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5 Great Ways to Enjoy Your Time in Fresno

by Guest Author 10 August 2017 07:09

From Sunnyside to Huntington Boulevard, Fresno's sprawling expanse offers more fun and excitement than one can imagine! This central Californian city is a bustling epicenter for activity, and those who are inclined to adventure can find more than enough to occupy any amount of time there. Here are our top 5 picks for making memories in the most lively city on the West Coast:

  1. Visit Forestiere Underground Gardens. This man-made wonder (built by a Sicilian immigrant in the 1900s) took 40 years to complete, and is best described as a whimsical, underground garden bungalow. Enjoy the painstaking work of Baldasare Forestiere, and admire ancient plants and secret hideaways under the busy streets of Central California. Architectural connoisseurs welcome!

  2. Enjoy Shinzen Friendship Garden. This gorgeous tribute to Fresno's Japanese sister city, Kochi, is a benevolent and peaceful attraction that is sure to make its way into your vacation photo album. This garden brings elements from all four seasons into its design, completing the vision of unity and togetherness; you won't soon forget the image of Ume Grove in full bloom, or the sound of peaceful waters under Double Moon Bridge.

  3. View Meux Home Museum. This Victorian-style home is a tribute to early Fresno's architectural basis. As much as the structure, itself, is fascinating, the contents of the home are of the era, and prove to be the icing on a truly wonderful visit to an historic area of the city. Guests can examine every piece of this architectural work of art, from the vaulted ceilings to the floral carvings.

  4. Play at Rotary Storyland and Playland. This fairytale come to life has been around since 1962 and offers a wonderfully unique and magical place, where kids from ages 1 to 100 can play! The park has everything from magicians to storytellers, and offers its visitors a wild walk through the world of our classic storybook favorites.

  5. Shop at Vineyard Farmers Market. This list item is almost self-explanatory when it comes to why it's here: fresh produce! The Fresno Vineyard Farmers Market offers shoppers fresh veggies, fruit, and other goods (like baked bread), all organic or locally grown or made. A "shop small" advocate's dream market, this attraction is sure to leave you feeling wholesome.

Northern California Bucket List

by Guest Author 8 August 2017 06:29

We want you to have a chance to read about some of the greatest places in Northern California. The following is a short list of places you may not have heard about or thought of.

Take Your Time and Drive the 1

If you want a beautiful drive, this is the perfect one. There are plenty of unique places to stop and tour. You will have the chance to view the ocean and so much more. You won’t have to stray far from the highway to find a place to eat or sleep.

Wave Organ in San Francisco

Constructed in 1986, this acoustic sculpture was created in honor of Frank Oppenheimer. They have benches for you and somebody special listen to the music made by the waves. It’s near the jetty and is constructed of 25 PVC pipes and concrete. The best time to visit this spot is during high tide. Don’t worry though; there are plenty of things to see in San Francisco.

Pan for Gold in El Dorado County

Come look for gold in the area that started the gold rush. Whether you have done it before or want to learn, you will have fun. There are a few places in the area that offers lessons if you want to learn how experienced people do it.

A&W Root Beer Birth Place in Lodi

This place is so much better than even the canned A&W Root Beer. If you are lucky they will have an old car show in town for you to enjoy. The root beer tastes fresh and if you are feeling like making it extra special, request their root beer float. There is so much more to do in Lodi, including Micke Grove Park Regional Park. If you want to look for something specific, check this out!

Sunken Ship

In Aptos, CA, there is a large cement ship at the end of a pier. The SS Palo Alto was built for WWII but the war was over upon its completion. So, the company moved to Aptos as a tourist attraction and filled it with amenities. However, the people didn’t see it as a fun place to visit. The company that owned the ship eventually went bankrupt and the ship stayed. The ship is not longer safe to actually go on, but they have a museum with more information on about the ship and you can walk down the pier to the ship. It is well worth the trip. You can add it to the places to stop on your drive down the 1.

Hike Mt. Shasta

You don’t want to miss the beautiful views and a chance to say you have been to the highest peak in Northern California. This hike isn’t easy though. It’s something that you want to put some effort into getting ready for it. In the end, you will be proud and excited to be at the peak of an active volcano.

McArthur-Burney Falls

A few people have deemed this the eighth wonder of the world. It’s a 129 foot waterfall that gets a lot of its water from springs in the area. It’s gorgeous. There are great trails in the area for you to hike and make a day out of this experience.

Walk Pebble Beach

If you want to go on the 17 mile drive, you can view pebble beach and the lone cypress. Or, you can always walk around and enjoy the view. Pebble beach is known for more than their beach, they have world renowned golfing.

This is just a small part of some of the things you should try and see in Northern California. If want to plan your trip, let help you.

Top Ten Attractions in Northern California

by Guest Author 24 July 2017 07:38

Planning a long drive or just want a cool place to hang out at for a day? These ten places in Northern California are perfect! From scenery to just creating memories with loved ones, you will make them at these places. So, here they are:

  1. Sequoia National Park

    This park is filled with beautiful Sequoia trees. You can drive through the park or get out and hike the trails. If you want to spend more than a day there you can stay in a hotel or even camp.

  2. Moaning caverns

    From tours to zip lines, this place has it all. It’s great for all ages. They also offer tours where you can be lowered into the cavern and tour around. This is for adults. If you want more information, we suggest checking it out.

  3. Big Sur

    Driving around Big Sur is fun. Just like many other places on this list, hiking and camping are two of the main attractions here. There are plenty of watery views for you to find on your trip.

  4. 17 Mile drive (Carmel)

    Twisting roads and gorgeous views, that is what this drive is all about. Many people recommend taking the time to do this. If you are with your family, the driver will have fun navigating the roads while looking out at the sights. The passengers will enjoy their breath taking views.

  5. Monterey Bay Aquarium

    This aquarium not only has fun hands-on exhibits, they also offer encounters. These exhibits are easily visible, clean, and fun! You can easily spend the day there taking in the aquarium.

  6. Golden Gate Bridge

    This historic landmark you should see at least once in your life. Whether you choose to drive across it is up to you. After viewing the bridge you can walk along the piers and find more great things you won’t want to miss. This includes Alcatraz.

  7. Yosemite

    Along with Half Dome, one of the well known sites, they also have many beautiful waterfalls for you to hike up to or see from the bottom. They also have a historic hotel and camping for those who want to stay the weekend. At the top of the must see list, they have ice skating in the winter. Don’t miss out!

  8. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    Looking for BIG rollercoaster’s? Superman, Kong, and Medusa are three of their larger rides. Plus, they have so much more. Take the time to scream, laugh, and create memories with loved ones here. You can even get a photo keepsake of your “smiling” faces as you go on the roller coaster.

  9. Lake Tahoe

    This lake is absolutely stunning and at some point in your life, you should get a chance to see it. You can spend time on the California or Nevada side. Either way you will love it! There is skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and swimming, so no matter the season, you will be thoroughly entertained.

  10. Redwood National Park

    See some of the tallest Redwood trees in the world. You can drive or hike through these trees. Even on a hot day its cool thanks to the shade and the air is fresh.

If you want to visit one of these places but aren’t sure where to stay, would like to find coupons, or need suggestions, you are in the right place! We can help you make a trip to any of these places easy, so you can just plan on having fun!

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