California – the land of beaches, bays and bronzed bodies. The home to countless films, TV shows, rock bands and stars from all walks of life. From Disneyland and Hollywood, to Los Angeles to San Francisco, California is one of the most famous destinations in the world. You’ll never forget a holiday to the golden state!
California Holiday Factfile
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As the third largest US state by area, and the largest by population, there is plenty to see in California. Los Angeles is by far the most popular city, with visitors flocking to Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, Burbank and Newport. For beaches, drive along the coast to Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Malibu and Santa Barbara. Further north, San Francisco offers a completely different vibe from the glitz and glamour of LA.
Here you’ll find historic hilly streets, a cultural mix of people, beautiful scenery and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. Meanwhile, Palm Springs in the Mojave Desert is a recreational resort town where the rich and famous can be found relaxing in the heat.
Attractions and Things to Do
Where to start! LA is a star-studded tourist dream – visit the Dolby Theatre which is home to the Oscars, the Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Bowl and the Getty Center. If that’s not enough to tempt you then you can take a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Boulevard, hop on a celebrity homes tour, go shopping at the Grove and see stars of a different kind at the Griffith Observatory. For fans of themeparks, check out how movies are made at Universal Studios and relive your childhood at Disneyland.
San Francisco also has its fair share of attractions too – cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge and spend the day down at the picturesque town of Sausalito, catch the ferry out to spooky Alcatraz Island, ride the iconic cable cars, and go sight-seeing at Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and Union Square.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
In general, California enjoys fairly mild weather – Los Angeles for example, has an average of 329 days of sunshine a year. However, Death Valley in the Mojave Desert is the hottest place in the world, known to clock up to 49ºC in summer! LA’s average summer temperature is 30C-33ºC, San Francisco’s average is 22ºC, Sacramento’s is 33ºC, and San Diego’s is 22ºC. There is no set rainy season, but the ski resorts of Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes often enjoy plentiful snow in winter.