Make your California dreams a reality with this classic self-drive itinerary between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Cruise through picture-perfect coastal towns and soak up the rugged scenery as you hug the Pacific Coast Highway, making frequent stops to take in the spectacular marine life, wineries, beaches and dramatic landscapes.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Tour the infamous island prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco
- Explore the beautiful coastline around Monterey
- Relax on the sands in Pismo Beach
- See if you can spot your favourite Hollywood stars in Los Angeles
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- Direct international flights
- 7 nights in 4* hotels & hand-picked accommodation
- 8 days' car hire
- Bay in a Day & Alcatraz tour
Need to know+
- Arrives: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Time difference: GMT-8
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA), available online
- Language: English
- Currency: US dollar (USD)
- Flying time from UK: around 11 hours direct
- Plug type: 2 flat pins
- Voltage: 120V
Fly from UK to San Francisco
Welcome to San Francisco! Discover the delights of this fascinating city, wander the many hills, gorge on tasty food in Chinatown, explore Golden Gate Park on two wheels, and watch the sea lions frolic on Pier 39. Spend a full day exploring San Francisco Bay on your Bay in a Day Tour, where you’ll hop across to the infamous island of Alcatraz, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, explore Golden gate Park and learn more about daily life in ’Frisco.
Drive to the seaside town of Monterey, where the beautiful coastline with its seals, pelicans and otters, and its range of water-based activities, is the star attraction. Monterey Jack cheese also originated here, so why not give it a try? Santa Cruz is an easy day trip from Monterey if you fancy having a go at surfing, or simply chilling on the beach with an ice cream. Alternatively, perhaps spend some time in Carmel by the Sea, just 15 minutes’ drive away, where you can admire the quaint chocolate-box cottages.
Along the central coast of California, with a wide sandy beach, Pismo is a relaxing spot to break your California journey. Watch the sunset from the pier, try some sea kayaking or take a hummer through the sand dunes. Pismo Beach is a great base from which to explore the parks, museums, galleries and shops of San Luis Obispo or make a day trip of it and call in at Paso Robles to try the local wines at one of over 200 wineries in the area.
Soak up the laid-back atmosphere in affluent Santa Barbara. Come for fine wines, warm sunshine and the fresh Pacific air, and don’t forget to try the wide assortment of artisanal produce on offer. The blue sky, sun and whitewashed houses combine to give a Mediterranean feel, so take a stroll around town, and indulge in a fine wine or two overlooking the glorious surrounding mountains and rolling hills.
Arrive in glitzy LA, look out for the odd movie star or two in Hollywood and find their star on the Walk of Fame. You can find any type of cuisine you can imagine here, but we recommend trying the noodles of Chinatown and the sushi of Koreatown. Your Journey includes a tour of the city and the Hollywood Stars homes, which includes a glimpse at the homes of Sandra Bullock and Katy Perry. For something a bit different check out the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, a huge, modern structure – very LA.
Depart Los Angeles and return to the UK
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