A Look At Some Awesome Summer Road Trips In California

The California coast is famous for its beautiful beaches and mild year-round climate. However, there is much more to this coast than just the beaches. It is full of attractions that include mountains, museums, historic towns and lively communities. Here is just a tiny bit of what you can experience on a drive from San Francisco in the north to Los Angeles in the south.

When you begin your journey from San Francisco, you will want to head towards Carmel. Along the way to Carmel, you should head to Santa Cruz. It will help you transition into a more natural and peaceful environment than the hectic and urban San Francisco scape. After Santa Cruz and its boardwalk, an excellent place to go next is the city of Monterey. It is home to one of the largest Ocean Aquariums in the world.

When you reach the beachside town of Carmel, you should stop and rest there. There is plenty of food and charming little shops to explore. After you have rested, you should make your way towards the town of Cayucos. Right after you leave the vicinity of Carmel, you should notice bluffs and cliffs along the waterfront and hills on the opposite side.

Another highlight of this trip is the Bixby Creek Bridge which is as famous as it is scenic. As you continue driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, you should also begin seeing the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. There is plenty more to see and explore on your journey to Los Angeles. You can read more about it here as you plan a west coast trip down California’s Pacific Coast.

An Unusual Heat Wave Has Been Hitting California

This past Monday (January 29th, 2018) , there was record-setting weather in Southern California. The temperatures became abnormally high, reaching 88 degrees in Santa Ana, 90 degrees in Vista, 85 degrees in Newport Beach, 89 degrees in LAX, 91 degrees in Long Beach and 89 degrees at UCLA. At 93 degrees, Lake Forest was the warmest sport in the United States.

Powerful winds prevailed. In some peak and canyon areas, winds hit around 50 miles per hour.

Due to the hot, windy conditions, a small brush fire erupted in Malibu. On Monday, a number of firefighters were on a hillside in Malibu, spraying water and mopping up places that they thought were hot spots. The fire reached someone’s backyard, but the firefighters were able to stop it before it did any damage to the person’s property. In total, under three acres of land burned in this fire.

It’s abnormally dry in California for this time of the year, and the temperatures of days and nights are breaking records that have been set years and decades ago. To an extent, the winds are normal because of the Santa Ana wind phenomena.

It is good to know about these dry, hot conditions if you are planning activities on your trip to California. Extra-hot days make good beach and pool days. If you are sensitive to the heat and prefer not to be outside, you may want to visit a place that is air conditioned–like a library or museum.

A Showcase of Hispanic Art and History in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.”

California, especially Southern California, is a hotbed for Hispanic and Latino culture. In the fall of 2017, a variety of exhibitions all over Southern California were planned to showcase the theme of Hispanic and Latino people.

Throughout Southern California and Los Angeles, 70 museums participated in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” The exhibitions included a wide variety of art, including everything from contemporary performance to real, pre-columbian gold.

There were also various types of art showcasing various types of people who lived in Latin America. For example, there was art representing Afro-Brazilians, people from Peru of Japanese descent and Chinese Caribbean people.

The art that was exhibited was made using all types of mediums, and included all types of subjects.

Mexicans have heavily influenced Southern California, so they are especially focused on in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” Some exhibitions speak about current issues, such as immigration and the border. There was a show called “The U.S. Mexican Border: Place Imagination and Possibility.”

Some exhibits celebrate the work of social justice people from the 20th century. In the Hammer museum, there was a show called “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985.”

Some of the exhibitions were free, and some were ticketed.

The museums where these exhibitions were being shown are located in Downtown and East LA, Hollywood and West Hollywood, Inland Cities, Midcity LA, Orange County, Pasadena and San Marino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura, South Bay and Long Beach and West LA and Valley. The presenting sponsors of these exhibitions include The Getty and Bank of America.

California Will Fight Trump in the Name of Tourism

Many people who travel to the West Coast of the United States specifically seek to visit California, a state that rivals Florida in terms of tourism. According to a recent article published in East County Magazine of San Diego, tourism in the Golden State is being negatively impacted by some of the Executive Orders being signed by United States President Donald Trump, and the State Attorney General is determined to fight in this regard.


Many communities in California intend to keep their status as “sanctuary cities,” which means that they do not cooperate with immigration enforcement agents seeking to arrest undocumented immigrants for deportation and removal. The Golden State as a whole is a sort of sanctuary jurisdiction for migrant families, and this is one of the reasons why the state has resisted the Muslim travel ban; in other words, California is trying to protect its image as a place that welcomes foreigners, and that includes tourists.


Another Trump order that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra intends to fight is related to offshore drilling. Citing oil spills off Santa Barbara in 1969 and 2015, the Attorney General made a formal announcement that explained he is ready to protect tourism by resisting any drilling efforts off the California coast.


Tourists these days are well informed about environmental issues and tend to stay away from beaches known to be affected by the pollution caused by oil drilling, which is something that the California tourism is not willing to accept without a fight.



Rain in the California Desert Attracts Botanic Tourists

Climate change is often discussed in terms of its potentially negative effects; however, increased rainfall in the California desert is attracting tourists thanks to the magnificent super bloom of wildflowers.


Rainfall is not something that happens often in the California desert, which is particularly prone to extended drought periods. The current winter, however, has dumped plenty of rain and even snow across many parts of the Golden State. In the deserts of Antelope Valley as well as in the inhospitable Death Valley, the right combination of rain and certain temperatures creates a super bloom effect, whereby large portions of desert sands become carpeted with striking wildflowers, which are a sight to behold.


The current conditions in the California desert are prompting visitors to rush to the Anza Borrego State Park, located 85 miles away from San Diego. At this pristine nature attraction, tourists will be able to enjoy the gorgeous vistas of acres upon acres of wildflowers growing where vegetation rarely grows.


In Borrego Springs, the small town closest to the aforementioned park, restaurants and cafes have run out of meals to serve tourists from across California and even from abroad. There has been a certain sense of urgency among visitors since they know that this unique display will only last until May.


Aside from the breathtaking sight of wildflowers, many tourists come with the intention of taking photographic portraits against the amazing background. Residents from Borrego Springs have noticed that most tourists are very careful when they walk out to the sands; most of them only cut a flower or two.


Another interesting aspect of the super bloom is that it also increases the wildlife count at the park. The wildflowers attract moths, which in turn attract migratory hawks. Most visitors are from the San Diego and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, although quite a few have arrived from China, Hong Kong and Singapore.


With all the attention that the super bloom has received, the townspeople of Borrego Springs are surprised to be living in one of the most popular tourism destination on the West Coast, a situation that is expected to continue well into spring.


These Are the Things You’ll Miss About California

If you end up traveling to California and spending a significant amount of time there, there are going to be some key things that you will miss when you leave. Here are the top things that Californian residents and visitors who stay for at least a few weeks miss about California when they leave.


It’s more difficult to get burritos with fries in them.


The classic Californian burrito contains fries in the middle, but this isn’t something that you’ll easily get anywhere else in the United States.


Avocados are so much better in California.


If you’ve ever had an avocado from California, any other avocado just won’t taste the same. They are so much more flavorful and bigger overall. In addition, avocados from California are so much less expensive.


In-N-Out burgers are the best.


In and out is the classic fast food restaurant of California, and their burgers are known throughout the land for being the tastiest. Any other burger just won’t do.


Water anywhere else feels right it’s half frozen.


The beautiful waters of the Pacific ocean on the California coastline are so warm and refreshing at the same time that other water will feel cold and harsh on your skin.


You’ll have to buy a winter coat, hat, gloves and scarves, which can be very disappointing.


Finally, California is so warm throughout the entire year that you’ll get used to not having to have any sort of winter or fall clothing. Fortunately, it can at least be fun to shop for these things!