Southern California and Beyond
CALIFORNIA DIVISION OF TOURISM
P.O. Box 1499
Sacramento, CA 95812-1499
877-225-4367 or 916-444-4429
From Edwards, all of California is a drive from your doorstep. The California office of tourism can provide a wealth of information regarding the myriad activities and outdoor recreation offered by the Golden State.
Chamber of Commerce
1725 Eye St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Bakersfield is located in the county of Kern, is the county seat and is the ninth-largest city in California. Known as the birthplace of the country music genre known as the Bakersfield Sound, the city is steeped in music history. Bakersfield boasts award-winning museum exhibits and a variety of regional attractions. The city of Bakersfield is located at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, which is partially surrounded by three mountain ranges. The Temblor Range is to the west, the Tehachapi Mountains are to the south and the Sierra Nevada are to the east. The Kern River flows through the valley, adding natural beauty to the area. Kern County generates 76 percent of the state’s oil and ranks third among all counties in the United States in agriculture-related production. Grapes, citrus, cotton, dairy and almonds are the top five crops.
Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 698
Barstow, CA 92312
Barstow is located midway between the popular tourist destinations of Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada, approximately 50 miles east of Edwards. Situated at the crossroads of interstates 15 and 40 and state highways 58 and 247, the community provides outlet mall shopping with more than 100 outlet stores.
Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Hollywood is famous for making movies and television and is the home of many celebrities. Some of its attractions include TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly called Grauman’s), the Walk of Fame, Universal Studios Hollywood, back-lot tours and live filming. Hollywood is also known for its shopping and multicultural cuisines. The TCL Chinese Theatre is renowned for hosting the handprints and footprints of the entertainment industry’s major stars as imprinted in concrete in front of the theater, located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. A section of the Walk of Fame, where over 2,000 famous celebrities’ names are engraved in stars along the sidewalk, is also found on Hollywood Boulevard. Many sightseeing tours are available to get a sneak peek at film studios and back lots, Hollywood landmarks and celebrity homes.
Chamber of Commerce
8363 W. Sunset Road, Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Located about four hours northeast of Edwards, Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps and boasts nightlife as its biggest attraction. The city draws more than 368 million visitors annually to its gambling tables, slot machines and big-name entertainment at luxurious hotel casinos along the famous strip. While much of Las Vegas is restricted to those over 21 years old, it is possible for the whole family to enjoy a visit. Activities for children range from fast-action video arcades and water parks to magnificent show productions and the natural and man-made wonders in and around Las Vegas. Also, within the vicinity of Las Vegas is Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, just a short drive away from the city. Sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, motor boating, fishing, swimming and canyon exploring are all readily available for the outdoors enthusiast. Hoover Dam, which created the lake, is considered one of the engineering wonders of the world and may be toured daily.
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Los Angeles is California’s largest city, both in population and in territory with nearly 470 square miles, and is roughly the same size as Edwards. The city ranks second in city and metropolitan area population in the United States. Los Angeles is a collection of intermingling communities, each with its own identity and character. The area thrives on tourism, world trade and highly diversified industries, predominantly oil, electronics, finance, entertainment, real estate, aircraft and aerospace. Even with 3.85 million residents, Los Angeles is hardly a city in the traditional sense; it lacks a concentrated urban center and rather sprawls on in every direction, from sea and shore to the Hollywood Hills. A dense network of interstates grids the basin and supports the flux of traffic around the clock.
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
402 W. Broadway, Suite 1000
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego is California’s second-largest city and is renowned for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches, a dazzling array of world-class family attractions and outdoor activities, including surfing, fishing and hiking, agriculture, wineries, shopping and more. East of the coastline the terrain varies from gentle foothills to mile-high mountains and desert. San Diego Bay is a large, natural harbor pivotal for commerce and for the military presence in the area. The U.S. Coast Guard, Marines and Navy all have installations there. San Diego is located approximately 185 miles south of Edwards, a straight southern jaunt along Interstate 15 through San Bernardino and Riverside.
Amusement Parks & Attractions
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Featuring 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to more than 11,000 ocean animals, celebrating the planet’s largest and most diverse body of water, the Pacific Ocean. Open daily, except for Christmas Day.
1313 Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
One of America’s favorite amusement parks is located in Anaheim, roughly 130 miles south of Edwards. Disneyland features different theme areas and fun for the entire family. Each area features rides and exhibits to match its theme. Adjacent to Disneyland is Disney’s California Adventure Park, as well as the Downtown Disney District.
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
This family attraction, located approximately 120 miles south of Edwards, features a variety of thrill rides and theme areas, including Old West Ghost Town, Camp Snoopy, Fiesta Village, Indian Trails, the Boardwalk and California Marketplace. Next to Knott’s Berry Farm is Knott’s Soak City Water Park Orange County.
LEGOLAND California Resort
1 LEGOLAND Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Located approximately 160 miles south of Edwards, LEGOLAND California is a family destination that is home to more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Additionally, the resort features dining, shopping, the LEGOLAND Water Park, the Sea Life Aquarium and a hotel.
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92112
Located in Balboa Park
The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world and encompasses over 100 landscaped acres of tropical and subtropical vegetation. Over 4,000 animals from 800 species, some of which are the rarest specimens in the world, can be witnessed in their unique habitats without bars, in moated enclosures. The zoo may be toured by walking along pathways, by taking a 35-minute guided bus tour or by riding an express bus that stops at several locations to assist guests in accessing different areas.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park until 2010, is a 1,800-acre zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, near Escondido. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County. The park houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia. The park houses over 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species, as well as 3,500 plant species.
500 SeaWorld Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
SeaWorld is one of California’s most popular marine parks. The park’s nearly 200 acres are home to a vast array of sea life, including orcas, penguins, sea lions and more. Live shows include the antics of dolphins and sea lions. There are also several attractions, including Manta, Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids, the Dolphin Interaction program and Shark Encounter.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
About 75 miles southwest of Edwards, this amusement park calls itself a “thrill ride haven,” boasting world-class roller coasters and more than 100 rides, games and attractions for all ages. Adjacent to the amusement park is Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
Universal Studios Hollywood
1000 Universal Center Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
Universal Studios allows visitors to sneak a peek behind the scenes of movie making. Tram rides through back lots and studios; costumes and props; sound stages and special effects demonstrations reveal the secrets of hit movies and television shows. Next door is Universal City Walk, featuring entertainment, dining and shopping.
The beautiful and diverse terrain along the California coast offers a wealth of activities to enjoy, many of which are readily accessible from California’s Pacific Coast Highway, or California State Highway 1.
To the north, the water and weather can be rough, giving the coastline a rugged character. To the south, the water is calmer, the beaches are wider and the climate is more temperate.
Big Sur, Monterey and Morro Bay
Big Sur is a favorite stretch of California coastline, between the towns of Carmel and Lucia. For approximately 50 miles, Pacific Coast Highway 1 winds between the Pacific Ocean and a redwood forest. The Santa Lucia Mountains rise steeply from the ocean, and the canyons contain groves of trees. Summer fogs can linger most of the day; the best time to experience the route is in the afternoon.
Ocean life — whales, dolphins, sea lions and frolicking sea otters — stems off the coast and is a common sight to see. Sea otters are found in great numbers from Monterey Bay to Morro Bay, while sea lions are commonly seen near the shore or on the rocks. Whale watching is a popular pastime during the winter. Many seaside communities offer excursions to catch a close-up view of the California gray whales’ annual 6,000-mile migration.
Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 217
Avalon, CA 90704
Twenty-two miles across the ocean from mainland Los Angeles is Catalina Island. Discovered more than 400 years ago as a hideout for smugglers and pirates, the island is one of Southern California’s most popular resorts. Avalon is the island’s only city, and Avalon Bay is the site of the island’s most famous landmark, the Casino Building. The island can be reached by sea or air, and there are a variety of express services available.
Santa Barbara County offers miles of beautiful beaches that are popular for swimming, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. Arroyo Burro Beach Park, Butterfly Beach, Carpinteria, Goleta and West Beach are just a few of the public beaches in the area.
Los Angeles County
Popular Los Angeles area beaches include Malibu, Venice, Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and Zuma. Los Angeles County beaches offer swimming, surfing, sand volleyball, bike and inline skate paths, piers, fishing and numerous concessions. Public restrooms and showers are usually available.
Orange County boasts 42 miles of coastline, featuring lively beach towns, family fun and vibrant boardwalks. Popular beaches in the area include Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna, Dana Point and San Clemente.
San Diego has 70 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline and is known nationwide for its beautiful beaches. Popular beaches in the area include La Jolla, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, San Onofre and Coronado on Coronado Island. Recreational water activities such as surfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming are common at area beaches.
Three Major League Baseball teams call Southern California home.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
Two National Basketball Association teams and one Women’s NBA team are located in Southern California.
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Sparks
Two National Football League team calls the Los Angeles area home.
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Chargers
Two National Hockey League teams call the Los Angeles area home.
Los Angeles Kings
Anaheim Mighty Ducks
There is one Major League Soccer Club in Southern California.
The following listing is not complete but presents some of the more popular military lodging opportunities in and around Southern California. For a more complete listing, go to www.dodlodging.net.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Camp Pendleton offers various lodging opportunities and is located 40 miles north of San Diego on Interstate 5.
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
China Lake, CA 93555
China Lake is located 60 miles almost directly north of Edwards.
Nellis Air Force Base
Las Vegas, NV 89191
Nellis’ Air Force Inn is located 8 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Naval Air Station North Island
San Diego, CA 92135
619-545-9551 or 800-NAVY-BED (628-9233)
North Island’s Navy Lodge is located 5 miles southwest of San Diego.
Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu
Point Mugu, CA 93042
805-989-8251 or 800-NAVY-BED (628-9233)
Point Mugu is located 8 miles south of Oxnard, California, and 40 miles north of Santa Monica, California, on Pacific Coast Highway 1.
Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme
Port Hueneme, CA 93043
805-982-6025 or 800-NAVY-BED (628-9233)
Port Hueneme’s Navy Lodge is located 25 miles southeast of Santa Barbara, California.
Naval Base Point Loma
140 Sylvester Road
San Diego, CA 92136
619-524-5382 or 800-NAVY-BED (628-9233)
The submarine base’s Dolphin Lodge and Inn is located within the city limits of San Diego.
Travis Air Force Base
Travis Air Force Base, CA 94353
Travis’ West Wind Inn is located 45 miles northeast of San Francisco.
Vandenberg Air Force Base
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA 93437
Vandenberg AFB, located 22 miles south of Santa Maria, California, offers accommodations at the Vandenberg Lodge.
In 1768, fearing that Russia or Britain would establish outposts in California, the Spanish formulated a plan of colonization by founding missions, forts and pueblos to secure the land for the Spanish crown. Father Junipero Serra officiated the founding of the first establishment in San Diego. Eventually, a chain of 21 California missions would extend from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. Communities have developed around most of the missions, but each — in its individual way — continues to perpetuate the flavor of the Spanish era. Every mission has its distinctive architecture and restful gardens. Many have rooms and even formal museums filled with picturesque artifacts, which help visitors visualize the era when the missions were California’s only points of Western European style civilization. The missions are open to the public. Some offer individually guided tours, while others provide self-guided literature. Nominal admission charges or donations are requested.
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
The California Science Center is an admission-free venue with permanent and changing exhibits and related educational programming. The museum is now the permanent home for the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which made its historic final flight from Edwards Air Force Base to its new home in Los Angeles aboard its ferry aircraft in September 2012.
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Getty Center unites the J. Paul Getty Trust’s museum, institutes and grant program in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The centerpiece of the 110-acre complex is the museum and its collections of pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs. The Getty Villa, located in Malibu, California, is a secondary location and is both a museum and educational center. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. Both locations charge $15 for parking.
L.A. County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The L.A. County Museum of Art is a seven-building complex and is the largest art museum in the western United States. The collections comprise more than 100,000 objects from around the world and span the history of art from ancient times to the present.
In addition to presenting numerous exhibitions each year, the museum also sponsors concerts, film programs and lectures that complement its collections.
Natural History Museum of L.A. County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
The Natural History Museum has detailed habitats of African, North American and exotic mammals; birds, insects and marine life; dinosaur displays and prehistoric fossils; and mineral and cut gemstone collections. The Pavilion of Wings lets visitors walk among hundreds of free-fluttering butterflies. History galleries depict life in California from 1540 to the present.
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The only consistently active urban ice age excavation site in the world, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of Late Pleistocene fossils. Displays include saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths. Visitors can witness scientists and volunteers at work inside the “Fish Bowl Lab,” as well as the excavation process at Project 23, where a cache of recently unearthed fossils was discovered. Note that tar continually oozes up across the grounds and is not always marked.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
The history of aviation from the dawn of flight to the age of space travel is depicted through displays featuring early gliders, a Kitty Hawk Flyer, a Spirit of St. Louis replica, barnstorming, early mail planes, World War II aircraft, modern fighters and a NASA space capsule.
Parks & Recreation
Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2860
630 Bartlett Road
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Big Bear Lake and Valley are located about 30 miles northeast of San Bernardino in the San Bernardino Mountains. Camping and horseback riding are popular in the summer and there are two ski areas operational during the winter months. Hunting and fishing are permitted in season.
California City Chamber of Commerce
8001 California City Blvd.
California City, CA 93505
Central Park is an 80-acre recreation complex bordered by Randsburg-Mojave Road, Conklin Boulevard, California City Boulevard and Heather Drive. Facilities within the park are a multi-purpose sports center, senior center, playground, swimming pool, tennis courts, handball court and many picnic sites. Horseshoes, basketball and volleyball may also be enjoyed in the park.
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA 92328
Death Valley, located on the eastern edge of California, encompasses more than 3 million acres and has elevations ranging from 282 feet below sea level to 11,049 feet above sea level.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Home of the largest trees in the world, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are open year-round. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, snow sports and more.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Yosemite’s landscape spans approximately 1,189 square miles of park land. Visitors can witness Yosemite Falls, which plummet 2,425 feet — 11 times further than Niagara, and Half Dome, a structure halved by moving ice masses millions of years ago. The park lies in central California on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains and serves as a getaway for hiking and camping activities.
Agua Dulce Winery
9640 Sierra Highway
Agua Dulce, CA 91390
Agua Dulce, Spanish for “sweet water,” is located about 25 minutes south of the Antelope Valley. The winery is open daily for tasting. Special events are posted on their website.
Antelope Valley Winery
42041 20th St. W.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Located in Lancaster at the intersection of Avenue M and 20th Street West, this is a family-owned winery specializing in the production of premium-quality proprietary and varietal wines. The winery is open Wednesday through Sunday. A farmers market is held at the winery on weekends from May through November.
The Livermore Valley wine country is one of the oldest wine regions in the state and is recognized for introducing grape varietals from France, Germany, Italy and Spain that have shaped the wine industry throughout California. The first commercial vines were planted in the area in the 1840s where the soil, altitude and climate combined to yield award-winning red and white wines. About a five-hour drive from Edwards, Livermore is located less than an hour from the Silicon Valley or San Francisco and is home to nearly 50 wineries scattered over the rolling hills that make up the region. Wine-related events are scheduled throughout the year and are usually posted on the website.
Wine is made all over California, but the term “Wine Country” is associated with Napa Valley. The area is located northeast of San Francisco (about a seven-hour drive from Edwards) and has been made famous for the hundreds of wineries found in the region. State Road 29 runs throughout the valley and passes many well-known vintners.
Paso Robles Wine Country
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Located in the center of California’s famed Central Coast, Paso Robles’ wine grape-growing region’s climate is said to be perfect for the production of award-winning premium wines and has more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 40 wine grape varieties.
Paso Robles is situated 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, literally halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Nearby along the coast are the towns of San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle, and the fishing village of Morro Bay.
Santa Barbara County Wine Country
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Santa Barbara County has a history of winemaking and wine grape growing spanning 200 years, with the area enjoying a renaissance in the last 25 years. There are now more than 100 wineries in Santa Barbara County covering more than 17,000 acres of vineyards with more than 50 different grape varietals planted. This wine region is located primarily in the Los Alamos, Santa Ynez and Santa Maria valleys.
Sonoma County Wine
3637 Westwind Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Nestled between the rugged Pacific coast on the west and rolling hills and mountains on the east, Sonoma County offers a grand landscape of beautiful valleys and winding roads to explore. Visitors may taste wines at grand chateaus or small converted barns; sample fresh fruits and vegetables along farm trails; enjoy a matching of Sonoma County wines and foods prepared in the local restaurants; and then retire to cozy bed-and-breakfast inns or world-class hotels and spas. The diversity of the countryside provides activities to all ages: fishing, whale watching, hot air ballooning, cycling, golf, canoeing, antique hunting or shopping our art trails.
Temecula Valley Wine Country
34567 Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA 92593
Mist often lingers until midmorning on its more than 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards, located below the peaks of the local mountain range. The word “Temecula” is from the Luiseno Indian language, meaning where the sun shines through the mist. Since 1966, premium-quality wine grapes have been grown in the Temecula Valley with more than 35 wineries now located in the appellation. In addition to growing award-winning chardonnay, merlot, sauvignon blanc and zinfandel, more recently the wineries produce Mediterranean varietals like viognier, syrah and pinot gris. The remarkable success of these varietals has produced many awards and medals of excellence in domestic and international competitions.
California features ski slopes beyond the coastline and invites residents and visitors to take to the white-topped mountains in the San Bernardino National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains and the Sierra Nevada. Skiing is as close as one hour away from Edwards. Many of the ski resorts also offer summer activities.
Bear Mountain and Snow Summit Ski Resorts
880 Summit Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
800-BEARMTN (232-7686) and 888-SUMMIT1 (786-6481)
June Mountain Ski Resort
3819 Highway 158
June Lake, CA 93529
Mammoth Ski Resort
10400 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93549
Mount Baldy Ski Resort
8401 Mount Baldy Road
Mount Baldy, CA 91759
Mountain High Ski Resort
24510 State Highway 2
Wrightwood, CA 92397
Snow Valley Ski Resort
35100 State Highway 18
Running Springs, CA 92382