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The Four Faces of Yosemite

Written by Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

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Glaciers carved Yosemite's magnificent geologic features about one and a half million years ago. President Abraham Lincoln set it aside as federal land in 1864. Naturalist, conservationist, advocate, and author, John Muir, eloquently argued to preserve it for future generations in the late 1800s.

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Ojai

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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A little over two hours away is a town that combines a respect for its history and a love of modern culture. No, it's not an oxymoron—it's Ojai. The smallest city in Ventura County has more to offer than you might realize, proving undoubtedly that, when it comes to a fun and exciting experience, size doesn't matter! This lovely “village” has so much going on at any given time that it will leave you reeling yet relaxed, and wanting to come back for more.

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California Dreaming City - Carmel

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Beautiful Carmel is a city renowned for spectacular views and romantic scenery. Well, “city” might be a strong word for a number of reasons. First, Carmel-by-the-Sea (as it’s also known) keeps a tidy population of around 5,000 residents.

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Berkeley

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Flamboyant, energetic, academic, and artsy only begin to describe the cultural richness and diversity of this famous California city...

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Living the American Dream

Written by Charlie Durgin

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Lost in the clutter of TV pundits screaming about debt ceilings and who should marry who is the seemingly quaint idea of the American Dream. Does it still live from sea to shining sea?

One place it certainly lives is just under two hours from Bakersfield in Simi Valley at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library...

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Hang Ten

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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It seems like we're always making excuses not to go out of town for the weekend. After all, breaking free of the hustle and bustle of city life can be hard. You've got household chores to do, paperwork to catch up on, and a new week to plan. But what if, for one weekend, you threw aside those things and made a pact with your family to get out of Dodge? You'd discover that there are lots of places to visit within a two-hour drive that can put a little zest back in your life...

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Steamy Affair

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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We could wax poetically on the history and romance of trains for days and days, but we’d much prefer to spend those days actually riding the rails; you know, experiencing the majestic feeling that comes from traveling across the land by way of a steam-powered locomotive...

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Let’s do Mandalay

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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What more can be said about a city that’s been immortalized in countless songs and movies? Sure, it did seem that, for a while, everything famous about Las Vegas had to do with leaving it (thank you, Fools Rush In)...

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Mammoth. The Name Says It All...

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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When the weather outside is frightful (foggy and rainy), it’s nice to go somewhere delightful. Like, say, a place where snowy mountains are not just off in the distance, but underneath your feet...

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2011 Discover Kern Insiders Guide...A to Z

Written by Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

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Atolia Mine – (contraction of the names of Mr. Atkins and Mr. DeGolia, claim holders of property in the western Mojave Desert). In its heyday circa 1916-1918, their mining town had a railroad, four restaurants, three general stores, four poolrooms, a newspaper, and a schoolhouse, and produced more tungsten than any other mine anywhere...

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