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California in Winter


Diamond Peak, Tahoe

The Sierras are renowned for their snowfall and world-class skiing. Places like Tahoe, Mammoth, Mt. Shasta and the Western Sierras beckon snow lovers from around the globe.

Check out our SNOW page to find places for skiing, boarding, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating and sledding.

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Mt. Shasta - is California's northernmost major ski resort.
Tahoe - is California's largest winter playground with more than a dozen major ski resorts.
Mammoth - is a favorite of Southern California skiers.
Western Sierras - offer several major resorts between Tahoe and Fresno.
Big Bear - is a favorite with L.A. skiers due to it's close proximity.


Sea Chest Restaurant

We only list Hotels and Restaurants that we've personally patronized or those with the highest consumer ratings. Whether you're seeking five-star or budgeted, you'll find the best places on our site. If a hotel or restaurant is popular with tourists but doesn't receive high consumer ratings, you won't find it here. We point you to the places that the locals go. You'll also find tips on preferable rooms at hotels and menu choices at restaurants. So visit our HOTELS page for the perfect place to stay and our RESTAURANTS page for that perfect meal.


Palm Springs golf course

PALM SPRINGS - Winter is the On-Season for Palm Springs. Hospitable desert temperatures offer opportunities for golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding and more. You can forget about these activities during Summer afternoons. Downtown Palm Springs is bustling with visitors and entertainment options are in full swing.

YOSEMITE - This is one of the best times to visit our National Park for serenity and relaxation. Avoid the immense Summer crowds and find yourself as sometimes the only person on a trail. Although much of the park is closed during Winter, most of Yosemite Valley and high country locations like Wawona and the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area remain open. Enjoy downhill skiing at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area or ice skating below Half Dome at one of California's most spectacular outdoor rinks.


The California deserts explode with wildflowers each Spring. The usually stark landscape of greys and browns transform into fields of orange, yellow, periwinkle and more. The weather is also at it's most hospitable during the Spring.

Check out our DESERTS page to find places to stay and attractions to visit.

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Death Valley - is a National Park located between the Eastern Sierras and the Nevada border.
Joshua Tree - is a National Park located just outside of Palm Springs.
Antelope Valley - is a State Park and poppy preserve located north of Los Angeles near Palmdale & Lancaster.
Anza-Borrego - is located east of San Diego to the Arizona border.


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We're native Californians who have spent a lifetime traveling and exploring our state. We can give you local insight on popular destinations, but also let you know about the obscure, less traveled destinations that only locals of this state would know about. This is not the most extensive listing of California locations but instead, a resource of places and adventures that are sure to please you.

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