San Luis Obispo, California: America’s happy valley

This historic college town between California’s mountains and its rugged Pacific coast seems to have it all. No wonder Oprah raves about it

Weed and wine tours in California

With recreational use becoming legal in January 2018, visitors to the state can join trips matching cannabis with the more established grape-based legal high of the region

Big Sur, California’s most scenic coast, reopens – to hikers only

The picturesque highway from San Francisco to LA was battered by floods last winter, but an emergency walking route for residents is now a tempting trail for hikers too

The best of Los Angeles

A Pacific coast cycle to Malibu, unspoilt Catalina island and a visit to an 18th-century Spanish mission belie the view of LA being all about movie studios and freeway traffic

Breathless in Bakersfield: is the worst air pollution in the US about to get worse?

In California’s Central Valley emissions from oil refineries and agriculture make Bakersfield America’s most air-polluted city. Activists fear the Trump administration could undo small but steady improvements