As it is home to not only Hollywood and Disneyland but world-famous cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, it is no wonder that California is one of the most popular places to visit on the planet. The third-largest state in the US, it boasts everything from beautiful beaches and stunning coastal scenery to wonderful wineries and incredible national parks.
One of the most geographically diverse states in the country, it lies alongside the glittering Pacific Ocean and is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico. Bounded by coastal mountains to the west and the Sierra Nevada in the east is Central Valley, the state’s agricultural heartland, while the southeast of California is dominated by the scorching Mojave Desert.
Home to many of the country’s most famous and treasured national parks, it encompasses not only the unique flora of Redwood and Joshua Tree but the astounding landscapes of Yosemite and Death Valley too. These lend themselves to all kinds of outstanding outdoor activities with many visitors also enjoying road trips along Big Sur or holidays at Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe for their wineries and watersports.
Although Sacramento is the state capital, most people skip it and head to either lively Los Angeles or the scenic San Francisco. Whereas the ‘City of Angels’ boasts breathtaking beaches, Beverly Hills and lots of hip and happening spots, San Fran has the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island for you to check out as well as phenomenal views out over the bay.
On top of this, ‘the Golden State’ has sun-kissed San Diego and its sixty surf beaches to stop by with Santa Barbara and Carmel-By-The-Sea also attracting lots of people due to their picturesque coastal settings. Other relaxation spots to hit up are Anaheim for its Disneyland theme parks and resorts and Palm Springs for its casinos, spas, and golf courses.