There are surf spots all along the southern part of the California coast; among the best and best-known are Surf Rider Beach in Malibu and Huntington Beach in...more
The Sutro Baths, once three acres of pools that could hold 25,000, closed in 1952 and are now nothing but crumbling walls and brackish ponds. These melancholy...more
Telegraph Hill, once the site of a semaphore that signaled the arrival of ships during the Gold Rush, is now home to Coit Tower, a stark 212-foot monument...more
On the flanks of Spring Mountain, high above St. Helena and its madding crowds, Terra Valentine commands sweeping vistas of Napa Valley. Wood paneling and...more
Situated on a cliff high above Black's Beach, the Gliderport is a mecca for hang gliding and paragliding. Though it's entertaining to watch the action as the...more
Repeatedly voted the city's best view by locals, Twin Peaks offers a stunning 360-degree panorama of the city, the bay, and the ocean. To get there by car, take...more
A cross between an aquarium and a laboratory, the Sea Center, run by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, makes it possible to play marine scientist for...more
Although Haight-Ashbury was once the epicenter of the Summer of Love, little now remains of hippie counterculture other than shops peddling tie-dyed T-shirts...more
Venice Beach is more interesting and bohemian than next-door Santa Monica. Abbot Kinney Boulevard has one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, Beyond Baroque...more
If you're short on time but want to sample some of Napa Valley's best small-production vintages, make a beeline to Vintners Collective. Located in an 1875...more
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