California boasts some of the most fantastic and best fly drive holidays in the world. The Big Sur Highway, Route 66 and Highway 1 to name just a few. This is a dream destination for many whether you want to holiday in the wilds of Yosemite National Park, the alpine lake of Tahoe or the glitz and glamour of Hollywood California offers it all.
Californias northern coast is a world away from the tinsel town and Hollywood glamour associate with its southern towns. There nothing artificial about the stars of Mother nature which include giant Redwoods that dwarf visitors in the "Avenue of the Giants". The Chandelier Tree is so large it has its trunk hollowed out so that cars can drive through it.
South of Yosemite Valley lies the less recognised but still stunning Sequoia and Kings Canyon national Parks. An isis towering Sequoia and Redwood trees accompany the scenes of granite domes and spires. Visit the "General Sherman Tree" which looms over the forest at 279ft and is located at the aptly named Giant Forest. Kings Canyon is one of the deepest gorges in North America.
The unofficial dividing point of North and South California is vibant San Francisco ; one of the U.Ss most enjoyable and visited cities. Iconic Alcatraz looms large in the bay.
San Francisco is the fly drive holiday gateway to sun soaked south California with the towns of Monterey and Carmel are soaked in Spanish and Mexican influence and there are dozens of historic missions and archtecture reflecting this. Bathe in tranquil sunsets best seen overlooking the sea from one of the many fine restaurants.
Stop off at San Simeon where you can view the ostantacious mansion of William Randolph Hearst. Hearst Castle is filled with an abundence of priceless art pieces.
Set on a huge harbour and a few miles from the Mexican border with a combination of historic adobe buildings and modern museums this Gaslamp Quarter with its pretty Victorian buildings and visit the world famous zoo set in 100 lushly landscaped acres of recreated natural habitat. California's San Diego is a fantastic holiday destination for families with its world famous zoo and SeaWorld as just a sample of the attractions.
Visit the stunning beaches of Orange County on your fly drive holiday to California
Take a fly drive via the playground of Palm Springs which is a luxurious oasis made famous by the Rat Pack in the 1950s. Relax in one of the many deluxe hotels offering indulgent spa treatments and countless golf courses to try. This is the gateway to the eerily arrid landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. The strangely shaped Joshua Trees are silhouetted against bright blue skies and their limb like branches shelter wildlife including tarantulas and sidewinders. At lower levels there are succulents and cacti that after heavy rainfall transform into a sea of flowering colours.
One of the great fly drives in the world, Avenue of the Giants, which parallels U.S. 101 from just north of Garberville to Scotia, leads through an amazing stretch of incredible redwood forest. If you only have time to explore one piece of the spectacular 500-mile redwood belt stretching up Californias northern half, then this celebrated route might be the place for you. Parklands protect the stands surrounding you as you twist slowly through this natural wonderland. If you have time, walk the pristine trails of Humboldt Redwoods State Park, protecting the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.
Timeless Travel recommend that you drive the twisty route following the western shores of Lake Tahoe in summer during your holiday to Northern Californai because it is simply stunning. State 89, linking the north and south ends of Lake Tahoe, is truly one of the worlds most spectacular drives, an alpine thriller with glorious views of snow-capped peaks ringing a lake as clear and blue as the sky above.