California travel guide

California responsible travel guide

California is a big state with a big personality. We’re movers, shakers and innovators. We hardly sit still. But we know how to relax – and we’re world leaders in green thinking. Dive into our Responsible Travel Guide to discover our state-of-the-art museums, organic wineries and eco-friendly hotels. Then join us on a hike through pristine mountain scenery, or come kayaking along our sparkling coast.
Giant Sequoias and Yosemite National Park
Activities in California


California is heaven for hikers, skiers and watersports enthusiasts. We’ll take you mountain biking through redwood groves and scrambling over boulders in the desert. We’ll tell you about a bay with eighty-foot surf and a harbour that’s perfect for stand-up paddleboarding. And when you’re ready to refuel, we’ll reveal tasting trails to make your mouth water.

Culture & wildlife

From mighty blue whales and squabbling seals to jewel-like anemones, California’s waters are teeming with life. Inland, there are birds, reptiles and mammals in abundance. You’ll find much to intrigue you in our historic country towns. And as cultural hubs, our major cities can hold their own against the world’s greatest capitals.

Stunning Landscapes

Where else can you admire 300-foot trees, crashing surf and a purple beach, all on an afternoon’s bike ride? Where can you see waterfalls cascading down from granite monoliths while warblers sing in the forest below? Have you seen a desert in bloom? California’s astounding scenery inspires countless artists, photographers and outdoor adventurers.
Local guide and star gazers at Joshua Tree National Park and Yosemite National Park
Written by Emma Gregg and Katie Cook
Responsible Travel would like to thank the California Tourist Board for their sponsorship of this guide
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