With its spectacular coastal roads and inland highways, alongside buzzing cities, gourmet food and drink and stunning scenery everywhere you look, California is perfect for an iconic self-drive road trip. Whether you’re going up the famous Highway One, taking in LA and San Francisco and sampling some of the region's finest wines by dropping in on the world-famous wineries of the Napa Valley along the way, or exploring incredible national parks such as Yosemite, California has something for everyone for a truly memorable USA holiday. Here are our favourite road trips to give you some inspiration.
Take in the gems of California on this quintessential highlights trip- travelling on the iconic Highway One to San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, as well as enjoying a dose of the natural wonderland that is Yosemite.
It would be a mistake to go to California and not make the most of its well-deserved reputation as a mouth-watering food and wine destination. On this gourmet self-drive holiday, set off from San Francisco and head to the world-famous wine region of Napa Valley- and while you're there, enjoy Michelin-starred dining at the acclaimed French Laundry.
See some of the USA’s most stunning national parks on this self-drive adventure, taking in Yosemite, Sequoia and Joshua Tree, as well as the bustling cities of LA, San Diego and Palm Springs- and you’ll also get to pop to the Napa Valley for fine wine and beautiful scenery.
With its endless variety and eternal sunshine, California is perfect for a honeymoon. How about a self-drive honeymoon from San Francisco to LA, visiting some tempting vineyards along the way? Or start your holiday by trying your luck in the casinos and taking in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas before you drive from Las Vegas to California- combining city culture, laidback beach lifestyle and the panoramic landscapes of Yosemite.
Twin California with Fiji on this combination holiday- see the dramatic sights of the USA’s west coast at your own pace by car, before enjoying some blissful beach relaxation in Fiji- or combine a Californian road trip with Mexico- after exploring the best of the USA's west coast, head to Mexico for a cruise, followed by chilling out on the beach in luxurious style, for an idyllic end to your holiday or honeymoon.