Stretching some 1,288km (800 miles) North to South, California offers a huge diversity of landscapes, from Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the north to Channel islands National Park and Joshua tree National Park in the South. Explore its exciting cities – ride a cable car to attractions in sophisticated San Francisco, head to the zoo or go shopping in sunny San Diego and discover the famous film and TV industry in glamorous Los Angeles. Discover palm tree lined Beverly Hills boulevards with enormous mansions; sunny beach boardwalks with funfairs and rollerbladers, scenic highways skirting dramatic coastal drop-offs, and secluded paths meandering through groves of giant redwood trees.
California oozes culture, style, and sophistication. The state has its own genre of cuisine, the nation’s top wine region, and a very long list of cool, relaxed beaches and hideaways that warrant a lingering visit. It’s for these reasons that California occupies the imagination of the entire world.
The weather in California is beautiful, and it really is a year-round destination. California’s climate is Mediterranean-style with warm, dry summers and mild, damp winters. Along the coast the average temperature through the year is 21°C, and it gets up to 27°C in summer. North of Monterey you might get some fog along the coast in the mornings and evenings. Inland the temperatures are more extreme and in the mountains winters get cold and snowy.
Iconic California experiences include: –
Surfing the breakers off Santa Cruz
Watch the sun set at any of the 100 of so beaches along the coast
Hike through alpine valleys in Yosemite or Sequoia national parks
Tour the wineries of Napa, Sonoma, and other hidden valleys in northern California
Explore San Francisco’s diverse tapestry of neighbourhoods
Visiting Disneyland in Anaheim
Search for movie stars out for their morning coffee in Los Angeles
Walk slowly and softly through the cathedrals of redwood forests along the central and northern coast
If you’re on the search for sunshine, you’ll love lazy days on the beach. With mile upon mile of stunning coastline, tall rocky cliffs make way for stretches of soft sand, perfect for family days by the sparkling sea. From San Francisco’s romantic Ocean Beach to LA’s chilled-out Laguna Beach, there’s no shortage of choice as you pull up a sun lounger and get into the true Californian spirit.
If you’re going away with the family, there are endless possibilities to keep the kids entertained. With world-class attractions like Disneyland Resort and San Diego Zoo to choose from, days out in California are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
If you like to get a culture fix on holiday, you’re in for a treat. Whether you’re exploring the museums and theatres of San Francisco, visiting Balboa Park or looking at the night sky from the Griffith Observatory, California is a treasure-trove of fascinating sights that will entertain and amaze.
You’ll be spoiled for choice if you’re a bit of a foodie, with everything from wineries to bubble tea stands and seafood stalls to breakfast pancakes on offer. Of course, your visit to Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without sipping a frappuccino on Sunset Boulevard, watching the glitzy world of Hollywood go by.
California’s landscapes are breathtakingly gorgeous, making it the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Trek the mountains at Yosemite Valley, take a sunrise hike through Death Valley or explore Lassen Volcanic National Park to really experience this beautiful east coast state in all its jaw-dropping glory.
Getting to California
There are many fabulous destinations for you to explore in California, but the main gateways from the UK are Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and San Diego (SAN). There are plenty of flights to California available from practically anywhere in the USA