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Exploring California

America’s largest state, California, offers everything from magnificent cities, endless miles of unbelievably beautiful beaches, charming small towns, famous vineyards, unspoiled national parks, forests older than mankind, deserts, mountains, and every possible entertainment, sporting, and cultural activity. Divided into 10 topographically diverse regions, it boasts two beating hearts and giant conurbations, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The state is impossible to explore during a single visit, leaving careful itinerary planning to suit your preferences the best way to enjoy a vacation here. City lovers should head for San Francisco for its quirky diversity combined with natural beauty and upscale entertainment, and Los Angeles is still a hub for the USA’s TV and movie industry, as well as for Disneyland. The state’s extensive coastline attracts both nature and water sports aficionados, and its glorious interior includes Napa Valley and the famous Yosemite National Park.

Sights nearby

A list of sights in California would go on for pages, but it’s possible to fit your favourites in by careful planning. Must-sees include LA’s Chinese Theater, Rodeo Drive and the luxury Beverly Hills, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, and cable cars which are famed across the planet. San Diego’s Sea World and Anaheim’s Disneyland are family favourites, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains are breathtaking.

San Francisco
Every visitor leaves his or her heart in San Francisco, for all the reasons mentioned in the much-loved song. It’s a dream of a city, with diverse districts home to the culture and lifestyle of the immigrants who came from across the world to the City on the Bay. Chinatown, hippie Haight Ashbury, Fisherman’s Wharf with its seafood eateries and street entertainers, the Asian Art and Cable Car museums, fabulous shopping, and hotels ranging from the Hilton San Francisco to the two-star Nob Hill Motor Inn are all here.

Los Angeles
Movie buffs are in heaven in the City of Angles, even though the mainstream studios of old have mostly moved on. Hollywood is still the world’s movie capital and still hosts the annual Academy Awards with their amazing glitz, glamour, and famous faces. Sunset Boulevard’s upmarket stores and boutiques are see-and-be-seen land, Hollywood Boulevard holds the history of movie town, and Universal Studio tours are a glimpse into 21st century movie-making.

Sierra Nevada
Awe-inspiring canyons, rugged, soaring peaks, ancient forests, and protected national park wildernesses are the highlights of the Sierra Nevada for ecotourists, and the superb ski resorts attract millions of enthusiasts. Yosemite National Park is granite, glacial, magnificent, and tranquil in its High Sierra region, and its wildlife lives mainly undisturbed by humans.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Californian cuisine is the official name of the unique fusion between fresh, local ingredients and the cultural traditions of the immigrants who settled here in the 19th century. Invariably served in huge portions, it’s strongly influenced by Asian cuisine as well as by the typical meat-heavy American approach to food. Even so, vegetarians, vegans, and organic food lovers won’t go hungry here as the state holds one of the most diverse choices of cuisine in the USA. Californian wines are world-famous and served everywhere, and the state is home to 212 microbreweries offering gourmet beers to connoisseurs.

Public transport

America is the land of the car, and never more so than in California, with interstates and state highways covering its vastness. Major cities boast freeways, although they’re crowded at peak times. Long-distance Amtrak overland rail services cover most population centres, and the luxury Greyhound bus routes serve 100 locations statewide, while a raft of other bus companies also operates in the region.