California vacations 2020 & 2021
Travel with confidence — our flexibility promise
If you’re planning to travel before May 2021, book by September 30th and we’ll give you the flexibility to cancel your trip and receive a full refund up to 7 days before you travel. See our flexibility promise for full details, as well as conditions for trips departing after this timeframe.
From the towering redwoods and fruitful vineyards of the north to the golden beaches and relaxed surfer lifestyle of the south, our specialists will help plan your trip to California so you can uncover the state’s many sides. We visit the region regularly — particularly behind the wheel of a car — and will plan your ideal trip to California around your personal tastes and interests.
Why travel with Audley?
- 100% tailor-made tours
- Fully protected travel
- Established for over 20 years
- 98% of our clients would recommend us
Best time to visit
Our specialists advise on the best months to visit California, including information about climate, events and festivals.
Practical tips for traveling to California, from social protocols to guidance on money matters, with a link to the latest government travel advice.
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California in pictures
Our expert guides to traveling in California
Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to California. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate California at its best.
Route 66 is one of the most iconic drives in the US, stretching for 2,400 miles from Chicago on the Great Lakes, to Los Angeles in the west. US specialist, Rob, details his experience of the route, and the highlights along the way.
Experience some of California's most impressive scenery on a drive along its central coast on Highway 1, taking in the sights of San Francisco, Los Angeles and everything in between. US specialist, Alex, discusses the route’s highlights, from laid-back beach communities to historic towns and vibrant cities.
Take a fly-drive along the California coast and explore some of the region’s most captivating towns, cities and national parks, from glamorous LA, home of the US film industry, to the dramatic geological spectacles of Yosemite National Park.
The US is so huge that it can be hard to narrow down your options when you’re planning a trip. We’ve drawn up a guide to helping you decide which regions to visit, depending on your individual interests.
As a honeymoon destination, the United States has a lot to offer. US specialist, Carl, picks some of his top choices, from exploring San Francisco and driving the Pacific Coast Highway to staying on a ranch in the Rocky Mountain states and experiencing the swamplands and culture of Louisiana.
USA specialist David picks some of his highlights for a family vacation in California. From enjoying the different cultures in San Francisco to whale watching in Monterey, touring the film studies in Los Angeles to exploring Redwood National Park, California has a range of experiences for all ages.
Ranch stays, glamping in national parks, Hawaiian feasts and Yellowstone’s steaming geysers: the US is packed with enough experiences to fill several family photo albums. US specialist Shannon shares her pick of things to see and do on your next family trip.
Yosemite in California is one of America's most visited national parks. In order to get the most from your trip we highlight some of the finest trails and accommodation as well as recommending the best time to visit.
Known as the ‘Mother Road’, Route 66 helped open up America and shape its identity. Whether you choose to drive the whole route or just part of it, your road trip will showcase the country’s culture, history and landscapes.