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Think California and images of Disney, Hollywood and laid-back surfers spring to mind. But there’s much more to the Golden State than meets the eye.
With its myriad hills, famous crimson bridge and spectacular bay, San Francisco is the perfect starting point for a newbie to California. Highlights include stopping at Twin Peaks viewpoint for stunning panoramas and hopping on a cable car to explore the shops of the iconic Pier 39.
California’s Northern region has many hidden charms including Sacramento, the metropolitan hub of a diverse region with attractions ranging from the Gold Rush-era Old to a lively Midtown area. California’s Capital City is also known for its wine region and a host of outdoor activities.
Yosemite Mariposa County is known for its picturesque scenery and exhilarating varieties of outdoor recreation, which combine to attract travellers of all ages and interests. Many people first discover Yosemite in the summer, while this is the most popular time of year for visitors, it reveals something extraordinary in each season. Santa Cruz meanwhile is a must for top quality eateries, shops along the wharf and vintage rides on the Beach Boardwalk.
Neighbouring Southern California is famed for sunny weather and dramatic coastline and is sure to leave a lasting impression. The best way to travel from northern to southern California is along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway; an exhilarating experience, offering twists and turns amidst dramatic scenery and ocean views.
Located at the base of the Hollywood Hills and adjacent to Beverly Hills, West Hollywood is a walkable, 1.9m 2 city in the heart of Los Angeles comprising of three main districts: the world-famous Sunset Strip with unparalleled nightlife, eclectic and LGBTQ-friendly Santa Monica Boulevard, and the Design District known for its sought-after shopping and dining.
Located within the Coachella Valley, just two hours east of LA, Greater Palm Springs boasts an incomparable collection of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, world-class music and film festivals, and nine different cities. With endless sunny days, starlit nights and dramatic mountain views, visitors are able to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.
Finally, and not to missed, is San Diego – the jewel of Southern California. Dubbed “California’s Beach City”, San Diego features miles of gorgeous beaches just minutes from a hip downtown and a number of diverse neighbourhoods to explore. Due to their proximity to the Mexico border the Cali-Baja style food and cultural nuances of the region make for a very special place to visit.
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