California Holidays

California, here we come

You might think you've been prepared for California: you've seen lots of films set in the Golden State after all. But the truth is that nothing is comparable to the real thing - to walk among the skaters in Venice Beach, to explore San Francisco's Chinatown or to drive through groves of giant sequoias in Sierra Nevada.

Top California Holidays

Holidays to California

The natural beauty of California is unparalleled. From the Lassen Volcanic National Park with its otherworldly volcanic landscapes, exuberant forests and lakes, to the dramatic coasts of Big Sur - the place to find smugglers' coves, picturesque lighthouses and even a colony of elephant seals.

Of course, one cannot talk about California without mentioning its trademark sport. As the song goes... If everybody had an ocean/ Across the USA/ Then everybody'd be surfin'/ Like Californ-I-A. Surfing was invented in Hawaii, but popularised in California. Indeed, some of the best beaches for this sport are dotted across the 1100 miles of publicly accessible shoreline in California. Take Mavericks, Redondo, Santa Monica, Zuma Beach, Topanga Point or Venice Beach Pier, just to name a few. Yes, that's Surfing USA.

Family holidays in California are also highly recommended. A trip to Yosemite National Park will give you the chance to spot a black bear in the distance, cool off in scenic river pools or have a picnic in the shade of the tallest sequoia trees you've ever seen. Can you think of anything better for your children? Maybe Disneyland? Well, this incredible theme park is in California too.

Are we forgetting anything? Hollywood, perhaps? The most popular cinema is quintessentially Californian: big, lush, sunny and with a happy ending. You'll feel like the main character in a road movie when visiting California and you can even enjoy the views of the legendary Hollywood Sign from Mulholland Drive. Check out some of our California holidays below.

Special offers

West Hollywood

1 Hotel West Hollywood

5* out of 5 stars

Live the high lux life with beautifully appointed rooms, decadent eateries and an out of this world rooftop pool and lounge in the heart of the coolest spot in Los Angeles.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,724 per person

West Hollywood

Petit Ermitage

4.5* out of 5 stars

  • Resort Fees Included

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,040 per person

West Hollywood

Andaz West Hollywood

5* out of 5 stars

The landmark Andaz hotel famously played host to a number of rock 'n' roll legends down through the years but is now elegance and sophistication personified

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,203 per person

Santa Monica

Shutters on the Beach

5* out of 5 stars

Achieve total coastal luxury at this sophisticated Santa Monica resort with Pacific Ocean view swimming pool, restaurants and accommodation.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,066 per person

Santa Monica

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

5* out of 5 stars

Situated on five lush acres overlooking the Pacific Coast, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows delivers luxury accommodation, plus a high-spec health club and spa.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,525 per person

Beverly Hills

Cameo Beverly Hills

4* out of 5 stars

  • Stay 5 Pay 4

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,131 per person

Beverly Hills

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

4* out of 5 stars

Follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty, and find out what it's like to stay in a hotel of genuine reputation at this AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star winner.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,898 per person

Beverly Hills

Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

5* out of 5 stars

Perfectly located at the top of Rodeo Drive, this 5-star accommodation offers unrivalled luxury in the heart of Los Angeles.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,087 per person

Hollywood

The Garland

4* out of 5 stars

  • Free shuttle to Universal Studios
  • Resort Fees Included

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,094 per person

LA Beaches

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

4.5* out of 5 stars

Beachfront idyll on the Pacific coast, with a sense of Spanish villa meets contemporary Cali cool. Enjoy a swimming pool complex, capacious spa and six restaurants.

5 nights Room Only including British Airways flights from £1,212 per person

LA Beaches

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

4* out of 5 stars

Set on 26 acres of lush greenery, this Newport Beach hotel offers 2 adult-only pools, a family pool with a waterslide and a 9-hole golf course.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,124 per person

San Francisco

The Fairmont, San Francisco

5* out of 5 stars

Nothing short of exquisite, The Fairmont, San Francisco in popular Nob Hill, is the city's most recognisable 5 star hotel, and an experience in luxury like no other.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,107 per person

San Francisco

Argonaut Hotel

5* out of 5 stars

Located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, Argonaut Hotel offers the perfect base from which to explore the city's vibrant culture, history, and attractions.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,016 per person

San Francisco

Hotel Zoe, San Francisco

4* out of 5 stars

Hotel Zoe, San Francisco is a warm and hospitable hotel that offers a great welcome and lies just a few steps from all the delightful attractions of the city's famous Fisherman’s Wharf.

5 nights Room Only including United Airlines flights from £988 per person

San Francisco

Hotel Zeppelin

4* out of 5 stars

An avant garde hotel, designed to reflect San Francisco’s progressive and unconventional culture. The bohemian-style guest rooms come with vintage working turntables and a selection of vinyls.

5 nights Room Only including United Airlines flights from £845 per person

San Francisco

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa

4* out of 5 stars

  • Stay 4 Pay 3

5 nights Room Only including United Airlines flights from £1,179 per person

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Useful information

  • Local time GMT (-7)
  • Currency US Dollar ($)
  • Language English
  • Location Western USA
  • Flying time 10 hours & 55 minutes

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