Palm Springs and environs are the most famous cities, with their tony shopping and midcentury splendor. Nearby are such timeless charms as date shakes and camel races.
Santa Barbara wine country isn't all 'Sideways.' It's a place of Oak-dotted hills. Rugged coastline. Kitschy Solvang going chichi. Raucous Cold Spring Tavern.
Yes, the beaches are gorgeous, but head inland and you can go on safari, tour a plastic kingdom, eye topiary musicians or kick back at a hacienda.
The region, known for its red tiles and retreats, isn't just for the elite anymore. From stops in Ojai and Simi Valley to strolling State Street and luxuriating on the beach, here are 11 micro-itineraries.
San Diego sights include San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Old Town, Point Loma, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Torrey Pines.
Joshua Tree and environs offer camping, hiking, unusual sites (the famed Integratron), hotels, restaurants, watering holes and spas, where you can take a well-deserved soak.
The area has its traditions, including Craftsman homes, Old Pasadena, and Rose Bowl games and flea markets, its greenery such as San Marino's Huntington Library, its Asian flare such as Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants, and its fun and funky side at eateries in Eagle Rock.
Highlights of a visit to these Southern California neighborhoods include the Sunset Strip, Chateau Marmont, Farmers Market, Canter's, Pink's, Melrose, La Brea Tar Pits and LACMA.
In Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, you can pedal the Strand, see a Jay Leno live comedy show, explore the piers, visit a beach hangout. Also: LAX hotels, the Theme Building and Marina del Rey.
The odd humanity of Venice's Ocean Front Walk. The fun-filled Santa Monica Pier. Getty's ancient art in Pacific Palisades. The sun-kissed beaches of Malibu. The area lets you mix with the masses or take a solitary trek.
San Fernando Valley has many attractions and activities that date from the 18th century (Mission San Fernando) to the latest ride at Universal Studios.
Griffith Observatory, Time Travel Mart, Dodger Stadium, Marty and Elayne at the Dresden, Richard Neutra buildings, Victorian homes on Carroll Avenue, tiki drinks at Tiki Ti, gorillas at Los Angeles Zoo —there's much to see and do.
Yes, Orange County is freeways and Disneyland, but it's also Old Towne Orange, Santa Ana's arts district, the Nixon library, the Angels and Ducks, and a whole lot more.
Whether you live in Los Angeles or are just visiting, it's time to explore downtown. So get ready to visit the Central Library and Chinatown, and see the Derby Dolls.