Postcards of California

8 day Self Drive with flights - from £1,599

Los Angeles | Santa Barbara | Monterey | Yosemite | San Francisco

Embark on an incredible journey through the stunning state of California, beginning your adventure in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles, where you can experience the sun, sand, and surf at Santa Monica and Venice beaches, as well as explore the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. From there, head up the coast to the charming seaside town of Santa Barbara, with its famous mission and palm-lined walkways, before continuing to the quaint village of Monterey, famous for its Cannery Row and world-class aquarium.

Next, venture into the breath-taking natural beauty of Yosemite National Park, where you can marvel at towering cliffs, crystal-clear waterfalls, and ancient sequoia trees. Finally, cap off your journey in the enchanting city on the bay, San Francisco, where you can visit Fisherman's Wharf, take a ferry to Sausalito, and enjoy stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 8 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 7 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 8 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Los Angeles, California

    Hotel: Shore Hotel 4*

    Upon arrival in the stunning city of Los Angeles, collect your rental car and embark on an exciting exploration of the metropolis. With an abundance of attractions to visit, from the sandy beaches of Santa Monica and Venice to the iconic Walk of Fame in Hollywood and a plethora of world-renowned museums, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in this vibrant city.

  • Day 2

    Santa Barbara, California - 85 Miles

    Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort 4*

    Embark on an idyllic journey by starting your day with a scenic drive through Santa Monica and the renowned beaches of Malibu. Continue northwards along the coast to Santa Barbara, a charming seaside community boasting its famous mission and picturesque palm-lined walkways. Take a leisurely stroll or rent a bike to explore the harbour and wharf areas further. Moving on, California's Central Coast offers an array of quintessential beach towns, waiting to be discovered. Spend the night in the heart of this picturesque region and experience its charm and beauty.

  • Day 3

    Monterey, California - 235 Miles

    Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey 4*

    As you head north, near San Luis Obispo, join the celebrated Highway 1, recognized as one of the most picturesque roadways in the United States. Revel in the breath-taking views of the rugged coastline and the Pacific Ocean while taking a drive on the 17-Mile Scenic Drive, which winds through the renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. Explore the picturesque village of Carmel and the delightful seaside town of Monterey, where you can soak up the coastal charm and quaint ambiance.

  • Day 4

    Yosemite National Park, California - 182 Miles

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite 4*

    Begin your day with an early start, crossing the agricultural Central Valley of California before ascending into the majestic mountains of the Sierra Nevada range. Follow Highway 49 and venture south through California Gold Country, retracing the footsteps of thousands of gold seekers during the iconic gold rush of 1849. Even today, this region's streams and creeks are popular among gold panning enthusiasts. Finally, head towards Yosemite National Park and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of this magnificent destination.

    Spend an entire day exploring the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park, which showcases some of the most stunning scenery in the world. The park boasts a splendid collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests, including groves of giant sequoias. Be awestruck by the colossal granite domes and cliffs that tower thousands of feet above the valley floor. The park's most famous landmarks, the massive glacial-shaped rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome, command a majestic presence and watch over the valley with their timeless beauty.

  • Day 6

    San Francisco, California - 203 Miles

    Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square 4*

    Today, leave Yosemite and set off towards the captivating city on the bay. As you embark on this picturesque journey, you'll be greeted by stunning vistas along the way, leading you straight into the heart of San Francisco, where you'll be based for the next two days.

    Spend a full day at your leisure, discovering the enchanting "City by the Bay." We highly recommend allocating time to visit Fisherman's Wharf and taking a ferry to Sausalito, which offers a unique perspective of the San Francisco skyline, making for a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon.

  • Day 8

    Depart San Francisco, California

    Take the morning to enjoy a final stroll around the City by the Bay before returning your rental car at the airport in preparation for your scheduled departure flight.

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