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Top 5 things to do in California

California is the ultimate playground - and still a much-loved destination for Kiwi travellers.

From the entertainment capital of Los Angeles to the misty charm of San Francisco, California promises a captivating adventure. Explore picture-perfect beaches, stand amidst towering national treasures like Yosemite and Redwood National Parks, and savour the internationally acclaimed joy of Napa Valley. Here are our Top five things to consider when planning a California adventure.


Remains one of the major drawcards for Kiwi travellers. Whether its re-visiting as an adult or reliving the magic through your wide-eyed wonder of your kids dive into the enchanting world of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, where fairy tales come to life and thrilling adventures await visitors of all ages.

Disneyland Park In Anaheim the happiest place on earth
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Discover California's trifecta of natural wonders

Begin in Yosemite National Park, where towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls await adventurous hikers. Then, indulge in the sensory delights of Napa Valley, sampling exquisite wines amid picturesque vineyards and gourmet cuisine. Finally, escape to the serene shores of Lake Tahoe for year-round outdoor adventures, from skiing in winter to kayaking in summer, all set against the backdrop of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. California's diverse landscapes offer endless opportunities for unforgettable experiences in these iconic destinations.

Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway

Long-time favourite road trip adventure for Kiwi travellers, where the road hugs California's stunning coastline. From San Diego, Los Angeles and the sun-kissed beaches in the south to the towering redwoods and San Francisco in the north, this route offers breathtaking ocean views, charming coastal towns, and iconic landmarks like Big Sur and Golden Gate Bridge. Cross the border into Oregon and Washington State to continue your journey to view natural wonders like Crater Lake and Mount Rainier.

California Road Trip on the Big Sur Bridge


No matter what you're looking for in California, Travel USA has you covered - from sensational cities to amazing outdoor adventures, iconic landmarks, word renowned theme parks, shopping, dining, sports and events. Browse through our list of Things to See & Do in our California section or contact us today to start planning your ultimate adventure.