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Dream Bigger: Visit California with A&K
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A land of dreams, nowhere hits the mark like California when it comes to family travel. Sensational beaches, buzzing cities, awe-inspiring landscapes, heaps of activities for outdoor loving families, and some of the coolest theme parks in the world …… not to mention bucket-loads of sunshine and wonderful climate. With its movie-like outlook on day to day life, you can be anyone you want to be in California - follow in the footsteps of Hollywood greats as you strut your stuff on the on the Walk of Fame, grab a surfboard and catch a break along the 840 mile coastline, join Mickey for tea at Disneyland, or lose yourself amongst the redwoods in Yosemite, one of the most iconic National Parks in in the world. This is the place to dream, and dream big!
California natural playground
California is a year round playground for active and outdoorsy families. Experience the thrill of white water rafting, or grab your walking boots and hit the trails in the Sierra Nevada's, take to the saddle or experience the adrenalin rush of rock climbing in Yosemite, zip-line through the redwoods in Sonoma County, whale watch in the Channel Islands, or head to the white stuff for some world class skiing and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe. Offering some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes on the planet, the Californian national parks are in a league of their own.
The lure of the open road
From the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the rolling hills and vineyards of Napa Valley - put the roof down and feel the wind in your hair - what could be better than hitting the open road and traversing the sunny California Coast on an epic road trip? From the movie like bubble of LA to the wine country and Spanish inspired Santa Barbara, California is certainly a trip of contrasts. Take to the Pacific Coast, and pass through some of California's most iconic spots or head inland towards the Sierra's and hit Highway 120 (or Tioga Pass) as you pass through the highest elevation at 9945ft. Rock out and enjoy the epic finale to the iconic 'Mother Road', better known as Historic Route 66, between Needles and Santa Monica - either way put the pedal to the metal and join us on a 'California or bust' road trip.
With California's "farm to fork" heritage, there's huge emphasis on locally produced and sourced food: from fusion food trucks to Michelin star restaurants, hidden gem cafes to star studded restaurants, they're all serving up seasonal, local and gob-smackingly delicious dishes. Those liking a tipple should head to wine country, Napa Valley, to experience the best in new world wines. With over 400 wineries and some cracking eateries it's a foodies heaven. Unwind on a creaky deck chair overlooking the valley whilst the kids blend their own grape juice before heading out for some Michelin star indulgence, or a homemade burger and fries. Whether you choose gourmet restaurant or downtown diner, California's food culture will certainly leave you hungry for more!
California Family Fun
Nights: 11 | from £5,700
An action-packed road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles, diverting en route to make the most of the opportunities for family fun California is famous for
California – Science and Nature
Nights: 15 | from £4,690
California conjures images of golden beaches and glamor-ous cities – but it offers so much more. In two wild weeks, enjoy exclusive access to acclaimed attractions, hike and paddle with naturalist guides, delve into some of the state’s most impressive wild spaces and meet some of its magnifi-cent wildlife.
California: The Best Family Itinerary...Ever
Nights: 15 | from £4,500
Help captain an America’s Cup Yacht around San Francisco harbour, get up close and personal with dolphins and sea lions on Catalina Island and visit a giant redwood forest, home to 800 year old trees.
Family California: Sun and surf in Orange County
Nights: 8 | from £2,350
For a family adventure, it’s tough to top Southern California, where the sun always seems to shine and the fun never stops. Pelican Hills, in the heart of so cool SoCal, is the ideal base to soak it all up.
Nights: 10 | from £8,350
From farm-to-fork produce and exciting ethnic flavours to world-class wines, northern California is a tasty destination. Spend ten days sampling the best of the San Francisco region.
Nights: 15 | from £3,450
Put pedal to the metal and embark on a once in a lifetime road trip, hitting all the hotspots and packing in as much Californian fun as possible.
Carmel Valley Ranch
Hotel del Coronado
San Diego, California
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Newport Beach, California