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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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Which holiday will you choose in California?

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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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