There is Surfing, Skiing, Wine Tasting, Amusement parks, The best beaches in the world (some anyway) best weather. I have been to England a half dozen times, from London to Lands End, Brighton, Bognor Regis, Gloucester, up to Birmingham- to the Belfry for the Riders Cup. If you read everything there you will get alot of really good info!Check out the Mohave Desert and the Palm Springs area while you are here. As a Brit now living in CA I agree with Jack and Lost - drive down the coast - it is truly amazing....., go camping in the desert.....nothing like pitch black total lack of light to gaze at the stars.Youll be shocked how many more stars you can see there.
Calico Ghost Town is a good one (on the way to Vegas), whale watching near Ventura (I think youll be here right time of year), Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle and the entire Gold Coast, Solvang, the California Missions that go up the length of the state..of history in each of them.Capistrano is a good one to see and the Swallows (birds) return to this mission on the same day every year (in march) its a big deal, Olvera Street in LA is the first street..Mexican and touristy, driving the Interstate 5 thru central california and seeing all the farms is amazing, "bread basket of the world", Monterey, carmel, Big Sur area is beautiful, ROSE PARADE in Pasadena on Jan 1.Even if you dont like parades this one is INCREDIBLE to see in person!!Thankyou very much for the suggestions, especially daisy, i was thinking of either going to to the bay area around san francisco or being more ambitious and driving the coast road from La to San Francisco , again thankyou and yes i do need to update /fillout my profile btw just as a matter of interest have any of you been to the UKJust stay as far West and North as you can. But Starting in San Diego and driving the whole coast gives you a lot to see. But come back south down I 5 and see Shasta, Sacramento, Go out to Angels Camp, and a ton of other stuff. H2O, the wet stuff, silvery liquid, not a gas, not a solid, something in between, slippery and cool and splashy stuff!! Well...unless all your testimonials were fakes and you paid those fishiesl to write about you the way I paid them to write about me.La Jolla in San Diego, Laguna Beach in Orange County (others in between) shouldn't be missed. and all the way up threw Santa Barbara, Carmel, Santa Cruz, San Fran... If you like Mountains and desert, Go over to Tahoe, and head south go thru Death Valley and take a detour over to Vegas. hehheheh check out the tripadvisor web site for California.Like naturally 2 said "There is so much out here...something for everyone". EDIT: California is not the size of Europe,it's about the size of the UK. Sites around San Diego will not be of much help to you if you are in the Bay Area, or the capitol (Sacramento)and vice-versa holds true. Like the others have said, this state is huge...we have all kinds of t hings here.