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California

California is located on the western coast of the United States and is also the most populous state in the country. Due to the sheer size of this territory, there is indeed something for everyone to be found here. From attractions such as Disneyland and Hollywood to the rugged mountains and the rolling green hills of Napa Valley, California may very well be dubbed the “state that has it all”.

The Best Time to Visit California

Unlike specific cities, there is no single time which is considered to be better than another to visit. This will primarily depend upon why one wishes to come. Winters are mild in the south while snow is normal for the northern and inner regions. Summers are warm and dry; perfect for those who wish to enjoy a host of outdoor activities or tour cities such as San Diego, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Of course, ticket prices will always tend to rise around the holiday season and during peak summer travel months.

Flight Information

Arriving to California from New York will take between five and six hours. These times will slightly vary in relation to the airports which serve as the ultimate destination. Some of the largest in the state (in terms of air traffic) are Los Angeles International Airport, San Diego International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. All of the major carriers fly to California including US Airways, Jet Blue, Delta and Spirit. Numerous chartered flights are likewise available.

Accommodation

The sheer size of this state dictates that various types of accommodations are available. For those visiting major urban centers, brand-name hotels are quite common. These will all be located near central hubs of transport as well as popular tourist attractions. Visitors who wish to partake in more rural areas such as the Napa Valley or the Sierra Nevada mountain range, other possibilities include camping, bungalows and caravan rentals. Locations along the coast boast innumerable boutique hotels as well as rental homes, villas and pay-to-let condominiums. Once again, the ultimate choice of which accommodation is the most appropriate will be based around one’s desires upon arriving at this magnificent state.

Top Things to do in California

Perhaps the most iconic symbol of California is the Golden Gate Bridge. Indeed, no trip would be complete without partaking in this technological wonder from a first-hand perspective. Located in San Francisco Bay, viewers will be treated to a one-of-a-kind spectacle that exists nowhere else in the entire world. Nearby sights will also include the former prison of Alcatraz (which can now be viewed by means of a guided tour) as well as the unforgettable San Francisco skyline. While car hire services are available, many instead choose to take a foot path across the bridge to better appreciate its true size and scope.

Santa Barbara is another location not to be missed. Often dubbed the “American Riviera”, this luxurious district is home to a considerable number of celebrities. One of the unique amenities in regards to this location is that its climate is notably warmer and drier than that of nearby Los Angeles. Not only are there countless dining and shopping choices to enjoy, but the wineries here are some of the most respectable in the entire world. Spending a tranquil day browsing the Mission-style architecture and sipping a few glasses of wine on an outdoor terrace is an excellent way to appreciate the more laid-back atmosphere that California has to offer.

For those who enjoy the driving experience, the Pacific Coast Highway should never be missed. It is said that this highway is second only to the famous Route 66, and for good reason. It stretches all of the way from the northern tip of the Baja Peninsula to Washington state. Nearly 500 miles long, it is perhaps most known for its panoramic views of the ocean on one side and mountains on the other. There are tourist stops along the way and this is a great option for those who wish to enjoy a first-hand look at the entire western coast.

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