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.
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
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.