Hi Explore Southern California Palm Springs, Los Angeles & San Diego
Hi Explore Southern California Palm Springs, Los Angeles & San Diego
Southern California, or SoCal as some like to call it, is a place where dreams really do come true. A year-round destination, you’ll find beautiful weather, amazing beaches, fine dining, unique art and an endless list of activities. Whether you are touring a famous movie studio in Los Angeles, playing a renowned golf course in Palm Springs or exploring the exciting Balboa Park in San Diego, there is always an adventure waiting to happen. It’s time to embrace the glitz and glamour of Southern California.
Greater Palm Springs
Boasting more than 300 days of brilliant sunshine year-round, Greater Palm Springs is Southern California’s premier getaway for relaxation, outdoor exploration, a thriving culinary and cultural scene and vibrant nightlife. Within nine distinct cities—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella—visitors can choose from myriad accommodations at luxury and family-friendly resorts, world-class destination spas, trendy hip hotels and intimate boutique inns.
Phenomenal natural settings like the Indian Canyons, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park offer abundant opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding on miles of scenic trails. More adventures await visitors who board the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway that ascends 8,500 feet into an alpine mountain wilderness. Visitors can also take to the skies for an exhilarating ride in a vintage biplane or hot air balloon, or embark on an exhilarating jeep tour to the San Andreas Fault and Painted Canyons. Golfers and tennis players can perfect their game on several stunning courses and courts, and watch the pros in action at major tournaments like the CareerBuilder Challenge, BNP Paribas Open and ANA Inspiration.
Greater Palm Springs has gained worldwide attention as a premier destination for arts, culture and music. Stellar signature events that draw visitors from across the globe include the prestigious Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week celebrating the area’s storied design legacy and epic music festivals like the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
Los Angeles is a truly global trendsetting city filled with experiences as diverse as its residents and 48 million annual visitors. Star-struck visitors can immerse themselves in the entertainment capital of the world’s glitz and glamour with behind-the-scenes studio tours, the thrills of Universal Studios Hollywood, celebrity home tours and theatrical spectacles.
Year-round fantastic weather shines on Southern California’s 75 miles of beautiful coastline and hundreds of miles of scenic biking and hiking tours for outdoor lovers.
LA’s cultural attractions are second to none and include the Space Shuttle Endeavour; Walt Disney Concert Hall; the Getty Center; and many unique art, history and science museums. LA’s vibrant nightlife ranges from trendy intimate clubs to some of the world’s most famous and stunning entertainment and music venues, such as L.A. LIVE and the Hollywood Bowl. LA dining is acclaimed for its award-winning restaurants, variety of international cuisine and innovative chefs. And visitors can shop for everything from couture to celebrity vintage, and then relax in a world-class spa or poolside at one of LA’s legendary hotels.
There are many reasons San Diego is consistently rated one of the top destinations in North America, but probably none are more significant than its optimistic spirit. With 70 miles of breath-taking beaches mixed with its upbeat and optimistic vibe, San Diego’s laid back atmosphere is warm and inviting.
San Diego is home to historic and world-renowned national parks and attractions including Old Town San Diego, Cabrillo National Monument, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California Resort and the USS Midway Museum, to name a few. Balboa Park, the US’s largest urban cultural park, is home to 17 museums and just blocks from the historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter. From Coronado Island to Mission Valley, North County villages to East County rugged mountain and desert landscapes, the San Diego region has something for everyone.
A trip to San Diego isn’t complete without a stop for delicious local Cali-Baja style cuisine. The abundance of fresh seafood combined with fresh local ingredients and spices and recipes from across the border in Baja, Mexico make for some outrageously tasty meals! And San Diego isn’t called the Craft Beer Capital of America without reason. With over 150 craft breweries in the region, there is always another beer to sample.
For outdoor enthusiasts, San Diego is a playground full of awesome activities including 90+ championship golf courses, hiking trails, biking paths, horse racing, and polo fields. Of course there are plenty of water activities including surfing, boating, and paddle boarding on Mission Bay – the largest man-made aquatic park in America.
For visitors, the choice of accommodations is vast. Waterfront resorts, bayside retreats, boutique downtown hotels, and quaint bed-and-breakfasts provide visitors options for all sizes and budgets. Whether you are looking for a place to relax, energize, be entertained or disconnect from daily life, San Diego offers the perfect setting.
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Palm Springs is a desert city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. Golf, swimming, tennis, horseback riding and hiking in the nearby desert and mountain areas are major forms of recreation in Palm Springs. The city is also famous for its mid-century modern architecture and design elements. Palm Springs has a high percentage of gay residents and is a favorite for gay travellers and also naturist communities.
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California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third-largest by land area (after Alaska and Texas). It is home to the nation's second- and sixth-largest census statistical areas (Los Angeles Metropolitan Area and San Francisco Bay Area), and eight of the nation's 50 most populous cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland). The capital city is Sacramento. The California Gold Rush beginning in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic change, with large scale immigration from the U.S. and abroad and an accompanying economic boom. Key developments in the early 20th century included the emergence of Los Angeles as the center of the American entertainment industry, and the growth of a large, state-wide tourism sector. The late 20th century saw the development of the technology and information sectors, punctuated by the growth of Silicon Valley. In addition to California's prosperous agricultural industry, other important contributors to its economy include aerospace, education, and manufacturing. If California were a country, it would be the eighth-largest economy in the world and the 35th most populous nation.