California General Information
California is a perfect blend of cool culture and sun-drenched climate; from the golden coasts of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego to the rugged deserts of Death Valley and the wine region of Napa Valley.
The coast of California is a playground of surf and sand under a brilliant, golden sun. From the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the San Francisco Bay, to the Hollywood Hills perched above the bustling city of Los Angeles, holidays in California are as varied as the people who live in this beautiful and culturally vibrant state.
From the verdant Shasta Cascade in the north and San Diego in the south, from High Sierra in the east to San Francisco Bay in the west - the Golden State is teeming with attractions to suit every traveller; whether you prefer a relaxed wine tour in the Napa Valley, waterskiing on Lake Tahoe or family theme parks in Anaheim.
Road trips do not get much better than cruising down the beautiful Californian coastline, enjoying the blend of city and towns from the bustling vibrancy of Los Angeles to the cool, mellow charm of Santa Barbara.
For exploring further, why not visit Lake Tahoe, a short drive from Carson City, which splits the border between California and Nevada and is perfect for hiking, camping, water sports in summer and winter sports. It is very popular with weekenders visiting the Eldorado National Forest and water sports fans. In winter, Lake Tahoe is a world-class ski resort. San Francisco offers some of the best California hotels and is a city blending a modern vibrancy and eclecticism.
Solvang is nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country and is one of the most distinct destinations in the region. Holidays to California enjoy an incredible versatility whether you want to visit the iconic Los Angeles, the picturesque Napa Valley, the diverse San Diego and the epic Yosemite National Park.
When to go to California
Called the Golden State for a very good reason, California enjoys some 292 days of sunshine each year, making it a year-round holiday destination. The north experiences high season between mid-June and August, although its theme parks and top attractions can be crowded during these popular times. Temperatures are heavily influenced by proximity to the coasts and inland Sacramento can see highs of 33.3°C in August while coastal San Diego can see summer highs of around 24.9°C in August.
Tours that incorporate city stays, such as American Sky’s San Francisco and Wine Country Delights, are a great way of combining your interests and staying in a central location. San Francisco is a great location for multi-centre holiday options, offering a wealth of attractions as well as good links to other regions. California hotels are always geared towards both long and shorter stays and offer good facilities such as the four-star Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. The more romanticised wine tasting region of Napa Valley offers a more sedate pace of holiday with some amazing tours to get the most out of the region.
Touring in California
Holidays in California are perfect for both escorted and self-drive tours. The mild climate, open roads and scenery all help offer a great package. The Western Discovery tour epitomises the essence of a US road trip, starting and ending in Los Angeles. Self-Drive Best of the West is a thirteen-night tour from Los Angeles that covers all the best sights of the surrounding states and the California coast.
California is a beautiful place to get married any time of year and American Sky offers a number of wedding packages in San Francisco that are tailored to suit a variety of budgets. San Francisco has always been a very popular destination for weddings, offering a host of stunning venues including; the famous Golden Gate; the Palace of the Legion of Honour museum; the Japanese Gardens in Golden Gate Park; the quiet Baker Beach or the popular Palace of Fine Arts.
Planning your holiday to California in 2013/2014
Planning a holiday to California in 2013 or 2014? American Sky has the experience to help you plan your perfect holiday. Call our California specialists today and make the most of your next holiday.
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- San Diego
- Palm Springs
- Orange County
- Napa Valley wine tours
- Santa Monica
- Yosemite National Park
- Beverly Hills
- Shasta Cascade