California

Holidays, hotels & fly drives to California

The Golden State of California is one of the main holiday destinations in North America. With warm, dry and sunny summers, fabulous beaches and surf, it’s long been a favourite vacation choice of Americans too.

International gateways are Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego and twin centre holidays with Hawaii can easily be arranged from these airports. If you enjoy the glitz and glamour of the film and stage, spend some time around Los Angeles and visit the film sets and Hollywood.  Visit the locations of films such as Top Gun, Star Wars and Jurassic Park. You can also easily twin California with Hawaii for a two centre holiday.

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For wildlife and wilderness there are 30 national or state parks including stunning mountains, forests and canyons. Snow creates a scenic atmosphere six months of the year around Lake Tahoe, Mammoth and parts of Yosemite. Some of natures wonders include the Palm Springs desert oases, giant trees of Sequoia and the Shasta Cascade (which covers 20% of the state and offers waterfall safaris and exploration above and below ground in the Lassen Volcanic National Park). Yosemite National Park in northern California is the most popular wilderness destination in the States and has superb mountain vistas along the Sierra Nevada range. Some of the main view points and areas of interest include El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and the giant Sequoia trees. The park is lovely all year round but spring is the best time to visit the waterfalls and wildflowers are in full bloom. Summer and warm and great for hiking holidays.  In winter you can do snow shoeing and warm yourself at night around campfires.

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Giant Redwood trees are the tallest trees on the planet and two species (the Coastal Redwood and the Giant Sequoia) can be found in California. Tourists visit all year round to drive the ‘Avenue of the Giants’ a 31 mile stretch of the old scenic highway 101 in the Humboldt Redwood State Park. Here is a dense forest of over 51,000 acres home to the largest virgin redwood trees in the world. They stretch up to over 300 ft in the air and are 3000 years old – protected now as a World Heritage Site. There is a house built completely from a 40 ton log of a fallen tree and a ‘drive through’ tree.

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For food and wine lovers, there are gourmet restaurants all around California, but make sure you include a visit to the Napa Valley and Sonoma winelands, where you can dine on board the ‘wine train’ or take a hot air balloon trip. From Napa it’s an easy drive to Lake Tahoe, an outdoor activity centre on the North California – Nevada border. The lake is surrounded by the spectacular High Sierra Mountains. This is an alpine resort area with skiing, hiking, casinos and sailing. Ski here January to March and enjoy the best water sports June to September. Lake Tahoe was the location for Hollywood films such as The Godfather and The Bodyguard.

If you have plenty of time, why not cross America from Coast to Coast?  Many tours start or end in California and take in a lot of the highlights along the way.

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Self drive holidays are popular in California, if you have a couple of weeks we would suggest a loop from San Francisco, through Napa, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Death Valley and Las Vegas maybe and then over to Los Angeles and Santa Monica on the western end of Route 66, then up the Pacific Highway stopping for some beach time and surf along the way!  There are also a good number of escorted tours to California, ask us to search for the best one to suit your requirements.

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We did it! Nearly 5 weeks, nearly 4000 miles, 23 beds ending at our regular holiday home resort near San Diego. Met some wonderful characters, seen a lot of sights and eaten in countless eateries, some really great and others perhaps not so. We actually met up with Jerry Mclanahan (author of EZ66) who duly signed our book and took photos, I was 66 that day, on Route 66 meeting the author! Some of the hotels were really wonderful. Loads of souvenirs, loads of photos to sort through and lots of memories and events to 'dine out on'. Thank you so much for your organisation, everything went well and worked seamlessly...
Dave & Nicki – Route 66 & San Diego (May 2017)
June 20, 2017

You picked some great places to stay we would probably not have found ourselves. Your local knowledge came in very handy when planning the itinerary - we would not otherwise have known the best direction to do the Pacific Highway nor thought of going to Laguna beach which turned out to be a brilliant place. Also the advice to get FastPass tickets for Universal. You made the booking of the flights and car very easy and those bits of the journey went very smoothly.
Davies Family – California (April 2017)
April 24, 2017

It was amazing and everything went like clockwork. The highlight was Noes Nest. I can't really describe how good it was. Breakfast was immense with such variety, taken in a large kitchen round the table with whichever guests were up at that time. The property is is a good area only 10 minutes from the city centre via the DART (tube), with loads of cool shops and bars within walking distance. It really was perfect. Alcatraz was immense. So in summary you nailed it again!
Waine Family – USA San Francisco (April 2017)
April 14, 2017

Thank you for your organisational skills, your knowledge and every detail of what was a truly fabulous holiday experience. We gave you the outline of an idea and you took it and created a proposal. There are too many highlights to list – overall the holiday met and exceeded our expectations!
Mick & Jaclyn – Pacific Coast & Hawaii (Sept 2016)
October 26, 2016

What a wonderful trip. Holiday of a lifetime. I can't thank you enough Jules and Mags. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we will certainly book another trip with you. It was awesome. You are awesome.
Violet & Craig – USA Route 66 (May 2016)
May 27, 2016

We had a fantastic time on holiday in the States. As you know it was a surprise holiday for my girlfriend's 30th birthday, having it arranged by you meant that I didn't need to hide all the details or worry about all the booking details that needed to be done. I would definitely recommend this holiday to anyone wanting to do west coast USA. We really liked Monterey, it was peaceful and beautiful and we went Whale Watching. The drive to Las Vegas was a treat, the rolling hills and mountains across the desert were just beautiful.
Lizzie & Nicky – Western USA (May 2016)
May 30, 2016

So thanks, Jules and Magsie, for your thoughtful suggestions, for your hard work making all the bookings, for fixing our one problem while we slept, for finding us more time to do more, and for saving us money. It was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Kristen, Julia and Mimi Busch-Hansen – USA (Oct 2015)
December 6, 2015

Everything went very smoothly - the leather travel document wallet was a nice touch. The trip was amazing and we saw so many things that we never would on a normal holiday.
Nicola Ward – USA Pacific Highway (Sept 2015)
December 6, 2015

We can’t thank Travel With Jules enough for all the work and effort they put in to organising our holiday of a life time! From the first email we sent to the day we came back, everything was trouble and stress free. Our only regret was we should have gone for 3 weeks instead of 2! Thank you Jules & Mags for making memories that will last a lifetime.
California Road Trip – James & Laura (Aug 2015)
March 22, 2016

We covered 1150 miles, discovered beautiful places and had such a great time we can't wait to save the money and do something similar soon. Thank you very much :)
Anna, Nigel and Sofia Alcalde-Mills – USA (April 2015)
June 12, 2015

We returned home on Sunday night from our American adventure, safe and sound … well maybe a few sore heads and damaged liver but time is a healer 🙂  I just wanted to thank you for all of your guidance and assistance throughout the booking for what will be a trip the 4 of us […]
Tony, Ben, Lee & Benjamin – California & Vegas (April 2015)
April 20, 2015

Well the trip is over and I've done and I've done just over 3,600 road miles and seen the most fantastic scenery, drank all the local beers, eaten too much great food and had a brilliant time. Today is going to be a VERY long trip home but worth it. Thanks Julie for all your hard work in making it happen!
Jon Dailey – Calgary to San Diego (June 2014)
June 23, 2014

We had the time of our lives. It was all terrific. We were typical tourists and crammed in as much sight seeing as was possible! Thanks for all your help in organising this trip. It made it much easier and you gave us the confidence to go "off piste".
Viv & Nikki – Route 66 & California (Sept 2013)
December 13, 2013

We had a truly memorable time and everything went relatively like clockwork. It was very comforting to turn up and be expected at all locations. Like everyone we guess we would have tweaked things a little with the benefit of hindsight, but overall extremely satisfied.  Our journey took us all around California, along the Pacific […]
John, Mandy, Martin & Fay – Western USA fly drive (July 13)
November 24, 2013

What can I say but a massive thank you for your help and advice with our trip of a life time honeymoon! Even though we have never meet the service you gave us was just like talking to a friend.....
Jo & Theresa – Route 66 & San Francisco USA (June 2013)
August 22, 2013

Our holiday was amazing! The weather was bright sunshine for the 12 days, which was a bonus. Changed the car to a bigger one with no fuss. In Las Vegas we loved the MGM, a great hotel with good location. The Omni in Los Angeles was awesome, we asked for an upgrade and were successful ;-) The Serrano in San Francisco had wine tasting every evening between 5pm and 6pm which was extremely nice and pleasant! Well located and we felt safe walking around at night. Overall the holiday exceeded our expectations, and we are very grateful for all your help and assistance in making this trip happen!
Paul & Sue – USA California fly drive (April 2013)
April 30, 2013

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
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