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September 18, 2012

California Calling!

Resort wineries, a variety of shopping and entertainment options, a landscape that is dotted with beaches, mountains and snow-covered terrain… A year-round destination, California has a plethora of inviting attractions to woo visitors

California is a popular destination on the global map – for the variety of attractions that it has in store for tourists. Indeed, for every season, round the year, California has something to offer to all!

The state’s wine regions – Napa Valley, to name but one – are a surefire draw for gourmands from across the globe. Not only do they satiate your palate with the finest of wines, but they also provide picturesque landscapes for you to drive through. Sonoma’s wine county is perfect for tasting some of the world’s finest home-made brews and also for taking some brewery tours around the area.

Whether it is a perfect cocktail dress or the traditional piñata, shopping is a celebrated art form here. The most famous shopping street, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, is a shopping haven  boasting of various designer boutiques and brands such as Tiffany and Co., Fendi, Armani to name but a few.

Think California and fun and entertainment come instantly to mind. Its famed Hollywood sign shines brighter than the sun. The giant piece engraved in the mountain has become a symbol of its unique cultural identity.  Universal Studios are an eternal hit with visitors to the area.

It is also a state that is known for its themed entertainment parks. Disneyland has been designed and designated under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. This park boasts several rides and entertainment options that can be enjoyed by the entire family, age no bar!

And if you are a nature lover, explore the wilderness of the San Diego zoo which has a wide variety of spectacular species living in naturalised enclosures that attract a large number of people. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the region and is the home to many marine creatures and other fish species that have been preserved and cared by the management.

If you plan to ski, California is the state for you to visit, particularly towards the end of the year when the Sierra Nevada almost always has snow. Ski resorts do open earlier and it is the season when everyone hits the slopes during their breaks, creating a colourful picture on the pristine white slopes.

Mt. Shasta is another thrilling place to be in the state. The guided cycle tours take people across glaciers, lava floors, thick pine forests and has thus become a magnet of New Age mystics.

In summer, the most popular attractions are its expansive beaches. Coronado Beach is the idyllic ‘beach paradise’ – a magnet for the young and old alike. The sun gleaming on the soft waves almost defines the ethereal beauty that nature has bestowed on the state. The clear and soothing waters of the beach are the perfect stress buster! The paranormal view of the city from the beach is an added advantage.

The rich culture of California makes for a pleasant journey filled with fun and happiness. So, choose your time, for an exciting holiday at California, veritably a year-round destination.

Top Draws

  • Hollywood
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • California’s ski resorts
  • Lake Tahoe
  • San Francisco’s
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • San Diego’s zoo
  • Petrified Forest
  • Big Sur
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Disneyland

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