By KARRYON @karryontravel05 Aug 2015Home to some of the best culinary, culture & entertainment, the Golden State has no shortage of activities and attractions to suit whatever your interests may be. Here’s everything we love about California – the destination that needs to be top of your must-visit list! 1. It’s where adventure begins! From biking the deserts of Joshua Tree National Park to climbing Mount Whitney, California has an outdoor experience for every adventurous soul. Our go-to outdoor experiences? Try Urban kayaking beneath the Golden Gate Bridge or hiking through the historic Yosemite National Park, famed for its giant sequoia trees and the iconic Bridalveil Fall. If beautiful alpine scenery is what you’re after, than a visit to Lake Tahoe is a must. With myriad shades of blue and green, this hot destination is jam-packed with adventure all year round – from kayaking, windsurfing and camping in summer to bundles of snow and slopes in the winter. 2. It’s home to some of the finest culinary experiences Famed for its fresh produce and fusion, Southern California should be top of mind for those looking for world-class cuisine! Santa Monica in particular is every foodie’s dream. Renowned for its innovative restaurants and chefs who whip up some of the finest vegetarian and vegan dishes, this town has long been the culinary trendsetter. On the vanguard of the local foods movement long before it became mainstream, the use of sustainable, organic ingredients from the local farmers markets is central to the cooking approach of the leading chefs around town. If you’re looking to spice things up, a quick stop over in San Diego has a whole lot of remarkable Mexican cuisine. Old Town San Diego is home to some of the best Mexican food you’ll taste, including Café Coyote and Puesto. If you have time, then also make sure you jump on a brewery tour where you’ll taste many of this town’s award-winning beers and discover why they call this place ‘the Craft Beer Capital of America’! 3. It’s the capital of arts and culture. Think of California and you’ll automatically think arts and culture – and you’d be right! This place is synonymous with creativity and overflowing with the best music, food, art and design. Downtown Los Angeles has been on a steady upswing with major developments for years and continues to offer unique cultural experiences. One section of downtown that has really emerged as a user-friendly mix of art galleries and studios, bars, lofts and culinary hotspots is historic downtown’s Gallery Row. If you find yourself in San Francisco be sure to stop by The Mission, an iconic neighbourhood associated with everything from the city’s founding and oldest building to early punk bands and street art. This unique neighbourhood is bursting with culture and has been a creative force in the city for decades and keeps evolving, entertaining and captivating locals and visitors alike with festivals, street art and a vibrant music scene. 4. Entertainment is second to none While Hollywood always springs to mind when thinking entertainment and California, the glitz and glamour definitely goes beyond this. Head a little further east and you’ll hit Hollywood’s desert oasis, Palm Springs, a place where celebrities go to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of showbiz. Home to some of the sleekest architecture and celebrity hideaway homes (including Frank Sinatra!), this mid- century modern town smack bang in the middle of the desert will take your breath away. With its vibrant nightclubs, rich history and shopping precincts such as the Desert Hills Premium Outlets, just a taste of this sun drenched city will leave you hooked and wanting more. 5. It’s never been so easy to get to! What else makes California that much more appealing? It’s never been so accessible! United Airlines flies nonstop from both Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles daily, and nonstop from Sydney to San Francisco daily, with seamless onward connections to over 20 destinations across California – there’s definitely no excuse not to visit now! You can get there by winning a spot on a trip of a lifetime! To celebrate the wondrous place that is California, United Airlines and Visit California are teaming up to give Helloworld and Air Tickets consultants an opportunity to win a trip of a lifetime to this legendary state. This inaugural Mega Famil will give agents the opportunity to have their senses dazzled as they explore all this glorious state has to offer, flying United’s Economy Plus product on either their 777 or 787 flights to California. As part of their trip, agents will experience some of the significant investments United has made in recent months reflecting the airline’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the customer experience including a refreshed airport terminal at LAX, and upgraded food and beverage service in United’s increasingly competitive Economy service – including multi-course meals, complimentary beer and wine and a new option to purchase premium snacks. The trip will take place from 10th to 16th November, 2015 and will focus on four key themes that California is famous for culinary, culture, entertainment and outdoor. In order to enter, Agent’s simply have to issue and submit qualifying United tickets (for flights UA870, UA840 and UA99) between 3rd and 30th August 2015. The top 30 consultants with the highest number of tickets registered will win a place on an incentive trip to California. Travel will be in Economy Plus on either United’s 777 or 787 flights to California. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.flyunited.com.au/megafamil/ This article was brought to you by: Have you been to California? Share your experiences in the comments section… Other stories you may like NEW FLIGHTS: SilkAir’s first service to Broome arrive #travelforlife: Meet resource-hub Director Maxine Wiggs WHERE IN THE WORLD can you buy the most beers for $20?