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Why California is the perfect destination for a long stay vacation

California is one of those destinations that boasts fantastic weather and plenty of entertainment. It’s one of those parts of the world that makes you go “one day, I want to live here!” every time you feel bittersweet about ending your vacation. While moving to the sunny state is a little difficult (unless you’re dedicated!) that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a long stay vacation to indulge in all of the delights that are on offer. But out of all the US states to visit, what exactly is it about California that attracts us? Let’s dive into all the reasons why you should plan a long vacation here.


Santa Monica

If it’s year-round fantastic weather that you want, then Santa Monica is the place to visit. It’s close to Los Angeles as well, making it one of the most incredible places to start and end your holiday. Its central location also makes it a fantastic place to stay or book your hotel. However, if you’re going for a long vacation and want to stay a while, then consider booking a rental at Chelsea Apartments or a similar vacation home service. No matter what time of year you visit, Santa Monica will boast warm weather, a laidback atmosphere and plenty of fun to be had. There is plenty of public transportation to help you get around, and it’s just a short drive from the nearest airport. There’s the famous Santa Monica Pier to visit, various amusement parks and aquariums, and plenty of delicious seafood cuisine to dine on.

Los Angeles

As mentioned, Los Angeles is a short distance away from Santa Monica, so if you can’t get enough of the offerings there, simply take public transport or a drive into this sprawling metropolis. If you love the celebrity lifestyle and keeping up with the biggest actors and artists, then being close to Hollywood will fill you with joy. Take a stroll on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where over 2,600 famous celebrities have been immortalized. If you love arts, then The Getty Centre has some of the richest collections of old art pieces from the likes of Rubens, Van Gogh and Renoir. Travelling with kids? Don’t worry, there’s even a Disneyland nearby to let the kids run wild and have fun.

San Fransisco

Las Vegas

You might be wondering “hang on, Las Vegas isn’t in California!” and you’d be right. However, if you’ve been following these recommendations and you’ve set up camp in Santa Monica or LA, then Las Vegas is only a 6-hour train journey away. Yes, it might sound a little lengthy, but this is exactly why California (specifically the southern part) makes such a fantastic long stay vacation—because it’s close to beaches, Mexico and also Las Vegas! This iconic city needs no introduction. There are bright lights, the world’s largest casinos, lots of fancy restaurants to dine at and countless amazing resorts to stay at. If it’s luxury and fun you want, then look no further than a couple of days in this beautiful and luxurious city.

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