California is a state located on the west coast of the continental United States. It's the third-largest state in terms of actual area, but contains the largest population. California is highly urbanized, with eight of the largest 50 cities in the country. Plan your trip easily and quickly by using ebookers to find budget flights, hotels and more.
California has a great many airports, serving small counties or large municipalities. If you're travelling to Northern California, you may wish to fly into San Francisco International Airport. The airport is about 13 miles from the centre of the city's central business district, on South Airport Boulevard. Those flying into Southern California may prefer LAX airport on 1 World Way, about 15 miles outside downtown Los Angeles.
Transportation from the airports into the surrounding cities is generally a simple process. From San Francisco International, you can choose between a train trip on Bay City Transit for $8.25, or take a SamTrans bus for $4. If you'd prefer a taxi however, the cost into town will be about $36. To get from Los Angeles International Airport into town, taxis are readily available just outside the airport terminal at a cost of about $46.50 a ride.
Because of the size of the state, you'll find that the weather in California varies greatly from area to area. In the south, near Los Angles, temperatures average 24°C annually with only about 15 inches of precipitation. In the north of the state, in San Francisco, the temperature cools down somewhat, with an average high of 18°C and nearly 24 inches of rainfall. The best time to visit California is during the summer, when you need only the lightest clothing.
There's plenty to do in California during a summer visit. You can view art exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, take bus tours through most of the larger cities, spend a day or more exploring Disneyland in Anaheim, shop in some of the best stores in the world located on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or tour the island prison of Alcatraz. In addition, you can enjoy the many sandy beaches located throughout the state. Whether you simply want to lie back and soak up some sun, or enjoy water sports such as surfing or kite boarding, there's sure to be a California beach that's right for you.
Many cities in California have become popular tourist destinations due to their long hot summers and wide array of available attractions. A visit to the north of the state provides you with the opportunity to visit the picturesque city of San Francisco with its streetcars and landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz. In the south, visitors should be equally delighted, sightseeing trough the Hollywood area or spending time at Disneyland. All it takes is a quick reservation made for flights to California through ebookers, and you'll soon be on your way.
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