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Travel guide to California
California is the largest US state by population, and its varied landscapes take in impressive city skylines, strings of golden beaches, rolling vineyards and rugged national parks. If you're trying to decide how you should spend your holiday in California, this travel guide can serve as a useful starting point.
Some of the highlights of California include:
Los Angeles - The City of Angels is the largest city in California, home to 18 million people. It's a mash up of dreamers, cultures and cuisines - and whether you want to join the surfers in Malibu or get a peep at the lifestyle of the rich and famous in Hollywood, LA won't disappoint.
Napa Valley - Napa Valley is the USA's best wine growing region, and is known for its cellar doors, gourmet food and luxurious spas. If you've had enough of the hustle and bustle of California's cities, or roughing it hiking in the parks, Napa Valley could be the perfect tonic. Early risers shouldn't miss a hot air balloon ride at sunrise.
Disneyland - Bringing the kids with you? Then don't miss Disneyland Resort - the original Disney park that opened in 1955. In 2001 a sister park opened: Disney California Adventure, which celebrates the state's history and culture.
San Francisco - Think San Francisco and you'll probably think of hilly terrain, the Golden Gate Bridge and liberal communities. But there's so much more to San Francisco than this, which explains why it's one of the world's most visited cities. Visit the Western Addition neighbourhood and you may find it hard to believe you're still in California!
Yosemite National Park - Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in east-central California. It's famous for its towering granite cliffs and domes and clear streams.
Lake Tahoe - Lake Tahoe is a crystal clear lake nestled amid mountain peaks. In winter it offers world class winter sports, but it's highly scenic year round.