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A city rich with diversity and culture, Los Angeles offers travelers of all ages plenty to do while visiting the coast of Southern California. Browse the shops along Rodeo Drive in legendary Beverly Hills, stroll along a beach promenade, or soak in the sights and sounds of Hollywood. Visitors can also catch a variety of sports events, visit one of over 800 art museums in the area, and watch expert surfers and rollerbladers at Venice Beach.

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San Francisco, CA lies about 90 minutes southwest of Sacramento and six hours north of Los Angeles. Reno and Carson City, NV, are within a four-hour drive. San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination famous for its steep hills, summer fog, diverse mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, and Chinatown. Pier 39, located near Fisherman's Wharf, is celebrated as the third-most popular tourist attraction in the nation. The pier offers shopping, dining, street performers, an aquarium, the exciting Rocket-Boat ride and is the permanent home to hundreds of San Francisco sea lions. Visitors can also take a bay cruise and travel directly under the Golden Gate Bridge and get within yards of the legendary Alcatraz Island.



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According to the old standard, Santa Catalina is the island of romance, and the Avalon's palm-lined promenade featuring 1920s Spanish-American and Cape Cod-like facades certainly teems with allure. There are few cars on Catalina, so enjoy a bike ride to Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens or rent a kayak and enjoy the abundance of flora and fauna around the port. Or take in an open air jazz concert at the Catalina Casino, sure to put anyone in the mood for romance.

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This Southern California city, 125 miles south of Los Angeles, is known for its 70 miles of coastline and the San Diego Bay, which is surrounded by landscaped promenades, public art and more than 20 parks. Visitors can go shopping in Seaport Village, visit the Maritime Museum of San Diego, take a trip to SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, or hop on a trolley for a guided sightseeing adventure. Visit one or more of San Diego's historic districts: The Gaslamp Quarter is home to dining, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment, while Old Town San Diego-location of the state's first settlement-is packed with culture, from strolling mariachis and authentic Mexican fare to museums and a living-history experience at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.



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This fishing town, just south of the border on the Baja California Peninsula, has become a primary port of call for three- and four-day cruises to Mexico. Considered to be the country's wine capital, Ensenada has more than 25,000 acres of vineyards and is responsible for 90% of Mexico's wine production. Tours often set out to sample sips from the regions many wineries, and other popular excursions include horseback rides in the mountains or along the beach, deep-sea fishing, zipline adventures and trips to see La Bufadora, the world's second-largest marine geyser famed for launching streams of water nearly 100 feet into the air.



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Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN), US Dollar (US$)

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