The Golden State

Between California’s explosive growth following the discovery of gold in 1848, the fields of golden poppies that appear each spring throughout the state, the golden gate bridge, and the clear, golden coastal sunsets over the Pacific – California truly is the golden state! California stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its terrain includes cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert.

The city of Los Angeles is the seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry. Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. >MORE

Hilly San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and cable cars. San Francisco’s sights, sports, music, and cultural attractions alone inspire millions of travelers each year. However, the biggest draw is San Francisco’s renowned culinary landscape. >MORE

September is California Wine Month! With special tours, dinners, and grape stomps, the harvest and “crush” season is an ideal time to get hands-on and learn about wine making—or, just do a lot of great tasting. >MORE

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Have a Revolutionary, Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas

There’s nothing like a Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas. Now, imagine celebrating the holidays by stepping back in time through centuries of holiday customs, history and ambiance, from Colonial to Appalachian to the Civil War to the present. Nestled between the soaring peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Great Appalachian Valley, Abingdon is the ultimate costumed and sparkling backdrop for a …

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