Places in California
Welcome to sunny Los Angeles, a shiny city of reinvention where small talk always starts with a question: ‘Where are you from?’ This query reveals what’s driving the city’s energetic buzz – a perpetual in-fl ow of dreamers, go-getters and hustlers primed with unabashed optimism.
Grab your coat and a handful of glitter, and enter the land of fog and fabulousness. So long, inhibitions; hello, San Francisco. Natural Highs California is one grand, sweeping gesture, a long arm cradling the Pacific. But then there's San Francisco, that seven-by-seven-mile peninsula that looks like a forefinger pointing upwards.
Whoosh – here comes a skateboarder. And there goes a wet-suited surfer toting his board to the break, while a Chanel-clad lady lifts a coffee cup off a porcelain saucer. Downtown San Diego and its nearby coastal communities offer all that and more. San Diego’s Downtown is the region's main business, financial and convention district.
Tours and activities
Skip the Line: Front of Line Pass at Universal Studios Hollywood
Get the celebrity treatment with this all-access pass. It includes all-day admission to the park, one-time priority access to all rides, shows and attractions, plus behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions...
Tips and articles
First time Los Angeles: discover the best of the City of Angels
People think they know Los Angeles, even, sometimes especially, if they’ve never been: a land of starstruck dreamers, Tinseltown magic, traffic-numbed freeways, silicone-inflated bimbos and jacked-up himbos...
First time San Francisco: discover the best of the City by the Bay
Welcome to America’s most liberal city, where you can say what you like, do what you want and act like a freak without anyone caring...
First time Yosemite National Park
'The mountains are calling, and I must go,' penned John Muir, the poetic naturalist of the Sierra Nevada...
First time San Diego: discover the best of America's finest city
San Diego calls itself America’s Finest City, and who are we to argue? Its sunny, breezy countenance animates the pandas and koalas at its world-famous zoo, skaters and surfers on its iconic beaches, tousled-haired va...