BY TIM HEDGLEY, GROUP TRAVEL EDITOR
Are you searching for the ultimate road trip? American Holidays has the perfect package for you. Experience the best of the West Coast and enjoy a scenic road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, visiting some of California’s best destinations along the way, including Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.
Book your Californian road trip with peace of mind with American Holidays’ Book and Travel with Confidence promise. All new bookings come with a refund guarantee, up to 3 free amendments, and free cancellation up 45 days before departure, should your holiday be affected by COVID-19. Terms apply.What’s Included
- Flights from Dublin to San Francisco, and return from Los Angeles
- 12 nights in hotel accommodation
- 9 days fully inclusive car hire
- Based on two adults sharing, traveling October 2021
- Quote Ref 52538847
What To Look Forward ToBegin your adventure in San Francisco, famous for its old-style cable cars and steep hills. With three days to spend here, there is plenty of time to explore Fisherman’s Wharf, home to an eclectic mix of shops and some of the best seafood restaurants in town, located on a beautiful waterfront setting.
Learn about the history of America’s most famous prison, Alcatraz, and enjoy incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge on the ferry ride from Pier 33.Explore some of San Francisco’s bustling neighbourhoods, such as elegant Nob Hill, buzzy Chestnut Street and the Marina, chilled out Haight and historic Castro, via the city’s historic F Line streetcar.
Take a stroll around Union Square, a 2.6-acre public plaza in downtown San Francisco, offering plenty of dining and home to best-loved American and international fashion brands.Your road trip will continue from San Francisco, driving down the famous Pacific Coast Highway with breathtaking scenery and intriguing stops in picturesque seaside towns and villages.From here, you will visit the fertile soils of Napa Valley and Sonoma, one of the world’s most iconic wine regions, famous for its Los Carneros wine.
Make memories to last a lifetime by eating at top-rated restaurants, from Michelin starred to farm-to-table, or travelling up through the clouds with a balloon ride.
The following two days will take you to the glimmering Lake Tahoe. With dozens of beaches and 39 trillion gallons of water to enjoy, this is the perfect destination to experience the great outdoors.
Spend time swimming in the waters, rent canoes or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Lake Tahoe is also home to several spectacular horse riding, cycling and hiking trails, with something to suit all levels.
The jaw-dropping Yosemite National Park will be your next stop. Renowned for its rushing waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows and ancient giant sequoias, it’s easy to see why this is one of America’s most famous national parks. Spend time Kayaking the icy waters of the Merced River, take trail rides deep into the park or hike one of the many trails and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
From here, you will pay a visit to Monterey, the perfect coastal destination to continue your road trip.
Pay a visit to Pinnacles National Park, offering a range of walking trails suitable for all levels. Enjoy some downtime at the beach or get up close and personal with Californian marine life on a whale watching tour. Explore the ocean even further from the comfort of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the most admired aquarium in the United States. Feeling peckish?
Take a stroll down Cannery Row, home to numerous tasty restaurants, souvenir shops and entertainment.Next up on your California road trip is San Luis Obispo. Here, you can explore Elfin Forest, a 1.5-mile boardwalk meandering through the beautiful coastal woods.
San Luis Obispo is home to several beautiful beaches where you can enjoy the sunny Californian weather, such as Morro Bay or Pismo Beach. From here, pay a visit to the vibrant Santa Barbara, known for its broad, sandy beaches and the perfect wave. No trip to Santa Barbara is complete without dining in one of the great local restaurants, focusing on farm-to-fork cuisine to ensure you enjoy the best in local food and wine.
Lastly, your road trip adventure will end with a fantastic three-day Hollywood experience in Los Angeles. Live your L.A. dream where you can shop ‘til you drop on Rodeo Drive, spot celebrities in Beverly Hills and watch the sunset from the incredible grounds of Getty Observatory. Famous for its beaches, palm trees, and year-round good weather, take time to soak up the sun during the last few days on the golden shores of Malibu and Santa Monica Pier.
Enjoy the thriving restaurant scene and experience the vibrant nightlife of West Hollywood, ending your West Coast road trip in style.Experience all of this and more on an unforgettable Californian road trip with American Holidays from €2,089pp/£1,768pp.
Remember, this is just a selection of what’s on offer!Our travel experts are on hand to help you create your dream holiday. Call American Holidays Dublin on 01 6733800 and Belfast on 028 90 511800 and talk to us about these offers.For more information visit www.americanholidays.com