One day if I go to heaven, I'll look around and say, "It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco."
- Herb Caen
SANTA CRUZ, California – No one's too old for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, although you try and try to convince yourself that it is so. The seaside amusement park defines summer fun.
WEST OAKLAND, California – Coffee roasteries, modern soul food, funky used bookstores, and markets as far as the eye can see.
SAN FRANCISCO – It's a melting pot of cultures, classes, curious creatures, and excellent objects. Layer up and shop a while.