Filled with wonderful cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, there are so many places to visit you will have to cherry pick the best bits. The best way to see as much as possible is to hire a car. Make sure you book one early to get the best rates and avoid disappointment.
California is a diverse state and, alongside the fantastic landscape, it has some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the USA. In the middle of the state lies San Jose. The city offers an interesting juxtaposition, where historic Spanish architecture sits contently against modern Silicon Valley. Make sure you visit the Tech Museum of Innovation where you can see the global influence of Silicon Valley. The Winchester Mystery House and San Jose Museum of Art are also well-worth a visit.
Alternatively you could head south to Santa Barbara. With fantastic beaches, a great arts scene, delicious restaurants, and incredible views, Santa Barbara is California in miniature. You can stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens at Lotus Land, and then indulge your intellectual side at the Reagan Ranch Centre or the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
The Best Beaches
One thing that California has in excess is beautiful beaches which range from popular surf spots to quiet, romantic coves. Whatever you look for in a beach, you’re sure to find it here. The most popular beaches are found in South California, around Long Beach. If you are looking for a quieter destination, head north and find a remote bay, such as Wildcat Beach or the beautiful Enderts Beach.
Within the state boundaries there are a range of diverse activities and attractions on offer. You can go to the beach in the morning and follow it up by skiing in the afternoon. Alternatively, visit some of the gorgeous National Parks, such as Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley.
You could also visit Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Sign. Furthermore, there are a variety of fantastic museums, zoos and historical sites, such as Alcatraz Island. Whatever you choose to do with your time in California, ensure you book your car hire now to make the most of your time there.