5 spots you don't want to miss in California
Golden Gate Bridge
The world famous bridge is likely the most recognizable symbol of San Francisco. Designed by Joseph Strauss, Irving Morrow, and Charles Ellis, construction first began during the height of the Great Depression and opened four years later in 1937. At the time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world – a title it held for 27 years. Stretching nearly 9,000 feet, it spans the Golden Gate strait. Frommers travel guide called it “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.” Over 110,000 vehicles cross the toll bridge each day.
One of the oldest counties in California, Napa is almost exclusively known for one thing – its delicious wines. They’ve been growing grapes and selling wine for more than 150 years now – ever since John Patchett started selling gallons for $2. Now there are more than 450 wineries growing a several varieties of grapes and producing a wide range of wines.
The scenic road that runs along the California coast, Highway 1 takes you through the sheer rocky cliffs and stunning ocean views that dominate the landscape. Designated as an All-American Road, it stretches from Los Angeles to San Francisco, where it crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, and includes well-known stretches like Pacific Coast Highway, Cabrillo Highway, and Shoreline Highway.
Once the home of legendary newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, the home now stands as a National Historical Landmark. The 90,000 sq. ft. mansion once hosted the elite from the ‘20’s and ‘30’s. Luminaries like Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh, and Clark Gable were all invited to visit the home. Even presidents and prime ministers received invitations. It inspired the “Xanadu” mansion from the classic film “Citizen Kane” and was featured in the movie Spartacus and the video for Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y.
It’s the center of the filmmaking world. Home to historic studios, including Paramount, Columbia, and Disney, the most successful movies ever made all start here. Tinsletown also hosts world-famous landmarks like the Capitol Records Building, the Walk of Fame, and of course the Hollywood sign that overlooks it all.
And, you can discover the best of San Francisco, savor the delights of wine country and travel the majestic Pacific Coast with Amanda Lanum for 8 days in April. All airfare is included! Click here for more information about the trip