California map of main tourist destinations. Map by Google, additions by Bugbog.
• Cars are vital for getting around California and that means for individual foreign visitors too, yet roads are jammed and signage poor, necessitating occasional emergency manoeuvres across multiple lanes of traffic by befuddled, panicked tourists. Get Sat-Nav and save your marriage!
• Fog is common along the north coast during the summer, spoiling the views and making driving hazardous.
• Rip tides are much in evidence along the more surfy beaches so swimming can be tricky though signs will usually warn you and lifeguards monitor more popular beaches.
Best: September-October for the north coast, anytime of the year for the mountains as a whole.
June-September for the south, except the deserts which are best visited in the spring for coolness and flowery bloom.
Worst: June-August intense heat in the deserts, Nov-March mountains, esp. north get chilly or impassable.