Tour Alcatraz and cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Go whale watching in Monterey, looking out for orcas and humpback whales.
Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway with its dramatic views of the rugged coastline and the ocean.
Enjoy the bustling beachside pier at Santa Monica and learn the basics of surfing with a professional instructor.
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.
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Admire the beaches, architecture and nightlife of Chicago.
Marvel at the epic scenery of the Grand Canyon.
Enjoy a hike through the beautiful Petrified Forest National Park.
Experience the excitement and bright lights of Las Vegas.
Soak up the atmosphere, relax on the beach or go shopping in Los Angeles.
Experience the bright lights and dazzling sounds of Las Vegas.
Admire the unique mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs.
Marvel at the natural beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.
Indulge in San Diego's sun-soaked beaches.
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.
Enjoy wine tasting in the glorious vineyards of the Napa Valley.
Experience modern architecture and innovative design in sunny Palm Springs.
Stay at luxurious hotels throughout, each with their own focus on food or wine.
Wander the urban wine trails of Carmel and Santa Barbara.
Meet local winemakers with an experienced guide on a private tour of Sonoma.
Visit the Santa Ynez wine region on a privately guided bike tour.
California and Hawaii
Explore Maui's white-sand beaches.
Experience the heat of Kīlauea Volcano.
Snorkel with sea turtles, manta rays, whales and dolphins.
Drive along the spectacular Road to Hāna.
Between January and March you can also take a boat trip on the Pacific Ocean to see majestic humpback whales at sunrise.
Spend five nights at a luxury ranch in a pristine valley in Montana.
Try out a variety of activities at the ranch, including horseback riding, fly-fishing for cutthroat trout, and mountain biking.
Unwind by relaxing in a cliff-side resort overlooking Laguna Beach.
Some of our favourite travel guides
- Driving California's Pacific Coast Highway
- Family holidays in California
- Where to visit in California: a seasonal guide
- Self-drive holidays in California
- What to do in Yosemite National Park: our highlights guide
Driving California's Pacific Coast Highway
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. USA specialist, Alex, discusses the route’s highlights, from laid-back beach communities to historic towns and vibrant cities.View this travel guide
Family holidays in California
USA specialist David picks some of his highlights for a family holiday 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.View this travel guide
Where to visit in California: a seasonal guide
A true year-round destination, California provides near-endless experiences no matter which season you’re visiting. Here, our specialists share ideas for where’s best to go in spring, summer, autumn, and winter, along with how to make the most of your time in the Golden State.View this travel guide
Self-drive holidays in California
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.View this travel guide
What to do in Yosemite National Park: our highlights guide
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.View this travel guide