California

California Travel Guide

Travel to California and walk through its towering redwood forests, lounge on one of its world-class beaches, and sample its award-winning wines. Visit its bustling cities and take in the breathtaking views, experiences and culinary delights the golden state has to offer. Truly, California travel offers something for everyone.

Things Not to Miss in California

• Wine tasting in Napa Valley
• Going on rides at Disneyland, i.e. ‘the happiest place on earth.’
• Camping in Yosemite, a breathtakingly beautiful national park located in the central eastern portion of the state
• Visiting San Francisco’s tourist attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and its large and bustling Chinatown
• Taking pictures in front of Los Angles renowned Hollywood sign
• Surfing in Santa Barbara
• Skiing in Lake Tahoe

When to Go to California

Most of the state enjoys mild temperatures year-round, so visit California at your leisure. However, keep in mind that the climate varies considerably as you move south to north. Winters can get chilly in the north (although snowfall is an uncommon occurrence, except for in the mountains) and rainfall is considerably more common. In the south, including Los Angeles, temperatures remain in the 70s to 80s year-round.

Articles about California

It may seem like the Land of Endless Summers, but there are seasons in Los Angeles. Admittedly, though, they’re marked more by the produce offerings at the farmers markets and events going on around town. Summer is defined not by better weather—th...
Just when it seems San Francisco has reached its quota of new, gourmet ice cream concepts (organic floats at The Ice Cream Bar, boutique ice cream sandwiches at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, quirky flavors at Humphry Slocombe), a local coffee roaste...
No, it’s not Noe Valley or even the Outer Sunset. It’s Bernal Heights, a far-flung San Francisco neighborhood on the outskirts of the Mission District with a rising food scene. Last year, real estate website Redfin said the neighborhood had the ho...
Happy birthday, Bugs Bunny! Today marks that wascally wabbit’s 75th anniversary after making his debut opposite Elmer Fudd in the cartoon “Wild Hare,” which was directed by Tex Avery and released on July 27, 1940. There has been some debate ...
You’ve probably heard of the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT, the 2,664-mile footpath made famous by Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 bestseller, Wild, and the Reese Witherspoon–starring movie of the same name. You’ve probably heard that it’s gorgeous. And i...
Why open another vegan restaurant in an area that’s full of them already? Oddly enough, most existing spots tend to go very upscale. There’s Crossroads [full disclosure: Moby is an investor here], which is wonderful, but it’s expensive and quit...
When it opened in 1975, in a converted luxury condominium building that was once the home of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills was the first all-suite hotel in the United States. Setting a new standard for refinement, t...
When it opened in 1975, in a converted luxury condominium building that was once the home of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills was the first all-suite hotel in the United States. Setting a new standard for refinement, t...
When it opened in 1975, in a converted luxury condominium building that was once the home of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills was the first all-suite hotel in the United States. Setting a new standard for refinement, t...
Southern California is a beachgoer’s paradise. But which beaches top our list? (Head to http://www.travelandleisure.com/video for dozens of videos on top beaches and islands.) Just beyond the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, in Santa Barbara, But...