Where to stay in California
Downtown Los Angeles
3.5/5Good!(119 area reviews)
Once associated with the sort of hustle and bustle common to most urban areas, today the emphasis is firmly placed on a vibrant culture and green spaces.
5/5Exceptional!(9 area reviews)
Get to Pacific Beach after the sun goes down because this is the place to be in San Diego for partying.
4/5Very Good!(294 area reviews)
Spot movie stars and experience the glamour of show business at the legendary home of the American motion picture industry.
The historic heart of San Diego has a fascinating history, and today is a thriving hub for food, retail and entertainment.
4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)
This waterfront location is steeped in history dating back to the days of the gold rush. Today, visitors come here for its vibrant atmosphere and great food.
Top hotels in California
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Top activities in California
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Visit this state of many contrasts: mountains to oceans, fertile agricultural areas to modern cities and tall forests to deserts. The mid-1800s California gold rush brought many adventurers to the Pacific Ocean shores. Their descendants have established fascinating cities and structures in the midst of amazing natural beauty.
Visit Sacramento to see the art and architecture of the state capital. The California State Railroad Museum tells the important story of building the railroads that enabled development of the California region.
In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, visit Sequoia National Forest. See giant redwood trees, up to 300 feet (91 metres) tall and over 33 feet (10 metres) in diameter, hundreds or thousands of years old. Enjoy the spectacular landscape of granite monoliths, limestone caves and whitewater streams.
The mountains offer a range of choices for outdoor activities. Visit the Lake Tahoe area to hike, boat, fish and swim in the chilly aquamarine waters in the summer. In winter ski at Squaw, site of the 1960 Olympics, Northstar, Alpine Meadows and others, with excellent skiing and views over the lake. See sparkling granite cliffs and majestic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.
Take a wine tour in Napa or Sonoma. Stop in the fertile agricultural area of the Central Valley to sample strawberries, olives, garlic and much of the nation’s fresh produce.
Like Tony Bennett, you might leave your heart in San Francisco. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are unforgettable. Visit Chinatown, ride the trolley, climb the hills of the city, ferry to the former prison of Alcatraz and enjoy the exciting nightlife.
Moving south to Los Angeles, enjoy the many beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Watch seals, surfers and skaters. Go to Hollywood to see celebrities’ stars embedded in the sidewalk. Tour Universal Studios. Visit the original Disneyland ® Resort in Anaheim, the La Brea Tarpits and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Farther south, see even more California beaches in San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier. Visit Palms Springs for desert heat and world-famous golf. Cross the border to Tijuana for a Mexican holiday.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in California?
Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to California?
- Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.): 5,158 international flights per month.
- San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.): 3,103 international flights per month.
- San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.): 323 international flights per month.