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Carlsbad Carlsbad Carlsbad
Southern CaliforniaCarlsbad is known as "The Village by the Sea," due to its proximity to the glistening Pacific Ocean. There is a European feel to the town where visitors can enjoy a variety of unique events and activities. Yes, I’d like to receive regular email updates on activities, events, deals and more from Visit Carlsbad!
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Temecula Valley Temecula Valley Temecula Valley
Southern California Wine CountryThe vineyards of California have produced some of the best wines the world over. A sampling at a local winery in Stockton is a great way to experience what is special about this beautiful part of California.
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Lake Havasu City Lake Havasu City Lake Havasu City
Western ArizonaWelcome to Lake Havasu City…where you can Play Like You Mean It®! Located on the Arizona shoreline of Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City is a destination for boaters, water sport enthusiasts, hikers, nature lovers, car enthusiasts and history buffs. It attracts 775,000 visitors a year with its calm waters, beautiful beaches and desert weather with more than 300 sunny days a year.
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Newport Beach Newport Beach Newport Beach
Southern CaliforniaVisit sunny Newport Beach, California! Named one of the cleanest beaches in the United States, Newport Beach is a paradise for beach-going visitors. With over 10 miles of beaches ideal for families, surfing, body boarding or just sunbathing, Newport is the ideal OC beach destination.
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Sonoma County Sonoma County Sonoma County
Wine CountryVisit Sonoma Wine Country. Eat, drink and converse like a local. Because when you're here, you're more than a guest, you're a new friend. Whether you want to sightsee, shop, dine, take in a show, relax or play (or all of the above), simply request our free Visitor Guide to help you get started.
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Visalia Visalia Visalia
Sequoia and King's Canyon National ParksSometimes referred to as the "Gateway to the Sequoias," our city lies within miles of the Sierra Nevadas, the tallest mountain range in the contiguous United States. Visalia is the closest major city to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks, home to the some of the largest vegetation on Earth: the Giant Sequoia trees.
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Costa Mesa Costa Mesa Costa Mesa
Southern CaliforniaKnown as the "City of the Arts", this area of Southern California is home to the famed Orange County Performing Artscenter as well as the South Coast Repertory. Art, theater, fine dining and the shimmering sea provide visitors with a memorable and delightful experience.
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Carmel-By-The-Sea Carmel-By-The-Sea Carmel-By-The-Sea
Monterey PeninsulaIn Carmel-by-the-Sea you can dine at a number of four-star restaurants or eat al fresco at the beach. You can collect art or just covet art at almost 100 galleries and antique shops and you can buy anything from trinkets to Tiffanys. Even those who travel the world are unlikely to encounter another place that has so much to offer in one location.
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Yosemite/Mariposa County Yosemite/Mariposa County Yosemite/Mariposa County
Yosemite National Park AreaOrder your free Yosemite / Mariposa County vacation planner now for all the information you need for a memorable journey to Yosemite, and also to encourage you to explore the rest of Mariposa County, both as a home base from which to appreciate the Park, and as a delightful setting for other outdoor experiences.
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Oceanside Oceanside Oceanside
Southern CaliforniaOceanside is a classic California beach community with its warm sandy beaches, historic wooden pier and Cape Cod-style harbor village complete with unlimited water sports and recreation. Offering a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle, visitors still experience the casual spirit that made Southern California’s beach culture legendary.
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Visit Buena Park Visit Buena Park Visit Buena Park
Southern CaliforniaWith thrilling attractions, interactive dining experiences, and plenty of shopping options, Buena Park offers fun on just about every corner. A vacation hot spot, the lively city of Buena Park is not only known for it's premier location in Orange County but for its world famous entertainment - including Knott's Berry Farm®, Soak City USA Water Park, Knott’s Independence Hall, Medieval Times, and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure.
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Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Sonoma CountyWelcome to Santa Rosa, where everything comes together. Wine country and farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and ocean. And in the center, our charming downtown lined with intriguing shops and restaurants that delight casual diners and epicureans alike. So come, dip into California's Cornucopia, and fill up on our place of plenty.
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Catalina Island Catalina Island Catalina Island
Southern CaliforniaDiscover the magical island of Catalina, just off the coast of Southern California. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a place to bring the entire family, or just need a few days to unwind, Catalina Island is the perfect destination.
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Vallejo Vallejo Vallejo
Bay AreaYour Bay Area Fun Starts Here. Explore San Francisco and the Napa/Sonoma wine country and stay in our affordable hotels. Attractions include Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Mare Island Historic Park, Jelly Belly factory, Sonoma Raceway, world-class golf, unique shopping, a thriving downtown arts & entertainment district, and direct ferry service to and from San Francisco!
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San Diego Surfing

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San Diego's surfing ranges from the gentle . . . to the insanely intense. For example, Black's Beach may be best known as the United States' largest nude beach, but the beach breaks are extremely powerful. An underwater canyon focuses the waves huge and scary. Mind, because of these huge, scary waves and the crowds, this is far from the safest place in the world to surf. Even just walking up here can be dangerous; people get lost and die on these cliffs.

San Elijo Lagoon is beloved by longboarders for the small waves that roll over the Cardiff reef. Other fun spots along the Cardiff are the Pipes and Cardiff Reef itself. The Shores at Coronado Municipal Beach has fantastic surf from mid-summer to late fall and the south swells are especially good and pretty darn safe.

Imperial Beach is a slick public beach with a relatively mellow atmosphere. The Grandview beach of Leucadia has sand and rock reef and fun surf, as does Beacon's and Stone Steps. Marine Street Beach is only suitable for body surfers and boogie boarders as stand-up surfers can't handle waves quite this steep and rapid. Even for body surfers, this beach can be very dangerous - the waves are fierce and break where the water's shallow. Mission Beach is the most popular of San Diego's beaches and the waves are small. Surfing's permitted north of Ventura Place and nowhere else; and do watch out for rip currents.

North Pacific Beach designates Crystal Pier to Diamond Street and Law Street as surfing only (in the summer). This is a relatively uncrowded place. South Pacific is more crowded and has a bit of a bar scene, but surf you can, here.

Solana Beach is a beachside city and Fletcher Cove, Tide Park, and Del Mar Shores are all good surfing spots. The bluffs of Del Mar City Beach are also beloved of surfers (if not by too many others, as it's a rougher beach). Swami's has fantastic waves (and is also home to the Self-Realization Fellowship), as does Torrey Pines State Beach (which can be downright scary as you get closer to Black's Beach). Tourmaline Surfing Park has the kind of gentle, gradual waves that older surfers prefer, but at large swell, Pacific Beach Point can be less relaxing and more exciting, but never more than mediocre. Windansea is a different kind of surfing park. Bonair Street has a break that creates one fantastic reef wave, as does Simmons Reef. If you've heard of Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii, check out Windansea's Big Rock, which features a similar hollow, steep, rapid wave. Marine Street Beach is gorgeously white, like a bit of surf spray itself, and although most of the surfbreaks aren't named, aren't safe, and aren't predictable, they are here.

La Jolla Shores Beach, or Scripps, is an only moderate-tough surfing spot. Carlsbad State Beach is home to the following popular surfing spots; Tamarack, Warm Water Jetty, and Terramar. Ocean Beach has some well-supervised surfing as well. More remote, less well-supervised is the wild Garbage Rock, AB's, and New Break at Point Loma. The waves are nothing short of amazing, but the swells are not only powerful, but break very close to the rocks . . . and the cliffs are pretty scary on their own.

These are San Diego's surf beaches. Regardless of where you end up, be prepared for a lot of fun in a lot of sun!

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Carlsbad Carlsbad Carlsbad
Southern CaliforniaCarlsbad is known as "The Village by the Sea," due to its proximity to the glistening Pacific Ocean. There is a European feel to the town where visitors can enjoy a variety of unique events and activities. Yes, I’d like to receive regular email updates on activities, events, deals and more from Visit Carlsbad!
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Temecula Valley Temecula Valley Temecula Valley
Southern California Wine CountryThe vineyards of California have produced some of the best wines the world over. A sampling at a local winery in Stockton is a great way to experience what is special about this beautiful part of California.
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Lake Havasu City Lake Havasu City Lake Havasu City
Western ArizonaWelcome to Lake Havasu City…where you can Play Like You Mean It®! Located on the Arizona shoreline of Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City is a destination for boaters, water sport enthusiasts, hikers, nature lovers, car enthusiasts and history buffs. It attracts 775,000 visitors a year with its calm waters, beautiful beaches and desert weather with more than 300 sunny days a year.
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Newport Beach Newport Beach Newport Beach
Southern CaliforniaVisit sunny Newport Beach, California! Named one of the cleanest beaches in the United States, Newport Beach is a paradise for beach-going visitors. With over 10 miles of beaches ideal for families, surfing, body boarding or just sunbathing, Newport is the ideal OC beach destination.
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Sonoma County Sonoma County Sonoma County
Wine CountryVisit Sonoma Wine Country. Eat, drink and converse like a local. Because when you're here, you're more than a guest, you're a new friend. Whether you want to sightsee, shop, dine, take in a show, relax or play (or all of the above), simply request our free Visitor Guide to help you get started.
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Visalia Visalia Visalia
Sequoia and King's Canyon National ParksSometimes referred to as the "Gateway to the Sequoias," our city lies within miles of the Sierra Nevadas, the tallest mountain range in the contiguous United States. Visalia is the closest major city to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks, home to the some of the largest vegetation on Earth: the Giant Sequoia trees.
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Costa Mesa Costa Mesa Costa Mesa
Southern CaliforniaKnown as the "City of the Arts", this area of Southern California is home to the famed Orange County Performing Artscenter as well as the South Coast Repertory. Art, theater, fine dining and the shimmering sea provide visitors with a memorable and delightful experience.
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Carmel-By-The-Sea Carmel-By-The-Sea Carmel-By-The-Sea
Monterey PeninsulaIn Carmel-by-the-Sea you can dine at a number of four-star restaurants or eat al fresco at the beach. You can collect art or just covet art at almost 100 galleries and antique shops and you can buy anything from trinkets to Tiffanys. Even those who travel the world are unlikely to encounter another place that has so much to offer in one location.
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Yosemite/Mariposa County Yosemite/Mariposa County Yosemite/Mariposa County
Yosemite National Park AreaOrder your free Yosemite / Mariposa County vacation planner now for all the information you need for a memorable journey to Yosemite, and also to encourage you to explore the rest of Mariposa County, both as a home base from which to appreciate the Park, and as a delightful setting for other outdoor experiences.
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Oceanside Oceanside Oceanside
Southern CaliforniaOceanside is a classic California beach community with its warm sandy beaches, historic wooden pier and Cape Cod-style harbor village complete with unlimited water sports and recreation. Offering a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle, visitors still experience the casual spirit that made Southern California’s beach culture legendary.
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Visit Buena Park Visit Buena Park Visit Buena Park
Southern CaliforniaWith thrilling attractions, interactive dining experiences, and plenty of shopping options, Buena Park offers fun on just about every corner. A vacation hot spot, the lively city of Buena Park is not only known for it's premier location in Orange County but for its world famous entertainment - including Knott's Berry Farm®, Soak City USA Water Park, Knott’s Independence Hall, Medieval Times, and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure.
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Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Sonoma CountyWelcome to Santa Rosa, where everything comes together. Wine country and farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and ocean. And in the center, our charming downtown lined with intriguing shops and restaurants that delight casual diners and epicureans alike. So come, dip into California's Cornucopia, and fill up on our place of plenty.
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Catalina Island Catalina Island Catalina Island
Southern CaliforniaDiscover the magical island of Catalina, just off the coast of Southern California. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a place to bring the entire family, or just need a few days to unwind, Catalina Island is the perfect destination.
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Vallejo Vallejo Vallejo
Bay AreaYour Bay Area Fun Starts Here. Explore San Francisco and the Napa/Sonoma wine country and stay in our affordable hotels. Attractions include Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Mare Island Historic Park, Jelly Belly factory, Sonoma Raceway, world-class golf, unique shopping, a thriving downtown arts & entertainment district, and direct ferry service to and from San Francisco!
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