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April 11 Vancouver, CanadaIt seems unlikely that a character named "Gassy Jack" Deighton would be responsible for one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. But that's history for you.During the gold rush, Gassy Jack saw a chance to make money from the hordes of miners on their way to the Yukon. The saloon he built became the focus of the shanty town known as Gastown.
From that ragtag group of shacks, modern Vancouver was born. The provincial government persuaded settlers to change the name
of the town to Vancouver, after Captain George Vancouver, who sailed the region's waters in 1792.Canada's third-largest city, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan place with
a European feel and a personality all its own. It's a community with a rich ethnic mix - including the
second-largest Chinatown in North America - and stunningly beautiful parks.
April 12 Victoria, CanadaVictoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant and colorful flowers are everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson's Bay Company,
the city was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was a British colony and Victoria was its capital.In 1858, Victoria was a tent city and the base for some 25,000 prospectors on their way to the Frasier River gold fields. When Vancouver Island was incorporated
with mainland British Columbia in 1868, Victoria became the capital of the entire province.Although it's a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver.
The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.April 13 Astoria, OregonAs the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria offers a rich history for your exploration. It was first visited by Captain Robert Gray in 1792,
by the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery in 1805, then adventuresome pioneers by the thousands. Now its your turn to experience the excitement of exploring Astoria.Within a 20 mile radius, one can see dozens of exciting attractions including Fort Stevens State Park, Fort Astoria, Heritage Center Museum, Flavel House Museum, Uppertown
Fire Fighters Museum, Astoria Column and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, home to one of the nation's finest displays of model ships and nautical artifacts.Astoria offers other fun discoveries, such as historic Victorian homes and the beautiful 4.1 mile-long Astoria Bridge.April 14 At Sea
April 15 San Francisco, CaliforniaCable cars, the Golden Gate rising from the fog - welcome to San Francisco, arguably the most romantic and cosmopolitan city in the United States.
San Francisco has it all: a colorful history, superb restaurants, sophisticated museums, world-class shopping, and that elusive air of romance and abandon that's part of the tang of the city.April 16 At Sea
April 17 Santa Barbara"Welcome to Paradise," is a fitting expression for those visiting the coastal city of Santa Barbara. Called the American Riviera, Santa Barbara
is a place where food, art, history, fashion, wine and sunshine mix to create a delightful and unique experience for the visitor. Charming Spanish and Moorish
style buildings graced by brilliantly-colored bougainvillea, palm-lined beaches, a warm Mediterranean climate, charming sidewalk cafés and a pristine seaside setting are
some of the aesthetic reasons for visiting Santa Barbara.The "Queen of the Missions," Santa Barbara's Old Mission can be traced back to the 1700's when the mission
was built to bring Christianity to the Chumash Indians. The Old Mission is now a California Historical Landmark and is one of the most popular attractions in the area.Just outside of Santa Barbara, lies the Santa Ynez Valley which is home to numerous world-renowned wineries. The scenic beauty of the dramatic mountains, lush valleys and oak trees
is only surpassed by the rich flavors of the wines produced in the area.April 18 Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe City of Angels always hovers between dream and reality. Once a near-forgotten colonial outpost, the pueblo metamorphosed into an agrarian paradise before reinventing itself as a movie colony. Perhaps no other city owes so much to the technological innovations of the 20th century, from the automobile to the airplane. Little wonder that LA is oft described as the "dream machine." In LA, reinvention is a way of life. Yet this talent for change has created a city with a rich ethnic diversity and a sizzling culture. LA is the source for trends that migrate across the country and then the world. Where else can you enjoy a Thai taco or munch on a kosher burrito? Or travel from downtown's high rises to the beaches of Malibu, shopping in Beverly Hills along the way?
A lush rainforest in the heart of the city, this 1,000-acre park teems with wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy a spectacular array of activities, including the famed Vancouver Aquarium and the majestic Totem Pole Park.
Take a glass elevator 430 feet in the air to the city's famed lookout and step into the heated observation deck for breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, mountains and your cruise ship below.
Experience the vibrant Asian atmosphere in the second largest Chinatown in North America. Authentic architecture, exotic cuisine, and colorful specialty shops make each turn down the narrow alleyways a unique adventure.
Connected to the city by a causeway from the south, it was named "One of the World's Greatest Places" by Project for Public Spaces. It is a sophisticated home to performing arts, dining, and a fabulous public market that offers a wide array of fresh food and hand-made crafts.
From sophisticated entertainment to unspoiled nature, Vancouver's most visited attraction is the pre-eminent all-in-one destination, with something for everyone. The famous Grouse Mountain Skyride takes you on a one-mile journey to the Alpine Station, 3,700 feet above sea level, where you can choose from a variety of activities.
Home to over 70,000 fascinating creatures including majestic beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, curious sea otters, harbour seals and Steller sea lions! Long-established as a global leader in marine research, education and conservation, the Aquarium offers visitors an unforgettable experience through face-to-face engagement with a wide array of amazing animals.
The original site from which modern Vancouver evolved. The varied shops and boutiques make the area a popular shopping district. The famous steam clock fills the air with music every 15 minutes.
Vancouver's most famous shopping street set in the heart of downtown is a three-block commercial mecca including premier fashion stores, fine dining and amenities. The street to see and be seen on!
Victoria's most popular attraction, this 55-acre floral wonderland features themed botanical gardens, meandering pathways, refreshing fountains, exquisite foliage, and magnificent bronze statues.
Home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, these magnificent buildings, constructed in 1893, honor Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. In the evening, they are illuminated by 3,000 light bulbs.
Fairmont Empress Hotel
Situated over the Inner Harbour, this National Historic Site of Canada is one of Victoria's oldest and most famous hotels and has become an iconic symbol for the city itself.
Beacon Hill Park
This lush, 62-acre oasis is the crowning jewel in Victoria's park system. A haven for wildlife, birds, and outdoor enthusiasts, the grounds are a combination of landscaped and natural beauty.
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
This 12,000-square-foot enclosure is a tropical paradise filled with a multitude of free-flying butterflies. Discover life in this lush habitat, home to rare birds, koi ponds, and breathtaking jungle foliage.
A Canadian National Historic Site, this Victorian-era castle was built between 1887-1890. Explore this restored estate, marvel at the antiques and furnishings, and stroll the opulent grounds.
Pubs are a popular place to relax and hoist a few, and downtown Victoria boasts a number of them. Take your pick, from the traditional English-style to those with a uniquely Canadian atmosphere.
See killer whales in their natural habitat! During a thrilling harbor cruise, you'll be on the look out for these majestic creatures, as well as be able to spot seals, sea lions and porpoises.
Built in 1926, this 125-foot tall structure sits atop Coxcomb Hill, Astoria's highest point. The 164-step climb up to the observation deck offers majestic views of Astoria, the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Range.
Fort Stevens State Park
Spanning 84 years as a military defense installation, this Civil War-era fort was fired upon during WWII by a Japanese submarine. Today, the Park offers 3,700 acres of history and beauty.
Wreck of the "Peter Iredale"
The remnants of the four-masted sailing vessel ran ashore near the mouth of the Columbia River in 1906. Abandoned near Fort Stevens, the wreckage can still be seen.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Home to one of the West Coast's most astounding collections of nautical artifacts, the Museum displays 24,000 square feet of exhibits including a remarkable floating lighthouse called Columbia.
Built in 1885, this lovely home is one of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne-style architecture in the Northwest. Its decorative exterior distinguished by a fourth-story cupola was seen in the movie "The Goonies."
Surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of Oregon's forests, ocean beaches and rivers, this charming coastal village is famous for Haystack Rock, a 235-foot tall rock formation that rests off shore.
Nestled in the verdant forests and wetlands of the Coastal Range, this 50-foot by 50-foot structure is a stunning replica of the seven-room fort built by members of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Historic City of Wheeler
Called "the little town with the million-dollar view," this charming little village sits on the edge of a beautiful bay, surrounded by lush, green hills that offer refuge from the prevailing Northwest wind and fog.
Once the home of famous gangsters like Al Capone, this legendary island in San Francisco Bay boasts a colorful history as the West Coast's first lighthouse, Civil War fortress, infamous federal prison, and bird sanctuary.
Golden Gate Bridge
One of the world's most iconic structures, the Bridge was the world's longest from 1937 to 1964. Painted "International Orange," Golden Gate refers to Golden Gate Strait, the entrance to the Bay from the Pacific.
Muir Woods National Monument
A remnant of ancient coastal redwood forests that covered many northern California valleys, Muir Woods is home to the world's tallest trees; at 500 to 700 years of age, they're also some of the oldest.
Hugging the hills above San Francisco Bay, this charming city boasts unique art galleries, spectacular views of the bay and an historic waterfront, which was once a bootlegger's paradise for gangsters like "Baby Face" Nelson.
A 45-acre complex near Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 is the hot spot for eating, shopping, strolling and soaking up the breathtaking views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and the city skyline. The docks of Pier 39 are also home to hundreds of sea lions.
Sonoma and Napa Valley Wine Country
You don't have to be a wine expert to appreciate the serene beauty of two of Northern California's most popular destinations. Tour the region's 400 wineries by limousine, horse and carriage, bicycle, jeep or bus.
One of San Francisco's oldest restaurants, the history of this fabled site begins in the mid-1800s when the original building stood precariously high on the edge of a cliff overlooking Seal Rocks.
One of the many breathtaking sights of the Golden Gate Bridge can be enjoyed from the north vista point. At mid-span, the pedestrian walkway hovers 220 feet above the water's surface.
Santa Barbara Mission
Founded by Catholic settlers in 1786, the commanding presence and graceful lines of this majestic mission leave no doubt why she is called "Queen of the Missions."
Featuring the ideal Mediterranean climate for growing grapes, the fertile Santa Ynez Valley is home to California's most accomplished wineries which have produced award-winning wines since the 1970s.
Santa Barbara Courthouse
Considered the most beautiful government building in America, this impressive Spanish-Moorish style landmark completed in 1929 occupies a square block in downtown Santa Barbara.
The heart of Santa Barbara, this bustling, vibrant district lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants and cafes is popular with locals and tourists alike.
This quaint Danish-themed town founded in 1911 replicates Copenhagen with its windmills, cobblestone streets, half-timbered walls, thatched roofs and restaurants featuring Danish cuisine.
Nestled among the verdant, rolling hills of Santa Barbara's wine country, this charming village-like town is renowned for its art galleries, wine tasting shops and craft boutiques.
Pause to take in the grandeur (and a photograph!) of the landmark Moreton Bay Fig Tree, the oldest fig tree in America planted in 1870 and spanning 160 feet.
Whale watching is a popular pastime as is horseback or bicycle riding along the beautiful landscape; as well as kayaking or exploring the many eateries, breweries and vineyards located throughout the region.
This popular boulevard is home to the Walk of Fame, star footprints at TCL Chinese Theater, a dining/shopping complex, The Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theater, Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum.
TCL Chinese Theater (Formerly Grauman's)
Featuring elaborate Chinese-style architecture, and over 200 Hollywood legends hand and foot prints set in the concrete of its forecourt, this landmark is the most sought-after theater for movie premieres.
Universal Studios Hollywood is "The Entertainment Capital of L.A." and the only movie and television-based theme park to offer guests the authenticity of a working movie studio, bringing the magic of Hollywood to life. Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour and the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex,
The birthplace of the City of Los Angeles, this colorful village features 27 historic buildings, a Mexican-style plaza, and a marketplace offering traditional Mexican food and handcrafted Mexican wares.
Disney Concert Hall/Music Center
Featuring stainless steel curves on its striking exterior, this 3.6-acre complex designed by architect Frank Gehry is one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world.
Designed in 1919 by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. , this iconic bowl-shaped amphitheater has hosted some of L.A.'s most memorable musical moments, including symphonies, opera, jazz, ballet, presidential addresses and rock concerts.
Playground to the rich, the famous and the glamorous, Beverly Hills is the home of some of California's most opulent homes, hotels and personalities.
Santa Monica Pier
Built in 1909, this world-famous pier on the sparkling Pacific features an amusement park, a trapeze school, an ocean-front walk, an aquarium, an historic carousel, shops, eateries and an arcade.
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