The US state of California is one of the most well known destinations in the world. It is home to Hollywood, has miles of sandy beaches and the state has some of the world’s most iconic cities. But California is not just about these things. There are hidden gems waiting to be discovered in Los Angeles and San Francisco . . . . . so read on to get the low down on what’s hot in California !
In Los Angeles, alternative shopping areas such as The Avenues of Art and Design in West Hollywood are the real places to spot celebrities. The revitalised Downtown areas offers some of the hippest hotels including The Standard and entertainment with LA Live which is LA’s answer to Times Square.In San Francisco, nearby Sausalito is a picturesque waterfront community and offers amazing views of the skyline whilst visitors can go from to and from the city on a short ferry ride.
In Southern California, the OC and Anaheim are less than an hour from Los Angeles and offer beach towns including Huntington Beach which is known as Surfcity USA. The original Disneyland is here too.Mexican flavours are on the menu in San Diego while the desert oasis of Palm Springs has over 120 golf courses. Furtehr afield is Death Valley which is a one-of-a-kind experience.
If you head out of San Francisco you can experience Sacramento which is the birthplace of California following the gold rush. This route travels past the winelands of Napa Valley and Sonoma, which are just 45 minutes from the Golden Cate Bridge. Further north, drive through Giant Redwood trees in the Redwood National Park and explore volcanoes in the Shasta Cascade or ski in Lake Tahoe and Mammoth.Linking San Francisco and Los Angeles is the famous Highway 1 coastal road. Dotted with charming towns the route slowly makes the transition from the north to the south of California as the rugged beauty of Big Sur gives way to the sandy beaches of Santa Barbara.
The many Californian ski resorts of Lake Tahoe and Mammoth are already open. California enjoys one of the longest ski seasons with ski resorts open from November until the end of May.
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