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The Golden State is almost its own country, packing in iconic sights, spectacular national parks and chilled-out coastal towns with friendly, welcoming locals. 

California seems to have it all. Sun-seekers can head straight to the southern coast for laid-back beach towns and days of surfing. Adventure-addicts have miles and miles of untamed landscape to explore, while culture buffs are offered some of the most artistically minded cities in the whole country. Combine all of these and more on a trip to the welcoming and warm Golden State.

Discover California’s history hidden in pockets across the state, which joined the union in 1850 as the 31st state. Explore 18th-century Spanish missions and 19th-century gold prospecting state parks that chart the story of the state’s first European settlers.

Start your exploration of California in the thriving, thrilling city of Los Angeles. Experience laid-back coastal suburbs, the glistening lights of Hollywood and magical family attractions such as the original Disneyland® Park. Hike through Griffith Park, home of the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Observatory for some of the best views of the City of Angels.

Don’t miss San Francisco, the home of iconic sights such as Alcatraz, the winding roads of Lombard Street and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. Hop between some of the state’s finest cultural attractions, including the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Asian Art Museum.

Northern California is all about adventure in breathtaking scenery. Hike to the top of Half Dome Peak in Yosemite National Park or enjoy kayaking and rock climbing in Big Sur. Central California hosts the dramatic golden desert of Death Valley, one of the hottest places in the world.

Drive down the coastal highway to Southern California for some of the best beaches in the U.S. Trendy beach towns such as Venice, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach offer relaxed charm and the chance to bodyboard. Coronado Beach is popular with families while many surfers head to Salt Creek Beach.

California’s major cities all have busy airports, including the west coast hub of Los Angeles International Airport. The Golden State truly is a year-round destination, with exhilarating activities and things to see in every season.

Popular cities in California

Beverly Hills showing signage
Los Angeles
Known for Entertainment, Theatres and Sports

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Reasons to visit

  • The Grove
    The Grove
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
    Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Farmers Market
    Farmers Market
San Francisco showing a bay or harbour and a bridge
San Francisco
Known for Chinatown, Theatres and Culture

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Reasons to visit

  • Oracle Park
    Oracle Park
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Pier 39
    Pier 39
Balboa Park showing a garden, mist or fog and landscape views
San Diego
Known for Beaches, Sea and Ports

Reasons to visit

  • USS Midway Museum
    USS Midway Museum
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
    Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Petco Park
    Petco Park
Palm Springs showing views and landscape views as well as a small group of people
Palm Springs
Known for Relaxing, Deserts and Golf

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Reasons to visit

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
    Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
  • Indian Canyon
    Indian Canyon
Sacramento featuring heritage architecture and an administrative building
Sacramento
Known for Historical Buildings, Sports and Theatres

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Reasons to visit

  • California State Capitol
    California State Capitol
  • Sacramento Zoo
    Sacramento Zoo
  • K Street Mall
    K Street Mall
Lake Tahoe which includes a beach and landscape views
Lake Tahoe
Known for Lakes, Casinos and Skiing

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Reasons to visit

  • Heavenly Ski Resort
    Heavenly Ski Resort
  • Squaw Valley Resort
    Squaw Valley Resort
  • Northstar California Resort
    Northstar California Resort