"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." --John Muir
La Cuesta Encantada, "The Enchanted Hill" high above the ocean at San Simeon, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. Their collaboration, which began in 1919 and continued for nearly 30 years.
The mixed understory includes tanoak, madrone, red alder, big leaf maple, and California bay. Ground cover is dense with a wide range of species.
The beach area winds through the Marina Dunes Natural Preserves. The beach is known for hang-gliding. Radio-controlled gliders and kites are also popular.
Set aside in the early 1920's by the forethought of the people of California and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League, Prairie Creek is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood.
San Onofre State Beach is one of California's most popular beaches and hosts surfers, swimmers, sunbathers, campers, kayakers, birders, fishermen and bicyclists.
This recently opened State Park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach with beautiful views of Monterey Bay.
In 1969, Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite.
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Find yourself amid the nature preserves, world class wineries, old growth redwood forests and rugged trails of California's North Coast, and you'll also discover artist enclaves, fine dining and music festivals.

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San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area has so much to explore, including the arts and culture of San Francisco, Silicon Valley's innovations, Marin's Headlands, Napa's vineyards, and Berkeley's free spirit.

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Central Coast

The Central Coast is the perfect balance between urban and rural. From Monterey and Carmel through Big Sur and Santa Barbara, you'll find inspiration in wildlife refuges, vineyards, and beaches.

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Los Angeles County

The question in Los Angeles is never what to do, but where to begin. The county is home to many famous attractions in a relatively concentrated space. Your choices include amusement parks, architectural landmarks, art museums and galleries, beaches, parks, hiking and shopping, to name a few.

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Orange County

Beaches, outdoor shopping complexes, and fine restaurants in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and quintessential beach towns along the coast take advantage of the great weather.

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Inland Empire

Outdoor enthusiasts will love Big Bear Lake, skiing in the San Jacinto Mountains, or escaping to the San Bernardino National Forest. Former agricultural towns to visit include Ontario, Riverside, and San Bernardino.

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San Diego County

70 miles of coastline and reliably sunny weather in San Diego, home to museums, the San Diego Zoo, theme parks, famous golf courses, great food, shopping and nightlife in the historic downtown quarter.

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Shasta Cascade

The Shasta Cascade region is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise year round with every kind of recreation on Mounts Shasta and Lassen. In addition, you'll find arts, music, museums, and other urban amenities.

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Gold Country

In the Gold Country, you'll enjoy fishing, rafting and kayaking, find reminders of the Gold Rush around Auburn, Nevada City, and Angel's Camp, or discover more urban diversions in state capitol Sacramento.

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Central Valley

The Central Valley's growing cities, including Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton, offer art and history museums, symphony concerts, speedway racing, country music, and a Japanese garden.

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High Sierra

Home to the ghost town of Bodie, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake, the High Sierra is filled with breath-taking mountains, lakes, and rivers.

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The Deserts region offers higher temperatures, hot springs, exploration of Anza Borrego State Park, views of the Salton Sea, and luxury in Palm Springs.

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