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My California: Anna Friel
We’ve enlisted the help of British actress and Los Angeles resident, Anna Friel, to share her insider knowledge of California. From her most adventurous road trips and places to hear live music, to favourite foodie choices and where she goes to escape the city. Find out what Anna got up to when she hit the open road on an epic road trip from Los Angeles, discovering Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree National Park.
Actress Anna Friel, gets behind the wheel and takes us on an adventure from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree via Palm Springs. With its beguiling landscapes and endless sunshine, the Golden State is true road trip territory.
Award-winning British actress
Road trips are so exciting because you don't know what's going to happen next. I'm a big fan of spontaneity, so not to have to work to an itinerary is continually exciting
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.
Wherever you decide to base yourself for your California holiday you’ll find something to suit your tastes, as this diverse state offers different experiences depending on where you stay. Whether you’re travelling with the family, going on a solo adventure, or it’s just the two of you, the Golden State offers so much choice – starting with the bustling cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose. With museums, art galleries, shopping and restaurants, and covering beaches, mountains and desert – whatever you want from a holiday, you can find it here.
Whatever’s on your holiday wish list, you’ll find it in California, from the gorgeous hillside vineyards of the Napa Valley north of San Francisco to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and from the sandy beaches and coastline to the wildlife of national parks including Yosemite and Joshua Tree. Don’t miss the marine life of Monterey Bay – also home to the world-famous jazz festival – and the many theme parks: Universal Studios, Disneyland, Six Flags and Warner Bros Studio Tour. California is perfect for an extended break, road trip or exciting multi-city holiday.
Best time to go
All year round
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