Luxury California holidays offer a variety of experiences from the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and Hollywood to the natural wilderness of Lake Tahoe and the Yosemite National Park.
Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and an abundance of sightseeing opportunities from the LA skyline to Santa Monica and Carmel to the iconic San Francisco Bay. Other highlights include wine tasting in the wine lands of Santa Barbara and Sacramento and a visit to the Mojave Desert to view the Joshua Tree or aeroplane graveyard.
Epicureans can try out the taste of California, from otter steaks to gelato, where as wine lovers can head to the well known wine country town, Napa. Witness dramatic landscapes such as the Joshua Tree natural park, with its wonderful rock formations and towering Joshua Trees, or be enchanted by the striking views of Death Valley, and how can you not miss out on visiting the famous UNESCO World Heritage site, the Grand Canyon.
From the UK, flight times to LA are around 11 ½ hours, with the state at GMT -8 hours.
Weather in California
The state of California is so vast in length that its climate varies hugely from its northernmost regions of mountains and lakes, to its southern borders with Mexico. The best advice is to pack appropriately for the region you’re visiting; temperatures in the summer in some parts of the state regularly hit over 40ºC, while others remain close to freezing. Because of this California is renowned for being one of the few places where you can sunbathe in the morning and ski in the afternoon!
Luxury California Holidays Fact File
HIGH SEASON June - August
FLIGHT DURATION 11 hours
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester
DIRECT FLIGHTS Yes
COUNTRY COMBINATIONS USA, Caribbean, Mexico and Cruise