California dreaming – plan your perfect holiday
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Get straight into holiday mode – California is made for light-hearted living. You can’t fail to have a great time in a place where spotting celebrities is the norm, where the most difficult decision might be picking your favourite juice bar and where there’s a big wave with your name on it breaking just off the beach.
Explorers have plenty of ground to cover on their California trip: nine national parks (including Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Kings Canyon), and terrain so varied that you can spend the morning skiing on Bear Mountain, and your afternoon surfing in Malibu. If you want a family holiday there are theme parks aplenty – including Six Flags, Universal Studios Hollywood, and glittery Disney Land in Anaheim: book a package holiday with us to make life easy.
California is made for multi-centre holidays. There are simply too many great places to visit to confine yourself to just one city or seaside. Luckily, you can sort multiple flights, hotels and cars – all in one booking with British Airways. It’s time to plan that road trip playlist (better include the Beach Boys) and your next epic California holiday – may you have many more.
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From the planet’s tallest trees to North America’s hottest spot, California’s national parks provide a winning recipe for outdoor adventurers. California writer Michele Bigley shares her guide to the state’s most exciting national parks.
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With so much to see and do in a place as big as California, it can seem a little overwhelming to know where to begin, but with our essential guide to holidaying in the Golden State you’ll soon feel like a California local.
Los Angeles – Home to the stars and buzzing with creative energy, LA offers up the utmost in luxury stays and laid-back beach breaks.
San Francisco – With its iconic sights and well-known relaxed vibe, San Francisco makes the ideal holiday for those looking for a city break or exploring the delights of Napa and Yosemite.
San Diego – From its practically perfect climate, San Diego is the place for those wanting to hit the beach (there are more than 60) or try their hand (and legs) at surfing.
San Jose – There’s much more to San Jose than creative tech hub Silicon Valley. It’s awash with alternative museums and cultural hotspots, plus it’s ideal as a base for exploring northern California.
Wherever you rest your head, whether it’s in one of California’s cities or by the sea, be sure to check out our California holiday packages – you could bag yourself a cheap break. Look out for Bahia Resort in San Diego, which sits on Mission Bay and overlooks the ocean. This good-value hotel is excellent for family holidays and summer breaks. On the other end of the scale is Fairmont San Francisco, a luxury hotel in the heart of the city.
California serves the world on a plate. You can find some of the best Mexican food north of the border in south Cali – so prepare yourself for plates of soft tacos packed with piquant salsas. LA’s penchant for all things healthy and responsibly-sourced is leaking out into the rest of the state, and on some roads you can’t move for juice bars. You can find practically any cuisine you choose in the cities: visit Chinatown and Koreatown in LA for skilled Asian cookery. And no matter what time you wake up, don’t miss the skillets, pancake stacks and sugar rush of a classic American brunch.
Multi-centre holidays in California
When you fly to California why not take in as many cities as you can? California is a sprawling state; and Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose are all great places to include in your holiday itinerary.
If you fancy going further afield – well, what about Hawaii? It’s just a five-hour flight away from Cali, after all. Plan the perfect multi-centre US holiday.Multi-city holidays
Step one: Flights
Choose where you're flying from first, then add your flights to the destinations you want to visit. You can add up to six flights on British Airways multi-centre trips, which can be short stopovers or longer breaks away. Add your flight, then choose the dates you want to move on to your next destination. Select your flight class and ticket type, then your flights are ready to go.Start planning your trip
Step two: Hotels
Choose your hotel stay to match your flight destinations. Select your check-in dates to either coincide with your flight arrival and your check-out dates and match your next flight departure. Or choose a hotel for part of your stay. Pick how many rooms you need, then add more hotels in the same way for your other destinations. We will offer three packaged results – recommended, lowest price and luxury. You can select your preferred option and then customise it by selecting a different hotel.Start planning your trip
Step three: Car
Feeling ready for a road trip? Choose more freedom on your adventure and hire a car for your chance to explore. Select the rental destination for you, whether you want to have a car for each place you visit, or just one destination you go to, the flexibility is yours. Choose to return the car rental to the same location or select a different depot to drop off your car.Start planning your trip
Step four: Extras
Once you’ve created your trip, take the chance to look at our travel extras. Choose from airport transfers to make your way straight to your hotel, or look at our airport hotels if you have an early flight to catch. Take a look at our experiences, from pre-booking popular attraction tickets, sightseeing tours and activities.Start planning your trip
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Every traveller should exploreYosemite National Parkat least once.