Travel south along Pacific Coast to Los Angeles
Third Street Promenade dinner
Details: Hearst Castle visit
With a palatial estate that includes three castles totalling over 90,000 square feet, the Hearst Castle is as large as a small city. Containing more than 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, a full-size movie theater, and even its own private airport, the Hearst Castle estate is truly awe-inspiring. The architecture is a blend of styles that caught William Randolph's fancy, ranging from Spanish cathedral to Roman temple. If you tire of wandering the castle, see if you can spot some of the exotic animals (zebras, giraffes & more) roaming the estates unmanicured acreage.
Details: Santa Monica and Venice Beach visit
Witness the apex of outdoor urban sports culture along the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice. Santa Monica, an international hub for skateboarding, also hosts a vibrant pier scene, with buildings from a bygone beachfront era providing a whimsical backdrop. You can walk along Palisades Park for spectacular ocean views, and even take a long look through a camera obscura. Then it's on to Venice Beach, with its canals (hence the name), and carnivalesque Ocean Front Walk. Watch a vast array of street performers, visit a fortune teller, or buy some of the wares from the local artists. Or watch the always-in-session streetballers hoop it up, check out where Schwarzenneger first pumped up at Muscle Beach, or hits the sand volleyball courts to see some of the world's best players.