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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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  • Palm Springs

    Desert to coast: Southern California self-drive tour

    • Fly high above Las Vegas in a helicopter, before landing at the bottom of the mighty Grand Canyon.

    • Learn about the unique biology in Joshua Tree National Park on a guided hike and tour.

    • Relax under the swaying palm trees and the impressive mountain backdrop of Palm Springs.

    • Enjoy a coastal retreat in laid-back Orange County.

    • Spot humpback whales breaching onboard an America's Schooner Cup racing yacht.

    12 days from £4,380pp

  • Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

    Complete Route 66 self-drive tour

    • 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.

    18 days from £4,525pp

  • Redwood National Park

    Northern California: Exploring the great outdoors

    • Wander through Little Italy and North Beach on a guided food tour in San Francisco, enjoying homemade Italian coffee and treats.

    • Drive north on the Pacific Coast Highway, enjoying the rugged beauty and wide ocean views on this lesser-driven path.

    • Marvel at the mighty redwood trees and learn about their unique ecology, on a private guided tour in Redwood National Park.

    • Explore the geothermal wonderland of Lassen Volcanic National Park, one of the state's lesser well-known national parks.

    • Kayak across the vast waters of pristine Lake Tahoe in clear kayaks.

    15 days from £4,550pp

  • Napa Valley vineyard

    Active California: LA to San Francisco self-drive tour

    • Explore the mighty Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with a knowledgeable naturalist guide.

    • In Northern California, spend time in the vineyards, tasting the different varietals grown in Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

    • At sunset, sail under the famous Golden Gate Bridge to conclude your epic California adventure.

    • Learn the basics of surfing with a private lesson, with a top surf instructor, on Santa Monica Beach.

    • A guided group adventure around iconic Yosemite National Park will allow you to explore the famed granite domes up close.

    16 days from £6,375pp

  • Whales, Hawaii

    Family self-drive tour of Hawaii's highlights

    California and Hawaii
    • Enjoy some family relaxation on Maui's white-sand beaches.

    • Greet the local marine life on a snorkel adventure.

    • Between January and March, experience the majesty of humpback whales at sunrise.

    • Sample roadside treats and explore the landscape on the Road to Hāna.

    • Access your family's adventurous side and experience the heat of Hawaii's legendary volcanoes.

    13 days from £8,980pp

  • Ranch at Rock Creek, Phillipsburg, MT

    Luxury ranch & beach

    • 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.

    11 days from £11,670pp


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