California

Known as the Sunshine Coast, California is one of the top holiday destinations in the USA and is known for its golden beaches and top tourist attractions. From the gorgeous sandy shores of Laguna Beach in Orange County to the amusements of Santa Monica Beach, the rugged sand dunes of Coronado Beach to the party vibes of Venice Beach – there really is a beach for every day and every mood in California, so don’t forget your two-piece! After the beaches you’ve got dozens of fantastic attractions to visit including San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the island prison of Alcatraz, and the AT&T baseball park.

Over in central California you’ve got the famous city of Los Angeles with its Hollywood scene including the fancy Rodeo Drive and Hollywood Boulevard where you can spot your favourite celebrity’s name. If you want to head out of the city, you can’t miss the magnificent Yosemite Park which boasts valleys, waterfalls and wilderness for over 1,200 square miles. You can take a hiking trip or even camp in one of the 13 campsites across this World Heritage National Park.

Upcoming flights to California

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If you want a true taste of American culture then go to watch the hundreds of roller-skaters at Mission Beach, San Diego where you can see the regulars turn tricks and dance on wheels to the tourists’ delight. If you’re feeling brave, hire a pair and take them for a spin yourself. To balance out California’s Americana vibe, take to Napa Valley for some sophisticated wine tasting where you can choose from hundreds of vineyards and dozens of types of wines to sip on as you watch the sun set over the rolling grapevines.

Of course, if you’re bringing the kids there’s plenty for them to do to including Disneyland in Anaheim, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park and Legoland in Carlsbad. If you fancy something a little lower key, Gilroy Gardens is an educational theme park designed to teach kids about plants, in a fun way of course! When you’re feeling a bit peckish after all your sightseeing, take to California’s coast for fresh seafood or a traditional American diner experience complete with fries and a shake. Whatever you choose to do in California, you can be guaranteed great weather, gorgeous beaches and enough fun to fill every day of your holiday.

Top five things to do in California

10 facts about California

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California has the biggest population in the whole of the United States and is the third biggest state. Los Angeles is the USA’s second largest city after New York.

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There are over 400 wineries in Napa Valley producing 17 million gallons of wine every year. Perhaps too much to try a glass of each type!

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Yosemite Park was named a World Heritage Site in 1984 and almost 95% of the park is stated to be wilderness – perfect for hiking but watch out for the bears!

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While California was discovered in 1542 by Spanish colonialists, it was not populated until 1848 when the California Gold Rush brought huge numbers of settlers.

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California is home to both the highest and lowest points of all 48 states. The highest is Mount Whitney and the lowest is Death Valley.

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According to archaeological finds, people have lived in the Yosemite Valley for 3,000 years and humans are thought to have first visited up to 10,000 years ago.

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The biggest industries are agriculture, manufacturing, aerospace-defence and technology, and the biggest resources are petroleum, gas, timber, and cement.

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San Francisco Bay is the largest landlocked harbour in the world and home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

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Things that were invented in California include: theme parks (Disneyland), Apple computers, Barbie dolls, fortune cookies and blue jeans (Levis).

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Southern California is the best place to go whale and dolphin watching with year round sightings of gray, blue, minke, humpback and orca whales plus dolphins.

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