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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.

Popular multi-centre holidays in California

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

Los Angeles – Pacific Coast – San Francisco – Yosemite/Death Valley – Las Vegas
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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The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood
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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