Which California City is a Better Place to Experience: Los Angeles or San Francisco

Millions of people travel to the west coast of the United States every year. They primarily travel to California for vacation and they go there to experience life in the Golden State. Huffington Post states that Los Angeles and San Francisco frequently get many tourists every year. Both cities have millions of residents and are loaded with lots of attractions, amazing scenery and fantastic people. Let’s take a closer look at both cities to figure out which is a better place to visit during a trip.

Los Angeles is officially known as the City of the Angels. The name is Spanish, and it comes from an early Portuguese explorer named Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. The population of Los Angeles is close to 4 million people. This is the second largest population center in the United States. The city is also the entertainment center of the U.S. and the world. Los Angeles has many professional sports organizations. The Rams, Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers are the primary sports team in the area.

Attraction in L.A. include Dodger Stadium, Disney Land and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The La Brea Tar Pits and Santa Monica Peer are two other famous attractions. The Mexican food is outstanding in the L.A. area and the beaches are fantastic. San Francisco’s name literally means Saint Francisco and it was officially named by Spanish settlers in the area in 1776. San Francisco has plenty of attractions which includes everything from Silicon Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz to China Town and Candlestick Park.

San Francisco is also a leading technology city with lots of great restaurants and plenty of things to do throughout the year. Close to 1 million people live in this city and it has great beaches and natural scenery. So, which one is a better place to visit? Well, that will depend on what you desire for your vacation.

Los Angeles moves at a faster pace than San Francisco but San Francisco has a lot more to do in terms of family friendly fun and vacation entertainment. In short, both places make good vacation destinations. Make sure you plan your trip accordingly and you will definitely enjoy yourself regardless of which city you decide to visit.

All Things Pixar at Disneyland

The long-awaited Pixar Fest is now officially underway at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. To celebrate the release of the 20th Pixar film, Disneyland went all out in true Disney fashion to commemorate the milestone and honor the legacy of all of the past beloved Pixar films. Now through September 3, both of California’s Disney theme parks will host a variety of new attractions and events designed to pay homage to all things Pixar. The five-month-long celebration will center around the unveiling of the new Pixar Pier section in Disney’s California Adventure park on June 23. The former Paradise Pier neighborhood is being transformed into a Pixar lover’s dream, featuring the revamped Incredicoaster and new Pixar themed restaurants and gift shops.

In addition to the grand opening of Pixar Pier, the festival will also feature a series of new parades and nighttime spectaculars. Together Forever — A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular is Disneyland’s new fireworks show devoted to the iconic Pixar characters and music. Paint the Night has moved from its former home at Disneyland to Disney California Adventure and now highlights many new Pixar characters and themes. The classic Pixar Play Parade is making a comeback with the debut of new additions from the movies “Up” and “Inside Out”. Never to waste a merchandising opportunity, the Disneyland gift shops and restaurants will be stocked with a myriad of new souvenirs, trading pins, and themed food items designed to make the visit as immersive as possible.

Palm Springs Undergoes Revitalization

For those who adore going to Palm Springs as a vacation destination, there are even more exciting plans in the works these days. A Forever Marilyn statue will be gracing the city now, as well as the Aluminaire House. With plans to rid itself of a shopping mall that no one visits anymore, it would appear that the city is serious about appealing to a more hip generation. However, the residents have been less than thrilled about some of the recent changes done to entice travelers. For instance, some believe that the Rowan hotel is blocking some of the beautiful mountain views for which the city is so well-known.

Furthermore, those who haven’t been to Palm Springs for a long time may not even recognize the city when they arrive! With chain hotels popping up to accommodate the crowds that usually stay at Airbnb listings or independent motels, the landscape in this beloved desert city is becoming different.

Once known as a haven for movie stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich, the sensational spot boasts an old-school type of glamour that residents would like to preserve. As Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain stores pop up, travelers can enjoy the conveniences of home while also enjoying the natural wonders that Palm Springs possesses. These days, they can also take a ride-share vehicle like Uber from the airport, making trips to Palm Springs more accessible than ever!

Medieval Times Breaks Ground Near Scottsdale

It was an interesting and colorful sight near Scottsdale on Friday as knights clashed their swords and a regal steed came prancing in on to an empty dirt field. The occasion marked the official groundbreaking of the new Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament site, set to open in early 2019. Company officials gathered with members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to mark the ceremonies and give a hint of what is to come when the attraction opens. The 79,0000 square-foot 11th-century medieval castle recreation will be the popular dinner theater’s 10th site. Medieval Times has been in operation for more than 35 years, hosting more than 100,000 shows around the nation and delighting guests of all ages.

Guests will arrive at the castle and be invited to feast on a four-course medieval-style dinner while watching knights battle for honor. The show encourages audience participation as guests are instructed to cheer for the knight in their seating section.

The Scottsdale location will sit on the southeast corner of Pima Road and Via de Ventura and will be the latest venture for the Indian community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District. Also included in this complex is the OdySea Aquarium, Topgolf, Butterfly Wonderland, Salt River Fields, and the Pangaea Land of Dinosaurs. Officials believe that the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will be an ideal fit for the growing tourist destination.

Yosemite National Park to Close for Weekend

During the spring months of the year, one of the nicest places to visit in the United States is Yosemite National Park, which is based out in Northern California. When traveling to this beautiful national park, you can see some amazing sights including animals, waterfalls, lakes, and other flaura and fauna. It is particularly nice during this time of the year due to the warmer weather and fresh feel from melted snow.

While Yosemite National Park is normally a great place to go on a late spring break getaway, those that enjoy camping and hiking will have to find something else to do this weekend. Over the first weekend of April, many people in the area are beginning to brace for the threat of a big spring storm that will bring a lot of rain into the area. This can be a big problem for those that are in the park due to rising water levels from the storm and melted snow. To ensure that all people are safe, they have decided to close the park down for the weekend until the storm is over (http://www.dw.com/en/california-yosemite-national-park-closed-due-to-storms/a-43276399).

Once the park is open again, it will be a great place for people to travel to. Every year, more than 3 million people make their way to the national park as they seek out a wide range of activities and other amazing sights to take in. This can add a lot of excitement and fun to those that choose to come into the area.

Oregon to Host Travel Symposium

For those that are familiar with the area, South Oregon is a great place to take a vacation. This area of the state is very well known for having a lot of outdoor retreats and activities that anyone can take advantage of. It is full of beautiful hills, walking paths, rivers, lakes, and forests. While the area is very well known for those that are into the Great Outdoors, those that are not familiar with the area may not be full aware of all it has to offer. To help improve this, South Oregon will once again be promoting a major travel symposium. This year’s will be called the 22nd annual Travel Southern Oregon Tourism Symposium (http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20180405/travel-symposium-will-highlight-southern-oregons-tourism-push).

At the 22nd annual Travel Southern Oregon Tourism Symposium people that work in the travel industry and those that are looking to take a vacation can learn more about all that South Oregon has to offer. The symposium will be attended by many of the top tourism providers in the area including hotels, boutique resorts, restaurants, and travel agencies.

Like many other years, Bend, Oregon is expected to be a major contributor to the area when it comes to tourism. Bend is already well known for being a great city to visit and for having some of the top breweries and restaurants in the area. Bend also has the advantage of being just a quick drive away from a variety of outdoor excursion opportunities that can help to provide anyone with a very balanced trip.

Wine Destinations in California

When you are looking for a great vacation destination, one amazing place to visit is the state of California. California is very well known for having warm weather, beautiful scenery, and plenty of glitz and glamour. While California already has plenty of great reasons to visit, the wine scene in the state maybe one of the main reasons why you should consider traveling (https://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/california-s-wine-country-is-better-than-ever.html).

Overall, California is considered the top wine region in the United States. One of the best known areas for wine is in the region in and around Napa Valley. This area of California is the home to many of the largest and most reputable vineyards in the country. The region is also home to some of the nicest tasting rooms, restaurants, boutique hotels, and other tourist destinations. This can be a great place to take a local tour to make sure you are seeing all that should be seen.

Located just south of Napa Valley is the city of Sonoma. The Sonoma wine area is also very well known for its great quality wine. Next to Napa, it may be the most popular wine destination in the entire country. Those that are looking for cabernets and other deep red wines may find that this area has plenty of great options.

While it is not as well known, the far northern area of California also has some great vineyards. This area of the state is better known for some of its pinot noir options and a variety of white wines.

Parlour Cars Removed From Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Train

Travelers who are looking for a unique way to experience the Pacific Coast may want to consider taking Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train. Despite the fact that this train no longer has parlour cars because of the high maintenance cost, the spectacular views along the way will amaze travelers.

Riders can choose to ride the train from Seattle to Los Angeles or from Los Angeles to Seattle. The train runs on a daily basis. They can also choose to stop at numerous points along the way. For example, bikers and white water rafters may want to consider adding a stop in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Dunsmuir, California. This is also a great area for a hike.Additionally, the train will pass along high rocky coastline along the Pacific Ocean, through the Cascade Mountains on its 30-hour journey. Riders can enjoy views of San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound and Mount Rainier.

A park ranger will board the train as it passes through Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park in Seattle or Portland, Oregon, to teach riders about the exciting history that happened there. Another park ranger will get on the train as it passes along the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail.

This train is equipped with sleeping and dining cars. Those who choose to upgrade to business class can enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese event.

This trip that is usually priced at $180 when booked in advance often goes on sale making it a great way to explore the area without having to worry about traffic.

New Culinary Cruise Inspired by Mexican Cuisine

Princess Cruises has announced that its fourth Culinary Cruise will depart Los Angeles on March 22. The cruise theme this year will be local cuisine from Mexico and California. The company’s Ruby Princess will sail down the coast from Los Angeles on a four-day trip, serving various types of Mexican food to its hungry passengers.

Bill Esparza, a food writer for Los Angeles Magazine, is hosting the cruise. Esparza’s family hails from Aguascalientes, Mexico, and he has traveled throughout Latin America, studying and sampling local foods. He recently released his first book, L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People and Places, an account of Mexican food in Los Angeles.

Chef Sabina Bandera, known as Mexico’s Street Food Queen, will also take part in the cruise. The proprietor of the La Guerrerense food stand in Ensenada, Mexico, Bandera has achieved recognition for her famous ceviche, attracting chefs like Anthony Bourdain and celebrities like Alejandro Fernández and Dita Von Teese.

Bandera will be joined in the kitchen by Carlos Salgado, the executive chef at the Taco María in Costa Mesa, California. Salgado specializes in Mexican-American cuisine and has won many awards for his dishes, including a 2015 Best Chef Award from Food & Wine.

During the four-day cruise, the chefs will provide cooking demonstrations for passengers. For those who are more interested in relaxing with a beverage, the cruise will offer bartending classes and tequila tastings. Passengers can also view films on the ship’s outdoor movie theater and play miniature golf on the ship’s putting green.

Disneyland’s Pixar Pier Opening Date Announced

At the Japan D23 Expo, Disney representatives announced that Pixar Pier is scheduled to open June 23rd of this year. The opening coincides with Pixar Fest, a park-wide celebration starting April 13th.

The area that was once known as Paradise Pier is in the process of being reimagined in order to immerse guests into the world of their favorite Pixar characters. This is just one of the many changes that has been made to Disney’s California Adventure park in recent years. The park is home to the popular Cars Land, which is also based off the Pixar movie.

Pixar Pier will include four mini lands, or neighborhoods. The Toy Story neighborhood will include the pre-existing Toy Story Midway Mania. The Inside Out neighborhood will offer a brand new attraction, which is set to open after the rest of Pixar Pier. Another neighborhood will include Mickey’s Fun Wheel. It was rumored that the iconic Mickey face would be replaced with the Luxo Jr. ball, but Disney has confirmed that Mickey will remain. Instead, the gondolas of the Wheel will be redesigned to include a variety of Pixar characters.

The E-ticket attraction of Pixar Pier will be the Incredicoaster. The high-speed ride will transport guests into the story of babysitting Jack-Jack and the chaos that ensues. Pixar Pier opens a few weeks before Incredibles 2 hits movie theaters on June 15th.