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GOING PLACES An Epic Coastal Cruise: San Francisco to Malibu A road trip view of what California has to offer your attendees FROM THE WILD coastline of Northern California to Malibu beaches lined by celebrity homes, a drive along California’s iconic Highway 1 is one for the bucket list. Take a few days to savor this legendary road trip, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Head south from San Francisco on twisting coastal roads and stop at some of the state’s most unforgettable destinations, like world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium literally hanging over sparkling Monterey Bay, and Hearst Castle, the hilltop estate of legendary business magnate William Randolph Hearst. There’s natural splendor tracing the cliffs of Big Sur, where roadside turnouts might afford not just a beautiful photo, but spouting gray whales migrating between Alaska and Mexico. Picture-perfect coastal communities beckon throughout—from artsy Carmel-by-the-Sea and its storybook cottages to the “American Riviera” of Santa Barbara with its Mediterranean architecture and lavish gardens. SAN FRANCISCO TO SANTA CRUZ: REDWOODS, WINECOUNTRY, AND ROLLER COASTERS Less than an hour from San Francisco, just off the highway along the San Mateo coast, relax on beaches hidden within rocky coves, or hike on trails with gorgeous views of waves surging into offshore boulders. Just north of the Santa Cruz County line, Highway 1 reaches Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve, one of California’s most remarkable wildlife areas. It’s home to northern elephant seals, which are aptly named for their mass (males can weigh 6,000 pounds/2,722 kilograms — as much as a sport utility vehicle) and trunk-like noses. Northern elephant seals nearly went extinct but a hunting ban helped their population recover. Isolated California locations like Año Nuevo provided sanctuary, and now their numbers have grown to 160,000. (You can also see elephant seals north of Hearst Castle at Piedras Blancas in San Luis Obispo County.) About 20 miles/32 kilometers past Año Nuevo, Highway 1 reaches Santa Cruz. Thanks to the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (home to the Giant Dipper, a vintage wooden roller coaster), the city has been a seaside escape for Californians for more than a century. Santa Cruz also serves as a gateway to state parks where fog-shrouded redwoods grow to 300 feet/91 meters. It’s also a thriving wine region celebrated for pinot noir and chardonnay. And despite its chilly waters (averaging about 57°F/14°C year-round), the coast here is internationally renowned for surfing—particularly big wave surfing at world-famous breaks like Mavericks. Learn about local history at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, then watch surfers in action at Steamer Lane. MONTEREY TO BIG SUR: FISHING HISTORY, A STELLAR AQUARIUM, AND AMAZING COASTAL SPLENDOR H ighway 1 follows t he s weep of Monterey Bay until it reaches California’s original capital city, Monterey. The city is filled with reminders of California’s Spanish and Mexican eras, most notably at Monterey State Historic Park, which preserves more than 400 years of history. Nearby Canner y Row blends tourist attractions, including an IMAX theater, with remnants of the 1900s sardine industry made famous by novelist John Steinbeck. Located on the site of Cannery Row’s last processing plant rises the mustsee Monterey Bay Aquarium, which uses extraordinary exhibits and massive tanks filled with sea life to literally take you beneath the waves and into Monterey Bay’s rich and diverse marine world. From the aquarium, continue south along the coast past pretty and w ild Asilomar State Beach to the start of the famous 17-Mile Drive, which winds past oceanfront estates and Pebble Beach’s legendary golf courses. Head into the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea to browse shops and galleries (the town has long been an artists’ haven), and visit the elegant Mission San Carlos de Borromeo, dedicated in 1770 and one of 21 missions built along the California coast by Spanish padres. 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2012

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Dieting on a Per Diem
Plan Green
Education Edge
Demonstrate the Value of Your Meeting
Good to Know
Supplier Strategy
That’s Technology
Conference Connection
Freeze of Per Diem Rates is not a Hotel Freeze out for Government Business
Membership News
Travel Tips & Trends
Continuing Education Now Includes New ADA Rules
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Fall 2012