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California

Enchanting, magical and home to Disneyland, California is an action-packed wonderland just waiting to be explored. Ideal for families, groups of friends and couples, expect nothing less than a luxury holiday from touch down ‘til departures.
 
With an array of hotels to choose from in the state, you’re somewhat spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to rest your head. From glamorous décor in LA, to the amazing beachside locations in Santa Monica you’re in for a true treat in Cali.
 
Being the top provider of the nation’s fresh produce, food is a big deal to Californians. Organic is more than a word to locals, it’s a way of life. Whether you want seafood fare at Fog Harbour Fish House in  San Francisco or Italian fare at Bestia in  Los Angeles, you’re sure to be tasting flavours you never knew existed from local farmers doing their bit for the world.
 
This same love of the environment can also be seen with its countless national parks and varying landscapes. Whether you want to trek through Yosemite National Park, north of Los Angeles or admire Dante’s View in Death Valley to the east of the state, you’re sure to have an adventure of a lifetime.
 
We can’t discuss California without mentioning the A-List crowd in Hollywood and LA. A mecca for actors, if you’re into your films then you simple have to visit Universal Studios Hollywood, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame… it would be a crime not to.
 
Calling all shopaholics, we haven’t forgotten about you! If you’re in LA, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive are sacrilege thanks to the abundance of high-end designer boutiques and VIP shopping experiences on offer including private lounges and appointment-only hotspots. If you’re a department store fanatic, then head to Union Square in San Francisco and shop ‘til you drop in Bloomingdales and Barneys. Alternatively, Seaport Village in San Diego offers some of the best coastal boutiques.
 
The Californian sun is just waiting to be soaked up and what better way to do so than on the beach? For families, Santa Monica Beach doesn’t disappoint. Be sure to check out the pier which hosts a Ferris Wheel and rollercoaster as well as restaurants and shops.
 
With hundreds of pristine-white sands to explore, get your surfboard, swimming costume and sun lotion, California is calling.
 
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Wine lovers will be in their element thanks to the plethora of vineyards and wineries found in the state. More than 300,000 tonnes of grapes are harvested every year making it one of the top industries in the area. Be sure to check with your hotel, especially if staying in Santa Monica and San Diego, if there are any trips and hopefully you will get to sample a glass or two.

 
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Good to know

  • Capital: Sacramento
  • Currency: USD
  • Must See: Disneyland
  • In A Word: Action-packed

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 13°c   Feb: 13°c   Mar: 14°c  
Apr: 16°c   May: 17°c   Jun: 19°c  
Jul: 22°c   Aug: 22°c   Sep: 21°c  
Oct: 18°c   Nov: 17°c   Dec: 14°c  

Location

California Articles

California In A Nutshell

Los Angeles
 
  • Home to the rich and famous, Los Angeles is an extraordinary holiday destination that’s sure to be action-packed.
     
  • A plethora of theme parks can be found here including Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.
     
  • Film buffs will be in their element as LA is home to the Hollywood Sign and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Alternatively, head to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and celeb spot. Be sure to have your camera to hand.
     
  • If you’ve come to shop, Beverly Hills – and more specifically Rodeo Drive – deserves an hour or six. Make sure to check out its VIP shopping options which include personal shoppers, appointment-only experiences and private lounges to ensure a top-notch service.

     
San Francisco
 
  • With wonders such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, San Francisco is ideal for those wanting to lap up some history during their extravagant American stay.
     
  • Families will be in their element at Fisherman’s Wharf thanks to its souvenir shops, sea lion shows at the aquarium and food stalls that will quickly turn from a snack to a full-blown feast.
     
  • To lap up unparalleled 360 degree views of the city, head to Coit Tower. Art deco in style, you can expect to be surrounded by lavish décor and greeted by the resident flock of parrots.
     
  • While seafood cuisine is top of the menu at many restaurants, for a splash of oriental fare make sure you head to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia.

     
  • Boasting pristine-white sands and more than 92 golf courses, the holiday memories may as well make themselves.
     
  • LEGOLAND California can also be found in San Diego, brilliant for families wanting a day trip to remember.
     
  • Animal lovers will be in their element thanks to San Diego Zoo, found in Balboa Park, housing all your favourite creatures such as giant pandas, polar bears and elephants.
     
  • Culture and history are just waiting to be soaked up at the USS Midway Museum, an unused aircraft carrier that will immerse you in rich military tales.


     
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