Looking for a great destination to visit this winter? Why not try the sunny west coast of America and take a trip to California? There are so many great cities that sit on this side of the world, and depending on what you want to achieve from your holiday, there are a few that might suit you.
If you are looking for a really casual trip in somewhere bohemian then make straight for San Francisco. The city offers a multitude of tourist sites including Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, but also a great hub for shopping and eating! Fisherman’s Wharf offers some great little eateries, and a trip to the city is not complete without visiting Lombard Street, the steepest street in the USA. Trips to Alcatraz book up very quickly in high season, so make sure you book in advance so you don’t miss out on one of the most interesting trips in the region.
If you prefer a holiday that is a little more relaxed and beachy rather than being jam packed, make the journey to San Diego. Closer to the Mexican border, the city offers a laid back atmosphere and lots of stunning beaches including Del Mar and La Jolla, where you can see seals in their natural habitat and sit on the cliffs to catch some rays. Head down to the beach and scuba as the waters are so clear and full of wildlife. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on dry land then there are plenty of little tide pools to poke around in, and when you tire there are a host of tiny little cafes dotted along the beach for you to relax in. You’ll also find lots of tourist sights in the area , from SeaWorld where you can see whale and dolphin shows, to the world famous San Diego zoo, to the Old Town, one of the most historical areas in California.
If its glitz and glamour that you desire then the first stop on the coast should be Los Angeles. There is so much to do in the city that you can stay occupied for weeks. Visit Venice Beach and Santa Monica Boulevard to make the most of the cities beaches, or take a trip out to Anaheim to visit Disneyland, a great draw for children and adults of all ages! Disneyland also has a park called Disney California which offers larger rollercoasters and will appeal to older children. Universal studios is also a favourite of tourists to the area, and the most popular ride is the trip around the studios to visit some actual working sets and see your favourite shows, like Desperate Housewives and the Jaws set.
If you want to rent a car in the area then route 101 (the pacific coast highway) is a fantastic route to drive. It takes you through Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Huntingdon Beach, Laguna Beach and a whole host of other pretty beaches. The road runs right along the cliffs and provides some stunning views of the sea.
If you are travelling to California then ensure you have travel insurance. Swiftcover offer really competitive prices online, so make sure you check there.