Temperature: 13 to 32 (°C).
Best time of year to visit: If you like it hot, visit in summer, when 32 (°C) temperatures are common.
Spring is a beautiful time of year for California holidays, with mild daytime temperatures that are ideal for exploring everything the Golden State has to offer. When summer comes around, you can cool off in the sea when it hits glorious highs of 32(°C). Looking for a more laid-back experience? Choose holidays to California in the autumn; this time of year is grape harvest season. If you’re planning some skiing, head for the mountains in winter and you’ll find plenty of snow. Temperatures vary from 8 (°C) in San Francisco to 15 (°C) in LA and San Diego in the peak winter season.
Movie fans: Rub shoulders with off-duty A-listers when you head for glamorous Hollywood. Don’t miss the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Families: You’ll have the chance to make childhood dreams come true in California’s epic theme parks. How about a trip to Disneyland Resort? You could do as the locals do, and head for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Road trippers: Hire a car and drive along the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway and bring your all-American road trip to life. It’s up to you where you go next.
More about California
Language: The language spoken here is English.
Currency: You’ll need to get your holiday changed into American Dollars ($).
Local time: California is 8 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: LAX or San Francisco International Airport. Transfer times are 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to California is 11–12 hours.
Tourist information: More tourist information can be found here: http://www.visitcalifornia.com/.
Visa / health: Before heading off on your California holidays, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for visa and health advice.
Holiday destinations related to California:
By bus/metro: It’s a cheap and efficient way to travel around in the San Francisco and Los Angeles and explore different parts of town.
By tram/train: You’ll find charming streetcars in San Francisco. Explore downtown San Diego on its bright red trolley.
By taxi: San Diego and San Francisco run metered taxis, but you can try asking for an estimate before you get in. Don’t forget about the 15% to 20% tip, it’s the thing to do here.
By hire car: Taking to the road will give you the freedom you need for a daytrip away from your hotel. If you’re planning on road-tripping, it’s the only way to do it properly.
By horse-drawn carriage: Carriages and pedicabs are a quirky way to take a trip down San Diego’s charming 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 Huntington Beach, Orange County.
Music and arts: The ultra-cool Coachella music and arts festival takes place in April. Look out for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach from July to August, where clever performers and artists recreate artworks with staging, make-up and costumes.
Sports: Petrol-heads come to Fontana from all over the US and beyond to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup races in September. If you love your snow sports, head to Lake Tahoe for the US Freestyle Championships at the end of March every year.
For up to date advice on travelling to California, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/safety-and-security