falls or visiting the History Center to learn about the people who shaped Yosemite’s development.

Merced River in Mariposa County, California
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Merced River of Mariposa County

The Merced Wild and Scenic River, fed from High Sierra snowpack via Yosemite Valley waterfalls, provides a recreational playground in all seasons. Spend the day in the Merced River Canyon rafting, swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing or just relaxing on its bank in the California sunshine.

Couple strolling the shops of Old Town Mariposa, California
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The Town of Mariposa

Approximately 50 kilometers from Yosemite National Park, Mariposa is a charming and authentic Gold-Rush era town with many original western structures. Modern additions include boutique shops, excellent restaurants, craft bars, informative museums and affordable lodging. An ideal basecamp for exploration of the surrounding wilderness.

More about California

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Tuolumne County, California
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Tuolumne County, California

Experience the unparalleled beauty and scenic, wide-open spaces of Tuolumne County, home to more than half of Yosemite National Park. Explore Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and Columbia State Historic Park, both backdrops to hundreds of Hollywood films. Learn more

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Wapama Falls Bridge in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Tuolumne County, California
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Tuolumne County, California

Plentiful opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts await in this less-traveled portion of Yosemite National Park. Seek adventure in picturesque areas like the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Find lodging accommodations that fit any budget from mountain resorts and historic inns to cozy vacation cabins, distinctive B&Bs and full-service RV parks. Learn more

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