Experience the Wildest Holidays of Your Life in Southern California

California is a big state that is split into Southern California (SoCal) and Northern California (NorCal). There are many cultural differences between the two thanks to the large, unique state that they both reside in. There are diverse groups of residents, plenty of tourists and outsiders and unique food cultures that separate the two. NorCal is known to some as foodie heaven with its Michelin-star restaurants, while SoCal is known for its authentic Mexican food and popular chain restaurants. With so many differences, visiting “just California” won’t do the state justice, which is why we’ve decided to write solely about the experiences you’ll have in SoCal alone.

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Disneyland Park

Of all the theme parks in the United States, Disneyland Resort is probably one of the most popular and well-known destinations that all children want to visit at some point during their adolescence. There’s plenty of fun to be had in this iconic location that is absolutely filled to the brim with your favourite Disney references and characters. Even adults can have a lot of fun here reliving their childhood memories—there’s always something magical here.

Universal Studios

If you’ve ever wanted to see your favourite movies come to life, then look no further than a trip to Universal Studios. With exciting attractions, plenty of rides and non-stop thrills to indulge in, it warrants more than just a day of your attention. Get a room at a nearby hotel such as Best Western PLUS Executive Inn and it’ll make it far easier to travel to and from this wonderful destination. There’s fun for the whole family here so no matter who you bring, you’re going to have a blast.

Hearst Castle

IF you love historic landmarks, then you’ll want to give Hearst Castle a visit. In 1954, the castle became a state park and is one of the most beautiful locations to visit in the whole of California, not just the south! There are tours you can take inside of the castle, and you’ll get to travel back in time to experience what it was like to be a privileged guest in this luxurious castle. There are also evening tours to let you sample what life would’ve been like inside the castle when the lights were out.This is truly a museum like no other and you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t stop by at least once.

Getty Center

If fine art, architecture and gardens are more your style then don’t miss out on a visit to the Getty Center. Here you’ll find beautiful art on display such as manuscripts, drawings, sculptures and European paintings that range from the 19th to 20th century. There’s also a wide array of food on offer that is made entirely with local ingredients. With so much to see here, you’ll definitely want to come back in the future to see newer exhibitions on offer.

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North or South? Best Vacations in France

If you have not traveled to France before, then you are missing out. It is such a stunning country with so much to see and do. The country itself is quite large, as far as European countries go anyway. So it can be a good idea to divide the country in half and choose some vacation ideas based on what is each half. Have you done any of these before?

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The North of France

You can’t mention going to France without mentioning Paris, which is right in the heart of the north of the country. The city of lights is a must! The history that the city has is just amazing, and there are so many fascinating things to see and do. The Louvre Museum has to be one of the highlights, home to the world famous Mona Lisa painting. A trip up to the top of the Eiffel Tower is one of the top things to do too. You can even book a table at the restaurant at the top of the tower for a quintessentially Parisian experience. Notre Dame is magical to visit too, as well as munching on a macaron or two down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

If you are looking for something to do with the family, then Disneyland Paris is only a short train ride out of the city. Paris isn’t the most child-friendly city ever, so many families visit Disneyland instead. It isn’t as large as its American counterparts, but it still makes for an amazing day out for any Disney mad family members.

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The South of France

If you’re planning on a trip to the south of France, then the chances are that you’re looking for something quite romantic and relaxed. The scenery and views in the south are breathtaking, with large mountains and valleys to boot. The great thing is that you can enjoy the south of France all year round. You could enjoy St. Tropez and Cannes in the summer, and areas like Chamonix in the winter. So don’t just dismiss the south as only being a place that will work if you like the beach. The French Riviera is, of course, stunning. But the mountains are just as beautiful. So you could look for luxury ski chalets to luxury beach accommodation. There really is something for everyone.

The south of France is also a great area to explore and take in some of the French culture. You could enjoy the range of bakeries and patisseries that are scattered in the small towns, as well as discovering the many vineyards of France. So hiring a car is a really good idea. In the south, the towns and cities are a bit more sparse than they are in the north. So hiring a car means you’ll be able to see everything without missing anything.

Have you ever been to any of these areas in France? Would love to hear any of your top tips for traveling to France. Knowing some basic French phrases is pretty important, in my opinion.

Here’s How To Do An Adults Vacation To Disneyland

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There will be times in your life when you take holidays with the whole family. However, there will also be occasions when you want to take an adults only holiday!

If you’re headed towards California, visiting Disneyland Park will probably be pretty high on your agenda. Well, your ideal agenda, anyway. You may also have some concern that Disneyland Park is a place for kids, parents and not much else.

However, you are more than welcome in Disneyland Park too! Balance a trip here with some other adult-friendly activities for an incredible vacation. Who says you need to have a toddler to get a photo with Minnie anyway!

First up, how do you do an adults-only trip to Disneyland? First off, you relax! No one is there to judge you. At all of the Disney parks, from Paris to Florida to California, grown up are welcome. Take photographs (or selfies) with your favorite characters, and get in the queue for rollercoaster. Treat yourself to your favorite food and take photographs for your social media accounts and friends. For many, just wandering around the park will be enough entertainment and amusement. Also be aware that the newer park, Disney California Adventure, has more rides in it that are aimed at adults. Handily, the entrance is right opposite Disneyland Park!

As for your accommodation, and where you’ll stay. Combine the thrill of staying in a Disney hotel with adult perks. Namely, a luxury spa and a handful of treatments. After all, you’ll need it after a day or two of roller coasters and walking! The Disney Grand Californian Hotel and Spa offers a Bali-inspired spa to take away any tensions. The sound of children crying that is ringing in your ears is sure to have gone after a ‘Mandara Spa Ritual’ or ‘Sunrise Awakening’. If you’re on your honeymoon or wedding anniversary, you and your partner could even enjoy a ‘Couples Retreat Ritual’! Book into this hotel for you accommodation and you won’t have to walk far at all once you’re done!

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However, there is more than just Disneyland in this area! Are you a sports fan? There are a few incredible stadiums and sports venues in the area! How about watching a baseball game at the
The Angel Stadium of Anaheim? Or if ice hockey is your thing, the Honda Center right across the road from the Angel Stadium is where you’ll want to head!

Let’s not forget how much natural beauty there is in this part of the country, too. 58 acres of the Anaheim Hills are taken up by the Oak Canyon Nature Centre. Here you can find three adjoining canyons, a stream and four miles of hiking trails. There are also a number of other stunning parks and areas of natural beauty in the area.

For arts and culture, how about ending your stay with a night at Pearson Park? In the summer, the Amphitheatre here hosts a variety of events. From theater to music to movies, tickets are super cheap, and the surroundings are gorgeous.

 

 

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