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Best time to go: April to October
15 Nights | from £3,450pp
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- Epic US road trip for couples or families
- Check out world class hiking trails and sights in Yosemite such as the granite monoliths of Half Dome and El Capitan
- Hit the famous Pacific Coast highway with the wind in your hair
- Rub shoulders with celebs in LA or immerse yourself in their world renowned museums such as the Getty Centre
- Time to explore lesser known regions such as the magnificent Central California Coast and Palm Springs
Day 1 UK / San Francisco
Save time by flying overnight to San Francisco, landing in the morning to make the most your time in California. Check into the Loews Regency for the next few nights.
The Fairmont, San Francisco | Room Only
Day 2 - 3 San Francisco
Immerse yourself in the heart of San Frans' action. Take a boat ride to Alcatraz or make use of your city pass on one of the city's famous cable cars. Fisherman's Wharf is where you'll find the city's eclectic neighbourhood and its friendly inhabitants, while night time brings the chance to dine like a local in North Beach where you can sample the freshest seafood before bedding down at the luxurious Loews Regency. Prepare for your next adventure by collecting your hire car on your last night in the city.
The Fairmont, San Francisco | Room Only
Days 4 - 5 Yosemite National Park
Strike out from San Francisco and drive to Yosemite, where you'll have two nights at the legendary Tenaya Lodge, located just outside the park boundaries. Discover Yosemite's impressive natural sights, from the edifice of Half Dome, the granite wall of El Capitan and the Merced River. The giant sequoias create an impressive backdrop to the hikes and trails that are waiting to be explored.
Tenaya Lodge | Room Only
Days 6 - 7 Carmel
Driving west, pass through the 'western' town of Mariposa to join the world-famous Highway 1. Take the time to stop in Monterey to spot sea lions before heading inland to experience the impressive Carmel Valley Ranch.
Carmel Valley Ranch | Room Only
Day 8 Big Sur/Pismo Beach
The most scenic section of the Pacific Coast Highway awaits, where the road hugs the cliff and the dramatic ocean crashes far below. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs or simply to admire the incredible scenery. We recommend spending an afternoon exploring Hearst Castle, an incredible contrast to the homely Apple Farm Inn which is your escape for the night.
Apple Farm Inn | Room Only
Days 9 - 10 Los Angeles
Head through Santa Barbara and Malibu to reach the incomparable city of Los Angeles, where your home for the next two nights in the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel - the place to see and be seen. The epitome of sophisticated West Coast style, get your fill of designer shopping before taking a scenic jaunt along Mulholland Drive, snaking through the Hollywood Hills and providing a unique viewpoint across the city. Why not let us arrange a private tour of a film studio, or a performance at the incredible Disney Theatre? Above all, keep an eye out for celebs –this is Tinsel Town after all!
Beverly Hills Hotel | Room Only
Days 11 - 12 Palm Springs
Recharge after the excitement of Los Angeles in the desert oasis of Palm Springs. Your home from home is the stylish hotel, The Parker, the ideal base for enjoying the many PGA-credited golf courses or native Indian wellness spas. Nature lovers will love a trip into the San Andreas Fault or the equally impressive Joshua Tree National Park.
The Parker | Room only
Day 13 - 14 San Diego
Last but by no means least: San Diego. Full of fascinating military ports and the rich downtown area called the Gas Lamp Quarter, San Diego is the perfect conclusion to an action packed adventure, with its glorious beaches. Your hotel is the impressive Hotel Del Coronado, where you'll spend a relaxing two nights before an overnight flight back to the UK, maximising your time in California to the full.
Hotel Del Coronado | Room Only
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 16 day suggested holiday will cost from £3,075 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.
Not looking to spend this much, we can offer an equally impressive itinerary using some of our alternative partnered hotels from £2,980 per person or why not add a grand finale to this trip and extend your stay in Sin City, Las Vegas, just four hours from San Diego?
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Best time to be there
At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.
British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.
From -5 to -10 hours behind GMT
ESTA Visa required for UK Passport Holders