Make the most of your holiday in California
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.
Places to visit in California
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.
Where are the best places to stay in 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.
Best places to eat in California
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.