Visitors are often blown away by how much there is to do in California. Holiday makers discover that as well as the glamour of its famous cities and fantastic sunshine, the state of California offers a variety like no other. Miles and miles of fabulous coastline, dramatic mountain ranges, redwood forests, pristine lakes and eerie deserts are just some of the attractions on California holidays waiting to be explored. There are Gold Rush towns, a huge range of resort getaways and a staggering number of great attractions to visit. No wonder California fly drive holidays are so popular – with so much to see and do it’s a great idea to take control of your own schedule and go where you want, when you want.
Take a look at some of the California holiday highlights we recommend – and look forward to a real voyage of discovery.
California's capital is a hidden gem, tucked away in the Central Valley. Soak up the 19th-century Gold Rush atmosphere of Old Sacramento, with its saloons, stores and restaurants, and visit the beautifully restored State Capitol Building, seat of the state government.
Crossing the California and Nevada border, this pristine alpine lake is one of the wonders of the West! In summer, the lake is perfect for swimming and the surrounding mountains are ideal for the keen hikers amongst you. In winter, Lake Tahoe turns into one of the best areas on the west coast to ski - over 15 alpine ski areas surround the lake - you'll be spoilt for choice.
The supreme highlight of any trip to California is Yosemite. No amount of photos can do justice to one of the world's most beautiful national parks. Yosemite encompasses 1,170sq miles, with many breathtaking view points including Glacier Point, located on the top of a 3,200ft almost sheer cliff. Make sure you pack some sturdy boots, as the best way to explore is by foot.
In winter it's a ski resort, and in summer its stunning lakes and peaks make for a fantastic getaway. Biking and hiking are popular on the many miles of trails.
An oasis in the southern Californian desert, this town was built for pleasure. Out of town, visit the San Jacinto Mountains and the Joshua Tree National Park.
The Pacific coastline is one of the great glories of the USA. Soaring cliffs and beautiful beaches make for fabulous driving experiences. Visiting whales join the native seal colonies for your viewing pleasure and a succession of pretty towns dot the route, all the way.
Flight Details: Virgin Atlantic fly daily to Los Angeles and San Francisco from London Heathrow.
Time Difference: GMT -8 hours.
Sacramento is a 2-hour drive from San Francisco.
Lake Tahoe is a 4-hour drive from San Francisco.
Yosemite is a 6-hour drive from San Francisco and 7-hours from Los Angeles.
Mammoth is a 5-hour drive from Los Angeles.
Palm Springs is a 2-hour 30-min drive from Los Angeles.
San Diego is a 2-hour 30-min drive from Los Angeles.
- Yosemite National Park
- SeaWorld® San Diego
- Fantastic ski resorts of Lake Tahoe and Mammoth
- Vibrant city of Sacramento
- World-class golf courses in Palm Springs