America's West Coast is inspirational for both its scenery and lifestyle. Fog-shrouded mountain ranges, desert landscapes, sun-drenched vineyards, lush forests, sandy beaches and windswept bays provide the backdrop to huge cities and sprawling suburbs. Comprising 'sunshine state' California as well as Oregon and Washington, the West Coast is best known for its laidback lifestyle and variety of attractions. Whether you're looking for art, entertainment, history or culture, West Coast USA truly has it all.
The North is known as 'wine country' and the city of Seattle is a great place from which to explore the state of Washington. There are wonderful spots for walking, hiking and fishing, and Mammoth Mountain is the ideal location for a spot of skiing or snowboarding. The central coast runs between the iconic city of San Francisco and the metropolis of Los Angeles and here you'll find beautiful white sand beaches, roaring surf and the outstanding natural beauty of Big Sur State Park, where the Santa Lucia Mountains tower above the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) winds through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the U.S, and many travellers hire a car and make the classic road trip between the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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Further down the coast in Southern California are a host of theme parks - Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain to name but a few. Families will find plenty to keep them occupied at any time of year. A short trip away is San Diego, which is renowned for its water sports and family-friendly activities - Sea World, San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park all have enduring appeal.
California is one of the sunniest states in the USA with 12-14hrs sunshine typical during the summer months. Hot, dry summers are usual and although winters are wetter it is still warm and pleasant. San Francisco has milder summers and cooler winters than Los Angeles due to its unique location, whilst the states further north are milder and wetter throughout the year. Summer is the height of the tourist season, but the spring and autumn offer a fresher climate, lower prices and fewer crowds. Find out more about West Coast USA holiday destinations by clicking on the links below.