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Travel Spotlights: Pacific Region

The Pacific is defined by its coastlines, fringed by dense forests, sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and fabulous dining at local landmarks and trendy new restaurants.

Cruising Through California

From the Pacific Ocean coastline to lush valleys and stunning mountains, discover rich culture, outdoor adventures, award-winning wineries and a trendsetting culinary scene as you road trip across California. Travel from the volcanoes to the sea with stops at Lassen Volcanic Park’s boiling springs and the Victorian seaport of Eureka. Hit the road on Majestic Highway 1 and explore Cambria, a village by the sea near Hearst Castle. Appreciate the laid-back vibes in Santa Monica, where globally-inspired elegance meets beach town cool. Don’t miss out on a visit to architectural gems, from the ornate domes at Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside to the dramatic architecture at the Salk Institute in San Diego’s La Jolla neighborhood. California’s undiscovered wine regions make for a sipping adventure. Experience local urban winemaking trends on the tasting patio at Hungry Hawk Vineyards & Winery in Escondido, or sample Rhône varietals in the casual tasting room at Ramos Torres Winery in Kingsburg.

No matter the route you travel – whether along the coast, up mountain passes, through valleys or down urban highways – California is the perfect getaway for an epic road trip.

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California Road Trips

Southern California Road Trip

From laid-back coastal towns to a quaint mountain escape, this road trip makes the most of all the fun to be had in and around Southern California’s waters.

California's Central Coast Road Trip

From the shores of Monterey County to picturesque Ventura, it’s hard to imagine a more iconic beach road trip than the one along California’s coast.

West Coast Icons

Get ready for the ultimate California road trip and visit iconic locations such as Huntington Beach, Pasadena, Burbank, Ventura and legendary San Francisco. Plus, venture into Yosemite and California’s Gold Country.

California Dream Trip

Rugged mountains, desert landscapes and dazzling beaches make for endless camera-ready imagery on this Golden State itinerary that features San Francisco, Tri-Valley Wine Country, Tuolumne County, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes and Burbank.

Northern California Road Trip

Whether you’re sailing on the San Francisco Bay or hiking in an ancient redwood forest, this road trip delivers on all fronts: big-city culture, outdoor adventure, small-town charm and epic beauty.

Offbeat, Fresh and Iconic California

Clear your calendar for this road trip through idyllic vineyards, charming towns, mountainous terrain and sweeping coastal views, to discover four unique sides of California.

Southern California Adventure

From coastal escapes to a desert haven to magical cities, experience culture, diverse cuisine and attractions in four Southern California cities.

City Lights to Country Skies

From busy urban metropolises drenched in West Coast cool to sleepy towns perfect for unwinding, the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, boasts a variety of sights to suit any taste.

Pacific Coast Highway

Explore California’s stunning coastline from San Francisco to San Diego along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway. Visit pioneer outposts and surfing villages, and sip local wines while dining on farm-to-table fare.

Greater Palm Springs

Gorgeous mountain views from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in California

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Known for its relaxed vibe, natural beauty and slick urban offerings, Greater Palm Springs is a Southern California escape. Ride on the Palm Springs Aerial tramway from the base of Chino Canyon to the top of Mount San Jacinto for incredible views of the region’s diverse terrain.

Feeding the giraffes at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Greater Palm Springs, California

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is home to 50 immersive botanical gardens and more than 500 animals. Spot adorable wallabies, feed giraffes and even spy two African black rhinos while visiting the new Rhino Savanna.

Scenic view of Joshua Tree National Park in California

Joshua Tree National Park

Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of Joshua Tree National Park, home to the Mohave Desert’s famed Joshua trees. Take a tranquil nature walk, feel the challenge of rock climbing or take a guided tour through rocky canyons with views of blossoming wildflowers and native wildlife.

Mineral-rich pools at Two Bunch Palms in Greater Palm Springs, California

Relaxing Hot Springs

Feel like a celebrity as you relax and rejuvenate at one of Greater Palm Springs’ luxury hot mineral spring spas. Pamper yourself as you soak away your worries in pools and tubs filled with natural waters that are believed to have healing properties.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Greater Palm Springs

Signature Events

Greater Palm Springs hosts must-see cultural festivals and sporting events throughout the year. Rock out at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, watch tennis pros at the BNP Paribas Open or see the latest styles at Fashion Week El Paseo.

San Diego

Scenic view of the California coast in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

One of San Diego’s many coastal gems, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve features an expansive stretch of wilderness and collection of trails that wind along rugged oceanside cliffs. Hike to various overlooks that feature inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean or get a bird’s-eye view on a paragliding excursion.

Aerial view of San Diego's Mission Beach in California

Mission Beach & Belmont Park

Stroll along Mission Beach’s oceanfront boardwalk, where you’ll discover a variety of surf shops, beach bars and cafes. Seeking thrills? Visit San Diego’s amusement center, Belmont Park, and ride the Giant Dipper – one of the two remaining oceanside roller coasters on the USA’s West Coast.

Street view of San Diego’s Little Italy Neighborhood at night
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Little Italy

Discover tantalizing collections of ethnic eateries, buzzy restaurants and craft-beverage spots in San Diego’s distinct neighborhoods. The central hub for San Diego’s dynamic food and drink scene, Little Italy, serves up new restaurants from Top Chef alumni and old-school eateries that are treasured landmarks.

Aerial view of La Jolla in San Diego, California
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La Jolla

Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean, kayak into the Seven Sea Caves and spend an afternoon shopping at upscale boutiques in this Mediterranean-style village that’s considered the “jewel” of San Diego.

San Diego’s Balboa Park at Dusk

Balboa Park

Known as the cultural heart of San Diego, this sprawling urban park features spectacular architecture, riveting exhibitions, multiple gardens, the iconic San Diego Zoo and 17 museums and cultural institutions with an incredible diversity of collections such as The San Diego Museum of Art and Women’s Museum of California.

Yosemite Mariposa

Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park

Just a short drive from small towns throughout Mariposa County, Yosemite National Park is an unforgettable year-round destination. See granite monoliths, tumbling waterfalls, towering Sequoia trees and lush meadows, all while keeping an eye out for abundant wildlife.

Exploring the Gold Rush town of Coulterville in Yosemite Mariposa County

Coulterville

Once a bustling Gold Rush town, Coulterville used to provide supplies to thousands of miners seeking their fortune. Today, experience its historic western charm, visit the Northern Mariposa County History Center and learn about California’s Gold Rush era.

The historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite Mariposa County, California

Wawona

Located within Yosemite National Park, just a few minutes from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Wawona welcomes visitors with its quaint charm. Visit the historic Wawona Hotel, hike Chilnualna Falls and check out the Yosemite History Center.

Whitewater rafting near Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California

Merced River

Spend the day rafting, swimming and fishing on the beautiful Wild & Scenic Merced River. Fed from the High Sierra snowpack via Yosemite Valley’s waterfalls, the river flows through the park and out into Mariposa County to provide endless recreation opportunities.

Shopping in Old Town Mariposa in California
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Town of Mariposa

Mariposa is a charming, authentic Western town with many original buildings constructed during the Gold Rush that still stand today. Explore unique shops, tour engaging museums and stay overnight at a variety of affordable lodging choices.

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Temecula Valley, California

Named after the Temecula Indian word meaning “the place of the sun,” Temecula Valley is where rustic beauty meets Old West charm in Southern California’s wine country. Sip wine at nearly 50 wineries, horseback ride on vineyard trails or take a spectacular hot air balloon ride. Learn more
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Temecula Valley, California

In Old Town Temecula, the original buildings from the 19th century provide authentic historic charm. Take a stroll through town, tour art galleries and museums or watch a stage show at the community theater. Learn more

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Ontario, California

Enjoy Greater Ontario’s laid-back atmosphere as your home base for all that Southern California has to offer. Tour the local museums, hike nearby trails, spend an afternoon shopping or relax poolside with stunning San Gabriel Mountain views. Learn more
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Ontario, California

Ontario is home to a variety of culinary and sports adventures. Enjoy a tour and tasting at local wineries, dine at unique restaurants or satisfy your sweet tooth at Logan’s Candies. See a game at the Toyota Arena, and cheer on hockey, soccer and basketball teams. Learn more

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Dana Point, California

Nestled on a cliffside in Southern California’s Orange County, Dana Point is an idyllic beach town brimming with beachside resorts, legendary surfing and coastal adventures. At Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area, hike to scenic overlooks and keep an eye out for local wildlife. Learn more
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Dana Point, California

Escape to the ocean in Dana Point, using the iconic Dana Point Harbor as your launchpad. Shop in unique boutiques and dine waterside, hop aboard incredible dolphin and whale watching cruises year-round, or sail to Catalina Island for golfing, paddleboarding and scuba diving. Learn more

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South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California

Elevate your shopping experience at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza. Shop world-famous brands including Gucci, Hermès, Cartier and Harry Winston in addition to exclusive West Coast boutiques such as Roger Vivier, Loewe and Canada Goose. Want the VIP experience? Try the SCP Personal Shopper and Stylist program. Learn more
Concierge service at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California
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South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California

Enjoy dinner and a show at South Coast Plaza. Choose from more than 30 eateries offering a variety of international cuisine ranging from Michelin star restaurant to casual dining options before attending a performance at the incredible Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Learn more

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West Hollywood, California

Experience the glitz, glamor and the epitome of Southern California cool in West Hollywood. Known for embracing diversity and culture, this walkable city is home to the Pacific Design Center, chic boutiques, world-class dining, exciting nightlife and luxury accommodations. Learn more
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West Hollywood, California

World-famous Sunset Boulevard attracts visitors from around the globe with its renowned shopping, celebrated restaurants and storied live music venues. Find trendy vintage items, catch a concert at Whisky A Go Go or dine on everything from American fare to Tex-Mex. Learn more

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Hiking through the rolling hills of Vacaville, California
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Vacaville, California

Agriculture meets adventure for fun “agriventure” outings in Vacaville. Follow backroads to produce stands, visit farms to sample stone fruits and nuts, tour an alpaca farm and climb (or marvel at) the massive Nut Tree boulders. Learn more

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USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California

Experience naval history at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. Take a self-guided audio tour of the aircraft carrier, feel the thrill of aerial maneuvers on a flight simulator and see more than 30 restored military aircraft while taking in the scenic downtown skyline and waterfront from the flight deck. Learn more

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Couple hikes on the Congress Trail in California’s Sequoia National Park
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Visalia, California

Known as the gateway to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Visalia blends the charm of a vibrant town with scenic beauty. Marvel at the towering sequoia trees, stroll down Main Street – home to the restored Visalia Fox Theatre and Art Deco architecture – and drive the Orchard and Blossom Trail for colorful views of fruit and nut trees. Learn more

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Lake Tahoe, California

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe is an all-seasons resort destination that beckons to adventurers. From winter skiing to summer kayaking, the pristine lake is a destination for superb outdoor recreation and magnificent scenery throughout the year. Learn more
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Oregon

An Expert’s Guide to Oregon

Explore Oregon’s natural beauty, wine country and cool cities with local guides. Whether you’re looking for coastal excursions or mountain adventures, an expert will help maximize your experience thanks to a wealth of local connections and knowledge.

Journey Across Oregon’s Tribal Lands

Explore Oregon’s diverse landscape – from the dramatic coastline, winding rivers and estuaries, to the arid high desert plateau – and learn about the rich cultures of the state’s nine recognized Indigenous tribes who helped cultivate it and continue to make an impact today.

Ultimate 7 Wonders Adventure

From its stunning Pacific Ocean coastline to pristine lakes, mountains, vineyards, forests and rivers, Oregon masterfully blends nature adventures with charming cities. Begin an epic road trip to visit the 7 Wonders of Oregon and find inspiration at every turn.