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With so much to see and do in such a vast area, a trip to California needs careful planning. Self-driving is the most popular way of touring the state’s many highlights. You can opt for a leisurely cruise down the coast along Highway 1 or to take in as much of the landscape as possible on a road trip of epic proportions.

Our specialists can advise on the best options and how you can combine the sites and attractions that interest you the most. Below, we’ve put together some itinerary ideas featuring routes that we know work particularly well, based on our own travels.

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Ideas for your trip to California

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in California, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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Highlights of Route 66 Self-Drive

  • Enjoy the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan.

  • Drive the original brick-topped section of Route 66.

  • Admire St Louis' impressive Gateway Arch.

  • Marvel at the magnificent Grand Canyon.

  • Watch the sunset from Santa Monica.

15 Days from £2,360pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Best of the West

  • Explore the glamour of Hollywood and chic Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.

  • Follow walking trails and see incredible geological formations in California and Arizona’s national parks.

  • Drive the iconic Pacific Coast Highway for dramatic views over the ocean and rugged coastline.

  • Soak up the electric atmosphere of Las Vegas.

21 Days from £3,865pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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California Explored

  • Discover the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

  • Explore the beaches and pretty towns along the Pacific coastline.

  • Watch for wildlife and get close to nature in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

  • See the salt flats of Badwater in the desolate Death Valley National Park.

  • Enjoy wine tasting in the glorious vineyards of the Napa Valley.

21 Days from £3,925pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Northern California Self-Drive

  • Explore beautiful, cosmopolitan San Francisco.

  • Go wine tasting in the Sonoma Valley.

  • Go hiking at Mount Shasta.

  • Discover the beauty and tranquility of Crater Lake National Park.

  • See the enormous redwood trees in Redwood National Park.

14 Days from £4,285pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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California, Oregon & Washington State Self-Drive

  • Explore the beautiful cities of San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

  • Drive along the scenic coastal highways of California and Oregon.

  • See magnificent giant redwood trees in northern California.

  • At low tide walk to Haystack Rock at Oregon's Cannon Beach.

  • Hike around the temperate rainforests looking for wildlife in Olympic National Park.

21 Days from £5,880pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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