California is a popular holiday destination with most people living in the US and around the world. It is a large state and a diverse one too, in terms of both its people and terrain. In fact, it has the largest population in the United States and is the third biggest state. It is home to stretches of beaches and deserts as well as mountains and forests and, of course, bustling cities. With that in mind, it can be a challenge to navigate such a place. This is why it is important to plan your trip in advance. Read on to discover some useful advice on planning a trip to California.
The first thing to discuss is access passes. After all, it is likely that you will want to visit lots of different places while you are in California. Theme parks are top of the agenda for a lot of people. It is always a good idea to purchase your tickets online in advance. If you are intending to visit Disneyland, it is always a good idea to have a plan of action. You should determine which rides you really want to go on the most and get a fast pass to these rides to make sure that you do not miss out. If you are visiting California because you want to experience the fast and exciting wildlife that is on offer, you should think about getting a National Park Pass. This is a yearly pass, however, it does give you access to more than 2000 federal recreation sites. At just $80 USD it is worth the money if visiting more than 1 US National Park.
One of the great things about visiting California is that you will have so many different accommodation options to choose from.  Of course, where you want to stay is entirely up to you and your budget. However, is worth considering cheap accommodation options so that you have more money available to enjoy everything that California has to offer.
As you can see, there is a lot to take into account when visiting California. While theme parks are often high priority California also offers so much untouched nature and adventure. With several National Parks, road-trips are a great way to see the state, and you can always camp or glamp as you travel across the miles of beauty. For wine lovers there are several regions to visit like Paso Robles, Sonoma and Napa. Find great Travel Deals  and ideas for California on our pages. 

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Channel Islands National Park

A group of Islands off the coast near Los Angeles, the Channel Islands are one of the least visited National Parks in the USA. If you like marine life and secluded areas of nature a visit to these islands is a necessity. Reachable only by boat, its best to plan ahead. 

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is located about 2.5 hours outside Los Angeles and close to Palm Springs. It is made up of both the Mojave and Colorado deserts with over 800,000 acres. It is a land of varying desert landscapes from row after row of Joshua Tree to towering boulders and wildlife.

Yosemite National Park 

Located about 5 hours from Los Angeles and 2.5 from San Francisco, Yosemite started the birth of the National Park system in America when John Muir took Teddy Roosevelt on a camping trip here. And its been amazing people ever since.  

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Located in Northern California, Lassen is a park full of alpine lakes, beautiful wildflowers and dozens of volcanoes. With amazing geologic and thermal areas tucked into the forest. You can hike to thermal vents and boiling mud pots, cool off in glacial lakes, hike tall peaks and even explore a volcanic crater.

Death Valley National Park

The largest National Park in the lower 48, is packed with excitement and adventure. The best time to visit is in the spring and winter months. Experience several different climates and temperatures. From dry lake beds, to volcanic craters, ghost towns, mines and wild donkeys.

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