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There are plenty of states in the USA that you could choose to visit on holiday, and California is one that should certainly feature highly on the list.

Across the state, there is something to cater for everyone, from the scenic delights of the rugged Pacific Coast and the stunning beauty of no fewer than nine National Parks.

Yosemite National Park is arguably the most famous of those nine with many people heading for Yosemite Valley - a glacial valley surrounded by towering peaks that is accessed via the scenic Tunnel View viewpoint on Route 41.

Here, there are countless hiking trails that provide the chance to get close to nature, with the park being home to a varied range of different species of flora and fauna.

The Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are just as a picturesque with rolling hills and forests, whilst at the other end of the scale, Death Valley - close to the border with Nevada - is famous for sand dunes and salt flats and for being the place where the hottest air temperature ever was recorded.

To the south of California, you can visit theme parks including Universal Studios and Disneyland, explore the delights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, or hit the beaches of Malibu and Santa Monica.

Travel further north with a trip up the Pacific Coast Highway and colourful and cosmopolitan San Francisco awaits, which is something of a bucket list destination for many people taking a trip Stateside.

A major draw of the Golden State is the fact that it is very much a year round destination, with the warm dry summers catering for those who want to explore the sites, but the cooler winter months bringing in a different kind of visitor.

Places like Lake Tahoe for example become something of a winter wonderland, with ski fans flocking to the region to hit the slopes in their droves.

As a state that could almost be tailor made for holidays, you can’t fail to have a good time on a visit to California. It’s just a case of deciding where you want to go…

Language
English
Currency
Dollar
When to go
June to August

Where to go

Los Angeles

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San Francisco

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Featured Hotels In California

Bel Air Hotel

Los Angeles

Hotel Bel Air is a 5 star hotel located amongst the famous canyon hills. This 12 acre paradise has been delivering elegance since it was built in 1946 and has been a setting for ma...

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Best Western Plus Dragon Gate Inn

Los Angeles

The parks such as Universal Studios and Disneyland and within close proximity are some fantastic shopping opportunities from independent boutique shops, to big shopping malls....

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Beverly Hills Hotel

Los Angeles

Beverly Hills Hotel is a stunning 5 star hotel in the perfect location. This hotel has been the spot for Hollywood's brightest lights for over a century. This glamorous hotel gree...

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Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport Hotel

Los Angeles

The Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport Hotel is just a short shuttle bus journey from the airport. It is perfect for business clients and guests looking for a stopover hotel close to...

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DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown

Los Angeles

Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown is located in the financial area, in the heart of downtown LA. The airport is 24 km from the hotel and all of the main attractions are bet...

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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel

Santa Barbara

El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel is an amazing 5 star hotel located in Santa Barbara. It is perched high in the Santa Barbara Hills with the best views of the American Riviera. This hot...

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Erwin Hotel

Los Angeles

Erwin Hotel is a very popular choice because of its fantastic location. As you step out of the hotel, you are on the world famous Venice Beach Promenade, filled with street perform...

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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Santa Monica

The 4 star Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is a world class complex with excellent facilities, luxury amenities and first class customer service. It is nestled on 5 acres of lan...

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Hilton Garden Inn

Los Angeles

Hilton Garden Inn is a very pleasant hotel that is less than a mile’s walk from Hollywood Boulevard and offers a truly tropical feel, with is well kept grounds and beautiful palm t...

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Holiday Inn Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles

The Holiday Inn Los Angeles International Airport is part of the worldly known Holiday Inn hotel group and its stylish building sits just 4 km from the airport and offers a lot of...

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Hollywood Dream

Los Angeles

The Hollywood Dream Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Los Angeles because of its modern style, spacious rooms with fabulous views, cleanliness and fantastic customer servi...

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Hollywood Historic Hotel

Los Angeles

The Hollywood Historic Hotel, as the name suggests, has a nostalgic feel to it with plenty of character. It was built in 1927 and has been listed as National Landmark status. J...

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Hollywood Hotel

Los Angeles

The Hollywood Hotel is a fabulous 3 star hotel that offers great facilities and is just a short taxi ride or subway from downtown LA and Universal Studios. The airport transfer...

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Hotel Californian

Santa Barbara

Hotel Californian is a luxury 5 star hotel and is Santa Barbara’s premier urban destination in the American Riviera area. It is located just steps from the beach with oceanfront vi...

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Hotel Ynez

Santa Barbara

Hotel Ynez is a 4 star hotel nestled on 2 private acres of land with beautiful gardens, a bonfire pit and a rustic outdoor pavilion. It is an ideal destination for modern traveller...

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

Los Angeles

The 4 star Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel with Pacific Ocean views built with Spanish inspired architecture. Relax on the beach with your laptop, tak...

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JJ Grand Hotel

Los Angeles

JJ Grand Hotel is located on 6th street that is just around the corner from the Wilshire Boulevard and the worldly known MacArthur Park. There are many shops and restaurants clo...

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Montage Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach Hotel is a 5 star hotel situated on Laguna Beach in the heart of Southern California’s artist colony. This vast complex spans 30 acres featuring a 20,000 squar...

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Normandie Hotel

Los Angeles

The Normandie Hotel is a fabulous 3 star hotel that is light and spacious and has a 24 hour reception desk that is situated in a grand reception lobby with French style sofas and t...

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Oceana Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Oceana Santa Monica is a beautiful 4 star complex just steps from the Pacific Ocean situated in a discreet area of Santa Monica’s most coveted neighbourhood. It feels like a dream...

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Omni Los Angeles Hotel

Los Angeles

The Omni Los Angeles Hotel is a great choice of any guests wanting to be close to all of the attractions that LA is known for. It is located in the heart of Downtown LA and the fam...

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Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection

San Francisco

Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection is a stunning 4 star hotel located in downtown San Francisco. It is full of historic architecture and offers world class service. This iconic hote...

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Quality Inn Near Hollywood Walk of Fame

Los Angeles

The Quality Inn Near Hollywood Walk of Fame Hotel is part of the Choice hotel group and is located right in the middle of the Tinsel Town glamour and the world famous attractions s...

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Ramada Los Angeles/Wilshire Center

Los Angeles

The Although just a 3 star hotel, it is part of the Ramada hotel group, so guests can feel at ease knowing that they will receive a fantastic welcome and customer service. It is s...

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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

San Diego

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is a luxurious 5 star hotel in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. It was hand selected by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the finest 5 star hotels & spas arou...

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Silver Lake Pool & Inn

Santa Monica

Silver Lake Pool & Inn Hotel is a 4 star complex sitting on a corner plot just south of the Sunset Junction in the heart of Silver Lake, known to be one of the most exciting neighb...

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SLS, A Luxury Collection, Beverly Hills

Los Angeles

SLS, A Luxury Collection, Beverly Hills is a stunning 5 star hotel welcoming guests with excellent service, inspired amenities and comfortable accommodation. This hotel is located...

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The Garland Hotel

Los Angeles

The Garland Hotel is known to be one of the most glamorous hotels in north Hollywood. It was originally styled in the 1970’s by the actress Beverly Garland and her husband as an u...

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The Portofino Hotel & Marina

Los Angeles

The Portofino Hotel & Marina is a delightful 4 star hotel located within easy reach of the beach. Guests can enjoy an authentic SoCal lifestyle in this serene peninsula. This hotel...

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The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

The Ritz Carlton Hotel is a luxurious 5 star hotel situated in Lake Tahoe. Guests staying here can enjoy an abundance of year round activities from skiing to swimming and walking....

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The Westin Los Angeles Airport

Los Angeles

A fantastic modern 4 star hotel located just a couple of miles from the airport and offers many great facilities for business clients, families with children, couples and groups of...

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Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club Hotel

Dana Point

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club Hotel is a stunning 5 star hotel formerly known as Monarch Beach Resort. This hotel is the perfect blend of Southern California's laid b...

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Things To Do

Visit the theme parks

California is packed with a number of top quality theme parks, which include the original Disney theme park and the first Universal Studios attraction. In fact, there are so many different parks of all sizes - and suitable for all ages - across California that you won’t know where to head for next.

Relax on the beach

Part of the appeal of California is that it is home to some fantastic stretches of coastline that are amongst the most impressive anywhere in the United States. Some are well known - such as Santa Monica, Malibu and Long Beach - but there are plenty of hidden treasures as you venture further north, particularly through the Big Sur region.

Hit the Road

California is home to one of the top road trips in the USA, with the Pacific Coast Highway running along the coast. It’s a great way to take in some of the scenic sites between San Francisco and Los Angeles and it’s well worth hiring a car to explore if at all possible.

Explore historical landmarks

There are plenty of historical landmarks within California that are worth checking out, and there is certainly something to cater for all tastes at the same time. The famous old prison on the island of Alcatraz, the iconic Hollywood sign, the former gold rush town of Bodie and the Pasadena Rose Bowl are four examples that show how varied the options are.

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