The Golden State boasts world-class resorts, one-of-a-kind culinary offerings, vibrant culture and an entertainment landscape inherent to the state’s DNA. In short, California is the ultimate dream holiday destination.
City breaks, coastal road trips, desert escapes, wine country immersions, wellness retreats and mountain adventure, California offers a wide diversity of trip types. The best part? There’s no need to narrow it down to one. You can easily mix and match a variety of experiences into one incredible itinerary. So it's time to stop California dreaming and start California living in these top spots:
Seeking the bright lights and big-city allure of California’s largest metropolis? Los Angeles is the place to be. The 'City of Angels' is home to renowned movie museums, unique hotels, diverse dining and 120 kilometres of sunny coastline. Add to that state-of-the-art attractions and thrilling sports events and the must-see list of this iconic destination becomes endless.
Find year-round fun in Lake Tahoe, from summer water skiing and kayaking to winter skiing and après nightlife. Every season promises a heavenly haven of outdoor adventure. There are beaches and marinas that beg for a sunset BBQ and secluded ones that whisper quiet relaxation in the sun.
San Francisco is best known for it's iconic landmarks and intriguing neighbourhoods. From the stunningly beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, the lively Fisherman’s Wharf and the mysterious Alcatraz Island, to bustling Chinatown and the historic Nob Hill with its charming Victorian homes scattered throughout, San Fran has no shortage of exciting sights!
Sonoma County is a spectacular destination just 72 kilometres north of San Francisco that offers a wine country experience like no other. You will have the opportunity to explore over 425 wineries, hike through towering redwoods, take in the stunning Pacific Coast and immerse yourself in inviting small towns.
If you want an authentic Californian experience, complete with movie star glamour and iconic palm-lined streets, this is the place to stay. West Hollywood is a walkable, five square kilometre city in the heart of the Los Angeles area. Located at the base of the Hollywood Hills and adjacent to Beverly Hills, it is a creative and progressive city that embodies the quintessential L.A. lifestyle.
Nestled among stunning natural monuments and historic Gold Rush landmarks, Yosemite Mariposa County is a world-class holiday destination that offers a lifetime of experiences - from those seeking exhilarating adventure to families making memories to visitors who crave a relaxing stroll in unmatched natural beauty.
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