As a wise desert mammal, the discerning traveler, while visiting California's Anza-Borrego State Park, should spend some daylight hours inside a burrow.
South and east of the Sierra lie vast California deserts, rich with wildflowers such as poppies in the spring. More tenacious plants, such as beavertail cactus, flower even in the heat of summer when the desert presents itself as a shimmering mirage.
Travel in the U.S. has become decidedly upscale, for some. Observers of travel have watched as this measurable trend developed. For a small, but identifiable segment of travelers, price is no object. What is of concern is the highest quality in accommodations, dining, and experience.
Planning my trip to Los Angeles put me in the director's chair, requiring decisions mu ch like those that face any filmmaker. I wanted action, adventure, and most important, a happy ending that would leave me looking forward to making a sequel during a future visit.
A visitor to Southern California who prefers to avoid the congestion and hassles of huge cities might well choose suburban Escondido in San Diego 's North County as a base for exploration.
San Diego ranks as one of California 's premier family vacation cities. From a lodging at Shelter Island , where the kids can be cooled off with swimming or thrilled with sailing, you can launch forth to the two guaranteed pleasers--the San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park and Sea World San Diego.