When traversing major cities within the state, flying can be an economical (and faster) option. The San Francisco International Airport (SFO, www.flysfo.com), located south of the City provides convenient access to the northern part of the state.
Across the bay, the Oakland Airport (Hegenberger Rd., Oakland, www.oaklandairport.com) often avoids the fog and inclement weather that socks in SFO.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX,www.lawa.org) serves the greater Los Angeles, offers a wealth of airline options, and can connect with flights both to San Francisco and Los Angeles. But it can be a hectic and time-consuming maze to navigate.
Other options in the area include the Bob Hope Airport (2627 N. Hollywod Way, Burbank, 818/840-8840, www.burbankairport.com) and the Long Beach Airport (4100 Donald Douglas Dr., 562/570-2600, www.longbeach.gov/airport).
The San Diego International Airport (N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, www.san.org) provides easy access to southern California and Mexico, if your travelers take you further south.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition