Top spots in California

03 July 2018

From the magic of Tinseltown to the remote beauty of the mountains, sunny California has something for everyone.

Not to be missed

The sheer size of California means you’ll never be short on things to do. Something on many peoples’ bucket list is a drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. Well-known as one of the world’s most scenic drives, the route is over 1000km long with stunning coastal views and plenty of great experiences to be had along the way. Make sure to take in Ventura Beach, the perfect place for a spot of surfing.

The sheer beauty of California is represented in the many National Parks across the state. Don’t let the name put you off - Death Valley has some of the most rugged yet beautiful expanses of desert with beautiful golden colours highlighted by the sunrise and sunset. If you’re looking for an active getaway, make sure to visit Yosemite which is well known for its fantastic hiking opportunities including the 7,214-foot precipice that is Glacier Point. The most recent national park, Pinnacles, is the perfect place for cavers so make sure you take your torch!

Eating out

Thanks to the many productive agricultural regions across California, food and drink make up a major part of the Californian lifestyle. There are way too many restaurants to list but a few of our favourites include Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, an environmentally conscious restaurant using locally sourced food to create delicious Italian fare and La Taqueria, serving superb quality tacos and burritos in a family-friendly environment.

If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, The French Laundry in Yountville is something special. With three Michelin stars, the restaurant specialises in the finest French cuisine showcasing quality ingredients.

Live like a local

Across San Diego, you’ll often find farmers markets taking place showcasing the best in local produce. Make sure to attend a certified market which will guarantee the produce is grown in California and meets all the states’ quality standards. From delicious, freshly-picked fruit to colourful flowers, you’re sure to find lots of fantastic local produce any day of the week!

A fantastic one-stop shop for all things yummy, Wally’s Wine in Beverly Hills provides a great place to find some of the best cheese, meats and wines, among other things. With a vibrant and fun energy, you can enjoy sampling some of the worlds’ best wines all while shopping for delicious gourmet delights.

Make sure the Golden Gate Park is on your to-do list while in California. Be it a quiet stroll or a cultural experience you’re looking for, this stunning park is sure to have something for the whole family to enjoy. Filled with museums, wildlife, sports activities and much more, you might even need more than one day to explore this fabulous location. Just remember, although the park is free to visit, some of the more popular attractions do charge admission.

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