Rub shoulders with off-duty A-listers in Hollywood.
Make childhood dreams come true in California’s epic theme parks.
Drive the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway for a real all-American road
Language: The main language spoken in
the USA is English.
Currency: The currency used in the
USA is the American Dollar ($).
Local time: California is 8 hours
behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Each city has its own airport
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and San
Diego International Airport (SAN).
Flight time from UK: 11.5
Tourist Information: Further California tourist information can
be found here.
Visa & Health: Before you travel click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the
Temperatures: 18-32°C in July.
Best time to visit California: In the
summer, when you’re guaranteed warmth and sunshine.
California’s weather is generally mild and sunny all year round. It’s
warmer in southern California, and doesn’t rain much. The temperatures vary in the region, from
8°C in San Francisco and 15°C in LA and San Diego in the winter, to 18°C (San Francisco) and
32°C (LA and San Diego) in the summer.
By bus/metro: Buses and metros run in San Francisco and Los
By tram/train: San Francisco has quaint streetcars; explore
downtown San Diego on its bright red trolley.
By taxi: San Diego and San Francisco run metered taxis;
remember the 15-20% tip.
By hire car: Hire a car for road trips and days out.
By horse-drawn carriage: Carriages and pedicabs are a great way
to see San Diego’s seafront.
Film festivals On the must-see list
are the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, and September’s SoCal Independent
Film Festival, in Orange County’s Huntington Beach.
Music and arts The ultra-cool
Coachella Music & Arts Festival takes place in April. Look out for the Pageant of the
Masters in Laguna Beach from July-August, where clever performers and artists recreate artworks
with staging, makeup and costume.
Sports Petrol-heads make their way to
Fontana for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races in September. If you love your snow sports, head to
Lake Tahoe for the U.S. Freestyle Championships at the end of March.