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Fashion plus function

Fashion plus function

San Francisco-based Rickshaw Bagworks lets you custom-design your own messenger or commuter bag, tablet or computer sleeve, backpack, or zippered folio for travel documents.
All about the board

All about the board

Surfing is a year-round activity in Santa Cruz; at the many town beaches, surfers amble along the sidewalks in wet suits. Every other shop, it seems, sells surfing gear, even for those who don’t surf.
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History ascends new stages

History ascends
new stages

Museum's trace painful stories of Chinese immigration.
Coastal meandering

Coastal meandering

Marin County creates a balance that attracts tourists content to enjoy the seashore, hike in the hills, and eat good food.
Their little wild isle

Their little wild isle

Author Zane Grey has made Santa Catalina Island his home, free of freeways and the noisy city life.
Wines reign

Wines reign

Once known for its mining, Fair Play is now one of the country's fastest-growing wine making areas.

A Day in the life

Head to San Francisco and experience a day in the life of Fifth Floor Restaurant's sommelier.
California in a Volkswagen bus

California in a Volkswagen bus

A weeklong rental of a vintage VW bus — nicknamed Hurley — with the Westfalia camper pop-up was the only definite. The rest was up to them.
Gourmet meals at hole-in-wall prices

Gourmet meals at hole-in-wall prices

Mr. Pollo in San Francisco’s Mission District may be the most affordable gourmet restaurant in the United States.
At the heart of his trip? San Francisco burritos

At the heart of his trip? San Francisco burritos

One man's quest to find the perfect burrito in San Francisco.
Outside the City of Angels: blessed hills and desert

Outside the City of Angels: blessed hills and desert

The city of Los Angeles may be a man-made sprawl, but step outside of it, even just a little bit, and there it is — the wild — the wild ocean, the wild hills, the wild desert.
Meeting your food (and brews) a matter of course (or two)

Meeting your food (and brews) a matter of course (or two)

It’s part of a trend of businesses here to make food experiences local, with workshops on raising chickens, DIY food craft events, and beer, wine, and chocolate tastings.
Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters

For the taking, grown year round in California, to eat or prepare: everything from the everyday to the exotic
Stop and smell the thermals

Stop and smell the thermals

Lassen Volcanic National Park's elbow room is a relief for anyone who has idled in Yellowstone's "wildlife traffic," or queued up for a parking space at a Grand Canyon scenic overlook.
Parks and piers, art and stars in LA

Parks and piers, art and stars in LA

This city, known as a haven for celebrities and surfers, is also a terrific destination for families, with an abundance of affordable activities.
Kid-friendly Monterey

Kid-friendly Monterey

Here's a family-oriented destination that's worthy of a two- or three-night stay.
Silence, an alien terrain

Silence, an alien terrain

A trip to Death Valley lets travelers flee the noise of every day life.
Under the dome

Under the dome

Grab your sleeping bag and get ready to sleep under the stars at Yosemite National Park.
gondolas from Gondola Getaway

Mix of the foreign and film

Long Beach has become a place to mix worldly wise with a bit of funk.
A ramble in wine country

A ramble in wine country

Plans can be put aside - and pleasures found - on and off the beaten track.
San Francisco rock tour

San Francisco rock tour

The city by the bay is steeped in music history — from the Haight to the Mission District to the North Beach bars and coffeehouses.
Amazing indoors

Amazing indoors

Architecture makes life and all its sciences feel grandly transparent in a green museum in San Francisco.
Ups and downs of San Francisco

Ups and downs of San Francisco

Discover San Francisco's celebrated cable cars clanging up and down its equally acclaimed hills.
Discover Los Angeles

Discover Los Angeles

Outside the city's sprawl stretches a beach awash in history, art, commerce, cuisine.