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Where is the best place to go in California?

The iconic cities of San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego each offer a totally different Californian experience, from the glamour of Hollywood to offbeat and bohemian. But they all have one thing in common – the laidback beach life is never far away.

For its stunning coastline, San Francisco’s dramatic peninsula won’t disappoint. The hilly streets provide striking glimpses of the sparkling bay and the famed Pacific Coast highway creates one of the most scenic drives. For its booming economy, San Jose offers a glimpse into Silicon Valley’s wealth. It is also an ideal gateway to the forests and mountains of Yosemite National Park. For its vibrant social scene, Santa Monica’s lively promenade is the place to go, while the up-and-coming West Hollywood – with its hip designer boutiques, sidewalk cafes and renowned Sunset Strip always delivers. For its beaches, San Diego has the best summer climate – perfect for taking full advantage of limitless water sports and a unique surf-inspired culture. For its family-friendly vibe, kids will love to get up close with sea lions, dolphins, beluga whales and turtles at the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. And for its incredible landscape - the wild splendour and towering forests of redwoods or the epic grandeur of the Southern Californian deserts will always satisfy.

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After recent winter storms affecting the California Coast, Highway 1 in Monterey County has been closed until further notice from Palo Colorado (15 miles North of Big Sur) to Ragged Point. Motorists are being advised to use an alternative route.

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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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