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201307-w-best-all-inclusive-family-resorts-coconut-bayOahu blends cosmopolitan luxury and breathtaking scenery more than any other Hawaiian island. The state’s capital city, Honolulu, showcases the island’s urban appeal. Nearby you’ll find a host of cultural and historical sites, from the austere USS Arizona Memorial to ornate ‘Iolani Palace. In the nearby Waikiki neighborhood, a skyline of high-rises and resort hotels contrasts with sprawling white-sand beaches. For a taste of rural Hawaii, visit the North Shore. Here, you’ll find the most brilliant blue waters and meandering hikes. But those three spots aren’t all Oahu offers. Its high-class restaurants, vibrant cultural events, and wild nightlife further showcase this island as a “Gathering Place” of Hawaiian culture.

Oahu is one of the centers of Hawaii’s arts and culture scene. The island has a large number of music and dance festivals, including the Annual Ukulele Festival. You can also find many expressions of Polynesian and indigenous Hawaiian culture throughout the island. Be sure to check out the Polynesian Cultural Center on the island’s north shore for a deeper look into the island’s native heritage. It’s also important to regard Hawaiians as American citizens instead of “Hawaiians” or “Native Islanders.” While citizens of Oahu cherish their indigenous ancestry, they also take pride in their American heritage. You can also enjoy Chicken Fried Steak Restaurant in there.

Residents of the Hawaiian islands generally have a laid-back attitude. Life is slower there than most U.S. cities, and customer service can be inefficient. It’s easy to lose patience while visiting.

Although you’ll find many familiar American chains in Honolulu and Waikiki, you should try Hawaiian favorites like shave ice with red bean paste or Filipino pork adobo. The island is also home to famed chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, who put Hawaiian cuisine on the American regional food map. Recent visitors recommend trying the Hawaiian fusion cuisine at Roy’s Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Yamaguchi’s chain restaurant that serves up classic European and Asian dishes with a Hawaiian twist.

San Diego, California

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San Diego is a vacationer’s paradise, with year-round temperatures in the seventies and near-constant sunshine. One of America’s most family-friendly cities, San Diego is home to LEGOLAND, the New Children’s Museum, and the famous San Diego Zoo. Sunbathers and surfers are guaranteed to find their perfect beach, and foodies find delights in artisanal breweries, local bistros, and gourmet restaurants. From the Broadway excitement of La Jolla Playhouse to the European feel of Little Italy to the nouveau-chic of the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego has something for everyone.

Perfection. That single word describes the weather in San Diego and is a primary reason this city draws millions of visitors each year. Of course, having the stunning beaches of the Pacific Ocean doesn’t hurt, either! You can fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN) and stay at one of its nearby San Diego, CA hotels, drive your own car or ride an Amtrak train or Greyhound bus to San Diego – you will certainly not lack for things to do once you get there.

Driving between your hotel and various areas of the city is not difficult – just remember the ocean is always to the west! Speaking of the ocean, visitors love walking, skating and biking over 70 miles of beautiful beaches. Balboa Park in San Diego California USA The water can be chilly, but spending a day at a San Diego beach can hardly be surpassed.

Need a break from all the major activity? Try Old Town for really authentic Mexican food, great margaritas, and historic buildings. Visit Seaport Village for great shopping and dining, right next to the water. It’s a really beautiful setting. You really should cross the Bay Bridge and visit Coronado Island to see the historic Hotel Del Coronado. The beaches here are outstanding. The Gaslamp Quarter has many fine dining establishments and nightclubs from which to choose. This area also features numerous accommodations from which to choose as it is convenient for business and leisure travellers alike!