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Which are the best holiday destinations in California?

California has it all – it is home to some of America’s best beaches, the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, San Francisco’s wonderful character, San Diego’s incredible diversity, and the tech capital of the world, San Jose.

Yet venture away from these iconic cities and you’ll soon discover so much more. The backdrop, along with the climate, can dramatically change depending on which direction you drive. Chic coastal areas like Carmel are hard to resist, while vast deserts cover the landscape out to Palm Springs and beyond. As towering pines rise above Yosemite National Park, lush vineyards spread across the Napa Valley and Sierra Nevada’s snow-capped mountains provide the perfect setting for skiing in the Lake Tahoe region. Our destinations in California provide great places to start your journey.

The touring possibilities are endless

Drive to the National Parks in California.

Los Angeles fly-drive

Whether you decide to explore the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert or decide to head straight to Las Vegas, a fly-drive opens up a wealth of opportunities.

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Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco fly-drive

Head for the Napa Valley, then drive to Yosemite National Park to see its towering pines and cascading waterfalls.

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Gaslamp district

San Diego fly-drive

Driving is made easy around this urban metropolis, cruise along the Pacific coastline to the beautiful beaches or head Downtown to the thriving Gaslamp Quarter.

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Our favourite Santa Monica beach hotels

Our top things to do in California

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The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Be treated like a movie star with the VIP Experience. Enjoy an extensive guided tour of Universal Studios Hollywood℠ and its motion picture studio. Your VIP guide will take you via exclusive VIP entrances, giving you access to areas of the studio that the general public never sees. You’ll be escorted to the park's most popular rides and attractions, where you’ll then enjoy time to explore the vast park on your own. Skip the queues at every attraction, get the best seats in the house for every show and enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch.

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Los Angeles City Tour And Movie Stars Homes Tour.

See where the stars live, shop and hang out in Los Angeles' secluded hills and around Beverly Hills' streets. You will see Hollywood Boulevard, cruise along the famous Sunset Strip, visit shopping paradise Rodeo Drive - where you will find such exclusive shops as Chanel, Fred Hayman, Gucci, and Bijan. Before heading on the Movie Stars' Homes Tour around Beverly Hills and Bel Air, passing the former estates of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, plus some of your favourite TV and movie locations too.

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San Francisco Hop on Hop off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour.

This is a fantastic and easy way to see all the sights San Francisco has to offer, over two memorable days. Hop on and off the open-top double-decker bus as many times as you like and take advantage of the multiple attractions and landmarks around the city. When you’re ready to visit 'The Rock', your bus will conveniently drop you off right in front of the ferry landing. The return ferry and admission to Alcatraz is included in the ticket price. Here you can take the award-winning audio tour and learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz, the prison's notorious inmates and much more.

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Yosemite National Park Day Trip From San Francisco.

Take a day trip from San Francisco and discover the natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. You can accompany your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour of the park or enjoy the freedom to explore independently. You’ll travel through the Sierra Nevada Range passing El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls and the Stanislaus National Forest en-route.

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SeaWorld San Diego.

Dive into the amazing world of marine life at SeaWorld® San Diego. Enjoy thrilling encounters with playful dolphins, friendly penguins and awesome killer whales. See magnificent turtles, mighty polar bears and fearsome sharks up close. Experience exhilarating rides like Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and Wild Arctic. Meet Shamu, SeaWorld’s famous orca whale, and watch the hilarious antics of sea lions and otters at the ‘Clyde and Seamore’ show.

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Discover the many sides of California

Popular multi-centre holidays in California

Tour California’s sun-drenched coast and vibrant cities on a multi-centre holiday.

San Diego – Palm Springs – Los Angeles – San Francisco.

San Diego offers the perfect blend of year-round sunshine, fabulous beaches and fantastic family attractions. Hire a car and drive out to the vibrant city of Palm Springs, before heading across to Los Angeles. While in LA, relax on the coast’s pristine sands or enjoy the multitude of water sports on offer. Spend a magical day out at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim or tour the homes of the stars in Beverly Hills. Continue to hilly San Francisco and see the basking sea lions at lively Pier 39.

San Francisco – Sonoma/Napa – Pacific Coast – Los Angeles.

With its undulating streets traversed by old wooden cable cars, superb shopping and famous prison of Alcatraz – San Francisco has endless appeal. Hire a car and drive through the verdant vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Then head south to Los Angeles via the Pacific Coast Highway, taking in miles of sparkling ocean, sunbathing sea lions and idyllic cities like Monterey, Carmel and Santa Barbara. Stroll along the vibrant promenade in Santa Monica before taking in the iconic sights of West Hollywood.

San Francisco – Pacific Coast – Los Angeles – San Diego.

Hop on a rattling wooden cable car in San Francisco and visit Union Square for some retail therapy. Then hire a car and explore the glorious Napa Valley. Heading south to Los Angeles, stop at peaceful Big Sur or scenic Pasa Robles. Hit the surf at Newport and Huntingdon in LA. Then spend an unforgettable family day out at Disneyland Resort. Soak up the year-round sunshine on San Diego’s abundant beautiful beaches. Stroll around the historic Gaslamp Quarter or enjoy popular family attractions such as Legoland California.

Los Angeles – Honolulu – Los Angeles – San Diego.

Explore the exhilarating city of Los Angeles. Take a stroll down the prestigious shopping street of Rodeo Drive in upmarket Beverly Hills. Discover the incredible shopping and buzzing nocturnal scene in West Hollywood, making time to photograph the iconic Hollywood sign. Then take a flight to Honolulu for some downtime on the island idyll of Hawaii. Return to LA and drive by hire car to San Diego, where more stunning beaches, world-class shopping and exquisite dining await.

Los Angeles – Pacific Coast – San Francisco – Yosemite/Deat.

From the city’s iconic sights, incredible shopping and world-renowned theme parks, to its sun-kissed shores – Los Angeles has it all. Hire a car and take in the scenic glory of the Pacific Coast, stopping at pretty Santa Barbara, Monterey and Carmel. Continue to San Francisco and explore its hilly streets or browse the fresh seafood stalls at Fisherman’s Wharf. Take in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks, before ending your holiday with a fun-packed few nights in glittering Las Vegas.

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