There is honestly nothing better than truly unwinding on a holiday. Whether you go to Thailand or to Bognor Regis, everyone needs a break from the humdrum of their daily life now and then. California is a top destination for Brits who want to visit the US, but many people head straight to LA or to San Francisco. If you want more of a relaxing trip, you might be hoping to avoid the larger cities but still benefit from the California sun. There are plenty of ways to enjoy everything that California has to offer without visiting a busy city.
Here’s everything California has to offer, outside of the of the big cities!
Pick a Resort
Sometimes, you just want to have everything you need right in front of you. Staying in a resort is the ideal solution for that. Instead of staying in a hotel in the middle of LA, choose somewhere like Marriott’s Shadow Ridge I-The Villages in Palm Desert. You can choose to stay in a villa with one or two bedrooms, instead of a hotel room – or there are guest rooms if you prefer. With everything from a gym and golf club to restaurants on site, you don’t need to go anywhere if you don’t want to. But you can also choose a resort that’s close to other attractions so that there’s even more to do. Whatever kind of trip your looking for, a resort has you covered!
Explore the National and State Parks
California has plenty of national parks, monuments, trails, historic sites and recreation areas. You can explore some of the most famous, like Yosemite and Joshua Tree, or there are some slightly lesser known sites you might want to visit. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail runs through California, along with five other states, or Point Reyes National Seashore offers diverse plants and wildlife. Then there are the state parks, beaches, historic sites and other areas of interest that you might want to explore. There really is much much more to California than Rodeo Drive and The walk of Fame!
Look for the Small Towns
Don’t ignore smaller cities and towns if you want to have an interesting and relaxing time in California. They can offer a lot, from history and culture to good food scenes. If you want somewhere on the coast, try Carmel-by-the-Sea, which sounds like it could be an English seaside town but is full of California charm. Los Alamos has some great history with a lot of Old West flavour, including the Victorian-style saloon 1880 Union Hotel. Walkable places can be hard to find in the US, but St Helena in the Napa Valley is a great choice.
Take a Road Trip
Can’t decide where to go? When it’s done right, a road trip can be a great way to unwind. California is a great place to do one, or maybe somewhere to start if you want to go from coast to coast. Get organised before you go, but try not to stress too much about being in certain places on set dates. See where the wind takes you and you could end up discovering somewhere surprising.
If you need to get away, California is a fantastic choice. Even consider avoiding the tourist-packed places and find your own way instead.
Have you been to California?
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