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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.


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.

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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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Shopper at bridge of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California
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South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California

Elevate your shopping at Southern California’s South Coast Plaza. Browse luxury brands, exclusive West Coast boutiques and distinct and award-winning restaurants. Inquire about the VIP Passport program’s special offers and Personal Shopper services for a luxurious addition to your experience. Learn more
Shopper talking with the concierge at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California
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South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California

Have a fabulous time at South Coast Plaza. Choose from over 30 international eateries, ranging from Michelin-star restaurants to casual dining, then catch a musical performance at the world-class Segerstrom Center for the Arts or visit the new Orange County Museum of Art, both institutions are located nearby. Learn more

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Temecula Valley, California

Rustic elegance awaits you in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Sip award-winning varietals while pairing with locally sourced foods, artisanal products, and epic sunsets. Stay in the rural countryside or nearby Old Town, where speakeasies and live entertainment extend the night. Learn more
Executive chef at an upscale restaurant in the Temecula Valley of California
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Temecula Valley, California

Discover the celebrated foodie scene in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine County, where chefs source ingredients from local farms. Enjoy lunch al fresco among breathtaking vineyard views and dinner in the vibrant Old Town with delicious options for every mood. Learn more

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Family in Sequoia National Park near Visalia, California
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Visalia, California

With seasonal bus service to Sequoia National Park, the lively town of Visalia is the perfect basecamp. Spend the day exploring, then return to a pedestrian-friendly downtown with great farm-to-table restaurants, a growing brewery district and fun activities for the whole family. Learn more

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Visitors to Channels Islands National Park near Ventura, California
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Ventura, California

Explore the charming and walkable beach town of Ventura, California. Enjoy sunshine year-round, Pacific Ocean views, excellent dining and exciting day trip options. The outstanding and activity-filled Channel Islands National Park is acccessible only by boat off the Ventura coast. Learn more

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Skiers at Heavenly Mountain in Lake Tahoe, California
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Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe’s pristine and famous blue waters welcome outdoor lovers from all over to adventure in all seasons. From a spring hike to winter skiing, camping in the fall and summer days spent on the water, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Learn more

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite | Madera County, California
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Yosemite | Madera County, California

Take advantage of outdoor activities in Madera County, one of California’s gateways to Yosemite National Park. Paddleboard on shimmering Bass Lake, walk among the trees of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias or take a ride through the pines on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Learn more

Dramatic Coasts and Starry Skies

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Nothing compares to the rugged beauty of Oregon’s rocky coastlines and cliffs. Become inspired by the untamed wild of the Pacific Ocean from atop picturesque lighthouses, on an ATV tour or on foot along the many stunning hikes of the Oregon Coast Trail. Learn more
Campers underneath a stunning, starry sky in Oregon
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Venture on your own or let skilled guides show you the spectacular starry skies of Oregon. With multiple International Dark Sky Place designated spots where you can catch unobstructed views of the skies free from the distraction of light pollution, be ready for memorable glances to the heavens. Learn more

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Urban Mixes with Nature in this Eclectic City

Space Needle in Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington

View Seattle’s unmatched natural beauty from atop the iconic Space Needle, offering panoramic views and an incredible revolving glass floor. Surrounded by water and green spaces, this beautiful city is as alive as its famous Pike Place Market, always bustling with shoppers looking for farm-fresh goods. Learn more

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Barista at Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington

A premier foodie city, Seattle is bursting with culinary delights. Local chefs showcase fresh seafood and produce through inventive, culturally inspired menus. Drink like a local at wineries, breweries and distilleries. Or experience the original Starbucks, the first Starbucks Reserve Roastery, or other world-class coffee joints. Learn more

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City in the Great Alaska Outdoors

Alaska Native dancers in Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, has over a dozen local breweries, unique top-tier hotels and restaurants, plus a rich cultural heritage and wonderful nature. Discover Indigenous culture at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum with native artifacts, traveling exhibits, local art, and more. Learn more

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Visitors walking around glaciers near Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska

No matter the season, opportunities to experience Anchorage’s wildlife and wilderness are endless. Take scenic mountain bike trails, off-road ATV trips, dog sledding tours, and the adventurous can try heli-hiking. All experiences are within city borders. Learn more

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A City of Wonder in the Last Frontier

The northern lights illuminated the sky near Fairbanks, Alaska
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Fairbanks, Alaska

Journey to Fairbanks, one of the best places on the planet to catch the spectacular aurora borealis show. With low light pollution, the elusive northern lights illuminate the Alaska sky with a grand sense of wonder. Best seen during the Aurora Season, late August through late April. Learn more

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Golden Heart Plaza in Fairbanks, Alaska
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Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks brings the state’s rich heritage alive at Pioneer Park’s seven museums, railroad and galleries. The Golden Heart Plaza downtown hosts events frequently, all enjoyed in the lively atmosphere by the Chena River. The University of Alaska Museum of the North displays thousands of fossils found nearby. Learn more

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