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California Holidays

California Holiday Guides

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With world-beating beaches, vast national parks, glamorous cities and buckets of sunshine, California is the place where holiday dreams come true. Whether you’re planning the road trip of a lifetime, a smart city break in LA or San Francisco, or a lazy couple of weeks getting into the Californian beach culture, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the amazing experiences this US state offers.

California Holiday Guides

California Holiday Guides

Stay - Los Angeles
Luxe City Center Hotel
Best Western Dragon Gate Inn
Rodeway Inn Convention Center
Jw Marriott Los Angeles At L.A. Live

Great Places to Visit

It’s impossible to sample everything California has to offer in just one trip, but you can get a great taste of brilliant beaches, big cities and more.

California Coast

San Diego, Malibu, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Venice Beach – these beaches and more are all household names thanks to their impossibly beautiful golden sands and bright blue waters. It’s hard to go wrong with a beach in California, so planning your coastal stay to work with the rest of your holiday should be a (sea) breeze.

Explore the National Parks

No visit to the Golden State is complete without a visit to a national park where nature can be seen on a grand scale. Yosemite, 200 miles from San Francisco, is California’s most famous national park, but Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon and Pinnacles are all brilliant places to experience the great outdoors.

Sightseeing and the City

Whether you see yourself as a Hollywood star strutting down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, a cool hipster soaking up the bar scene in cosmopolitan San Francisco, or a laidback beach lover hanging out in San Diego, California offers a dizzying variety of shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife in its amazing cities.

Thrills and Spills – and Mickey Mouse!

Disneyland started in California and has gone from strength to strength ever since. But there’s more to the theme park scene here than just Mickey Mouse. Adrenaline junkies can choose between Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, Raging Waters, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and lots more.

Getting Around

For many tourists, a holiday in California is as much about the journey as the destination. As long as you remember to drive on the right, it’s simple enough to pick up your car at the airport and head down the interstate. California is also well served by the Greyhound bus and Amtrak train services, meaning you don’t have to drive to explore all that the Golden State has to offer. Taxis are also available.

By Bus

Greyhound buses are regular, clean, air conditioned and easy to book but the bus stations can be off the beaten track. There are also good local city services, and if you’re in San Francisco, the tram is a must.

By Car

California is the place for keen drivers to be King of the road as they create their own epic American road trip. State Route 1 (known as the Pacific Coast Highway) is the most scenic road in California.

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Passports and Visas

The US waiver system means most holders of a valid UK passport don’t need a visa to visit the USA but you may need an ESTA before you travel. The most recent guidelines can be found at For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entryrequirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

The US waiver system means most holders of a valid UK passport don’t need a visa to visit the USA but you may need an ESTA before you travel. The most recent guidelines can be found at For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/health

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