Star-studded, sun-soaked and scenically spectacular; experience it all on a California holiday.

Bubbling with everything from salty adventure to stunning redwood forest and rolling waves to creamy white sands, the stretch of coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles plays host to one of the world’s most famous self-drive routes – State Route 1 or more commonly known as the Pacific Coast Highway.

Expect tiny coastal towns and breathtaking landscapes as you drive California’s most iconic road. From Monterey to Santa Barbara, California’s Central Coast puts miles of pristine beaches and rugged bluffs right at your feet. Cruise through Monterey for chic seaside vibes and the shops on Cannery Row. Wind your way along the jaw dropping 17 Mile Drive to Carmel for dreamy slow-mo escape with a long lunching scene. Expect sea otters and seals, mesmerising coastal hikes and plenty of sand and surf. For rare and wonderous wild beauty, Big Sur has it all – wildflower filled hills, giant redwood forest and panoramic ocean views. Keep going along the PCH and you’ll discover hidden gems including San Luis Obispo County and Pismo Beach, where days roll by without flash or fuss and nature is the star of the show.

Our California’s Central Coast holidays take you along the iconic PCH where wild and remote beauty is anything but low key. North America by Kuoni offers handpicked inspiration and carefully curated California holidays, so you have more time to focus on the fun.

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California Regions

Our recommendations for the best places to visit in California

San Francisco Holidays

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San Diego & Palm Springs Holidays

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Los Angeles Holidays

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Holidays in California

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  • San Francisco
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If heart throbs were hotels, Fairmont San Francisco would be one of them. With regal looks, historic spirit and unrivalled Bay and city views, this is the go-to for a sophisticated stay.

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  • San Francisco
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An ode to both the Gold Rush era and its waterfront location, The Argonaut crushes on-trend seafaring style without sacrificing history and is our default choice for San Fran.. They’ve sneaked in fire pits, seafood and rooms with incredible views to make this former fruit cannery full of flavour.

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  • Los Angeles
  • 4 Star

Centrally located in Hollywood, the Loews is stylish, contemporary and right at the heart of the action.

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  • California's Central Coast
  • 5 Star

Elegant hotel in the hills above Santa Barbara.

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  • California's Central Coast
  • 4 Star

A waterfront hotel at the heart of Monterey's famous Cannery Row.

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  • California's Central Coast
  • 4 Star

In a ‘blow your own trumpet’ location in downtown Santa Barbara, hacienda-style Kimpton Canary has a Mediterranean mood and a rooftop pool and terrace that spark a golden state of mind.

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  • California's Central Coast
  • 3 Star

Historic mansion in the heart of Carmel.

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  • California's Central Coast
  • 5 Star

Luxurious retreat for nature lovers

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  • California's Central Coast
  • 4.5 Star

Deep in the forest with spectacular ocean views.

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  • California's Central Coast
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A leisure-focussed resort with a golf course, pools, tennis court, and spa. The perfect spot for downtime on a Californian road trip.

Hit the open road and experience the state’s remarkable natural wonders on a California tour

California is one of our most popular touring destinations in the USA. Its awesome landscapes and eclectic cities are easily combined on either a tailor-made self-drive or an escorted tour. All of our featured California group tours are run by our partner, Insight Vacations or as part of their exclusive Luxury Gold range. Their journeys are full of exclusive experiences and are led by hugely knowledgeable Travelling Directors or a Travelling Concierge. They are also a really sociable experience as you’ll be travelling with like-minded people.

Our recommended California tours

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D - Go City L.A. All Inclusive Pass - 2 Day Sightseeing Pass (Incl. Knott's Berry Farm, Excl. Universal)

With the All-Inclusive Pass from Go City, the more you see, the more you save. You have two days to cram in as much as you can from a huge list of options, including LEGOLAND, and Knott's Berry Farm. Head to Malibu for a Celebrity Homes Tour, hike up to Griffith Park to gaze at Los Angeles from the above or join the Californians on the Santa Monica boardwalk with a full-day rental of a bike or rollerblades. And you don't just have to look at the water, as a whale watching trip is yours if you want it.

The complete list of over 40 tours and attractions is included with your Digital Pass. Please note, the 2 Day Go City All Inclusive Pass does not include Universal.

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Go City L.A. All Inclusive Pass - 3 Day Sightseeing Pass (Incl. Universal Studios & Knott's Berry Farm)*

With the All-Inclusive Pass from Go City, the more you see, the more you save. You have three days to cram in as much as you can from a huge list of options, including Universal Studios, LEGOLAND, and Knott's Berry Farm. Head to Malibu for a Celebrity Homes Tour, hike up to Griffith Park to gaze at Los Angeles from the above or join the Californians on the Santa Monica boardwalk with a full-day rental of a bike or rollerblades. And you don't just have to look at the water, as a whale watching trip is yours if you want it. The complete list of over 40 tours and attractions is included with your Digital Pass. We endeavour to keep our descriptions up to date, however inclusions on sightseeing passes can change without our knowledge. Please check closer to your departure date for the most up to date list of included activities.

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Go City L.A. All Inclusive Pass - 5 Day Sightseeing Pass (Incl. Universal Studios & Knott's Berry Farm)

With the All-Inclusive Pass from Go City, the more you see, the more you save. You have five days to cram in as much as you can from a huge list of options, including Universal Studios, LEGOLAND, and Knot's Berry Farm. Head to Malibu for a Celebrity Homes Tour, hike up to Griffith Park to gaze at Los Angeles from the above or join the Californians on the Santa Monica boardwalk with a full-day rental of a bike or rollerblades. And you don't just have to look at the water, as a whale watching trip is yours if you want it. The complete list of over 40 tours and attractions is included with your Digital Pass. We endeavour to keep our descriptions up to date, however inclusions on sightseeing passes can change without our knowledge. Please check closer to your departure date for the most up to date list of included activities.

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Go City L.A. All Inclusive Pass - 7 Day Sightseeing Pass (Incl. Universal Studios & Knott's Berry Farm)

With the All-Inclusive Pass from Go City, the more you see, the more you save. You have seven days to cram in as much as you can from a huge list of options, including Universal Studios, LEGOLAND, and Knott's Berry Farm. Head to Malibu for a Celebrity Homes Tour, hike up to Griffith Park to gaze at Los Angeles from the above or join the Californians on the Santa Monica boardwalk with a full-day rental of a bike or rollerblades. And you don't just have to look at the water, as a whale watching trip is yours if you want it. The complete list of over 40 tours and attractions is included with your Digital Pass. We endeavour to keep our descriptions up to date, however inclusions on sightseeing passes can change without our knowledge. Please check closer to your departure date for the most up to date list of included activities.

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City Sightseeing San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off and Alcatraz Visit - 48 Hour Ticket

The Hop-On Hop-Off Official City Tour begins at Fisherman's Wharf. Heading Downtown, you'll see the Barbary Coast, Embarcadero, and the Ferry Building before you arrive at Union Square. Hop off for some shopping or stay on board to visit the Civic Center area with great views of San Francisco's City Hall, the Opera House, and the Symphony Hall.

The tour continues towards Alamo Square. Stop to admire the Victorian Painted Ladies, then drive through bohemian Haight Ashbury, where you can see the murals and art dedicated to the San Francisco hippie culture. The next stop is Golden Gate Park. Hop off to seek out the Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and the Japanese Tea Gardens. There are miles of hiking trails to explore the diversity of the park. Next up: the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll cross the 1.7-mile bridge with the chance to hop off at North Vista Point to take pictures of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the Goldentour continues into Marin County and stops in Sausalito, where you can hop off the bus, take a stroll, and enjoy lunch by the waterfront.

On the way back to Downtown, you'll pass the Palace of Fine Arts and continue through historic Van Ness Avenue before reaching Chinatown. Then it's back to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, where San Francisco's famous Sea Lions bark a 'welcome back' to you. Your ticket includes a visit to Alcatraz, the infamous prison island. Take the ferry across the Bay for a 45-minute headset-tour inside the prison cellblock before exploring the prison and island at your own pace.

The city tour takes 150 minutes without stops, plus an extra 60 minutes for the Sausalito tour. You can stay on Alcatraz for as long as you choose - ferries return every 30 minutes.

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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off - Classic 1 Day Ticket (Incl. walking tour)

Hop on board a Big Bus Sightseeing Tour of the City by the Bay and catch the best views of its distinctive landmarks and hear live commentary about its history as you go. There are 20 stops all around spectacular San Francisco. You'll see the beautiful parks, architecture you'll recognise from the big screen, and pretty views from an open-top bus. Hop on and off to create a customised journey around the city. Your ticket also includes a choice of four walking tours. Explore either Chinatown, North Beach, Barbary Coast, or Fisherman's Wharf on foot - don't forget to check what time they start. The fun doesn't stop at night - your ticket includes a Night Tour of the city, a panoramic bus tour that starts by climbing historic Nob Hill for a magnificent close up of Grace Cathedral. The bus then makes its way across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island to view the skyline. Back in the city, the tour concludes along the Embarcadero.

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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off - Deluxe 2 Day Ticket (Incl. walking tour)

Hop on board a Big Bus Sightseeing Tour of the City by the Bay and catch the best views of its distinctive landmarks and hear live commentary about its history as you go. There are 20 stops all around spectacular San Francisco. You'll see the beautiful parks, architecture you'll recognise from the big screen, and pretty views from an open-top bus. Hop on and off to create a customised journey around the city. Your ticket also includes a choice of four walking tours. Explore either Chinatown, North Beach, Barbary Coast, or Fisherman's Wharf on foot - don't forget to check what time they start. The fun does't stop at night - your ticket includes a Night Tour of the city, a panoramic bus tour that starts by climbing historic Nob Hill for a magnificent close up of Grace Cathedral. The bus then makes its way across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island to view the skyline. Back in the city, the tour concludes along the Embarcadero.

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