It's the third largest state in America, which means you'll never be short of activities during your California holiday. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is an absolute must-see, and you can look out for your favourite celebrity on the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Of course, there's also Disneyland in Anaheim and the world famous zoo at San Diego to enjoy during your trip. But California isn't just all about sunshine, as Lake Tahoe offers skiing and ice skating for those who prefer a cooler climate.
Thomson Flights, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are just a few of the airlines that offer direct flights to California - however, at the moment you can only fly out from London Heathrow. Most of the main cities in the state are easily accessible as flights land at San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and San Diego International Airport. Other airports are available if you're willing to book indirect flights.
Buses can be one of the cheapest ways to travel around California. Greyhound offers an extensive bus network serving around 100 locations all around the state. Just be aware that they won't always stop at an actual bus station but sometimes just let people disembark on the side of the road. Where will you visit first during your holiday in California?
One of the best ways to explore during your holiday in California is to take to the open road. There's plenty of agencies in the state will rent you a car in California but it can sometimes be expensive. Compare prices and book well in advance to ensure you don't pay over the odds. Make sure you like driving as it can take over 10 hours to drive from the bottom of California to the top!
There's accommodation to suit every budget in California, whether it's a basic motel or an extravagant five star hotel. If your money won't quite stretch to luxury then don't worry as you still might be able to spend your holiday in style as long as you book well in advance. This way you'll have no problem finding a cheap hotel in California.
With so many places to visit during your holiday in California, there's no denying that costs can soon mount up. If you can resist splurging on obvious tourist destinations like theme parks and fancy restaurants, you can save money by taking a walking tour around the cities and checking out the state's many beaches. Photos in front of the famous Hollywood sign or a hike through the Mission Trails Regional Park don't cost a penny!
Updated 12th June 2013
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