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Ask A Concierge: Tips for Spending a Day in Hollywood

When people think of Hollywood, they usually picture it as mainly a tourist attraction. While much of that is true, there are many cool ways to explore Hollywood. For example,… Read More…

Discovering Snow Sports in Mammoth, California
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Discovering Snow Sports in Mammoth, California

Southern California is well-known for its beaches, but what about its mountains? Contributing writer Margot Black visited Mammoth Mountain in SoCal with her family—and learned to ski for the first time…. Read More…

Family-Friendly Activities on California’s Islands
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Family-Friendly Activities on California’s Islands

Looking for some family-friendly activities in California? Contributing writer Margot Black visited California’s islands with her family—and discovered kayaking spots, ferries and ferris wheels in Orange County, outdoor activities, and… Read More…

Irvine, California: Like a Local
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Irvine, California: Like a Local

While some of you may have heard of Irvine, California, you may not necessarily know where it’s located. It’s in Southern California, nestled in the heart of Orange County. That’s… Read More…

Beyond Disneyland: Unexpected Sights & Activities in Anaheim
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Beyond Disneyland: Unexpected Sights & Activities in Anaheim

Anaheim, California is usually associated with Disneyland. Not too long ago, Disneyland was literally the only game in town—other than miles and miles of orange groves. But along with the… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Reading to Children at Solana Beach Library
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Voluntourism Spotlight: Reading to Children at Solana Beach Library

Located along the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar is a coastal gem known for its beaches and world-renowned horse racing track. Home to the San Diego County Fair and only a… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in San Jose
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Voluntourism Spotlight: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in San Jose

Just an hour outside of San Francisco, San Jose is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley. While it’s one of the major hubs of the tech industry, this Californian city is also full… Read More…

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Discovering Food & Wine in San Luis Obispo County

Ask most travelers to name the destinations on their California bucket list, and San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Los Angeles will likely rank pretty high. But one destination that should… Read More…

After Oil Spill, Are Santa Barbara’s Beaches Safe This Summer?
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After Oil Spill, Are Santa Barbara’s Beaches Safe This Summer?

Santa Barbara is located just 95 miles north of Los Angeles (and a three-hour drive from LAX). On May 19, a land-based oil pipeline ruptured near Refugio State Beach, which… Read More…

Long Beach, California: Recommendations From A Local
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Long Beach, California: Recommendations From A Local

Located a little over 20 miles to the south of Los Angeles, the city of Long Beach is often overlooked as a travel destination. Contributing writer and Long Beach native… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Discover History in the Santa Ynez Valley
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Voluntourism Spotlight: Discover History in the Santa Ynez Valley

Located in northern Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez is known for its wine country, but it’s really the history of the area that is  surprisingly robust. The opportunities for giving back are also quite… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Enjoy the Outdoors While Giving Back
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Voluntourism Spotlight: Enjoy the Outdoors While Giving Back

If you’re traveling to Northern California, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. But what about giving back while kayaking, hiking, or sightseeing? Check out the voluntourism program… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Animals with The Milo Foundation
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Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Animals with The Milo Foundation

Voluntourism is a great way to travel and give back to the local community. No matter where you’re visiting, there are opportunities to give back all over the world. This… Read More…

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Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Nature Preserves With PVPLC

If you’re planning a trip to Southern California, there are a variety of options for voluntourism opportunities. But instead of staying in Los Angeles, you can visit the Palos Verdes… Read More…

Catalina Island: Southern California’s Ecotourism Playground
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Catalina Island: Southern California’s Ecotourism Playground

Catalina Island is one of the best-kept secrets among Southern Californians. It was once the stomping ground of celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne. Today, Catalina Island is the go-to… Read More…

The Hidden History of Catalina Island
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The Hidden History of Catalina Island

Depending on where you’re coming from, Santa Catalina Island is about 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. This 22-mile-long island has a rich history, which includes playing host… Read More…

Kids Stay and Play for Free in San Diego
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Kids Stay and Play for Free in San Diego

Your kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean your family can’t travel this fall. Many hotels are offering discounted prices, but a select few are going the extra… Read More…

Temecula Valley: Not Just for Wine Travel
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Temecula Valley: Not Just for Wine Travel

Lately, the Southern California region of Temecula Valley has been gaining ground as a wine-lover’s destination. But there is more to this area than vineyards and tastings. Ashleigh Whelan explores… Read More…

Don’t Overlook San Luis Obispo & California’s Central Coast
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Don’t Overlook San Luis Obispo & California’s Central Coast

California travelers flock North to San Francisco and South to Los Angeles, but some of the state’s greatest rewards can be found in the central coast. Contributing writer David DeVoss… Read More…