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Historic Benicia, Calif., a Bay Area artists' haven

Benicia, Calif., a small waterfront town in the Bay Area often overlooked by travelers, is an elixir for big-city angst. Less than an hour from Oakland and San Francisco, this charming hamlet gives visitors a chance to relax as they stroll the compact downtown's boutiques and antique stores.

San Diego's, San Francisco's rival 1915 Panama expositions both won

The redwood lath structure of the Botanical Building at the left and the twin towers of the Casa del Prado as seen from the California Tower in San Diego's Balboa Park. Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times

Weekend Escape: La Jolla Shores Shopping, snorkeling and dining abound

Weekend Escape: La Jolla Shores Shopping, snorkeling and dining abound La Jolla is known for its cosmopolitan vibe, high-end shopping and fine dining. For a more down-to-earth, beach-centric experience, head to La Jolla Shores, a compact, laid-back neighborhood across the water from the village center. Popular with locals and families, the beach has fire pits, a... http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-lajolla-escape-20130929-story.html

San Diego's, San Francisco's rival 1915 Panama expositions both won

L.A. Times photographer Don Bartetti took this photo of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in San Diego's Balboa Park. Behind the arched roll-up door at right is the park's huge organ, which has 4,350 pipes.