Here are some of Comfort Insurance’s top tips on travelling around California;
California, also known as ‘The Golden State’ has a population of over 37,500,000 and is located in the West Coast of the US which means that the landscapes vary from mountains to waterfalls. It is also the most highly populated state and is still growing.
Monterey is on the waterfront in the central coast of California with stunning coastline drives. It is one of the most historic cities in California. In Monterey you can Kayak, whale watch, scuba dive or just go to the beach and relax. Monterey is home to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium which attracts and educates millions of visitors every year. The aquarium is based on Cannery Row which looks over the picturesque sea and boasts a huge range of shops, restaurants, hotels and bars. If you are looking for fresh, local seafood and remarkable restaurants, Monterey is for you.
Yosemite National Park was created in 1890 and is best known for its picturesque waterfalls and beautiful views. The park covers over 750,000 acres of land with nearly 3 million visitors each year. The great thing about Yosemite is that there is so much to do considering the size. You will need to stay at the park for a few days so that you can truly enjoy and experience everything that it offers. You must make sure to do the waterfall walks, where you will experience the most amazing views, but they are not easy! As well as the walks, there are over 12 miles of bike paths so if you’re looking to explore the national park, bikes are the best way to do it!
Another way to see Yosemite is by horseback! With a handful of rides to go on with different routes, you will see Yosemite in different ways. The national park has three stables and each offers a unique route and scenery. If you are a bird watching fanatic Yosemite is just the place! With over 165 species of birds you will be in your element.
There are 10 campsites in which you can park your motorhome but check on the lengths that they accommodate and don’t forget your motorhome insurance in case of any loss, damage or theft.
A vibrant and trendy city, filled with nightlife, culture, sports and restaurants, Los Angeles is undoubtedly the entertainment capital. LA is home to many cultural attractions including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Space Shuttle Endeavour and art galleries. Not to mention the booming nightlife and well known theatre productions.
LA is also famous for its sporting achievements, with the Lakers winning 16 NBA championships, the Dodgers winning 5 World Series and the Galaxy has won 3 MLS Cups. There are arenas like the STAPLES Center, Rose Bowl, Dodger Stadium and the LA Coliseum, in which these events take place.
The dining in LA is famous for its Michelin – Starred restaurants and dynamic dining. It offers everything from street stall food to fancy ‘splash the cash’ restaurants. Some of the restaurants include the famous Thomas Keller, Nobu Matsuhisa and newer restaurants, such as, Kogi BBQ and Ricardo Zarate (who was awarded with Food and Wines Best Chef in America) If you’re looking for tranquil dining with stunning sea views, try the oceanfront restaurants.
With more museums and theatres than any other U.S City, Los Angeles culture is best explored at these attractions. From an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl to a Philharmonic performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, there is a wide range of shows to see. Some of the culture includes the Getty Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and monthly art walks take place in the city. Los Angeles is also the entertainment capital of the world when it comes to film and TV.
Last but not least, the Los Angeles nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or an all-night party, Los Angeles is perfect for all. LA clubs are seen as some of the best in the country especially in Downtown LA including such clubs as the Conga Room, Club Nokia, L.A LIVE entertainment complex, Mayan Nightclub and the Edison. The clubs all feature different performers including burlesque dancers or live bands. The bars in Los Angeles offer perfectly designed cocktails, wines and beers. Some of the most recommended bars are located in Los Angeles hotels, like The Mixing Room, Polo Lounge, the Library Bar and Bar Centro. Comedy clubs are also a ‘must see’ in Los Angeles and these are where the likes of Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor and many more, shot to stardom.
San Francisco is on the Northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula and is the most densely settled city in California. It is a popular destination for tourists and well known for its cool summers, fog, architecture, steep hills and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
When visiting San Francisco, it is worth purchasing the CityPASS which will offer you discount on many attractions, offers admission tickets to 5 attractions and you can enjoy unlimited transport on the Muni Trolleys, cable cars and buses for 7 days. It also gives you the advantage of skipping the long queues.
There are a few things that you must not miss when visiting San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous in the world. At 1.7 miles long and around 120, 000 vehicles driving across every day, it is bound to impress. It also offers a pedestrian walkway if you fancy the slower, more scenic route across. This attraction is said to be one of the most photographed on earth.
Alcatraz is a former prison, located on an island, ‘Alcatraz Island’, in the middle of San Francisco Bay. This prison was home to some of America’s most notorious criminals. Many attempts were made, but no prisoner ever escaped Alcatraz but the stories, after it closed in the 1960’s, are legendary. When visiting, you can take a recorded tour all around the prison, showing you the in’s and out’s of a prisoners experience there.
San Francisco is also known as America’s best restaurant city. Using fresh ingredients and flavours, the local chefs create magnificent meals for everyone’s taste. With your choice of almost any cuisine, including Italian, Moroccan, Chinese, Indian and many more, you will find something to suit your taste.