California Dreaming
12 NIGHTS GUIDE PRICE £3,900

This iconic journey takes you down the west coast of the USA, starting in San Francisco and ending in Los Angeles. This road trip is certainly a once in a lifetime experience and sharing the famous sights with your children will make for a memorable family adventure!

Overview

Guide Price & Inclusions

3 nights San Francisco, 2 nights Yosemite National Park, 2 nights Monterey, 2 nights Santa Barbara & 3 nights Los Angeles £3,900 per adult and £750 per child under 12 sharing including flights, car hire and accommodation.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection

Suggested Extensions

Continue your journey with a 4 hour drive from LA to Las Vegas so you can finish your adventure with a trip to the iconic Grand Canyon perhaps? Or extend your time in nature with a ranch stay in Wyoming or tour of Yellowstone.  If you’re seeking a tropical beach, then Hawaii beckons!

Best Time to Travel

The best time to enjoy this itinerary is during the warmer summer months of June – September.

Tips for Families

Los Angeles is a sprawling city and traffic can be heavy so it’s worth considering a stay in 2 locations. Perhaps a couple of nights in Hollywood or Disney if theme parks are on the holiday agenda followed by a couple of nights relaxing on the beach at Santa Monica before flying home.

Highlights

  • Cycle over the Golden Gate bridge for views of the San Francisco skyline
  • Hike through stunning natural scenery in Yosemite National Park
  • Spot whales off the coast and visit the fabulous Monterey aquarium
  • Relax on Santa Barbara’s golden sand beach
  • A fun-filled stay in Los Angeles visiting the iconic sights

Itinerary

DAY 1 | FLY TO SAN FRANCISCO

Fly to San Francisco (9.5 hours) where you will stay for 3 nights, perhaps with views over the famous, but often foggy, Bay!

DAYS 2-3 | SAN FRANCISCO

2 full days to explore. Perhaps visit atmospheric Alcatraz by boat, drive or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge and take a traditional tram ride up Nob Hill. We also recommend a stroll along the waterfront to sample some of the excellent speciality of Chowders and before having some traditional fun on Pier 39 (think carousels and mirror mazes!).

DAYS 4-5 | YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Collect your car hire and drive east to Yosemite National Park (approx. 3 hours) for a 2-night stay. You can hug a giant redwood, climb waterfalls, take a dip in snow melt and scale trails to be rewarded by some spectacular views!

DAYS 6-7 | MONTEREY

After all that fresh air, head back to the coast and Monterey (approx. 3 hours). The renowned Aquarium, one of the best in the world, is a must and both fun and fascinating for all ages! Wander along atmospheric Cannery Row for great shopping and dining and spot whales from the shore.

DAYS 8-9 | SANTA BARBARA

Spectacular scenery unfurls as you drive the famous ‘Big Sur’ with the road hugging the coastline south to the pretty beach town of Santa Barbara. With its relaxed vibe this is the perfect place to just unwind, watch the pelicans from the pier or even learn to surf!

DAYS 10-12 | LOS ANGELES

There is no shortage of sights to experience in LA so enjoy 2 full days here to explore. Visit Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Universal Studios and perhaps Disneyland or base yourselves at Santa Monica and soak up the ocean views while people watching on the beach.

DAY 13 | FLY BACK TO LONDON

Drop off your hire car and fly home.

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San Francisco, CA, USA

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Monterey, CA, USA

Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Santa Monica, CA, USA