Holidays to California
Sparkling as enchantingly as it does on the big screen, California holidays promise to entertain, thrill and surprise. Spreading across the west coast of America and towards the Mojave Desert, the Golden State is filled with appealing destinations, from stylish beachside retreats, to chic urban hubs and striking natural wonders.
Whether you want thrills and spills from movie led theme parks, winter sport action in the Sierras, or you want to stay in the lap of luxury in Hollywood, a holiday to California will treat you to some unforgettable experiences.
Those who revel in the fast pace of cosmopolitan cities will find some of the country’s most exciting destinations on California holidays, from the colourfully cultured San Francisco to the dreamy, star-studded Los Angeles.. Both are filled with impressive streets lined with slick skyscrapers, and are bordered by suburbs of green parks and waterside sanctuaries, so you can book yourself into a city centre hotel with peaceful gardens when you want to retreat.
If the Hollywood Hills are calling, staying in one of the central hotels minutes from the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a must. You’ll find yourself within easy reach of Universal Studios Hollywood and Anaheim, home to the Disneyland Resort in California.
Those looking for the quieter side of holidays to California will find breathtaking locations, including cool beachside towns such as Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. The state is also home to rugged National Parks such as Death Valley, Yosemite and Redwood, which are filled with rustic lodges for cosy stays. Whether you want water sports and lazy days on the sands, or day long treks and wildlife spotting, this diverse state has it all.
California has long been seen as the holiday destination for dreamers, whether it’s escaping to Hollywood in the hunt for fame and fortune, or retreating to a beachside hotel to kick back and relax in the Californian sun. With so many varied destinations and attractions, the state offers something for everyone, from romantic trips for two, to action packed family holidays.
Visitors with energy to burn can enjoy the two extremes of the sporting world, from skiing and winter activities in the Big Bear or Lake Tahoe resort, to surfing and scuba diving in Santa Monica or the Orange County.
Some guaranteed entertainment is offered across theme parks and in sports stadiums, such as the Staples Centre in Downtownwhilst first rate shopping is offered by the bucket load across the state. Head to Rodeo Drive for the ultimate Pretty Woman experience. Just let the map be your guide!
Out and About in California
At the heart of California holidays sits the notorious Los Angeles, a city filled with world renowned attractions, from the Walk of Fame and the Graumann’s Chinese Theatre to Rodeo Drive and the sprawling Beverly Hills. San Francisco also boasts its fair share of landmarks, including the gleaming Golden Gate Bridge and the eerie Alcatraz.
San Diego boasts some of the most entertaining sites in the state, from the Sea World theme park to the infamous zoo and the impressive safari park. Anaheim is the destination for Mickey Mouse fans, as its home to the first every Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort in California.
Enjoy some Riviera chic along the Santa Barbara coastline, which glows amid sweeping beaches, exquisite wineries and superb restaurants and shops. The Napa Valley is also one for wine lovers, scattered with vineyards that offer tours and tasting, and some spas that provide the perfect post wine pampering.
Lake Tahoe entertains whatever the time of year, offering water sports and lakeside sunbathing during the summer, and sports and activities in the snow over the winter.