California Holidays

California is one of America’s most popular holiday destinations but also full of hidden gems you would never expect. In 2024/2025  your California holiday could take you to the towering peaks of Yosemite National Park, the picturesque coastline and iconic pier of Santa Monica, the golden sands of Santa Barbara and Malibu, the perfect golf courses and peaceful tranquillity of Palm Springs, the exotic wildlife of San Diego, the vibrant Silicone Valley city of San Jose, the culture-filled city of San Francisco, the iconic shopping district in Los Angeles and even the infamous, magical Disneyland California! 

There is just so much to do in California that planning it may seem impossible; that is where we come in! Charter Travel’s California holiday specialists will be able to plan the perfect itinerary for your 2024/2025  California holiday. No dream is too big or too small; from visiting Disneyland California for 2 days whilst on a layover in Los Angeles on your way to Hawaii, to a West Coast California road trip full of interesting sights, stops and things to do! 

California Road Trips are especially memorable as there are so many beautiful places in California to see. For example, starting in San Diego would allow you to visit the infamous San Diego Zoo, some of the many interesting museums and also explore the beautiful parks and gardens. Heading north, your next stop could be in California’s Palm Springs where you would enjoy the city’s tranquil atmosphere: from the beautiful hidden waterfall tucked in the Tahquitz Canyon, to the many small boutique hotels offering relaxing and ‘off the grid’ experiences. Your next destination would be Los Angeles, the perfect place to celebrity spot, enjoy some shopping, walk the iconic pathway at Venice Beach, eat in some of America’s most famous restaurants like NOBU and, after a short drive, even relax on the beaches of Malibu. From Los Angeles you can also drive out to Santa Monica and see the infamous Santa Monica Pier, home to rides, restaurants, and fabulous views! Visits to LA are also the perfect opportunity to visit Disneyland California in Anaheim – Walt Disney World Orlando is a true favourite of our customers, and we highly recommend anyone visiting the LA area to spend a few days at Disneyland California and ride the iconic Disneyland Pixar Pal-A-Round (or Mickey’s Fun Wheel as it was formerly known).

Continuing north, your next stop would be the gorgeous Santa Barbara where you can try delicious fresh seafood at Stearns Wharf before checking into the oldest hotel in Santa Barbara, El Encanto, and relaxing in the wonderful infinity pool overlooking the sea and the incredible spa. Sticking to the coast, your next stop will be at San Jose but on your way, you will drive past the legendary Big Sur and the idyllic towns in Monterey Bay such as Pacific Grove, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Monterey and more as you head north. These towns are home to beautiful blue waters, quaint shops and restaurants and picture-perfect coastline that we highly recommend stopping at and enjoying for a few hours (or even days). After Monterey Bay your 2024/2025 California road trip will take you slightly inland to San Jose where you can check out the San Jose Flea Market for some unique finds (it is the largest of its kind in California). Whilst in San Jose you’ll want to stock up on some snacks as your next destination will be over 3 hours inland: Yosemite National Park! Yosemite National Park is full of iconic landmarks you’ll not want to miss: Half Dome is one of the best sights to see at the Yosemite National Park and can be viewed from many points, Yosemite Falls is another amazing part of the landscape that cannot be missed, and the lower 2 falls can be accessed easily by hiking, El Capitan is a third integral feature of Yosemite National Park that can be hiked (though only by those with experience!) or admired from afar and below. There are so many amazing things to see and do in Yosemite National Park that this portion of your 2023 California road trip may be the longest, but most beautiful, part. Finally, your California 2024/2025  road trip will come to a close as you head back out to San Francisco to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, visit the haunting Alcatraz Island, venture out to Muir Woods to see some of California’s oldest ad tallest Redwood trees, and even day trip to Napa Valley where wine lovers can sample some of California’s best wines!

Though, your 2024/2025  California holiday doesn’t have to stop there – many of our clients love to visit and road trip California before continuing out to Hawaii, New Zealand, and even other destinations in the USA — for example, a favoured Twin Centre Holiday by our clients is San Francisco and New York! Talking to our California Travel Specialists is the best way to plan your perfect 2024/2025 California holiday - whether that is for 3 nights or 3 weeks, our team are here to help! 

Best Selling California Holidays Itineraries

California Holidays

Los Angeles and New York Twin Centre

8 Nights
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Los Angeles and New York are arguably America's most famous cities, home to landmarks like the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive, the Empire State Building and Times Square! The perfect Twin Centre USA holiday! 
California Holidays

California Self Drive Road Trip Holiday

12 Nights/13 Days
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A California road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway starting in San Francisco. Experience - Cable Car to Fisherman’s, the Golden Gate Bridge with views to Alcatraz Island. Pismo Beach with its beautiful beaches. Santa Barbara and LA with highlights that include Disneyland, Venice Beach, riding the Pacific Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier and walking down Rodeo Drive!
California Holidays

California, Nevada & Arizona Self Drive Holiday

18 Days
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This California, Nevada & Arizona Road Trip includes visits to San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon National Park, Route 66, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach & Monterey. Plus where to stay & things to do along the way. 
California Holidays

California Theme Parks Trip

15 Days
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Buckle up, California is a favourite with families seeking fun for the children, pull that lap bar down and tighten that safety restraint as we introduce you to the West Coast of America
California Holidays

Napa Valley & Lake Tahoe

14 Nights
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This 15 Day Tour of California takes in the stunning iconic wineries of Napa Valley and a relaxing stay at Lake Tahoe.
California Holidays

Delights of California

15 Nights
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This 16 Day Delights of California Holiday is designed to take in all the highlights of California.
California Holidays

California Pacific Coast

14 Nights
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Travel on Highway 1 by booking the California Pacific Coast Self Drive Holiday.
California Holidays

San Francisco and New York Twin Centre

9 Nights
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San Francisco and New York Holidays take you to 2 of America's most iconic cities. Top landmarks include: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, The Statue of Liberty, Times Square and more! 
California Holidays

Self Drive Tour of California

14 Nights
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This exciting tour of California is a self-drive holiday with RV Rental and boutique style accommodation. See the West Coast of California in true style!

Explore Popular California Destinations

San Francisco Holidays
San Francisco Holidays
Looking to book your holidays to San Francisco. We offer fantastic San Francisco holidays or Multi trip vacations for the whole family.
Yosemite National Park Holidays
Yosemite National Park Holidays
Yosemite National Park holidays offer California visitors dramatic cliffs, flowing waterfalls, abundant wildlife, roaring rivers, and perfectly picturesque scenery.
Santa Monica Holidays
Santa Monica Holidays
Santa Monica holidays offer a postcard city for Southern California, with its picture-worth Pier, beautiful beaches, quaint farmers markets and more,
Palm Springs Holidays
Palm Springs Holidays
Palm Springs makes the perfect destination for those wanting year-round California sunshine or golf on some of the world’s most exclusive courses, relax in pristine spas or even live out your festival dreams at Coachella Festival
Disneyland California Holidays
Disneyland California Holidays
Disneyland California Holidays are is home to 2 parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure
Los Angeles Holidays
Los Angeles Holidays
visit including Disneyland California, beaches, art galleries, museums and shopping. With so much to do and see during your holiday in Los Angeles, you will benefit from our advice

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Things to do in California

Santa Monica
In Santa Monica, explore the iconic Santa Monica Pier, home to Pacific Park’s amusement rides and scenic ocean views. Stroll along the Third Street Promenade for shopping, dining, and street performances. Relax on the sandy shores of Santa Monica State Beach, perfect for sunbathing and surfing. Don't miss the culinary delights at local eateries or catch a stunning sunset by the ocean—a blend of relaxation, culture, and coastal charm awaits!
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic San Francisco experience. Walk or bike across this California icon for panoramic views of the city skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the Pacific Ocean. Take in the fresh sea breeze from the various viewpoints like Battery Spencer or the Golden Gate Park. Learn about its history at the visitor centre and admire its architectural beauty from Fort Point. 
San Francisco
In San Francisco, explore the iconic Fisherman's Wharf for authentic California seafood and scenic views of Alcatraz. Visit the historic Alamo Square to view the Painted Ladies — the iconic Victorian houses. Take a cable car ride through steep streets, discover the art scene at the SFMOMA or explore the greenery of Golden Gate Park. Don't miss a visit to the bustling Ferry Building Marketplace or the mesmerising Muir Woods. San Francisco offers a blend of history, culture, and stunning vistas at every turn.
Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a treasure trove of activities. Explore the glitz of Hollywood with a walk along the Walk of Fame or a visit to the Griffith Observatory for stunning city views. Immerse yourself in art and culture at The Getty Center or Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Relax at Venice Beach or stroll along the boardwalk. From entertainment to art, beaches to culinary delights, LA offers an array of experiences for every taste.
Disneyland California
Disneyland California is a world of magic and wonder. Dive into enchanting adventures on classic rides like Space Mountain and the Pixar Pal-A-Round. Meet beloved characters throughout the park for photos and autographs. Enjoy the immersive storytelling of attractions like the Haunted Mansion and Indiana Jones Adventure. Disneyland California promises an unforgettable journey into imagination and fantasy for visitors of all ages.
Drive from Rodeo Drive to Malibu
Drive the scenic road trip from Rodeo Drive to Malibu for a blend of luxury and coastal beauty. Start amidst the high-end boutiques of Rodeo Drive, cruise through Beverly Hills, catching glimpses of celebrity homes, before heading westward on Sunset Boulevard. As you wind along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), marvel at the stunning ocean views en route to Malibu. Explore the famed Malibu Pier and relax on pristine beaches like Zuma Beach!

California Twin Centre Holidays

Some of our Most Popular California Twin Centre Holidays

California and Hawaii
A California and Hawaii twin-centre holiday is a dream duo of contrasting experiences. Begin amidst California's vibrant energy, exploring cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Then, jet off to Hawaii's beautiful islands for serene beaches, volcanic landscapes, and Polynesian culture. Relax on Waikiki Beach in Oahu, hike through lush valleys in Kauai, or witness the lava flows on the Big Island.
California and Orlando
A California and Orlando twin-centre holiday promises the best of both coasts. Begin in California, embracing the glamour of cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Then, jet off to Orlando, the theme park capital, for the ultimate adventure at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and more. Enjoy California's scenic drives and beaches before diving into Orlando's thrill rides and magical experiences.
California and Las Vegas
Experience a California and Las Vegas twin-centre holiday. Explore California's amazing cities, from the glitz of Los Angeles to the cultural richness of San Francisco. Then, venture to Las Vegas, where the dazzling lights, world-class entertainment, and lively casinos of the Strip await. Combine California's coastal landscapes with Vegas' electric energy!
California and Yosemite
A California and Yosemite twin-centre holiday offers a blend of mesmerising cities and natural marvels. Begin amidst the hub-hub of cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco, exploring cultural riches and iconic sights. Then, journey to Yosemite National Park where you will encounter awe-inspiring cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and serene wilderness. Hike among giant sequoias, marvel at Half Dome, and soak in the park's tranquility.
California to Arizona Route 66 Road Trip
Embark on a legendary California to Arizona Route 66 Road Trip. Start in Santa Monica and drive through the Mojave Desert, discovering Barstow's Route 66 Museum and nostalgic stops. Cross into Arizona, exploring the ghost town of Oatman and the stunning views of the Grand Canyon. Drive through the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert, marvelling in the highway's historic charm and diverse landscapes. 

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