Posted January 9, 2011 by BookingBuddy
As the third largest state in the U.S., California offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking for the bright lights of Tinseltown or a wine-tasting excursion, you're bound to find it here, as the Golden State offers an eclectic mix of attractions, activities, and historic sites. The Pacific Coastal Highway, which runs along the coast, is considered one of America's most scenic drives, and is worth a visit. Find deals on holiday packages to California from the UK and save with flight and hotel packages.
The French Laundry: Nestled among the natural beauty of Napa Valley, the French Laundry seamlessly marries French cuisine with American flair. Thought by many as a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, with a price tag to boot, the restaurant provides a great deal more than simple sustenance. In fact, Chef Thomas Keller is renowned worldwide for his innovative dishes, which you can sample in the two unique nine-course tasting menus that are offered nightly.
Elan Hotel: Located between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, the Elan Hotel is in a prime location for a visit to the city, and won TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award for 2010. The boutique hotel offers 49 rooms, which come equipped with robes, LCD flat-screen TVs, in-room gourmet coffee, and an honour bar.
Haight Street, San Francisco: Once the epicenter of hippie culture—local residents included the likes of the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin—Haight Street combines a glimpse into a groovy era while offering a unique shopping experience. The street is lined with an eclectic mix of shops, selling everything from high-end vintage clothing to handmade crafts.
Posted September 8, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Get some movie magic into your life with a trip to Los Angeles. The City of Angels is a popular destination for many, and has no end of attractions. The Hollywood sign is a familiar sight as it towers over the city. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is one of the most famous theatres in the world, with many celebrities leaving their hand and foot prints in the concrete outside the theatre’s forecourt. Love shopping? Then give your bank account a real workout at the high end boutiques along Rodeo Drive, or get a great bargain from the Downtown area. It’s not just glitz and glamour here though. Los Angeles has a huge, multicultural population, which can be seen in neighbourhoods like Koreatown, Little India, Little Ethiopia, Little Armenia and other ethnic enclaves throughout the city. With so many creative types squeezed into this city, you’ll also find that Los Angeles has more than its fair share of museums. If it all gets too much, just escape to a beach, or hike up into the hills surrounding the city for some fresh air and spectacular views.
La Brea Tar Pits – See giant mammoths, wolves, camels and lions in the middle of Los Angeles! No, this isn’t the newest blockbuster from the Hollywood studios, just some of the exhibits inside the Page Museum. Thousands of skeletons and fossils have been unearthed from the tar pits over the last few decades. Visitors can watch volunteers and palaeontologists at work in boxes around the tar pits. The museum also features life-sized exhibits and dioramas of animals that have frequented the pits in the past.
The Brentwood Inn - Located in Brentwood, the Brentwood Inn is not far from the most of the city’s attractions, but offers guests a measure of tranquillity after a hectic day in Los Angeles. This charming inn has 21 intimate rooms that come with complimentary bottled water and internet access. The rooms have a very laidback feel, with clean white walls and simple, but luxurious furnishings. It’s not far from Santa Monica, making it very convenient if you decide to head to the beaches. Room rates start from £120, and include breakfast.
Grill ‘Em All Truck – This heavy metal-themed burger truck (their name is a pun on Metallica’s album Kill ‘Em All) has been winning plenty of praise from burger aficionados recently. Their burgers sport names like ‘Carcass’ and ‘Behemoth’, but don’t let that put you off. The ‘Behemoth’ lives up to its name by being a monster of a burger – cheese buns are stuffed with a thick, juicy beef patty, then topped with cheddar, beer soaked onions and slices of bacon. Enjoy it with a side of ‘H100s’ – deepfried potato and cheese bites – and you’ll be ready to rock all night. The truck moves around the Los Angeles area, but fans can find out where they’ll be next via Twitter.
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