Family beach holidays to wilderness adventures and monumental city breaks, California does everything effortlessly in one state.
It’s easier than ever to visit California now families can complete an ESTA application online before they travel – don’t forget all kids under 16 need their own ESTA.
It’s the land of long coastal roads and iconic road trips, towering sierra and mighty forests, ancient history and absolute newness.
You may not fit it all into one holiday but you’ll find California is highly skilled at making sure you get the most out of every minute of your stay.
Direct flights all year round from London to Los Angeles and San Diego.
California is home to Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks.
The Mojave National Reserve is in the south east of the state.
California’s major cities include San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Southern California shares a border with Mexico.
The state’s entire west coast is on the Pacific Ocean.
California is the most visited US state with an average of 223 million visitors each year.
If you’re sticking to cities, don’t drive. Public transport is always excellent, clearly explained and extensive. On the coast and in the countryside, car hire is the best way to get around with children. There are good rail and coach services across the state but they inevitably involve long journeys and few stops.