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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.

San Francisco.

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Tour The Golden state with 900 miles of coastline and everything from verdant vineyards to one of the hottest places in the world. San Francisco with its timeless cable cars, Los Angeles and the glamour of Hollywood to San Diego where stunning beaches await for you.

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a city bustling with myth, legend, and spirit. Hollywood glamour sits aside liberal, laissez-faire creativity, where independent venues rival their glitzy, showbiz counterparts.

Flights to Los Angeles from €512 return


San Francisco.

San Francisco

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.

Flights to San Francisco from €594 return


Which holiday will you choose in California?

See more on a fly-drive
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.

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Unforgettable Californian cities

Set against the Pacific Ocean, California stretches along most of the west coast of the USA, packing in everything from foggy hillside cities to sun-kissed beaches – meaning that there’s something for every type of traveller. Here are five ways to experience the Golden State at its best.

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San Francisco: seven things to do

San Francisco: seven things to do

For a city that’s only seven miles by seven miles, San Francisco can feel larger than life with its colourful neighbourhoods, thriving foodie scene and must-see museums – not to mention the fact that California’s wine country is right on its doorstep. Here are seven reasons to visit the City by the Bay.

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A Californian literary road trip

People flock to California for sunshine and star gazing, but the state’s coast-hugging cities also have a rich literary heritage that will keep book nerds busy from LA to San Francisco.

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