California, on America's west coast, is the state that truly has it all. From surfing on the laid-back central beaches to hiking in the high Sierra Mountains, cycling through Napa Valley's vineyards and exploring the northern Redwood State Park, America's third largest state has something for everyone.
With the longest continuous coastline in the USA, inland glacial lakes and off-shore islands, the Golden State is haven for watersports. Mission Beach is the place to learn surf and the rugged Channel Islands are a diving hotspot, where you may find yourself in the company of Porpoises or even blue shark. If you want to freshen up try a dip in the cooling waters of Lake Tahoe, where sailing, kayaking, windsurfing or wakeboarding are the order of the day. If you're after an adrenaline-fix delve into the white water and raft along the Kings River. Trail spotters will love the varied terrain; hike the 12 miles to the Central Dome in the Yosemite National Park or for more of a challenge try the 22-miles uphill to the Peak of Mount Whitney. Alternatively, get on your bike and pedal though the Muir Woods National Monument to Mount Tamalpais, the birthplace of mountain biking. Or, jump onto the 35-mile stretch of the California Riding and Hiking Trail that passes through Joshua Tree National Park. With this much to do life really is good in California.