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Cruising Article – 2012-10-18

Tour the West Coast on a California Coastal cruise

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Though it's a single state, California makes up more than half of the West Coast in the U.S., affording it some of the most beautiful weather, Pacific coastline and destinations in the country. And while you could hit the road to explore the many sights and sounds that the Golden State has to offer, why not travel in style with a California Coastal cruise from Princess Cruises?

Departing from your port of call in Los Angeles, this incredible getaway sails north to San Francisco before turning around to visit Santa Barbara, San Diego and the Mexican coastal destination of Ensenada - finally returning back to the City of Angels.

And if you think you've already seen the best of the best along the West Coast, think again. With nearly 1,000 miles of beautiful coastline, there's always something new to discover in as diverse a state as California. Here are some of the destinations waiting for you on this unforgettable cruise.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles may be the City of Angels, but it's also the town that Hollywood calls home. At any given moment, you could spy a famous actor strolling down the street, run into a beautiful leading lady out for lunch or even get an autograph from your favorite comedian prior to one of his nightly shows.

The majority of the action is centered around the world famous Hollywood Boulevard, which is considered one of the central hubs of Los Angeles. Many of the city's historic theaters are located in this area, so you'll have the opportunity to pose for pictures in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre or the Dolby Theatre nearby. As you move up the street, don't be surprised if you find yourself treading on some of Hollywood's biggest names as part of the legendary Walk of Fame. And, of course, don't forget the iconic Hollywood sign situated in the hills off in the distance.

San Francisco
This island located in the choppy waters of the San Francisco Bay is one of the world's most historic and storied prisons - Alcatraz. While the island no longer contains any federal inmates, it is currently a national park that allows tourists to explore the facility.

However, Alcatraz's history doesn't end with being a home for America's most wanted felons. Prior to its status as a prison, the island was the largest fort west of the Mississippi during the Civil War in addition to one of the West Coast's first lighthouses. From the island, you'll also have a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Santa Barbara
Though not as big of a tourist destination as Los Angeles or San Francisco, Santa Barbara is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions on the California coastline. If you're looking for a little slice of history, you'll want to head over to view the stunning architecture of the Santa Barbara Mission, which was constructed by Catholic missionaries back in the late 18th century.

However, one of the main draws of Santa Barbara is the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley - wine country. Here, you can explore the gorgeous wineries of California while sampling a diverse array of their merlots, shirazes and cabernet sauvignons, among others. Paired with the delicious regional cuisine, a day of wining and dining is sure to make Santa Barbara one of the most memorable stops on your California cruise.

San Diego
Known for its beautiful blue waters, pristine sandy beaches and incredible year-round weather, San Diego is one of the most enjoyable cities in all of California. Consider stopping over and going to a Chargers football game or Padres baseball game. You can also see some of the world's most exotic and incredible wildlife at the San Diego Zoo, Sea World or Wild Animal Park!

The wonders of the West Coast are just waiting to be unlocked, so get ready to escape completely® on a California Coastal cruise with Princess Cruises. From the spotlights of Hollywood to the sandy shores of Mexico, you won't forget your adventure down the Pacific coastline. Click here to begin your journey!