Amtrak Getaways

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Beach Bliss: Things to Do in Pismo Beach

With a few rough edges and a lot of homespun charm, Pismo is the quintessential beach town. It’s laid-back and unassuming, much like the people who call it home. There’s certainly something about the combination of 310 sunny days year, etched mountains, moody beaches, and a cornucopia of fresh, local foods that makes stress a foreign concept. Whether you lounge in the sun’s golden glow or adventure in the surrounding nature, [&hellip

Winter Wonderland: Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Everyone knows of the wonders of Yosemite in the summer. Less famous, and equally magical, are the wonders of the National Park in the winter, especially during the holidays. Instead of verdant greens, crashing waterfalls and balmy hikes, picture a white fairyland, glistening icicles and sleigh rides. The quiet and coziness of the season are a stark contrast to the crowded warmer months. and the pleasures are equally delightful. These things [&hellip

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Weekend Getaway: Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

Funky Town indeed exists in Santa Barbara. Sandwiched between polished State Street and the sparkling Pacific, the formerly industrial Funk Zone now offers up plenty of options for a weekend infused with art, ambling and adult-style fun. In this neck of the woods, folks stroll leisurely, cruise along on two wheels, or kick back in a pedicab and let someone else do the cruising. Any way you choose to travel, [&hellip

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Weekend Getaway: Cool Things to Do in San Diego

Even in a state enviable for a laid-back culture and countless natural and culinary assets, San Diego is a place apart. The sprawling, sun-drenched city has a paradisaical feel, with a number of attractions (including zoos and beaches) that often rank among the very top in the nation. Indeed, California’s southernmost city offers so much it would be impossible to see it all in one weekend, but we’ve outlined the nuts and [&hellip

Amtrak Getaways: The Best Activities to Do in Sacramento

Sacramento. It’s our state capital, the birthplace (or nearly) of the Gold Rush, a field trip mecca, and that’s about it, right? Wrong. Yes, Sacramento is all of those things, but it’s also a happening metropolis with a great arts scene, fun nightlife, and delicious eats. Here, some of the best activities to do in Sacramento. 1. Explore landmark buildings, old-fashioned photography studios, and sweet shops galore in Old Sacramento, the first historic [&hellip

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Weekend Getaway: What to Do in Disneyland

Kids or no kids, there’s something, well, magical, about the Magic Kingdom. From the old-fashioned charms of the Happiest Place on Earth to the newfangled thrills of the updated California Adventure Park, the Disneyland Resort offers up diversion, delight, and then some. And the pleasure is all the richer when you don’t have to contend with lines, hassles, and high temps. Enter, “off-season.” While Disneyland technically does not have such [&hellip

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Weekend Getaway: Things to Do in Oxnard, CA

Oxnard is a “little bit country, little bit rock-and-roll” kind of place. It sits halfway between bigger (and better known) cities, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and although it’s Ventura County’s largest city, it maintains a cozy, small-town feel. Here, home-style salsa and strawberry festivals peacefully coexist with the famous Hollywood Beach (a past getaway spot for the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable). Whether you choose to kayak [&hellip

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Weekend Getaway: Orange County for Kids

The O.C. might be known for its beach culture and “real” housewives, but it’s also a great place for a family getaway (hold the sigh—we’re not talking Disneyland). Rich in agricultural history (“Orange County” comes from the acres of orange trees that once grew here) and teeming with marine life, the area is a “magic kingdom” in its own right, with myriad family-approved activities, from farm tours to pirate ships, [&hellip

Amtrak Getaways: Things to Do in Ojai

It’s only 80-some miles from Los Angeles, but it may as well be 8,000. Ojai, or “the Shangri-La” as natives like to call it, certainly is the mystical and harmonious valley depicted in the movie Lost Horizons (filmed in Ojai in 1937). The small-town charm is lost on no one, and oftentimes strangers will wave to you as they drive down the street (they must, after all, know you from somewhere). [&hellip

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Train-ing Down the Coast: Santa Barbara to San Diego

The final leg of my trans-California train trip had me heading down the last stretch of coastline, bypassing the Los Angeles area to see if notoriously sprawl-y San Diego could be explored car-free. Things to Do: 1. Most visitors head directly to the beach, but it’s worth spending at least a day in downtown San Diego. While it’s not the easiest city to explore car-free (it’s hillier than you might expect!), it [&hellip

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