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California – a bucket list for the Golden State
California, my personal favourite destination in the USA, possibly offers the widest diversity of anywhere on the planet, let alone any other US State, both in terms of its geographical make up and its man-made attractions. Where else can you find warm beaches, stunning sunsets, huge mountain...
 
6 alternative ways to experience California
With miles of sun-drenched coastline, dramatic mountain scenery and iconic urban centres, California seems to have it all, but with so much variety it's difficult to decide what to see. From a tour of Santa Barbara's wine region to exploring Los Angeles in a private 1960's Cadillac, here are...
 
Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach
A young man uses the exercise rings on Santa Monica's Muscle Beach at sunset. Located just south of Santa Monica Pier and dating from the 1930s, this is the original Muscle Beach; its more famous sibling, two miles south in Venice, was not established until the 1950s. In the past, Hollywood...
 
5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own
Here's a luxury travel secret that owners of luxury second homes need to know. Anyone who has a rental property and has looked into the possibility of swapping their home with other like-minded owners will be aware that there's a plethora of home exchange sites out there. House swapping has seen...
 
Planning a trip to Southern California?
What's new in Southern California? Lots! If you're planning a first timer's trip to Southern California in the next few months (when the weather is sheer perfection) you probably already know that you want to spend a day at the beach and perhaps even do a little surfing. And of course, you'll...
 
5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles
'Seven suburbs in search of a city', a 'constellation of plastic' and 'less culture than a pot of yoghurt' are just some of the disparaging descriptions of the City of Angels. It definitely has that 'Marmite' reaction but we think the following famous five all fit into the 'love it' rather than...
 
The coast of California: a magnificent seven
The Pacific Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of the most scenic drives on the planet, a natural challenger to such famous jaw-droppers as Australia's Great Ocean Drive between Adelaide and Melbourne, the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies and the Amalfi Coast of Italy....
 
Summer paradise in Malibu
In the summertime, Malibu, California hosts what is considered by many as the most perfect weather on the planet. The air has very little humidity, while temperatures remain between 75 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It should not come as a surprise that Malibu is the most highly desired...
 
5 Californian gems you may not have considered
California is the annual holiday destination for thousands of Brits and many book into their same hotel and enjoy the same experiences. Yes, it's a fantastic experience but perhaps it's worth looking further afield and trying something different. You'll be amazed at some of the different...
 
California's top 5 winery tours
California is known for its wine producing regions. Their wines are known worldwide and whether you enjoy an occasional tipple or are a true connoisseur you can enjoy a tour of one or more of the wine growing regions. There are many private vineyards in the region, some small and intimate,...
 
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