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Sun-kissed, bountiful and beautiful – from Napa Valley to the high Sierra Nevada, California isn’t just a place, it’s a force of nature. And it has the diversity, size and economy that would be remarkable in a country, let alone a single American State.
To tout Cali as a natural beauty would be an understatement: it’s lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful terrain in the world. Yosemite is so stunning that over 5 million people visit every year. Even the trees are tremendous: as anyone who visits Redwood State and National Parks, or Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park can attest.
Have a multi-centre holiday to explore the state. California’s coast is a roll-call of famous cities, interspersed with gorgeous, surfer-friendly beaches. Travel down California’s coast from north to south on famous Highway 1 and you’ll hit cities and sights: San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey and Santa Cruz are followed by the wave-tugged wilderness of Big Sur, then it’s cities again: Santa Barbara, Malibu and extroverted Los Angeles. Keep going south, and you’ll be rewarded by the sunny delights of San Diego. Wherever your California trip takes you, start by booking a flight or holiday with British Airways.
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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