California offers variety like no other, with mile upon mile of fabulous coastline, redwood forests, dramatic mountain ranges and pristine lakes, it is no wonder it is so popular.
Lake Tahoe is beautiful in the summer and turns into one of the best ski resorts on the west coast in the winter. Another worthwhile visit to make is a trip to Yosemite which is home to one of the world's most beautiful national parks.
There is no doubt that California is a great place to visit both in summer and in winter.
California has a climate often compared to that of the Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and mild winters.
San Francisco is well known for its fog, particularly in the summer months where the days may start and end with fog, which clears around midday. While just down the coast Los Angeles is famous for is consistently sunny, coastal climate in the high sixties during winter and low eighties in summer.
Out and About
There are so many things to do in California, from exploring San Francisco's infamous jail on Alcatraz to riding the city's iconic cable car, while in LA nosy around on a tour of some of Hollywood's hottest movie star homes or enjoy a family day out at a theme park, try some wine tasting in the Napa Valley or enjoy the great outdoors of one of the state's National Parks, its all here in the sunny state of California.
The city of Los Angeles is vast and offers plenty of things to do for its visitors; some of the more touristy must dos while here include a walk down Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman's Chinese Theatre where screen legends have left their foot and hand prints in cement; hang around (if you can't afford the designer goods) Rodeo Drive in the hope of ogling a celebrity; visit the quirky Venice Beach it's a great place for people-watching and a wander; take a picture of the Hollywood sign or hit the shops, the city is a premium shopping destination with a variety of stores to suit all tastes and budgets. For families looking for a fun day out Disneyland, Universal Studios and Knotts Berry Farm are all great theme parks popular for all age groups.
San Diego is California's oldest city, it has around 70 miles of coastline making it a great choice for a holiday in the sun as well as an ideal base for a families, San Diego features some great venues for a fun day out, including SeaWorld, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.
Out for Lunch
California has dining options to satisfy all tastes and budgets, offering everything from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants.
Some of the Californian specialities include:
The Monte Cristo sandwich - a ham and cheese sandwich, once assembled is then dipped in egg and fried like French toast. Cioppino - an Italian-American dish originating in San Francisco is a stew made with an array of fresh seafood. Chop Suey - believed to have been discovered in San Francisco in 1878, California Roll - a kind of sushi roll, packed with crabmeat and avocado, and the Cobb salad - generally found on most restaurant menus and served as a main course, the salad is made from chopped salad greens, tomato, crispy bacon, boiled or roasted chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, avocado, chives, Roquefort cheese and red-wine vinaigrette.
Flight Time - From Glasgow 10hrs, From Manchester 11 hrs, From London 11 hrs
Currency - US Dollar
Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Cafes - mixed
Best Time to Visit: April to November
Top Hotels In California
Here's a list of our top accommodations in California, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.
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