California Dreaming – Our Top Ways to See California


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| 4 Nov, 2019

California has long been a destination close to our heart. Quite simply, it is a state where dreams are made and our Inspiring portfolio of California destinations will capture the imagination of the whole family. Discover the unique flavours of ‘The Golden State’, one of America’s biggest cultural melting pots, and bathe yourself in sweet sunshine and star-studded luxury.

There are a staggering number of ways to experience California. You could take a swing at the world-famous Pebble Beach golf course, soak up the rays on the sun-kissed coast, quicken the pulse at magical theme parks or experience the stunning landscapes of one of the most beautiful places known to man – from alpine mountain ranges, to arid deserts and luscious redwood forests, California never fails to impress. Read on to discover some of our favourite ways to enjoy this incredible state.

If you’re seeking a feeling of exclusivity and luxury that is usually reserved for the stars then you’ve come to the right place. California is synonymous with glitz, glamour, and luxury. Unrivalled shopping, world-class eateries, vibrant night-life, and the sun-honeyed wineries in Napa and Sonoma make the Golden State a hotbed of celebrity culture. From the chic Viceroy L’Hermitage Hotel nestled amongst the iconic treelined streets of Beverly Hills, to the striking Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, and experiential adults-only Venata Hotel overlooking sublime Big Sur, our Luxury California Collection proves that splendour comes in many guises in the Golden State.

Away from the built up cities and bustling crowds the Californian landscape is a spirograph of natural beauty unlike anywhere else. If exploring unspoilt vistas and walking amongst rare species fuels your passion for travel then California’s multitude of national parks will give you enough adventurous options to last a lifetime. Every year millions flock to Yosemite to witness the splendour of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Similarly, Joshua Tree, home to peculiar trees, and Death Valley, known for blistering heat, have made themselves ever-present in pop-culture, while the rushing rivers and towering treelines found in Redwood, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have to be seen to be believed.

It is not only the national parks that bring you closer to California’s inspiring panoramas - the epic Highway One spans the length of California’s majestic coastline and drives many tourists toward adventure. Who can say they haven’t imagined themselves cruising down the sun-drenched Californian highway, feeling the wind in their hair and hearing the roar of an engine? Passing through Monterey, with its world-renowned Pebble Beach golf course, you will find unmissable whale watching and water-sports. Then from Santa Barbara’s marvellous Mediterranean-style coastline, aptly nicknamed ‘the American Riviera’, to the laid-back surf culture of Laguna Beach and pristine turquoise waters of Carlsbad, you will follow in the footsteps of countless artists who have found inspiration on the California coast.

California’s dramatic scenery is also a wonderland for family activities. Whether you’re playing on golden sands, learning to surf, horse-back riding, or driving dune buggies, unforgettable memories are guaranteed for all ages. Idyllic nature trails are the perfect place to expose young minds to the beauty of our planet and the wildlife that shares it with us. For a faster paced activity, thrill-seeking families will find several exciting theme parks packed with incredible experiences including Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Knotts Berry Farm – America’s first theme park. No matter what type of family getaway you’re looking for, California guarantees memories that will last a lifetime.

With so many ways to experience the Golden State it would take a lifetime to see all that California has to offer, so why not start looking today? Call our Travel Specialists for more insight, recommendations and help to tailor-make your next luxury holiday to California.