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California

Mark and David's verdict:

Three times the size of England, with wild Pacific rollers, monumental national parks (more than any other US state), stunning scenic drives, two of the country's most thrilling cities, deserts, forests and internationally-acclaimed vineyards, California cries out to be explored.

Recommended tour operator: American Sky

American Sky says

California is a true year-round destination. We love its diverse and vibrant cities, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the vineyards and world-class restaurants of Sonoma and Napa Valley, the spectacular National Parks such as Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree.

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  • Fly-drive options
  • Tailormade itineraries

We offer a range of holidays to suit all budgets and interests including independent fly-drive itineraries, escorted tours, motorhome rental and rail tours.

One of the most popular holidays is our California Winelands self-drive tour which takes in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Valley in a leisurely itinerary. We hand-pick hotels for you to stay in each night with top tips on places and experiences not to be missed such as a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train and a foodie walking trail in San Francisco.

Operating between April and October, our Best of California tour is a nine-day luxury escorted coach trip with all the bells and whistles. You will visit San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park and Santa Barbara with some incredible experiences included. Your expert tour guide will take you to the Dolby Theatre (home to the Oscars), Hearst Castle and a tasting visit to LA’s historic Farmers Market.

On our one-week Northern California guided tour, it’s all about the great outdoors – the ultimate experience for nature lovers. Experience San Francisco, the Napa Valley Wine Train, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, Carmel and the famous Redwood trees.

Scenic rides on Amtrak’s famous Coast Starlight and the Pacific Surfliner trains are highlights of our Discover America’s West independent rail tour; travel from Vancouver to San Diego via Monterey, Carmel, Los Angeles and Anaheim (home to Disneyland).

Our expert team will help you find the right holiday for you, and we will tailor-make your itinerary for the perfect fit. Discover our full range of holidays in California and our latest USA special offers.

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