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Did you know… it’s National California Day! Saturday 22 February marks the day for us to recognise why and what makes California such an amazing US state.
Filled with spectacular cliff-lined beaches, foggy forests, dramatic roads, awe-inspiring national parks, and hearty cuisine… these are just a few of the reasons why California should be next on your bucket list.
With an endless list of things to do and see, it’s time to start planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip to California… But first, let us help you out with the best places to visit!
The USA city of Anaheim sits just outside Los Angeles in South California. It’s most famous for being home to the family-friendly Disneyland Resort complex - incorporating Disneyland with Main Street USA, Frontierland, and Space Mountain and also Disney California Adventure, home to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Hollywood Land, and the California Screamin' rollercoaster.
Visit the Honda Center to see the Anaheim Ducks hockey team play or why not watch the Los Angeles Angels play baseball at their home field of Angel Stadium? Explore Anaheim's vibrant arts and culture scene at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center and the USS Midway Museum. City National Grove Anaheim hosts over 200 events per year including concerts, shows, and galas.
You can also escape to the tranquil surrounds of Oak Canyon Nature Center to get up close to local flora, fauna, and wildlife.
Santa Barbara combines Spanish-style architecture and a mountainous backdrop with a chic waterfront and a host of attractions. The palace-like Santa Barbara County Courthouse offers a fascinating insight into local architecture and affords fantastic city-wide views from the top of its El Mirador bell tower.
Enjoy 5000 years of human history through the exhibits and a mural of the United States at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Explore the area’s maritime heritage at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum or take a guided tour of Spanish-Mexican style El Paseo Complex.
Marvel at beautiful marine life at the Sea Center and a variety of animals from near and far at Santa Barbara Zoo. Retreat to the tranquil Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and admire indigenous flora and fauna and take an afternoon stroll.
As a lot of you may know, Los Angeles is most famous for its role in the film and entertainment industry and in particular, for Hollywood. Take a totally Instagram-able phot with the Hollywood sign as your backdrop, stroll along Hollywood Boulevard, and spot famous names on the Walk of Fame.
Hop on thrilling rides, take a guided tour of the studio, or explore behind the scenes on movie sets at Universal Studios Hollywood. You could also enjoy the white-knuckle action of action and adventure rides at Disneyland Resort.
Admire the 2000+ works of art at The Broad or visit the vast collections of Asian, Islamic, and Latin American art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Head to Griffith Park where you can see the adorable animals of Los Angeles Zoo or discover a world of astronomy at Griffith Observatory. If you feel like you need to escape the busy city and relax; Santa Monica is a chic and laid-back beachfront location.
The rocky Catalina Island lies in the Gulf of Santa Catalina off the coast of California. The majority of the island's population live in the main town of Avalon; here you can visit the idyllic Botanical Garden or climb up Mount Ada to The Inn on Mount Ada which was once the private home of the chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.
Tour the Catalina Casino; home to the Casino Ballroom, Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island Art Association Art Gallery, and Catalina Island Museum. Indulge in a spot of retail therapy or enjoy tasty Californian cuisine along Crescent Avenue.
Snorkelling fans will find the crystal clear waters and abundant marine life at Casino Point and Lover's Cove an absolute paradise. View the island from 500 feet above sea level on a zip lining adventure at Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour attraction or live it up in a private cabana by the sea at Decanso Beach Club.