California’s year-round sunshine, combined with a terrain that takes in everything from towering mountains to deep valleys, has contributed to wine-growing conditions that are among the best in the world.

California’s micro-climates help to cultivate almost every type of wine grape and the state has carved a reputation for creating excellent examples of many different types of wine. Some of the most famous are whites made from Californian Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes, while Zinfandel is native grape that makes excellent reds.

There are world-class wineries to be found across California and road trips taking in famous wine growing regions are increasingly popular.

The most famous of the wine growing regions is Napa Valley and this shouldn’t be missed on any wine-lover’s itinerary.

It makes sense to set aside time for sightseeing and relaxing in this beautiful part of the world, so don’t attempt to pack too many locations into your trip.

Start by taking Route 12 into Napa Valley itself and head for the Beringer Vineyards, which has been making wonderful wines since 1882. The tasting venue, a fine old mansion, is worth the visit in itself. Don’t miss a chance to take in a tour of the Niebaum-Coppola Estate, owned by movie director turned winemaker extraordinaire Francis Ford Coppola. With plenty of good dining options and budget-friendly lodgings in the area, you’ll be set for the night.

Feeling like a bit of bubbly? Head into Sonoma and follow the Silverado Trail, which runs off Route 128. There’s plenty to taste and to buy here ˆ but, if you’re driving, it goes without saying that you’ll need to go easy on the samples!

Art buffs can check out an impressive collection at the Hess Collection Winery, off Route 29 and the wines here aren’t half bad either.

Route 12 brings you to more superb vineyards ˆ notably the Arrowood Vineyards and Winery and nearby Benziger Winery. Underground caves and caverns add extra excitement value to this family vineyard.

There are good restaurants nearby, so eat well, rest up an in the morning follow Trinity Road, taking in the stunning California countryside as you wind past valleys filled with fruit groves and trickling rivers. You’ll be following the road from just off Route 12 to Route 29, back in the Napa Valley. If you follow 128 to the east, you’ll find Auberge du Soleil, considered to be one of the finest restaurants in California’s wine country. It’s also a hotel, so book a room, enjoy a delicious meal and wash it down with as much wine as you like, knowing you won’t have to be on the road again until morning.

There are connecting flights to Napa Valley Airport from various California hotspots including San Francisco and Los Angeles and at car rental comparison prices you can find the ideal vehicle for your wine country adventure.


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Maybe the city with the most recognizable sign, Hollywood, CA is famous for its abundance of movie studios and movie stars.  With its rich history and cultures in the movie business, Hollywood has also become a symbol of movie success and dreams for many.

Hollywood Wall of Fame

The Hollywood Wall of Fame has become a tourist attraction all by itself since its inception.  Essentially a walkway along Hollywood Blvd and Vine St, the wall of fame is a hall of fame of the entertainment industry with five-star awards given to human and fiction characters for their contribution to the industry.

Kodak Theatre

Built in 2001 and home of the Oscars since 2002, the Kodak Theatre sits 3,401 and is one of the most prestigious theaters of its kind.  Other notable events include:

  • American Idol
  • 2007 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
  • 2004 and 2007 Miss USA
  • Nintendo Wii Launch Event and others…

6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been serving movie premieres, private birthday parties and weddings since the 1920s (it opened in 1927).  What’s interesting about this place is actually in its forecourt, where there are over 200 Hollywood celebrity hand and footprints, as well as autographs in the concrete.

6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Bowl

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The Hollywood Bowl is an outdoor modern amphitheater that sits 17.376 at its full capacity.  It hosts hundred of musical events each year and is home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA

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Ahh, the ever popular and luxurious Beverly Hills in California. Who could forget Julia Robert’s shopping spree in the Pretty Woman at Rodeo Drive or Richard Gere’s unlimited spending power?

Surrounded by Los Angeles, CA, Beverly Hills is the symbol of luxury. From high end shopping to exotic cars, there’s not many cities that can give you the experience quite like this one. If you are by the area and don’t visit, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Shopping in Rodeo Drive

rodeo driveLet’s just say that you aren’t really into fashion if you haven’t heard of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Situated in the heart of the city, the street is filled with ultra luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci (just to name two).

There are street parking on both sides but good luck find those spots (there are parking garages nearby as an alternative). Even if a space comes up, you might want to think twice because the cars parked adjacent to you might all be worth more than people’s residences.

Other Landmarks in Beverly Hills

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

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Located at the cross street of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Wilshire Hotel was where Richard Gere and Julia Roberts stayed in the movie “Pretty Woman”. The beautiful hotel changed owners a couple times through the years (it is now managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts) but it is still in tip top shape.

Greystone Park

The former estate of a prominent oil baron is now a registered historical landmark and open to the public for weddings, ceremonies and filming. The city has built over 18 acres of parkland surrounding the mansion and it’s open daily for thousands of visitors to see. For more information, contact:
905 Loma Vista Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 285-6830


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Dana Point is a beautiful coastal bluff that stretches almost seven miles along the Pacific Ocean. With a city motto of “Harboring the Good Life”, the city is all about relaxation.

Dana point attracts thousands of visitors to bike, swim, surf, hike, sport fish, and walk every year.

Shopping in Dana Point, CA

There are tons of small local merchants in the harbor area of Dana Point and actually all over the city too. Notables are Momilani’s Island (34671 Golden Lantern) which is all things Hawaiian, or the Chocolate Soldier (34513 Golden Lantern) which has the best almond toffee.

Dana Point Festival of the Whales

Every year, tons of people head to Dana Point for the festival of whales where they enjoy a trip to go whale watching and overall sea life.

34675 Golden Lantern,
Dana Point, CA 92629
(888) 440-4309

Dana Point Annual Boat Show

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If you are into boats of any kind, you must attend the annual boat show in Dana Point! Every year around May/June, all types of manufacturers gather to showcase the latest in fishing gear, boat accessories, and newest models.

Dana Point Harbor
(949) 496-2979



If you are into surfing at all, you have no doubt heard about Huntington Beach, CA as it’s known internationally as the Surf City! The city boasts eight miles of real estate alongside the Pacific Ocean and is the largest stretch of beachfront in the west coast of the states.

Conveniently located (within 15-minute drives to both John Wayne Airport and Long Beach Airport), Huntington Beach is home to more than 200,000 residents and welcomes more than 11 million visitors a year. With it’s reputation as one of the young, fun, eventful and exciting city in California, how can not come to this place again and again?

Huntington Beach Pier

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Millions of people come to the Huntington Beach Pier year round to watch surfers enjoy the water. With it measuring at 1,850 feet, it is also the second longest pier on the west coast. Be it restaurants, hotels or just casual relaxing, the piers got something for you.

Huntington Beach Central Park

Central Park is the region’s largest and most diverse recreation parks with many facilities within it like:

  • The Huntington Beach Central Library
  • Cultural Center
  • Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center
  • The world’s second oldest disc (Frisbee) golf course
  • The Sports Complex with 45 acres of recreational parks
  • Adventure Playground
  • Huntington Beach Playhouse
  • Donald D. Shipley Nature Center

I’m not exaggerating to say that you can find something to do for all ages. Convinced?  The address is:
18000 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648



Known for its art galleries, spectacular views and beautiful weather, Laguna Beach is a major tourist spot all year round. The 7 mile stretch along the coastline is always a treat to drive by and if you are lucky, you might even see a major movie shoot in the famous basketball court along the beach.

Laguna Beach and its Art Festivals

Laguna Beach celebrates art like no other city around. With over 100 galleries and art festivals, this is a place that art lovers must visit. Here are a couple of festivals that you must attend.

Art-A-Fair Festival

Open in the summer, you can meet artists and craftspeople of all the beautiful photography, sculpture, ceramics and more.
777 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 494-4514

Endangered Planet

Through art, the festival’s mission is to raise awareness to environmental concerns.
384 Forest Avenue # 13
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-5690

Festival of Arts California’s Premier Fine Art Show

Featuring art from over 150 artists, it’s a guarantee that you will find something you will all in love with. The art show also offers work shops and tours for visitors to enjoy.
650 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Toll-Free: (800) 487-3378

Pageant of the Masters

The world famous show features live people who are transformed into a work of art. Only open in the summer and sold out each night, this is a must see!
650 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Toll-Free: (800) 487-3378

Sawdust Art Festival

Whether it’s paintings, sculptures, photographs or even jewelry that you love, the Sawdust Art Festival has a section for you. Highlighting over 200 local artists, this is the place to check out.
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 494-3030

Surfing in Laguna Beach

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Adventure Central offers Kayak Tours, Rentals & Surf Lessons in the heart of Laguna Beach. I especially love the 2-hour eco-tour of the coastline to see hidden coves, cliffs, reefs, beaches, and friendly sea lions.
987 Glenneyre St
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-275-7544

Wine Tasting in Laguna Beach

Laguna Canyon is a boutique winery that takes premium grapes from low yield vineyards in Napa Valley, CA and Sonoma Valley, CA for their wine production.

2133 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 715-9463