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California, United States


The state of many personalities

From the rugged coastline of The Pacific to the lush vineyards of Napa Valley, California boasts a diverse range of landscapes, just perfect for exploring. California offers so much to see and do – there’s San Diego, Los Angeles, Hollywood and Santa Monica in Southern California and when you drive up the coast, you have Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Monterey & Carmel, Santa Cruz and San Francisco.

Santa Monica is a short ride from the airport and has a historic Pier, carnival rides and a towering Ferris wheel. The pier also has a vintage 1922 carousel, an aquarium and arcades as well as restaurants and an ice-cream parlour. It’s the perfect place to stop as you ride a bike along the beachside path from Venice towards Malibu.

Venice was founded as a seaside resort in 1904 and the area features several canals just like the Italian city which was its inspiration. There are exclusive shops, fine dining restaurants and generally a laid-back cool vibe about the place. Venice Beach is famously known for its skaters and surfers.

You cannot go to Los Angeles and not visit Hollywood! Heading along Hollywood Boulevard you will find famous landmarks such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre which is a functioning movie theatre with movie stars’ footprints and handprints located in the entryway. You can take the LA City Tour that visits Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, 20th Century Fox Movie Studios and more.

Holidaymakers frequently spend a week in Southern California before hiring a car and driving up the coast. Imagine hiring a Ford Mustang Convertible for this scenic journey…it’s the stuff you dream of!  One place to stop and spend a few days would be in ‘The American Riviera’ town of Santa Barbara, then you could carry on your road trip to Monterey County, passing through the breathtaking coastline of Big Sur on Highway 1. There are plenty of small vineyards and wineries to enjoy around here too.

Santa Cruz has a rugged coastline, majestic redwood trees and trails to explore and many secret beaches. Moving onwards to San Francisco, you can hike to Mount Tamalpais, see the Golden Gate Bridge and gaze in awe at the magnificent redwood trees in Muir Woods. Also a must is taking the ferry to Alcatraz Island and enjoying the audio tour about the incarcerated inmates and the prison officers and their families who called this place home.

If you would like to book a dream holiday to California, get in touch with one of the friendly experts at Designer Travel and we’ll help to put together your ideal break. We’re ABTA bonded and independent so you can book with confidence knowing that we have a huge choice of flight and accommodation options at our fingertips. Tailor-made itineraries are our specialty so simply complete the enquiry form or give us a call and we’ll get started planning a wonderful vacation to California for you.

Key Highlights
  • California is great for single travellers, couples and families
  • Visit Rodeo Drive in LA, home to exclusive stores and top quality restaurants
  • Stroll along Hollywood Boulevard and see the Walk of Fame
  • Take a tour of the Napa Valley wine region
  • Visit the Island of Alcatraz and learn more about its fascinating history
  • There are some magnificent championship golf courses to choose from in California
  • Book yourself in for a surfing lesson and learn a new skill while you’re here
  • There are plenty of national parks to visit including Kings Canyon, Redwood and Yosemite
  • Getting around in the cities is easiest on public transport
  • We can arrange car hire for you – how about a convertible?!
  • Auberge du Soleil is a refined adult-only retreat in the heart of the Napa Valley
  • For a beachside stay, consider the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT -7 hours

Currency: US Dollar

Climate Information

California experiences warm, dry summers and mild but wet winters.

The warmest months are May to October with average temperatures of 25°C.

The coolest months, between November and March, temperatures average 16°C. These are also the wettest months with an average of 70 mm.

Leisure & Activities

Yosemite National Park
This stunning National Park is definitely worth a visit for its spectacular scenery. The park covers a staggering 1,200 square miles and features the tallest waterfall in the USA and world’s largest granite monolith. Activities include camping, hiking and why not try your hand at gold panning….you never know your luck!

Disney Land
Disney Land is the original theme park, and the only one built under the auspices of Walt Disney. Situated in Anaheim, it was opened in July 1955, but changed its name to Disney Land Park when it was expanded with a second park in the 1990’s. Of course, there are all sorts of attractions to suit all ages. The second theme park is known as Disney California Adventure Park.

Universal Studios Hollywood™
Get Ready for the Ultimate Hollywood Movie Experience! Go behind-the-scenes on the world-famous Studio Tour to explore real film sets where Hollywood movies are made. Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions - including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem - that put you inside some of the world's most popular movies and TV shows. Explore the mysteries of Hogwarts castle™, visit the shops of Hogsmeade™and experience Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

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