The Southwest of the US has been a top destination for travel agencies for years. The west coast is an ideal destination for a road trip and is actually easy to plan yourself. Book plane tickets and some hotels, rent a car and you’re off to spend your holiday in some world cities and beautiful national parks. The southwest of the US is a perfect mix of world cities and beautiful nature. City trippers will find something to their liking, while more active travelers will be more likely to stretch their legs in one of California’s national parks. What should you pay attention to when planning your trip to the USA?
Travel to California
The most popular airports used to travel to California are San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX). But it is also possible to fly to San Diego, Sacramento or Fresno. This wide range of airports plays a major role in the success of fly/drive holidays. Please note that you must have a tourist visa (ESTA) to travel to the US. You can apply for this online on the official website of Homeland Security USA.
The Southwestern US is a destination that attracts travelers all year round. The weather is so varied that there are periods that are pleasant for sun worshipers and winter temperatures that cause snow in certain areas. Most of the state has a Mediterranean climate that brings pleasant summers and mild, wet winters. This is especially true for the coastal areas with cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Further inland, temperatures are much higher, resulting in areas with a desert climate (Death Valley, Joshua NP). At higher altitudes you will more quickly discover a climate that has all four seasons. The snow-filled winters bring waterfall season here in the spring.
What makes California a wonderful destination for a trip is the wide range of sights. To whose imagination do cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles not appeal? Both cities are also connected by Highway 1, better known as the Pacific Highway. This is known as one of the most beautiful car routes you can take in the world. This way you drive hundreds of miles along the rugged coastline with the Big Sur as the highlight. San Diego is a city close to the border with Mexico and this is noticeable in its Spanish influences. The city is best known for its famous zoo and the sensational Seaworld attraction.
California’s offering also counts when it comes to national parks. Yosemite National Park is the most visited national park here. Here, the active traveler will look forward to hiking trails to viewpoints such as Glacier Point. Those who like longer hikes can start the John Muir trail here, a trip of more than 336 kilometers through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia NP. The park also has highlights such as El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome.
In addition to Yosemite NP, Death Valley is also a real hotspot for tourists. And that can certainly be taken literally. After all, the warmest temperatures ever recorded on Earth were recorded here (56.7°C). In the ancient rainforests of Redwoods NP you will find the largest sequoias. Film buffs may recognize the area because scenes for Jurassic Park: the Lost World were filmed here.
California is one of the largest wine producers in the world. It accounts for 90% of US wine production. You will be able to admire many vineyards, especially along the coastal region. That same coastal region is typical of a San Francisco specialty: the fish stew. This meal is served in a bowl made with sliced bread and can be found on almost every menu in the city. For those for whom fish meals are just a bit too healthy, there is of course the wide range of burgers and fries.