California is more than just a terrestrial paradise of sun, sand and surf, it has high mountain ranges, fast-paced glitzy cities, primeval old-growth forests and vast stretches of deserts. The landscape is imbued with history, ranging from rock carvings left by indigenous Native Americans to the eerie ghost towns of the Gold Rush pioneers.
In California you will find some of the world's most famous and beautiful cities: In San Francisco you can walk across Golden Gate Bridge, eat fresh crab at Fisherman's Wharf and revisit the past at the Alcatraz prison. Los Angeles is the "City of Angels" and home to many movie stars. Santa-Barbara is the jewel of the Gold Coast - where the mountains meet the sea. There are many more cities you may want to see when you come to California.
Being in California you will feel yourself like in the fairytale. The reality will seem like unreality as what have you have heard about or you have seen on TV does really exist in California. Luxury and celebrity are the words that describe this state. Even California hotels no matter how many stars they have glitter like stars in the sky.
California business draws the rich and famous from all over the world. They come here for business as well for entertainment. It is a paradise for those whose business lies in winery. Fine wines are made in many locations in California, but when you hear "California Wine Country", it usually means Napa and Sonoma counties, just north of San Francisco. Here you can find wonderful wines, go on winery tours, eat gourmet food or have a picnic at the beach. You can also enjoy beautiful scenery, including vineyards, mountains, farms and the rugged Sonoma coast.
Napa Valley is located about 1 hour north of San Francisco, and 8 hours north of Los Angeles. It includes the towns of Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga. In Napa County, you can find charming bed and breakfasts, world-class food, and of course world-famous wines. Many of the wineries offer tours as well as wine tasting. You can visit Napa Valley's scenic countryside along with wineries by car, bus or limousine.
Although less famous than the adjacent Napa Valley, Sonoma County has many fine wineries and eating establishments as well. In addition, Sonoma County has majestic redwoods and gorgeous coastline scenery where it is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Major cities and towns include Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Healdsburg and Guerneville.
Los Angeles is the largest city that may be found in California, both in terms of area and population. While L.A. is plagued by smog and traffic like many cities of its size, it is also blessed with sunshine year-around and a beautiful setting between the mountains and the ocean. You can visit Hollywood, where you can put your foot in the imprint of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theater or peruse the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the beach area, including Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice. Or visit one of the studios where you can see how movies are made, like Universal Studios.