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Home to hushed redwoods, wild beaches, magnificent mountain ranges that scrape the sky, tumbling rivers and immense deserts, California is varied, diverse, and as a real beauty, fickle. Nowhere else you will be able to find such immense diversity of natural wonders.

In the Northwest corner, the world’s tallest trees preside over a wild and stunningly beautiful landscape, with the state’s old-growth forests like in the Redwood National Park. The coastal redwood empire extends from Southern border of Oregon to the B&B haven of Mendocino. Nature is divine here. In Fort Bragg you can explore the manicured Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, fern-covered canyons, diverse plant collections and flower-filled coastal bluffs.

In the South, recharge and renew with an exhilarating mountain escape to Big Bear Lake and the Forest Falls to discover and enjoy cascading mountainsides, lush hills, crystal clear waters, bountiful wildlife and endless hiking trails.

From a wide array of aquatic life around Monterey to rare wildlife on the Channel Islands, the Central Coast is a nature lover’s heaven. Here you can spot majestic gray whales in winter, delicate monarch butterflies clinging to the eucalyptus trees in Big Sur and enormous elephant seals gathering near Piedras Blancas. Almost midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles stands fabulous Hearst Castle, the most popular non-theme attraction park in the state. And farther South, tucked between curving white-sand beaches and the green hills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, lies Santa Barbara, a Mediterranean-style beach town renowned for its Spanish and Mission Revival architecture with red tiled roofs. At Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea enjoy miles of sea and sky, immaculate golf course and legendary scenery like the Lone Cypress, Seal Rock and Bird Rock, as well as the colliding currents of the Restless Sea.

From mountain tops to sun kissed deserts, all of vast spread of maltifaceted California has become the ultimate playground. Surfing and kayaking in San Diego, hiking the redwood forests, climbing Big Bear, soaking at hot springs in deserts, scuba diving, kitesurfing and snowboarding - the possibilities are endless in California.

One of the best places in the world to entertain and have fun, California is home to Disneyland where you can feel the magic of the land of Mickey Mouse, especially at night when it lights up with parades and fireworks. Next door at Disney’s California Adventures soar over California in a simulated hang glider tour or pump the adrenalin when riding The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Don’t miss Knott's Berry Farm in Buena with 160 acres of rides and thrilling attractions for all ages including Camp Snoopy where Peanut characters come to life. Here you can enjoy old-fashioned ghost town, vintage carousel, county fair ambience and twisty funnel cakes.

Cultural attractions can be found all over the state, from the orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa to historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Getty Center in Los Angeles to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana and the artists’ community in Laguna Beach.

If shopping is high in your list, visit Fashion Island in Newport Beach, with nearly 200 fashion boutiques and award-winning restaurants, located in the very heart of the city. Laguna’s Downtown Village is a real shopper’s paradise with hidden courtyards and eclectic little shacks that are worth exploring. You could probably spend endless days exploring Costa Mesa, one of the world’s truly outstanding shopping resorts featuring over 270 marquee stores and designer boutiques and a number of celebrity-chef eateries. Or just as well visit Palm Springs which is all about luxuries hotels, outstanding restaurants, world renowned desert resorts, arts, the finest shopping and outdoor fun.

The state is too varied to fully explore it in a single trip. You could pick any place at random and be sure to have a super vacation there. In California, travel isn’t about the destination. It engages senses and requires tasting as a glass of good wine. Or oyster.