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Highlights of California
Best time to go: May to September
9 Nights | from £2,195pp
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- Spend a day exploring the hilly streets and waterfront of San Francisco
- Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey, soaking up the town's atmosphere and perhaps that of nearby neighbour, Carmel
- Take in the dramatic coastal scenery as you continue to the quirky town of Pismo Bay
- Stay three nights at the quintessentially Californian town of Santa Monica, famous for its boardwalk and pier –and a great opportunity for some retail therapy!
- Plenty of time to explore under your own steam
Days 1 - 2 San Francisco
Surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, Frisco is your ideal introduction to the sunny state of California. From your fantastic base at the Hotel Zetta, you can explore the eclectic neighbourhood of Fisherman's Wharf or take advantage of the hotel's amazing location in the heart of the action. We'd recommend a trip to Alcatraz or completing your day with an evening performance at the San Francisco Symphony.
Hotel Zetta | Room Only
Days 3 - 4 Carmel
Collect your hire car for the short drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to the seaside town of Monterey for two nights at Monterey Plaza. The town is full of unique buildings to explore and close to the upmarket town of Carmel, the two towns separated by the iconic 17 Mile Drive, offering tremendous views along the coast.
Monterey Plaza | Room Only
Day 5 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. The quirky town of Pismo Beach is the perfect spot for watching (or joining in!) surfing before hitting the hay at the Dolphin Bay Resort.
Dolphin Bay Resort | Room Only
Days 6 - 8 Santa Monica
Colourful and communal Santa Monica is at the end of Highway 1, a pretty city on the sands that fringe the coast that's famous for its pier. Quintessentially Californian, it's the perfect spot for chilling on the beach or shopping on Third Street Promenade. Your hotel for your two nights in Santa Monica is the fun Loews Santa Monica.
Loews Santa Monica | Room Only
Day 9 Los Angeles
Your final morning is free to enjoy the city before heading to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Why not extend your stay in Sin City, just over four hours' drive away through the Mojave Desert.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 10 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,195 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.
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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
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