USA: Coastal California
Make your California dreams a reality with this classic self-drive itinerary between eclectic San Francisco and dazzling Los Angeles. Cruise through picture-perfect coastal towns and soak up the rugged scenery as you hug the Pacific Coast Highway, making frequent stops to take in the spectacular marine life, wineries and dramatic landscapes.
Your holiday includes:
- International flights.
- 7 nights in 4-5* hotels & hand-picked local gems.
- 7 days car hire^.
- Bridge to Bridge cruise in San Francisco.
- Hollywood city pass.
- ^A one-way fee applies for the car hire in this Journey in July & August; please ask us for details.
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Day 1:Fly from Dublin to San Francisco and check into your hotel.
Day 2: San FranciscoThis laid-back city is brimming with culture and diversity - climb the many hills for fabulous views of the city’s varied architecture and the glittering expanse of San Francisco Bay below. Walk or cycle across Golden Gate Bridge, 2.7km of art deco construction and one of the wonders of the modern world, and take a cruise to see it from afar. Back in town, head for union square – stop for cocktails, dine in style, hit the shops or just watch the world go by over a coffee. For something more distinctive watch the sea lions frolic on Pier 39, or take a ferry over to legendary Alcatraz, home to the now-abandoned maximum-security prison where Al Capone was once incarcerated.
2 nights at the 4* Pier 2620 Fisherman's Wharf
Bridge to Bridge Cruise
Day 3: MontereyToday your America road trip really kicks off as you pick up your car and drive to the seaside town of Monterey on the central coast of California, where the beautiful coastline offers exhilarating kayaking, surfing and scuba diving trips. Or, for the more sedate, perhaps a round of golf or just a relaxing afternoon lounging on the beach. Monterey’s renowned aquarium is well worth a visit – here you can observe the twice-daily penguin feeding time and delight at the adorable sea otters.
1 night at the 5* Hyatt Regency Monterey
Day 4: San SimeonDrive along the spectacularly rugged coastline at Big Sur to San Simeon, a small coastal town on the Pacific Coast. Here, dream-like Hearst Castle, a fantasy 20th century mansion, is just outside town and top of most people’s to-do lists. San Simeon is also your gateway to migrating Gray Whales, California Sea Otters and some of California's finest vineyards and wineries.
1 night at the 3* Best Western Cavalier Ocean Front Resort
Day 5: Santa BarbaraSoak up the laid-back atmosphere in affluent Santa Barbara. Come for fine wines, warm sunshine and the fresh Pacific air, and don’t forget to try the wide assortment of artisanal produce on offer. The blue sky, sun and whitewashed houses combine to give a Mediterranean feel, so take a stroll around town, and indulge in a fine wine or two overlooking the glorious surrounding mountains and rolling hills.
1 nights at the 4* Hyatt Santa Barbara
Days 6–7: Los AngelesSeek out Hollywood royalty as you arrive in glittering Los Angeles, a city like no other. Head for the palm-lined streets and soak up the vibrancy of the LA lifestyle as you rub shoulders with the stars in glitzy Tinseltown, or check out the exclusive fashion stores on Rodeo Drive. Ride the rollercoasters in the plentiful theme parks or pose with the sun-kissed on the beach, dreaming of your name in lights. Outside town, the many hiking and biking trails may tempt you. With glamourous bars and restaurants serving every cuisine under the sun, LA is a great spot to indulge at the end of a fabulous trip.
2 nights at the 4* Andaz West Hollywood
Hollywood City Pass
Days 8–9:Depart Los Angeles and return to Dublin.
- San Francisco - 4* Pier 2620 Fisherman's Wharf.
- Monterey - 5* Hyatt Regency Monterey.
- San Simeon - 3* Best Western Cavalier Ocean Front.
- Santa Barbara - 4* Hyatt Santa Barbara.
- Los Angeles - 4* Andaz West Hollywood.
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