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California

The Golden State

Overview

With its mind-blowing diversity of scenery, activities and experiences, California sure is dreaming. Discover hidden jewels and magnificent contrasts in the Golden State.

If you're in search of culture, savour wonderful Californian cuisine in the melting-pot neighbourhood communities of San Francisco or the Spanish mission town of Santa Barbara. Enjoy sipping stunning biodynamic wines in the sun-drenched, picturesque wineries of Napa and Sonoma. Or head to Beverly Hills to shop with Tinseltown's finest on Rodeo drive.

If the great outdoors is what you're after, explore the vibrant golden beaches of Santa Monica and Laguna Beach. Get close to nature in the forests of giant redwoods and sequoias. Relax by hot springs in fabulous desert resorts. With all this and more on offer, California really is a smorgasbord for everyone at any time of the year.

Things to do

Holidays

Browse our amazing range of holidays in California

Popular California holiday ideas

  • Beverly Hills Marriott

    from £109

    The Beverly Hills Marriott is a great hotel in an excellent location within walking distance of the famous Beverly Hills shopping district.

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  • Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

    Hilton Union Square

    from £66

    The Hilton San Francisco is a large and stylish hotel with a great downtown location in the heart of the vibrant entertainment district.

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    Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

    from £69

    The Holiday Inn is a classic hotel with an excellent location in the heart of the popular Fisherman’s Wharf neighbourhood of San Francisco.

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  • Millennium Biltmore

    from £59

    The Millenium Biltmore is a grand and historic hotel with a beautiful lobby and a great position in the heart of LA’s cultural district.

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    The Beverly Garland

    from £67

    The Beverly Garland is a stylish boutique hotel with a relaxed, tropical feel just minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles and its many attractions. ...see more

  • Wyndham Hotel Anaheim Garden Grove

    from £59

    The Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove is a good hotel, well placed for those visiting Disneyland and with excellent amenities.

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  • Forever West

    from £939

    Energetic cities and spectacular scenery are your travelling companions on this exciting escorted journey through America’s legendary west coast....see more

  • National Parks Explorer

    from £1,469

    America’s southwest is a mouthwatering concentration of mesmerizing and diverse scenery - some of the world’s finest and our mission on this...see more

  • Norwegian Cruise Lines - LA to Mexican Riviera

    from £409

    Relax on your NCL cruise, a voyage of cultural discovery as you uncover Mexico’s Riviera layer by layer. Well known for its year-round warm...see more

Top tips

Top tips for visiting California

Top Tip 1

• California is a vast state—nearly 800 miles from north to south, making it larger than some European countries. Seeing all of it entails some travel time, which you should factor in if you want to see the whole state. Traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 6 to 8 hours by car.

Top Tip 2

• Before embarking on a roadtrip, decide which area of California you’d like to explore. Northern California offers wineries, rugged coastline, majestic Redwood forests and the historic cities of San Francisco, Eureka and Santa Cruz. Central California is home to the upscale, coastal Monterey; the cowboy town of Bakersfield; the former Gold Rush settlement of Kernville, and the Fresno-San Joaquin Valley, also known as California wine country. In the southern part of the state you’ll find the quaint, immaculate ocean-side town of Santa Barbara, as well as Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego.

Top Tip 3

• Determine how long you’d like to be on the road. A trip up the coast can be completed in as little as a day, but you won’t get to stop and see much. Plan on at least three to four days if you’d like to stop and explore; more if you’d like to stop and relax. If you’re traveling the state from south to north, you can zip up Interstate 5, which runs from San Diego to the California-Oregon border and winds through fruit orchards and rolling farmland. Or, you can take the more leisurely 101 Freeway which hugs the coast and offers stunning ocean and mountain scenery.

Top Tip 4

• On the coast, average yearly temperatures range between the low 40s°F (4.4°C) and in the high 70s°F (21.1°C) and 80s°F (26.7°C). Farther inland, summers are hot and dry, and at higher altitudes the weather is more typical of a four-season cycle with cold, snowy winters. The contrast is clear in the state’s two largest cities, where you’ll find very different weather patterns. San Francisco is famous for its fog — especially in the summer, and Los Angeles is known for its consistently sunny, coastal climate.

Top Tip 5

• California Restaurant Month in January is an ideal opportunity to sample the very best California produce prepared by world-renowned chefs and local family run restaurants across the State, and all at affordable prices.

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Beautiful, laid-back California makes for the perfect USA escape Spot celebrities in lively Los Angeles Chill out and soak up the views of the Big Sur Discover the delights of San Francisco

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