Inspiring Places

California
Spas and retreats

Center for the Art of Translation star
In San Francisco, an organization celebrates the humble translator, and provides world literature to the public in many different ways.

Comic Art in California star
Interested in comics, manga, and the like? Here are a few places to visit when between conventions.

Descanso Gardens star
One of Los Angeles County's most beautiful private gardens, Descanso is both tame and wild.

Highlights of the Huntington Library star
The Huntington Library and Gardens is a must-see in the Pasadena area. There's a lot to see, so lovers of museums and gardens should plan multiple days here!

Independent Bookstores of Los Angeles star
Los Angeles is a paradise for lovers of indie bookstores. Here are some of the best!

Oakland Museum of California star
The Oakland Museum of California offers something for everyone. Kid-friendly without being kid-centric, it's a great place to spend a few hours.

Ojai star[offsite link]

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve star
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve remains one of the crown jewels in the California State Park system. Spend an afternoon or an entire day here, and be sure to bring your camera!

Retreat Centers in Santa Barbara star
Santa Barbara can offer more than a quick vacation -- here are some options that will nourish your soul.

The Norton Simon Museum star
If you’ve watched the Rose Parade, you’ve seen the outside of the building. It’s time to enter and see the rest of this amazing place!

The Public Art of Judy Baca star
One of California most prestigious muralists, Judy Baca, has created murals and public artworks that can be seen in various parts of the state.

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