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Where is the best place to go in California?

The iconic cities of San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego each offer a totally different Californian experience, from the glamour of Hollywood to offbeat and bohemian. But they all have one thing in common – the laidback beach life is never far away.

For its stunning coastline, San Francisco’s dramatic peninsula won’t disappoint. The hilly streets provide striking glimpses of the sparkling bay and the famed Pacific Coast highway creates one of the most scenic drives. For its booming economy, San Jose offers a glimpse into Silicon Valley’s wealth. It is also an ideal gateway to the forests and mountains of Yosemite National Park. For its vibrant social scene, Santa Monica’s lively promenade is the place to go, while the up-and-coming West Hollywood – with its hip designer boutiques, sidewalk cafes and renowned Sunset Strip always delivers. For its beaches, San Diego has the best summer climate – perfect for taking full advantage of limitless water sports and a unique surf-inspired culture. For its family-friendly vibe, kids will love to get up close with sea lions, dolphins, beluga whales and turtles at the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. And for its incredible landscape - the wild splendour and towering forests of redwoods or the epic grandeur of the Southern Californian deserts will always satisfy.

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Great cities in California

With four amazing cities to choose from, which one will suit your holiday type? Check below at our Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose holiday options – see what California can offer you.

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Which holiday will you choose in California?

See more on a fly-drive.

The best way to see the wide array of California's offerings is on a fly-drive holiday. Scenic Highway 1 stretches from the cool fog of San Francisco to the warm sunshine of Los Angeles. While Highway 395 showcases the amazing contrast between fiery Death Valley's deserts and the crisp alpine air of Mammoth Lakes. Take Highway 405 from Los Angeles to San Diego and head straight to the beautiful beach neighbourhood of La Jolla. Or take the epic 101 from San Jose all the way down to LA and Pasadena.

Enjoy some family time.

The whole family will enjoy a trip to the original Disneyland® or go behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood®. You’ll be spoilt for choice in San Diego, with SeaWorld® and Entertainment Park, LEGOLAND® and San Diego Zoo all vying for your attention. In San Francisco take a trip to Golden Gate Park, it has a multitude of attractions including The Koret Children’s Quarter, with its merry-go-round and playground or you can rent a paddle boat at Stowe Lake. In San Jose take a trip The Tech Museum of Innovation.

Lap up a luxury holiday.

A forward thinking attitude and a love of the good life is always evident in California and luxury hotels provide an opulent oasis of calm. Some of our favourites include the distinguished Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles, the sumptuous splendour of the Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego and the uncompromising attention to detail experienced at the Fairmont San Francisco. California’s diversity and emphasis on natural produce has also resulted in one of the most exciting food and wine scenes in the world.

Find a cheap holiday.

Built on a history of chasing dreams and seizing opportunity, California knows how to cater for all tastes and budgets. We have carefully selected a wide range of great value for money hotels, the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove is perfectly located close to Disneyland. The Sheraton Mission Valley is within easy reach of San Diego Zoo and Seaworld®, and Cova is in the heart of San Francisco, near the famous Union Square.

Take a spa break.

The desire to look good and feel great means that there are spas to suit every taste and budget from natural hot springs to opulent celebrity hangouts. Our spa hotels offer the perfect place to start – W Hollywood in Los Angeles, Palomar San Diego and The Westin St Francis in San Francisco all offer blissful treatments to restore and revive you.

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When best to go?

Prepare for the weather before your Los Angeles holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 18°Jan
  • 19°Feb
  • 19°Mar
  • 21°Apr
  • 22°May
  • 24°Jun
  • 27°Jul
  • 28°Aug
  • 27°Sep
  • 24°Oct
  • 23°Nov
  • 19°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 79
  • 76
  • 71
  • 25
  • 10
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 5
  • 15
  • 31
  • 66
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 10
  • 12
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8

San Francisco weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 13°Jan
  • 15°Feb
  • 16°Mar
  • 17°Apr
  • 17°May
  • 19°Jun
  • 18°Jul
  • 18°Aug
  • 21°Sep
  • 20°Oct
  • 17°Nov
  • 14°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 119
  • 97
  • 79
  • 38
  • 18
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 8
  • 25
  • 64
  • 112
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 5
  • 7
  • 8
  • 10
  • 11
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6

San Diego weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 14°Jan
  • 15°Feb
  • 16°Mar
  • 17°Apr
  • 18°May
  • 20°Jun
  • 22°Jul
  • 23°Aug
  • 22°Sep
  • 20°Oct
  • 17°Nov
  • 14°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 50
  • 58
  • 46
  • 20
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 4
  • 15
  • 25
  • 39
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 7
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 10
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8

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