Taking a break in California is just what you need to escape the pressures of everyday life. There are several direct California flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco from most UK international airports. What may surprise people is the fact that airfare to California tends to be cheaper than we all think and there are some great deals available throughout the year.
As the third largest state in the US, California has over 15 international and commuter airports that service California flights from all over the world on a daily and weekly basis, some California airports include Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport, to name but a few.
After your flight to California lands, your mode of transport for getting around should be one that will allow you to enjoy California to the fullest. Renting a car is one of the best ways to see the real California, anyone with a valid driver's license, a passport (for non-US citizens) and a credit card for a security deposit, can enjoy the meandering narrow roads with breathtaking views of the stunning Pacific coastline. Hiring a bike to explore California is also a possibility as major cities have many bike rental facilities; Los Angeles and San Francisco in particular have dedicated cycling paths. There is also the option of public transportation. Amtrak railway service and buses such as Greyhound operate throughout California and there are light rail services such as Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner, which also provide a leisurely way of travelling across the state.
California is known for its iconic beaches and gorgeous seaside resorts. A trip will not be complete without a visit to the famous Venice Beach or trying out your surfing skills at Huntington Beach; don't forget the up-market Newport Beach and San Diego's Mission Beach for a day of family fun.
Also check out the spectacular Lake Tahoe in northern California, its 460 metre high, thundering waterfalls. offer beautiful panoramic views and many adventures. There is also Silicon Valley, the home of techno-wizards and California State Parks to visit. California is also a golfer's paradise, San Diego, alone, has 92 golf courses including the famous Pebble Beach course.
There's no better place to shop than in California, where there are many malls and discount shops, not to mention the famous Rodeo Drive, which has every high fashion and designer shop you can think of. There is also the city of Ontario, which is home to California's largest entertainment and outlet mall. Californians turn into party creatures after the sun goes down; there are blues bars, comedy clubs, dance halls, discos and martini lounges everywhere you look. Los Angeles leads the way with an array of illustrious clubs frequented by the rich and famous, while San Francisco has a young and lively party scene. California is home to some of the world's greatest restaurants, eating and drinking your way around California has to be one of the most pleasurable ways to get the most out of your airfare to California. Check out the French Laundry in Napa Valley for American cuisine with a French twist and for the best Chinese cuisine, head to San Francisco's Chinatown.