With its beguiling landscapes and endless sunshine, the Golden State is true road trip territory. 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.
Bright, bustling and bursting with creativity, LA certainly packs a punch. It’s also teeming with freeways, making it the perfect start to a California road trip. Hire a car and, like Anna, head south to Huntington Beach aka ‘Surf City’. It’s here that the cool crowd hang – if they’re not in a hip juice bar, you’ll find them cycling along the palm-fringed beach path or catching waves. Fifteen minutes away, Newport Beach is a picturesque community overlooking a charming harbour.
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
California is the epitome of cool. You watch surfers crossing the road in front of you and you just think, this is cool. Whenever I come here it makes me feel like I'm constantly in 1976, the year I was born. The scenery is so entertaining and there are the most incredible sunsets. It's lovely to see the sun.