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California Dreaming

From San Francisco to San Diego, from the Pacific coast to the mountains, California is a state of sunshine, beaches, world-class wines, the theme parks of Anaheim and so much more. Explore the cities, beaches and mountains of the northern and central regions of this wonderful state…

Summary

California Dreaming

From San Francisco to San Diego, from the Pacific coast to the mountains, California is a state of sunshine, beaches, world-class wines, the theme parks of Anaheim and so much more.  This drive takes you south along the Pacific Coast highway before turning inland to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley.

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 4: Carmel/Monterey
Day 6: San Simeon
Day 7: Santa Barbara
Day 8: Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks
Day 9: Yosemite
Day 11: Lake Tahoe
Day 13: Napa Valley or San Mateo Coast
Day 15: Short drive back to San Francisco airport

Description

Description

Explore the cities, beaches and mountains of the northern and central regions of this wonderful state…

Day 1: San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your central hotel. We would suggest a minimum of 3 nights in this fantastic city. Take a city tour, ride the cable cars, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown. If you have an extra day, take a tour out to view the Redwoods at Muir Woods and the pretty town of Sausalito
San Francisco 3 nights

Day 4: Carmel/Monterey
This morning pick up your hire car and head out of San Francisco on your drive down the California coast. This classic road trip drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the old coastal road, the Cabrillo Highway, is not be rushed and there are several great places to stop off along the way, including the laid back town of Half Moon Bay (site of the infamous Mavericks Wave) and the Ano Nuevo Seal Rookery. The picturesque village of Carmel or the bustling town of Monterey are ideal bases for exploring the Monterey peninsular
Carmel/Monterey 2 nights

Day 6: San Simeon
South of Carmel, Highway 101 passes though the spectacular Big Sur area before dropping down to San Simeon. On your approach to San Simeon, stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony for an amazing photo opportunity. In San Simeon take time to visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, before checking in to you oceanfront hotel.
San Simeon 1 night

Day 7: Santa Barbara
Continue South today, moving down the coast to the delightful and vibrant town of Santa Barbara for an overnight stay.
Santa Barbara 1 night

Day 8: Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks
Head inland today to the Sierra Nevada Mountains which form the backbone of California. Your first overnight stop are the often overlooked Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Here you will find yourself in the company of giants: sequoias and mountains. The Park is home to both the world’s largest tree, the mighty General Sherman Tree, and the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney.
Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks 1 night

Day 9: Yosemite
Continue north to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. Spectacular waterfalls, dramatic granite peaks and domes, hiking to suit all levels, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes…
Yosemite 2 nights

Day 11: Lake Tahoe
Continue your journey up the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Lake Tahoe area. In winter this area offers exceptional winter sports. In the summer months the warm dry weather makes it the perfect location for hiking, cycling, canoeing and sailing.
Lake Tahoe area 2 nights

Day 13: Napa Valley or San Mateo Coast
Begin to wend your way back towards San Francisco. Round off your holiday with a couple of nights in the California Wine region of the Napa Valley or perhaps some relaxation on the laid back San Mateo coast
Napa Valley or San Mateo coast 2 nights

Day 15
Short drive back to San Francisco airport where you will drop off your hire car in time for your onward journey

More time…
Why not extend your stay to include Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs. Or combine California with Oregon and/or Washington. The permutations are limitless. Call us for ideas

All photographs courtesy California Travel and Tourism Commission

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Little Gems

Little Gems

California has a bit of everything, iconic cities, dramatic coastline, vineyards, National Parks, lakes and mountains and a typical Mediterranean climate that attracts visitors year round.  For music fans, take yourselves to Sausalito and sit on the Dock of the Bay for yourself!

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