From Hollywood studios to monumental national parks, California fulfills everyone dreams
The Golden State, California, has it all. From the spectacular coastline with some of the world’s most famous beaches and dazzling cities filled with culture and entertainment to outstanding National Parks and some of the best food and wine experiences in the world. California truly is one of the world’s best holiday destinations.
- 4 nights at Hotel Zelos, San Francisco
- 2 nights at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, Monterey
- 2 nights at Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara
- 2 nights at The Huntley Hotel, Santa Monica
- 2 nights at Mondrian Los Angeles, West Hollywood
- 9 day Alamo car hire
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One of San Francisco’s most well-known attractions, the Golden Gate Bridge is both an engineering marvel and an American icon. Drive, walk or cycle across and enjoy the amazing views. While in San Fran, a visit to Alcatraz offers a fascinating insight into this famous penitentiary that was once home to famous inmates, including Al ‘Scarface’ Capone and George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly.
Experience the top road trip in the United States as you wind along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline on Highway 1. Explore the shops and attractions of iconic Cannery Row or pack a picnic and watch the sunset on the white sand of Carmel Beach.
Perfect weather, beautiful buildings, excellent bars and restaurants, and activities for all tastes and budgets make Santa Barbara a must-see place to visit when in Southern California. Make sure you visit Santa Barbara Zoo, take an Electric Bike Tour, a food or wine tour and quaint villages of Santa Ynez Valley.
With easy access to downtown Los Angeles and a beautiful 3.5 miles of coastline to explore, Santa Monica is a picture-perfect beach town with plenty of activities on offer. Swim, surf or paddle board in the ocean or stay on dry land and walk or cycle along the coast on the paved trail. Santa Monica Pier is home to an amusement park, an abundance of restaurants and bars, an aquarium, an arcade and the iconic red and yellow ferris wheel.
West Hollywood is at the cultural and geographical heart of the Los Angeles region, surrounded by must-see hotspots in every direction. Dubbed ‘WeHo’ by the locals, is where world-class dining, nightlife and shopping get a sprinkling of star quality. The fabled Sunset Strip features the Chateau Marmont, a swanky celebrity hideaway, plus comedy clubs and live music venues like the legendary Whiskey a Go Go. A madcap world of glitz and glamour!
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Best time to go
The best time to visit California for the beaches is May to October, in particular August and September for Southern California. However, if you want to save money and avoid the crowds then late November/early December is best.
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