How To Plan A California Vacation Full Of Ups And Downs

Let’s say you’re plotting the perfect California vacation. And sure, every vacation comes with its share of highs and lows but in California, there’s good cause to get in more than your fair share with an itinerary that includes heart-stopping rides on some of the nation’s best roller coasters, brought to you courtesy of a good list of amusement and theme parks that range from world-famous names to lesser known, but equally deserving local parks. The rush is yours for the taking.

Topping the list of course are the big name baddies in Southern California like Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm, all in the Anaheim area. Then, of course there’s the original Universal Studios (Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City), SeaWorld San Diego and Six Flags Magic Mountain (north of Los Angeles) to fill a good month of Sundays without so much as setting foot in a local favorite or venturing north of the Grapevine.

So before ticking roller coasters off your to-do list, slow down and put those big flashy parks in perspective. To wit: plan a detour out to Santa Monica’s pier to enjoy a ride on a classic coaster and a stop to rattle along the old school rides at Belmont Park in San Diego before heading north.

California’s other concentration of amusement parks is in central California, within easy reach of most Bay Area cities. In Vallejo, California, just 30 miles northeast of San Francisco find Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, an animal park and roller coaster combo popular with visitors of all ages, or steer the same distance southeast of San Fran for access to California Great America. Spoiled for choice? Absolutely. And that’s without even starting on parks like Gilroy Gardens near San Jose (think mellow rides in a peaceful garden setting) or the rides at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where you can mix up your coasters with some time by the water. It’s a California vacation that will give you fresh perspective on life’s ups and downs.

History of the Rose Bowl Game

History of the Rose Bowl game – Back in 1901, the organizers of the Tournament of Roses© were agonizing how to attract people to the activities on New Year’s Day. James Wagner, then president of the Tournament brought forth the idea of a post-season football game to attract the much desired attendance.This game is also referred to as the “Granddaddy of Them All” considering that it’s the oldest bowl game. The very first time this game was played was back in 1902, but then it was off for 14 seasons afterwards. Ever since starting back up in 1916, this contest continues to be played every single year.

The Rose Bowl generally saw the top team in the Big 10 facing off versus the very best team in the Pac-10 (now Pac-12). These days, if either the Big 10 champion or the Pac-12 champion is playing for the BCS National Championship, a university from a different conference may be picked.

The Big Ten was usually the home team in odd-numbered seasons, while the Pac-12 team was home during the even numbered seasons. Having said that, now the home team would be the team with the highest ending BCS rating. That team will get the East sideline and wears their home jerseys while the visiting school gets the West sideline and puts on their visitor uniforms. The national anthem is played by the band from the team with the bigger BCS national ranking. That team then performs initially at halftime, followed by the opposite school’s band. It is in the tv contract that a portion of each band’s halftime performance be broadcast.

The game’s history has seen a dominance by Southern California. The Trojans have played in the Rose Bowl on 33 occasions, winning 24 of those appearances. Michigan is the Big Ten leader with 20 showings and eight victories. Washington and Ohio State have both been 14 times, winning 7 a piece. Stanford and UCLA both have already been involved 12 times with 5 victories each.

The longest droughts of not making it to the game for Big Ten universities includes Indiana’s only showing taking place back in 1968, Minnesota not being seen since 1962, and Michigan State’s final showing back in 1988. The Pac-12 hasn’t experienced California as their representative since 1959 and Oregon State hasn’t returned since 1965. At the very least they have played, Arizona is yet to earn a Rose Bowl bid in the team’s history.

Some of the teams outside of the Big 10 and Pac-12 which have performed in non-BCS Championship Rose Bowls are Alabama with six appearances, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Columbia, and Navy.