one of the world's best holiday destinations
From its celebrated coastline to its broad heartland and granite Sierra peaks, California offers a lifetime of vacations in one Golden State. In a place this big and diverse, there is truly something for everyone—and plenty left over to keep you coming back. Sunny beaches and surfers in the waves, dazzling cities filled with culture and entertainment, jaw-dropping parklands and vistas worthy of any bucket list—California has incomparable star quality. Enjoy a kid’s wish list of iconic theme parks, or indulge in some of the best food and wine experiences in the world. Whether seen from a five-star hotel balcony or through tent flaps, California is truly golden.
Make California’s rich, anything-goes culture part of your vacation experience.
California’s arts and culture extend beyond the walls of its world-class museums. Communities like Carmel-by-the-Sea, Idyllwild, and Laguna Beach showcase its rich artistic heritage. Spanish missions shed light on California’s roots.
Celebrate the state’s music scene at festivals like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival near Palm Springs, Monterey Jazz Festival on the Central Coast, and San Francisco’s Outside Lands. Experience diverse cultures in San Francisco’s Chinatown, or Mexican-influenced Old Town San Diego.
California offers an unparalleled range of unexpected “spoil yourself” experiences.
Escape into bliss at a luxurious spa or a serene wellness retreat. Sip top vintages at elegant wineries. Slip into haute couture styles at Beverly Hills’ boutiques, or at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Take a VIP tour of movie back lots and top attractions. Savor meals created by Michelin-starred chefs, like Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Yountville or Wolfgang Puck at Spago, in Los Angeles.
Priceless indulgences abound. Catch one of the world’s best light shows—a California sunset—from the cliffs of Mendocino. Watch mystical fog swirl through San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and gaze up at waterfall rainbows at Yosemite National Park.