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Cruise America - Southern California Highlights Holiday

Cruise America - Southern California Highlights

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See the turquoise waters of Carmel and Monterey

Los Angeles, San Simeon, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon, Death Valley & Sequoia National Parks, Barstow, San Diego, Newport Beach

Includes return Economy airfares

15 days adult price from £1,099pp including flights and hotels

Explore Southern California under your own steam with a little help from Cruise America and their fleet of spacious motorhomes. more »
Put pedal to the medal down Highway 1, stopping off in San Simeon, Monterey, Carmel and San Francisco – to name a few. There’s plenty of time to get out from behind the wheel on this epic journey too, especially when hiking around the majestic Yosemite National Park.

What's included

  • An itinerary that takes in Southern California’s motoring highlights
  • Direct international flights
  • 2 nights in a 4* hotel
  • 11 nights’ motorhome rental
  • Includes Mileage pack.
  • BONUS: 1 FREE Vehicle Provisioning Kit
  • Airport to hotel transfer
15 days from £1,099pp
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What to expect

  • Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
  • See the turquoise waters of Carmel and Monterey
  • Explore Yosemite National Park
  • Soak up the sights of San Francisco

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Need to know

  • Arrives: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Time difference: GMT-7
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA), available online
  • Language: English
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Flying time from UK: around 11 hours
  • Plug type: 2 flat pins
  • Voltage: 120V

Your Example Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from the UK to Los Angeles

Day 2

Los Angeles

Tick off all the Los Angeles sights: the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, window shopping on Rodeo Drive and embracing your inner child at Disneyland or Universal Studios.

Included in this price:
Garland Hotel

Day 4

San Simeon

Heading north along the Pacific coastline, you’ll cruise towards San Simeon, a pretty town famed for the billionaire-built Hearst Castle – a dramatic National Historic Landmark that dates back to 1865. Perhaps take the time to discover the wonder and grandeur of its opulent social rooms on a 60-minute Grand Rooms Tour. Or why not head to the beach? The silica here is wild, beautiful and, at points, populated by elephant seals. The Piedras Blancas Rookery is the best place to witness these unusual creatures in their natural, beachside habitat.

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Days 5-6

San Francisco

Set a course for the City by the Bay, maybe stopping off at the postcard-worthy towns of Carmel and Monterey en route. Park up at your campsite, just 15 miles from the city, and catch the bus to the centre. We recommend hiring a bike and cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge, riding the historic cable cars, picking up some shopping in Union Square, dining in Fisherman’s Wharf and touring Alcatraz Island (but book your tickets at least a month in advance). If you liked the elephant seals in San Simeon, then you’ll love the lively sea lions at Pier 39.

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Days 7-8

Yosemite National Park

Now to head inland. Just three hours from San Francisco you’ll find the mighty Yosemite, one of the USA’s first national parks and also one of the most popular. Take a hike along the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls, gaze upon the reflections of Mirror Lake, or soak up the vistas from Tunnel View and Glacier Point – you’ll quickly see why four million people flock here every year.

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Day 9

Kings Canyon, Death Valley & Sequoia National Parks

Diverting south, you’ll admire the scenery of three more national parks. It’s hard not to be impressed by the towering mountains and deep canyons of Kings Canyon and Sequoia, not to mention the world’s largest trees, nestled in a giant sequoia grove. Both parks are also packed with wildlife; keep your eyes peeled for American black bears and bighorn sheep. Death Valley couldn’t be more different – expect arid desertscapes, cracked salt flats and scientist-defying rocks at The Racetrack.

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Day 10


Continue through the Sierra Nevada and the comparatively flatter Mojave Desert, before stopping off in the town of Barstow for the night. Here you can get some retail therapy in either of the two outlet malls, or check out some local culture – we highly recommend the Barstow Route 66 Mother Road Museum and the Mojave River Valley Museum.

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Days 11-12

San Diego

Get back to beachside living at San Diego’s Campland on the Bay. When you’re not unwinding, sinking your toes into the sand, head for some of the city’s best sights. Spy more than 650 different species at the San Diego Zoo, stroll along the waterfront and explore the 1,200 acres of gardens and open green spaces at Balboa Park.

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Day 13

Newport Beach

Spend the last day of your Cruise America adventure in Newport Beach – a place of surf, sun, sea and sand. In fact, it’s often regarded as one of the best places to surf in the world, so grab your board and get ready to catch a wave or two. If you prefer a more sedentary style, perhaps hit the shops, indulge in a spa treatment or stay for one of the region’s many events: we particularly love the Newport Beach Film Festival held in April/May.

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Days 14-15

Return to Los Angeles and fly back to the UK.

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