A road trip with Anna Friel
Actress Anna Friel, gets behind the wheel and takes us on an adventure from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree via Palm Springs. Here’s how to do it yourself.
California dreaming – plan your perfect holiday
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From beaches and boardwalks, wildlife and marine life, food you won’t be able to resist, to galleries and museums, mountains and desert – whatever holiday you are planning, California has it all.
We can help you plan and book your perfect California holiday, whether it’s a last-minute getaway, a family break, or an epic road trip. California makes the ideal location for a multi-city holiday – fly into one city, hire a car, drive the coast and fly out of another city. The best bit? You can book your whole multi-centre trip with us, including flights, hotels and car hire. Plus, if you book your flights and hotel together, you can save money with our great value package holidays.
Deciding where to stay in California, the third-largest US state, can be a challenge. The whole of CA is chock-full of fantastic sights. Our carefully-selected hotels make things easier. Whether you’re keen on coastal cities, national parks or beaches, we’ve found the best places for your stay. If you’re visiting Los Angeles, stay somewhere a little different. The Queen Mary Hotel is a moored ocean liner that’s part-museum and part three-star hotel. Enjoy the contrast between the modern city and your vintage room on this floating 1930’s time capsule. If you’re looking to explore the steep streets of San Francisco, and do it in style, then stay at the magnificent, colonnaded Ritz-Carlton San Francisco on Nob Hill. The hotel’s stunning service includes a house car that will drop you at the nearby sights. On the sun-kissed coast near San Diego, make the most of the huge golf course at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, where you can enjoy space, privacy and peace in the Californian countryside. Book your perfect California holiday with British Airways.
Looking for comfortable stay, but don’t want to break the bank? Save your dollars on these carefully-selected three-star hotels across California. Book these budget hotels and you’ll have more money to spend on the sights of San Francisco or the theme parks near Los Angeles. You’ll get great value for money without any motel nightmares.
You can have a great stay, even if you can’t stretch to a five star. Whether you want a cooling pool, a cool location or a colourful cocktail menu, these four-star hotels offer a little more for your money. Choose from our carefully-selected hotels in California.
Enjoy some of the most famous cities in the States – and enjoy them with style. Pick a five-star hotel in California, whether you want to live like a celebrity in Hollywood or enjoy massive spas and sprawling golfing greens. Our carefully-selected luxury hotels make travelling in California a joy.
We have up to 10 direct flights to California daily from London, so you can make the most of the California sights and sunshine whenever you want. Still undecided on where to visit? We’ve asked a whole host of California experts to give us their top picks for where to stay, eat and see. You’ll find these and more great California tips in our travel guides’ section.
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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.
Oakland – Visitors flock to quirky Oakland for its burgeoning culinary scene, swathes of outdoor spots for recreation, and fascinating museums and arts centres, just a hop away from San Francisco.
San Diego – From its world-famous Zoo, to 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. Places to stay range from the grand luxury of the Fairmont San Francisco in the heart of the city to the Bahia Resort Hotel overlooking the ocean at San Diego’s Mission Bay: perfect for families, this hotel is also ideal for a summer break.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating in California. The state is a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines – part of the fun of eating here is trying all the different foods. In San Francisco and LA you will find large Chinatown areas, and in LA Koreatown, where you can eat Asian food to your heart’s content. Or if you want all-American favourites make sure you breakfast on pancakes, waffles, bacon and hash browns in a coffee shop – all washed down with bottomless cups of coffee.
Multi-centre holidays in California
When you fly to California why not take in as many cities as you can? Though California is a sprawling state, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose are all great places to include in your holiday itinerary.Multi-city holidays
Our multi-centre holidays give you the freedom and flexibility to combine two or more exciting destinations – turning a great trip to California into a truly unforgettable adventure. Or how about going a little further afield and combining a trip to California with a visit to Hawaii? The flight time is just five hours to the 50th state of the USA. Plan your California adventure.
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