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California is perhaps the most diverse state in the US. From redwood forests and snowy mountains, to desert heat and sandy beaches, California’s landscape offers plenty of adventure for the active traveler. For those seeking luxury and glamour, California’s metropolis cities have it all. From the glitter of Hollywood to the Golden Gate Bridge, California’s iconic landmarks feel familiar, yet no less fantastic viewed in person. And what kid hasn’t dreamed of meeting their favorite pirate or princess in Disneyland’s streets, or coming face to face with amazing creatures at San Diego Zoo? Whatever your travel desires, the Golden State will fulfill your dreams and more.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California

The city with the most famous zip code, Beverly Hills is the embodiment of luxury in California, from fancy hotels, and top notch dining to the infamous shopping along Rodeo Drive. Find celebrated designers in shops along the avenue such as Harry Winston, Jimmy Choo, Chanel and over fifty more. Speak to a Luxe advisor about taking a private guided shopping tour of the area. A step away from Rodeo Drive is the famed Beverly Wilshire hotel with posh and contemporary décor. Alternatively, consider staying at the historical Beverly Hills Hotel, home to the well-known Polo Lounge. The Beverly Hills Hotel is the perfect combination of the luxurious Beverly Hills lifestyle combined with the glamour of the Hollywood heyday.

Palm Springs, known as the luxury escape for Hollywood’s elite, is a resort city in the desert about half way between Los Angeles and San Diego. The hot, dry California city sees plenty of sunshine year round and winter months are best with temperatures around 80° F. There are a number of art festivals and museums in the city as well as golf courses and hiking and biking trails. The legendary La Quinta Resort and Club nearby Palm Springs has been a desert retreat for renowned artists, athletes and international dignitaries for nearly 100 years. The luxury resort features Spanish style suites and villas as well as five unique golf courses designed by golf legends.

There is no shortage of adventure in California for those who seek it. Whether you want to try surfing the waves on Mission Beach in San Diego or ski the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Lake Tahoe, you’ll find it in California. The state is home to a number of national parks including Yosemite, Sequoia and Death Valley National Parks. Each offer stunning vistas, a variety of terrains and wildlife. Hiking and biking are popular ways to get around these parks, although nothing beats driving through a redwood tree on the “Avenue of the Giants” US 101 highway in Northern California. The scenic highway runs through Humboldt Redwoods National Park.

Big Sur, California

Renting a car and driving through the great state of California is a terrific way to see all the natural beauty the land has to offer. Continuing from the redwood forests and US 101, travel south where the scenic road crosses over the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the central coast of California, the open stretch of road climbs and descends mountains and often hugs the Pacific coast. Try an alternate route along US 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway. Stop along the way in Big Sur for amazing vistas, beaches and hiking. Luxe Travel recommends luxury Post Ranch Inn or Carmel Valley Ranch to spend a night or two. These expansive resorts have stunning views, and fully appointed suites for comfortable stays.

Disneyland, California

Families will find no shortage of things to do in California. From talking to the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco to behind the scenes safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and everything in between, children will fall in love with California. Of course, no mention of family theme parks would be complete without mentioning the Southern California park that sets above the rest, Disneyland. Opened in 1955 in Anaheim, Walt Disney wanted a park that parents and kids alike could enjoy. Over 50 years later, it is still one of the most popular destinations in California. Older kids seeking more adventure will enjoy Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios Hollywood, with thrilling roller coasters.

Those looking to feed their mind and soul will find plenty of arts and culture in Golden State. The cutting edge San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reflects the artistic vibe of the city with collections by Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, among many other painters, photographers, mixed media and more. For an amazing musical experience, check out the Walt Disney Concert Hall or the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Theatergoers will delight in a show at the American Conservatory Theater or the San Francisco Opera.

San Francisco, California

Dig into California’s rich and varied history with visits to historical locations. For example, visit one of the numerous Spanish Missions from San Diego to San Francisco, which served missionaries, colonists, and soldiers as California grew from an open territory to the state we know today. San Juan Capistrano and Santa Barbara are two of the most popular. Or step back in time in Pioneertown, California to see how the Wild West was won. If you are interested in movie history, visit iconic sets at Paramount, Sony Pictures or Walt Disney Studios. See the famous foot and handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, or take an insider access private tour of Dolby Theater, home of the Oscars.

California’s culinary creations are like none other. Californians take pride in their fresh produce, light and healthy ingredients and exquisite and varied wines. Napa Valley is synonymous with expansive vineyards and many enthusiasts travel here for picturesque views, fine wines and delicately prepared dishes. Fusion cuisine is quite popular in California, since the state is home to many nationalities. Find foods influenced by Spanish Mexican, Asian Seafood to the American gourmet burger. Californians even have their own take on pizza, adding non-traditional toppings.

Whether you come for the sun and the fun, the glitz and the glamour, the drinking and dining, California will spoil you with her amazing views, delicious ingredients, ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or to talk with a Luxe Travel Advisor about your perfect Californian adventure.