California is the classic destination for anyone looking for a time of simple pleasures and hedonistic glory. Given the size of the state, it is perhaps unsurprising that California is so widely varied in its appeal. In this state, you can find activities to suit just about anyone. Whether you are a traveler from a hundred miles away, or a local looking to explore some of the lesser-known sights, California has got it all. Here is a rundown of some of the finest destinations that this great state has to offer. Some are extremely well-known (and usually for a very good reason), and others not so, but still delightful.



Home to a wide variety of beaches, clubs and bars, Malibu is the dream holiday destination. Chances are, when you think of sun and sea, you find yourself picturing this destination. With its beautiful beaches and thriving urban areas, it certainly is picturesque. No visit to California would be complete without stopping by. As well as the beaches, Malibu is also home to a great number of open public parks. So even if you have had enough sunbathing for the day, you can always go for a gentle afternoon stroll.


Palm Springs

Palm Springs has, for a long time, been a popular winter destination, particularly among the rich and famous. It’s certainly easy to see why. During winter, Palm Springs enjoys an average temperature of around 16c, making it the ideal spot for anyone who isn’t used to the high sun. Not to mention that the sun shines on 350 days of the year! And with more golf courses than anywhere else in the state, it’s the ideal place to practice your drive.



Not as well known as some of the big names of California, Monterey is no less glorious for it. A scenic coastal city with extraordinary views, this is one place the California visitor cannot afford to miss. It’s known for being one of the friendlier locations in California. Also, the cleanliness of this small city, and the kindness of the locals, will blow you away. Relax on the beach, look at the hillside views, or visit the famous Monterey restaurants – this place has got it all.


Santa Monica

For the surfer or the cultured traveler, Santa Monica has got you covered. Often called the perfect beach town, this is one city which never disappoints. Whether you go surfing, sunbathing, or just for a stroll along the pier – be sure to check it out this year.


San Francisco

On the other end of the scale, you have the well-known city of San Francisco. Famous as the hotspot for hippies in the sixties and seventies, San Fran still retains a certain counter-culture feel. If you’re looking for an easygoing group of people in a stunning setting, then you can’t say fairer than this sprawling city. Truly one of California’s absolute gems. From the stunning Marina district to the beautiful North Beach, San Francisco is one of those destinations you dream about. Whether you’re an artist, a lover, or just a go-getter, this city will welcome you with open arms.