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12 must-visits in California; freshen your travel bucket list!

Wildflowere bloom after winter rains in Death Valley National Park; photo taken in February, 2016.

Freshen your California travel bucket list with 12 months of suggestions! As we enter the new year, take time to tune-up your travel bucket list. Let’s start with 12 ultimate destinations in California, with suggested month by month schedule (next week we’ll bring you suggestions for the western US). Here are California’s best, as well [...]

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San Francisco, Oakland by ferry; exploring the waterfront during the holiday season

Pier 39's colorful tree (photo taken a couple years ago).

A special holiday experience: Touring Jack London Square in Oakland and the San Francisco Embarcadero, by taking the ferry from Jack London to San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building, using public transportation.  Bikes are an option, or travel on foot. It’s a tour of beautiful waterfronts, holiday decorations, unique shopping and the best views in the [...]

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Fall Northern California destinations, far from the maddening crowds!

The Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the attractions on the rugged California coast, above Jenner and Ft. Ross.

If you are like many Californians, you’ve visited the California ocean shore or one of our national parks in the summer and faced monster crowds to reach the beach or the park’s attractions, to find a place to eat and found hotel fees in the stratosphere. Depending on our forecasted El Niño, Northern California often [...]

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