Head to California for an American Dream family trip, staying in apartments by the coast and in a Yosemite log cabin, an authentic experience where you can head where the Americans head, spread out in your own place, take your time and get into the heart of California.
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
Fly to Los Angeles, pick up your SUV car and head to your condo in Long Beach. A little out of the city so you have some space, but easy to see the sights of LA. Stay for 5 nights, kick back and get into the LA lifestyle.
With four full days from your Long Beach base, your directly at some of LA’s famous beaches popular with surfers. Hollywood and Santa Monica are each about half an hour’s drive away, as is Disneyland at Anaheim. For big thrills head to Knotts Berry Farm theme park, visit Long Beach Aquarium, nearby stock up at California’s amazing delis or eat in the nearby restaurants. Take in the LA lifestyle your way.
Drive distance – 315 miles
Set off and head north through the fertile valleys of central California, toward the mountains and famous Yosemite National Park. It’s around a five hour drive and there’s plenty of places to stop on the way in some of California’s pretty small towns for lunch ort a coffee. Arrive at Wawona resort, and stay in a two bedroom cabin, one of the few places to stay inside the national park.
Two full days to discover amazing Yosemite, its dramatic peaks and wild valleys, a natural adventure playground. Walk directly from your lodge to the Wawona history centre, or take a longer walk under the giant peaks of El Capitan and Half Dome. Use the national park electric shuttles to get around, head to Mariposa Grove to see the truly awesome giant redwoods and enjoy being in the heart of one of the world’s first national parks.
Drive distance – 181 miles
Head from the hills across the Golden State towards the coast and Monterey Bay. Near Santa Cruz, close to Monterey and San Jose on the famous Pacific Coast, there’s an excellent collection of private homes and beach houses, with plenty of space for family and friends to get into the Californian vibe and live like a local. Settle in for a five night stay, or stay longer if you wish, explore the neighbourhood and enjoy the sights and sounds of the coast.
The hardest thing will be deciding what to do. Some time on the beach or in the surf, a visit to Monterey or Carmel, with attractive boardwalk and pier, whale and dolphin watching trips. Take a drive on the Big Sur, you can even check out nearby Silicon Valley. It’s an hour and a half drive to San Francisco, and it’s easy to park up and get the train.
Drive distance – 70 miles
Drive to San Francisco airport, about an hour’s drive, or San Jose is also close by, for an overnight flight to the UK.
Accommodation as listed
Flights in economy
Car hire with GPS
Meals unless stated otherwise
Car hire one way drop-fees
National Park fees
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We will use our destination expertise to plan an itinerary that will work for you – your personal specialist is happy to respond by phone, email or text. Your trip will be refined and reshaped until you love the way it looks, and it fits you perfectly!
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