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Visiting California in January

The winter is low season in California, promising more affordable prices and sparser crowds at many of the coastal hot spots.

January is one of the state’s rainiest months, with showers commonplace in northern cities such as San Francisco. On higher ground, snow flurries create the ideal conditions for winter sports. The world-class ski resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe are in their element at this time of year. So too are California’s Mojave, Colorado and Great Basin deserts, with the heat dialled down to a more comfortable temperature – perfect for exploring; hike the trails of Death Valley National Park and discover the dramatic salt flats of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. 

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