Sightseeing in California

Hour-Long Gaslamp Walking Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Ghostly Tours in History (Up to 63% Off)

Ghostly Tours in History

Ghostly Tours

$40 $15

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Paranormal walking tour visits various sites of haunted history, from eerie backstreets to the hangouts of gamblers and gunmen

One-Year Individual or Family Membership to The Tech Museum of Innovation (Up to 53% Off)

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Downtown San Jose

$40 $19

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Ride in a jet-pack chair, design and dress robots, and marvel at other inventions in a museum devoted to problem-solving

The San Francisco Dungeon Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 40% Off)

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Actor-led show covers 200-plus years, including haunted Alcatraz & mine-themed mirror maze, in live-action journey through city's murky past

Historical Walking Tour with Souvenirs for Two or Four from Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours (Up to 64% Off)

Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours

New Monterey

$48 $19

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A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

Historical Walking Tour with Souvenirs for Two or Four from Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours (Up to 64% Off)

Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours

New Monterey

$48 $19

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A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

$49 for a One-Year Family Membership to Chabot Space & Science Center ($99 Value)

Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland

$99 $49

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Unlimited museum access and planetarium shows for one year, plus discounts on camps, classes, gifts, and café fare

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (Half Off)

Spirit Expeditions

The Colony

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$219 for a Sunrise Balloon Flight for Two or Four-Hour Winery Tour for Two at Uncorked Tours ($438 Value)

Uncorked Tours

Murrieta

$438 $219

Drink a champagne toast on a 45- to 60-minute flight with receptions before and after, or tour three wineries in a limo coach with snacks

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for 1 or 2 from California Balloon Rides (Up to 59% Off). 4 Options Available.

California Balloon Rides

Perris

$260 $109

Become the envy of the earthbound masses on a sunrise flight that affords panoramic views of the ocean and desert

$129 for a San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco-Tour for Two from Desert Adventures ($270 Value)

Desert Adventures - Eco Tours and Events

Palm Desert

$270 $129

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Pile into one of Desert Adventures' signature red jeeps before heading into the San Andreas fault to learn about the area and its history

Art-A-Fair Art Festival Season Passes for Two or Four in Laguna Beach (Up to 53% Off)

Art-A-Fair

Laguna Beach

$15 $7.50

Weave amongst works from 125 juried artists & soak up creativity behind a variety of work such as paintings, sculptures, & photography

General or Guided Tour at Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary (Up to 38% Off). Five Options Available.

Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Phelan

$16 $10

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See exotic reptiles, birds, and big cats that were rescued while learning the importance of preserving these species for future generations

Two or Four Days of Tent Camping or One or Two Days of RV Parking at The Oaks at Sacred Rocks (Up to 56% Off)

The Oaks at Sacred Rocks

Boulevard

$20 $10

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Enjoy stunning high altitude desert views or explore 163 acres of trails

10.5-Mile Upper or Lower South-Fork Rafting Trip from Sierra Whitewater (Up to 50% Off)

Sierra Whitewater Rafting

Lotus

$128 $64

Guides and rafters careen down the cliff-lined Class III and Class III+ rapids of the American River

24-Hour Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Passes for 2 or 4 Adults or 1 or 2 Kids from City Safari Hollywood (Up to 51% Off)

City Safari Hollywood

Hollywood

$108 $54

Hit Hollywood hot spots such as the Sunset Strip, Chinese Theater, and Walk of Fame with easy-to-use, hop-on, hop-off bus pass

One Family or Family Plus Membership to Aquarium of the Bay (Up to 47% Off)

Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

$110 $59

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Membership to 20,000-animal aquarium includes one year of free admission and discounted gift-shop purchases

Night Helicopter Tour for Two or Three from Star Helicopters (Up to 53% Off)

Star Helicopters

Hawthorne Airport

$675 $375

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Treat yourself, friends, or loved ones to a sky-high ride above the entertainment capital of the world

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship (Up to 60% Off)

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

San Francisco

$24 $12

Historically accurate and still operational, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public year round

Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine (Up to 64% Off)

Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

Union Square

$40 $19

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Reincarnated San Francisco icon leads tours through city's historic streets and dispenses facts about landmarks architectural and otherwise

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Many people feel an indescribable urge to follow in the footsteps of celebrities long passed?hoping that a connection to their genius or charm still lingers in the air of their apartments and favorite pubs. The guides of Esotouric understand and share this urge, though they prefer to roam the paths of history by bus. After scouring the famed neighborhoods of Los Angeles in search of interesting and outlandish locations, they share their findings on bus adventures that retrace the trails blazed by local artists, filmmakers, writers, and actors.

Esotouric's odysseys wind through haunts such as Raymond Chandler's favorite breakfast spot and the salon Charles Bukowski visited for his weekly knuckle-hair perm. Coloring their tours with anecdotes about the films adapted from his noirish stories, guides also visit locales captured in the cinematic landscapes of James M. Cain. Various tours explore Southern California?s culture, literature, and architectural sides, giving history hounds the chance to sniff out sinister deeds in old-time tattoo parlors, burlesque shows, and crime scenes.

2413 2nd Avenue
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The heavy stillness of night hangs over Old Town?s cemetery, the air silent and thick with a nervous, uneasy energy. A group of people has gathered here in the quiet, and stands seemingly motionless amid the graves, their outlines rendered almost indistinguishable thanks to the moonless sky. At the center of this group, experienced ghost hunter Michael Brown holds out his EMF meter that, after a second of inactivity, displays an unusual reading?alerting the onlookers that it senses a ghost is near.

This spooky sojourn is just another day on the job for Michael, who leads two ghost tours through Old Town four evenings a week. Intent on introducing believers and nonbelievers alike to the area?s paranormal activities, he bolsters equipment-based communications with the spirit world with tales amassed from his own experiences ghost hunting for 13 years. Public ghost tours give intrepid groups a chance to experience unsettling phenomena?such as a local energy vortex in which energy hovers above the ground?as they wend through haunted locales and ghosts' favorite picnic areas. Michael?s private ghost-hunting tours arm each brave soul with an EMF meter as they embark upon specter-tracking expeditions.

2754 Calhoun St
San Diego,
CA
US

Each year, the creative team behind Dead Time Dreams Attractions fills its disturbing setting with elaborate plots suitable for the silver screen. Far from sitting passively, audiences step into the scene beset by a cast of horrifying creatures. Before entering one of the immersive attractions, The Meat Factory or The Church, guests pass through the preshow Midway of Terror attraction. In the Meat Factory, terrornauts stumble through a maze of wending dead-ends festooned with meat hooks and body parts, behind which hungry creatures lurk. In the Church, visitors tour an apocalyptic wasteland populated by undead carnivores and toys that have a little bit of battery life in them.

2501 Tully Rd
San Jose,
California
US

Foxhound Urban Adventures founder Shannon Bruzelius is an organizer. Growing up in Colorado, Shannon was always outdoors, putting together events such as epic games of hide-and-seek at night, holiday scavenger hunts, and New Year's Eve sledding festivals. When he moved to San Francisco, visiting friends and family put him in the role of designated tour guide, which naturally progressed into what is now Foxhound Urban Adventures.

Jericho San Francisco is a spy adventure based on the party game Jericho, which offers locals and visitors a new way to see San Francisco neighborhoods. Players are split into two teams of up to 6 people each and charged with a specific mission, then armed with a bag of modern spy gadgets, including laser-tag gear and walkie-talkies. During the game, agents race through the city for up to 4 miles and just as many hours, sightseeing, outwitting opponents, and wasting time interrogating statues.

333 Post St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad's track may only be four miles long, but their trains cover decades in that distance. Here, a duo of antique steam engines?one built in 1913, the other in 1928?tow travelers through the piney wilderness of Sierra National Forest. Along the way, guides provide a glimpse of how America's wilderness looked to the railroad companies and loggers as they worked their way westward and shipped raw materials back east. The lesson also incorporates a bit of biology, as tour-leaders will often deviate from historical discussion to talk about local wildlife or how lumberjacks evolved their ax hands.

On certain evenings, the conductors extend the track tour from one-hour to three. Guests begin the evening with a barbecue dinner, then ride the train to a campfire for a sing-along. They then get back on the locomotive for an evening trip back to the modern era.

56001 Hwy 41
Fresno,
CA
US

Saskia Darnell, Lavender Screw's head artist, has been showcasing her artwork in galleries and exhibits since she was a child. In 2006, Saskia entered the student art exhibit at the Los Angeles County Fair and took home first place, and was featured in seven other art exhibits while earning her bachelor's in fine art. Students of all levels can enjoy BYOB classes, which feature a variety of paintings for students to emulate through step-by-step instruction. Paint Your Pet nights invite artists to transform a blank canvas into a colorful homage to their dog, cat, or secretly cloned woolly mammoth.

1500 K Street
Sacramento,
CA
US