Per person based on four sharing
Family Travel
North America
May - Sep

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.

At a Glance

  • Stay in holiday homes
  • Rent an SUV for those large California roads
  • Combine city, coast and mountains
  • Plenty of freedom to come and go
  • Self catering, stock up in the deli

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Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours

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  • Design around you
  • Plan to perfection
  • Work to your budget



Practical Info


  • Day 1
    To Los Angeles

    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.

    Eaves at Avalon Seal Beach Apartments
  • Days 2 - 4
    Los Angeles

    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.

    Eaves at Avalon Seal Beach Apartments
  • Day 5
    To Yosemite National Park

    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.

    The Redwoods Silver and Gold Homes
  • Days 6 - 7
    Yosemite 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.

    The Redwoods Silver and Gold Homes
  • Day 8
    To Santa Cruz, California Coast

    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.

    La Selva Beachfront Townhomes
  • Days 9 - 12
    California 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.

    La Selva Beachfront Townhomes
  • Days 13 - 14

    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.

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Long Beach

Eaves at Avalon Seal Beach Apartments

Eaves is a collection of studios, one and two bed apartments located in the coastal neighbourhood of Long Beach, close to restaurants and shops and a short walk from the marina and Seal Beach. It’s a great way to experience a bit of the LA lifestyle, outside the busy city centre yet still within easy reach of Hollywood and downtown, and just down the coast from Santa Monica, Malibu or the hip Venice Beach. The apartments are pretty no frills yet have good space to spread out, with kitchens, linen provided, a small pool in the complex, off street parking, laundry, reception and also wifi.

The Redwoods Silver and Gold Homes

Stay in a cabin inside the national park at Yosemite, with the freedom and flexibility it allows. No need to travel in and out, walk from your cabin into the park, and have this beautiful wilderness to play and explore. The Redwoods are located in the Wawona resort, close to the giant redwoods of Mariposa Grove and it’s easy to get around by park shuttle if you don’t want to drive. No two cabins are the same, ranging from one to six bedrooms. All feature simple yet comfortable bedrooms with linen, small living areas with TV, outside space to play, kitchen and a laundry within the complex. It’s a three night minimum stay in the summer, but with so much to explore you’ll want at least that long.
Santa Cruz

La Selva Beachfront Townhomes

‘Oceanfront homes, located between Monterey and Santa Cruz’

Located overlooking a wonderful beach on Monterey Bay, La Selva Beachfront is a great spot for exploring the local area with Santa Cruz within half an hour, Monterey within 40 minutes and San Francisco less than 90 miles away.  Spacious townhomes offer three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with outdoor terraces looking over the Pacific Ocean and steps down onto the beach.

14 Days from £1,989 Per person based on four sharing
Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing

This trip includes

Accommodation as listed
Flights in economy
Car hire with GPS

This trip excludes

Meals unless stated otherwise
Car hire one way drop-fees
National Park fees

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