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Redwood trees in Sequoia National Park, California

California travel guides

Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a road trip, California presents a lot of options. Our California travel guides have been put together by our US specialists, who have in-depth, first-hand knowledge of the state. These guides offer recommendations to help you decide which experiences to include in your trip, as well as more practical advice such as our suggested places to stay.

Read about which beaches are best for families, where to hike to get the most rewarding views in Yosemite and how to make the most of your time in Los Angeles, as well as how to weave these experiences into a wider itinerary.

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Ideas for how to explore California

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for California. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • Route 66 in California

    Driving the Mother Road: the highlights of Route 66

    Route 66 is one of the most iconic drives in the US, stretching for 2,400 miles from Chicago on the Great Lakes, to Los Angeles in the west. US specialist, Rob, details his experience of the route, and the highlights along the way.

  • Bixby bridge, Big Sur

    Driving California's Pacific Coast Highway

    Experience some of California's most impressive scenery on a drive along its central coast on Highway 1, taking in the sights of San Francisco, Los Angeles and everything in between. US specialist, Alex, discusses the route’s highlights, from laid-back beach communities to historic towns and vibrant cities.

  • Route 190, California

    Self-drive vacations in California

    Take a fly-drive along the California coast and explore some of the region’s most captivating towns, cities and national parks, from glamorous LA, home of the US film industry, to the dramatic geological spectacles of Yosemite National Park.

  • Yosemite National Park

    Where to go in the US

    The US is so huge that it can be hard to narrow down your options when you’re planning a trip. We’ve drawn up a guide to helping you decide which regions to visit, depending on your individual interests.

  • Merced River & El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

    Honeymoons in the US

    As a honeymoon destination, the United States has a lot to offer. US specialist, Carl, picks some of his top choices, from exploring San Francisco and driving the Pacific Coast Highway to staying on a ranch in the Rocky Mountain states and experiencing the swamplands and culture of Louisiana.

  • Redwood National Park

    Family vacations in California

    USA specialist David picks some of his highlights for a family vacation in California. From enjoying the different cultures in San Francisco to whale watching in Monterey, touring the film studies in Los Angeles to exploring Redwood National Park, California has a range of experiences for all ages.

  • Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

    Family vacations in the US

    Ranch stays, glamping in national parks, Hawaiian feasts and Yellowstone’s steaming geysers: the US is packed with enough experiences to fill several family photo albums. US specialist Shannon shares her pick of things to see and do on your next family trip.

  • Route 66, Texas

    Route 66 vacations

    Known as the ‘Mother Road’, Route 66 helped open up America and shape its identity. Whether you choose to drive the whole route or just part of it, your road trip will showcase the country’s culture, history and landscapes.