California Destination guide

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With sun-kissed beaches, glitzy cities, misty forests and lush winelands, California is a supermodel of a state. From the natural wonders to the diverse food and culture, this Golden State has world-class everything, including glamorous Hollywood, Napa Valley wine country, the surreal Mojave Desert, spectacular Yosemite with the formidable El Capitan, and even the Land of the Giants, home to soaring redwoods. When you travel California with Trafalgar, we’ll show you all the very best things to do in California plus the hidden gems, from Los Angeles to San Francisco and all the gorgeous coastal towns in between. We’ll take you from San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and lively Venice Beach, to creative Carmel-by-the-Sea and stunning Lake Tahoe, driving up the legendary Pacific Coast Highway with the Californian breeze in your hair all the way.
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"California is a dream destination, from star-gazing in LA and sipping world-class wines in Napa, to marvelling at the national parks, and even diving into Disneyland, the happiest place on earth."
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California at a glance
With sun-kissed beaches, glitzy cities, misty forests and lush winelands, California is a supermodel of a state. Our expert Trafalgar Travel Directors will take you cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway to discover all its treasures from glamorous Hollywood and charming coastal towns, to stunning Yosemite and the Mojave Desert, with the Californian wind in your hair all the way.
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What to pack for California

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With miles of golden, sunny coastline, you can’t resist taking a dip in the ocean or soaking in a pool on your California tour.

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Reusable water bottle

California is one of America’s greenest states and you can help reduce your environmental footprint by refilling your own bottle at free water stations around the state.

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Big appetite

With so many diverse cuisines and everything from gourmet fine dining to delicious food trucks, prepare to loosen your belt when you travel California.

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Sun protection

With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, you’ll need to stock up on sunscreen and bring your sunglasses and a hat on your California trip.

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A warm jacket

Despite the heat and sunshine, it can get cold in some parts of California, especially the misty redwood forests, so come prepared with a cozy jacket.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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