California Holidays 2016

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Captivating 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 seek thrills and spills from movie-led theme parks, winter sport action in the Sierras, or to stay in the lap of luxury in Hollywood, holidays to California will treat you to some unforgettable experiences.

Vibrant Cities

Those who revel in the fast pace of cosmopolitan cities will find some of the country’s most exciting destinations during their holidays in California, 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.

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 – a perfect location for families.

Those looking for the quieter side of holidays to California will discover breath-taking destinations, including the cool beachside towns of Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. The state is also home to rugged National Parks such as Death Valley, Yosemite and Redwood, 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 Dreaming

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 Orange County.

At the heart of a California holiday 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.

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.

California Beach Holidays

Beaches

There are absolutely loads of beaches in California, each with their own unique attractions. Santa Barbara is a more serene beach settlement, perfect for romantic beach breaks, while Redondo Beach is more built up and great for family holidays. Venice beach in Los Angeles is well known and has lots of beach side activities including basketball and body building.

Activities

Enjoy sunbathing and surfing on the beach as well as sports such as volleyball and basketball. For wet activities of the beach, then California is home to several water parks including Knott's Soak City and the Legoland California Water Park.

Nightlife

The beaches in California are great for nightlife, with lots of beach bars and restaurants lining the sea front. Laguna Beach, Long Beach and Huntington Beach are all popular nightlife spots, with amazing cocktail bars and nightclubs.

Hotels

Canary Hotel Santa Barbara is a boutique hotel which is decorated in a fashionable and unique style. The hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara and boasts its own rooftop pool. Decorated in a unique Spanish style, you'll feel like you're in your own paradise here.

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California Couples Breaks

Attractrions

If you are on a couples holiday to California, then you will want to hit the shops on Rodeo Drive, which is home to hundreds of luxury brands including Gucci, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, and Versace. Sunset Strip is also popular with tourists in Hollywood, and many celebrities also haunt the area.

Activities

Angel Island state park is a must-see activity if you visit San Francisco. The park is accessible only by boat, but offers breathtaking views of the San Franciscio skyline. California is also a wine-lovers dream, with many vineyards in Napa Valley.

Nightlife

The nightlife in California is lively and wild, with plenty of exclusive venues in Los Angeles and more laid back spots in San Francisco. What resonates throughout California is their love of and appreciation of food, and you will certainly find many fine fusion restaurants as well as traditional chain restaurants to suit your needs.

Hotels

Bacara in Santa Barbara, west of Los Angeles is an exclusive luxury resort, offering couples the perfect romantic stay in California. Situated close to the beach, the rooms each have a private balcony or patio and is decorated in a Mediterranean style.

California Family Holidays

Attractions

Family holidays to California are like no other - home to celebrities, theme parks and stunning beaches, it has something to offer everyone. For those who want to enjoy the best of California and combine a beach break with the excitement of Los Angeles, look no further than Santa Monica. Spend your days soaking up the Californian sunshine before exploring the glitz and glamour of LA. Alternatively, book a San Diego holiday and enjoy the incandescent waters of the Pacific Ocean. With sublime stretches of sand, a fascinating Old Town to discover and famed attractions including the San Diego Zoo, the entire family will create endless memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Activities

As well as Disneyland, there is the Universal Studios theme park in Hollywood, the Six Flags park in Valencia and the Sea World aquarium in San Diego. California also has some amazing beaches including Huntington Beach, Sand Diego Beach, and of course Malibu Beach.

Nightlife

There are lots of restaurants in California to suit families, including plenty of familiar chain restaurants. California is also known for its unique take on food and offers everything from Mexican food, to burgers, to sushi (it is after all, the namesake for the Californian roll).

Hotels

The Terranea Resort in Redondo Beach is great for families, as it is situated on the beach front and is only 20 miles away from Los Angeles Airport. It's also only 45 mins drive from Disneyland, and the hotel also had child care facilities if you fancy some alone time.

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Exploring California

Places to Visit

A holiday to California has the potential for hundreds of day trips. Los Angeles is the biggest city in California, and is home to the famous Hollywood sign as well as Disneyland. San Francisco is famed for its relaxed culture as well as its cable cars and steep hills. The capital of California, Sacramento is worth a visit for its history, as well as Napa for its amazing vineyards.

Attractions

If you're going on holiday to Los Angeles then be sure to visit Hollywood boulevard and the iconic Walk of Fame. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is also a must-see as well as Yosemite Park for its amazing scenery and rolling landscape.

Activities

If you want an active holiday, be sure to visit Yosemite National Park. Here you can go trekking, fishing, and hiking through the area, as well as skiing in the winter months. Mammoth Lakes is also a popular town in the area, as it is home to some natural hot springs.

Hotels

If you fancy staying in the Yosemite National Park, then stay at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. A cozy mountain resort, it offers a great lodging experience, including indoor and outdoor pools, plus access to hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.

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