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From the misty redwood forests and gently rolling vineyards of the north to the sweeping deserts and sun-kissed beaches of the south, California’s diversity makes it one of the most exciting states to visit in the whole of the USA.
If America has an answer to Tuscany then the celebrated wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma are it, where the quality of the vintages is easily matched by the excellent calibre of the hotels and restaurants. Away to the east, shimmering in shades of green and blue, is spectacular Lake Tahoe, a lure for watersports enthusiasts in summer and skiers in winter. To the south, the natural attractions of Yosemite National Park have become icons of the American landscape, from El Capitan, the largest single granite rock on earth, to Yosemite Falls and magnificent Half Dome.
Below wine country lies the City by the Bay, sensational San Francisco, home to vintage cable cars, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. The city also marks the start of one of the world’s greatest road trips – 500 miles of breathtaking seascapes along America’s dream drive, the Pacific Coast Highway, from San Francisco to San Diego. An uncontested highlight is the astonishing stretch of coast from Monterey to San Simeon, a serpentine ribbon of highway winding hundreds of feet above the roaring Pacific through the wilds of Big Sur. From here it’s on to the ‘American Riviera’, stylish Santa Barbara, before setting your sights on the Hollywood hills and the glamour of LA.
Los Angeles has something for everyone, from the designer boutiques of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and the carnival-esque amusements of Santa Monica, to the family attractions of Universal Studios Hollywood and nearby Disneyland Resort. Yet it’s not the only city worth stopping at in the south. Lost in the desert, the oasis town of Palm Springs is a much-loved retreat of the Hollywood elite, while stylish San Diego offers beautiful broad beaches, a world-famous zoo and safari park, and one of the most exciting downtown areas in America.
Housed in an historic red-brick warehouse, this boutique hotel is just steps from Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39. A nautical theme brings genuine charm without sliding into kitsch, with vintage steamer trunks [...]
With impressive views of both the city and the bay, Fairmont San Francisco occupies a coveted spot atop well-heeled Nob Hill, near the only spot where each of the city’s cable car lines meet. The 606 rooms range from standard d [...]
This boutique hotel is romantic and stylish in equal measure. Rooms are ideal to cosy up in with feather beds and fine linens, oversized fireplaces and exquisite bathrooms with jetted tubs and steam showers. Suites step things up [...]
Situated on a 250-acre estate and a proud member of Relais & Châteaux, Meadowood Napa Valley has been one of California wine country’s leading retreats for over half a century. Known for its sophisticated elegance and unsu [...]
This grand dame of Monterey Bay isn’t just by the bay, it’s been built right over its crashing surf, deep in the heart of Cannery Row. Stand on the balcony of an ocean-view room here and you could be on a cruise ship, with th [...]
A place for wine lovers, families and outdoor enthusiasts alike, Carmel Valley Ranch sits on a hill with its facilities spread across 500 acres of Central Coast wine country, complete with rivers, lakes, forests and vineyards. Th [...]
Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, 1,200 feet above the Pacific and encircled by mountains and towering redwoods, this boutique bolthole commands possibly the most dramatic location of any hotel on the California coast. Each of it [...]
This year-round destination offers scenic beauty and adventure in abundance. In winter it’s a ski lover’s dream, with a ski-in/ski-out location, a daily après-ski hour with champagne and oysters, marshmallow toasting around [...]
With a clifftop position halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is about as close to the Pacific Ocean as you can get – it’s quite possible you’ll see dolphins leaping out of the water r [...]
This elegant hilltop hideaway could scarcely feel more different from Los Angeles, just a 90-minute drive away. For starters, no road is either visible or audible, and from the moment you walk in you’re immediately met by views [...]
Set right at the heart of Beverly Hills where the Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards meet, this elegant Art Deco-inspired hotel opened in 2017 and represents the very best in California luxury. Rooms and suites are effortlessly [...]
The backdrop to Pretty Woman and the setting for Wolfgang Puck’s Michelin-starred steakhouse CUT, this Italian Renaissance masterpiece is one of the most famous hotels in America. The elegant 1920s building is divided into two [...]
As one of only two luxury hotels on the beach in Santa Monica, Shutters offers breathtaking ocean views in a beach-house setting that combines the barefoot ease of the west coast with the elegance of Cape Cod and the north-east. [...]
Perched on a coastal bluff with white-sand beaches below, Montage Laguna Beach fuses excellent amenities with genuine warmth and character. Proximity to the beach and ocean is one of the main attractions and guestrooms, suites an [...]
Sitting atop a bluff overlooking Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers sweeping desert views, fine dining and one of the best spas in the area. Rooms and suites are elegantly decorated in d [...]
` Having recently emerged from a $400 million renovation, this landmark hotel just keeps on getting better. Popular among celebrities and beach-loving families for over 130 years, The Del is ideally located on the powdery white sa [...]
The very first Pendry to open, this fashionable hotel is located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, close to downtown attractions and an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and nightlife. Not that you need to leave the [...]
The St. Regis San Francisco is located in the vibrant SoMa district. Rooms and suites range from Superior and Deluxe guestrooms to the Presidential Suite, all boasting luxury features and partial or expansive views of picturesque [...]
Occupying an historic landmark building, this property is a sophisticated urban retreat within the renowned Nob Hill neighbourhood. Luxurious rooms and suites boast a timeless elegance, while the all-inclusive Ritz-Carlton Club L [...]
Set right on the waterfront on Cannery Row, just a block from the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and only six miles from Pebble Beach Golf Course, the location of this luxury hotel and spa is certainly tough to beat. It even has it [...]
The Viceroy Santa Monica fuses classic sophistication with a contemporary chic style to create a modern boutique hotel. Light airy rooms and oceanview suites are elegantly furnished to offer guests high levels of comfort and spac [...]
Experience smooth glamour and laid-back style at The London West Hollywood, located within easy reach of the world-famous Rodeo Drive and many other hotspots. Large open-plan suites provide chic contemporary living with interiors [...]
Experience a sense of old Hollywood with a stay at this iconic boutique retreat, hidden away in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs. Dating back to 1936, this intimate and exclusive property is the perfect choice for couples and h [...]
A leisurely retreat tucked away on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, this Mediterranean-inspired all-suite property boasts 52 sophisticated Suites and Villas each with a private garden patio. Experience the ‘farm-to-ta [...]
Situated on 400 acres in a coastal canyon 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by an exclusive golf course, this resort captures the elegance of an old-world Mediterranean estate. Expect signature charm, impeccable servi [...]
Positioned in the heart of dynamic downtown San Diego at the foot of the lively Gaslamp Quarter, THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel is home to 270 rooms and opulent suites all tastefully decorated with effortless elegance. A [...]
Located near to the West entrance of Yosemite National Park, this new lodge boasts a contemporary yet rustic style. A collection of 143 lodge rooms, suites, and hillside villas all feature a deck with forest vistas plus many boas [...]
Known for its rustic architecture and exquisite interior design, The Ahwahnee’s exterior has been designed to complement its natural surroundings. Stay in comfortable guestrooms, cosy cottage rooms or spacious suites, looking o [...]
Set just 2 miles from the South entrance of the park, experience the wide-open wonder of Yosemite while staying in the comfort of an alpine-style resort. Spacious rooms and suites mirror the tranquil natural surroundings, while f [...]
British Airways from Heathrow to San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose
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American Airlines from Heathrow to Los Angeles
Find your place in the heart of California with this amazing itinerary, starting in San Francisco and ending in Monterey. Sightsee and shop in the City by the Bay, ride the cable cars and get a glimpse ‘behind bars’ at […]
Three iconic cities, the rolling vineyards of the Central Coast, and the chance to drive arguably the finest coast road in the world all combine perfectly to create this classic road trip from San Francisco in the north to San […]
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