The coastline of Southwest USA is indeed a remarkable place and an absolute magnet for creative types searching for inspiration and like-minded souls. Of course, you don't have to be a writer or a painter or even an actor to enjoy California and from the unique and expansive national parks to the city landmarks that are known the world over, this is an incredible location and a 'must visit' at least once in a lifetime. Big Sur , Pacific swells and some of the best clam chowder you'll ever taste - if you're dreaming of California then welcome to the club.

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  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Cities; San Fran & LA California boasts some of the world's hottest cities in every sense imaginable and no trip is complete without at least checking out San Francisco and Los Angeles . Both cities provide an endless array of things to do and the chance to compare and contrast the landmarks and lifestyles is an enviable prospect. The Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf or the Hollywood sign and Universal Studios? Whatever you're into - these two west-coast heavyweights have got the lot.

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  • Yosemite Valley

    Yosemite National Park Those with weak necks may want to give Yosemite National Park a miss as pretty much 50% of the time you're going to be craning your head skywards as you marvel at those gigantic sequoias. This is an absolute haven for hikers with over 800 miles of recognised trails from which to choose from against a backdrop of waterfalls, canyons and some of the most fantastical forests that you're ever likely to encounter.

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  • Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe As the largest lake of its kind in North America it's no surprise that the shores of Lake Tahoe provide endless biking and hiking trails within a seriously scenic setting. As you'd imagine, water sports are pretty popular too and if it floats then Lake Tahoe's the place to float it. Secret beaches, secluded bays and some of the best fresh water fishing this side of the border, this is always one of the highlights of any California tour.

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  • California Coastline

    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State park If you've never heard of Big Sur then you may be wondering what all the fuss is about however, no sooner as you catch your first glimpse of this incredible stretch of Pacific coastline, you'll fall head-over-heels in love. Start in Carmel (some 100 miles south of San Fran) and follow Highway One southwards through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and you'll discover some quintessential Californian coastal scenery. Basking sea lions, lone cypress trees and the inspirational 17 Mile Drive all make this one of the most indelible images of any trips to California.

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Insider Tip: California Vineyards
Cycling the Vineyards of California

The west coast of America is blessed with an extraordinary blend of sunshine and hillsides which all adds up to an excellent chance to sample some of the local grape varieties within a spectacular setting. There are a whole host of vineyards and wineries throughout California and as this stretch of the States accounts for all but 10% of the country's total wine production you'll be treated to some real tastes to savour. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah are just some of the leading varieties that you'll discover and from taking the chance to sample wine straight from the vineyard to taking a few bottles home to share, this is a splendid way to sample the delights of California.

Tours that visit California


    9 days | USA West | Hotels

    Jun-Sep from


    From the sparkling Lake Tahoe to Yosemite's majestic waterfalls, and from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to the coastal city of Monterey - the numerous hikes and scenic views on this trip will take your breath away!

    Highlights: Lake Tahoe | Yosemite | Monterey

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    3 days | USA West | Camping

    May-Sep from


    Cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains for the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, and on to Yosemite Valley for a full day to explore. Spectacular views, adventurous activities and abundant wildlife awaits you in the amazing National Park!

    Highlights: Lake Tahoe | Yosemite National Park

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    15 days | USA West | Hotels

    May-Sep from


    Supplying comfort and amenities in remote destinations, explore the crowned jewels of America's National Parks. Enjoy active days, scenic landscapes and restful nights in beautiful historic lodges within Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and the Grand Canyon.

    Highlights: Historic Lodges | 7 National Parks

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    12 days | USA West | Camping/Hotels

    Jul-Aug from


    Unwind on the beaches of sunny San Diego before heading out on a western adventure of discovery and fun from Las Vegas to America's favourite national parks; then top it off with the City by the Bay and a day at Universal... that's a wrap!

    Highlights: Yosemite | Grand Canyon | Las Vegas

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    23 days | USA West | Camping

    Jul-Sep from


    The John Muir Trail is one of the finest hikes to be found anywhere in the world. This 23 day tour starts at Yosemite National Park and covers the entire trail past alpine mountains & meadows ending at Mount Whitney.

    Highlights: Tuolume Meadows to Mount Whitney (197 Miles)

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