Things to do in California
Anaheim - experience a Flightdeck Air Combat course
If you have always wanted to pilot your own fighter jet and participate in a mock battle, make your way down to the Flightdeck Air Combat Center in Anaheim and sign up for one of their courses. The whole experience includes in flight instruction, clothing and the all important simulator on F-16 military jets. This is one of the most popular venues in the region, but is only able to handle a limited numbers of visitors each day, so be sure to book. This venue is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Anaheim - meet your favorite cartoon characters at Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park, or Disneyland as it is better known, was the first of the parks opened by the Disney Corporation. It was the only one to have been overseen by Walt Disney himself, back in 1955. Home to the fairytale castle, seen on every Disney movie, this is the dream of every child to visit and millions do every year. There are rides, cartoon characters, eateries and hotels on the large site as well as different zones with different themes, in fact so much to see you cannot do it in a whole day, or even possibly in a long weekend.
Beverly Hills - window shop along the Rodeo Drive
Probably the most famous road in the world, Rodeo Drive offers you the opportunity to rub shoulders with the rich and famous and buy all kinds of goods, from a basic handbag, to million dollar jewellery. Rated as probably the most expensive road in the world, Rodeo Drive has every major international luxury brand, as well as a number of very expensive boutique shops, where film and TV stars can often be spotted.
Hollywood - tour around the Warner Bros Studio
One of the best kept secrets in Hollywood, a city not renowned for keeping secrets, is the VIP tours around Warner Brothers’ studios in Hollywood. Unlike Universal Studios that offer everyone the opportunity to see around the studios the tours here are limited to just 120 people a day, and give a true, and personal insight to the workings of a TV studio. The tour includes visiting permanent stages from famous films such as Robin Hood and Casablanca as well as TV programs such as Dukes of Hazzard and Fantasy Island.
Los Angeles - learn about the universe at the Griffith Observatory
Perched on a hill, overlooking Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the universe that we live in. On clear nights there are telescopes available for public use, to scan the heavens and stars, with experts on hand to show you to how to identify what constellations you can see. Parking is limited, so be prepared for a hilly walk up to the observatory, if it is busy. Please note it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Los Angeles - take some snaps of the iconic Hollywood Sign
Originally designed to promote a new housing development, known as Hollywoodland in 1923, the Hollywood sign stands out on the landscape of Mt Lee. It overlooks Los Angeles and is probably the most famous sign in the world. For the energetic you can walk up Mt Lee and take photographs close by, although sadly it is no longer possible to go all the way to the sign now, due to vandalism in the past.
San Diego - get close to the animals at world famous San Diego Zoo
With over 4,000 animals, in 9 different zones, San Diego Zoo offers the whole family a wonderful experience to see magnificent creatures in specially designed enclosures. The zoo regularly holds special days when children can get really close to the animals, and learn all about their habitats and lifestyles. For something very special, try the overnight sleepovers and experience the sounds of the animals and birds at night time and be sure to say hi to the Giant Pandas.
San Diego - take a relaxing guided tour of Balboa Park
Bilbao Park contains 1,200 acres of stunning architecture, and is filled with numerous buildings, filled with exhibitions, including a theatre and puppets. There is so much to see you will likely need a guide, to give you a clue as to what to go and see. Plan your time carefully as there is so much to see. Some organised tours past for 3 days. Whatever you do decide to do during your visit, it is recommended that you try and catch a performance from one of the many productions, that are held in the park.
San Francisco - explore the California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences, covers a number of different museums including the planetarium, the national history museum as well as the world’s largest indoor natural reef. Each of these different locations host world class exhibits and are worth a day’s visit each. Even the roof is of interest, as it is a living roof, covered with grass and naturally occurring Californian plants that help to regulate the temperature and lighting.
San Francisco - take a city highlights tour
San Francisco is filed with fascinating places to visit for the whole family. One of the easiest ways to sample these is with the City’s Guided Highlights Tour, which takes in many famous locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. The tour includes a trip to the hills that overlook the city. Here you will find spectacular views, so be sure take your camera, to obtain some photographic memories of a lifetime.
Introduction to California
California is the most populous state in the United States of America and the 6th largest economy in the entire world. Tourist attractions here are extremely numerous and include the great world cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as San Diego and its famous aquarium. California hotels are spread across every imaginable price range and are built in countless styles and sizes. There are some of the world's most expensive five-star accommodations in Los Angeles and San Francisco while other estabishments are family run places that offer complimentary homestays to foreign exchange students. Still more properties are log cabin places built in any of California's magnificent national parks. The Disneyland Hotel is possibly one of the state of California's most unqieu and most famous places to spend a couple of nights. The attractions of Hollywood are served by scores of sites, as is Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.