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California Coast

California Coast

CALIFORNIA’S COAST offers the quintessential road trip experience in a region that stretches from friendly Santa Cruz in the north to balmy Santa Barbara in the south. Iconic Highway 1 meanders along the coast, hugging the cliff and crossing dramatic canyons before swooping through dense forests. Stop for lunch in small coastal towns, or find a sandy cove to break the journey for a while. Take a short detour inland to find California’s wine country, hike through the pines of the Ventana Wilderness Area and find true Americana in the small villages and friendly people that call this region home.
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Here's a selection of our most popular holidays on the California Coast.
If you'd like to see how you could fit this region into a wider exploration of the state - take a look at our Califonia Holidays page.
Pacific Quest - Seattle to San Diego
22 days / 21 nights
from £2,137
  • Oregon Coast
  • Redwood National Park
  • Highway 1
  • San Diego

  • Classic California
    12 days / 11 nights
    from £1,080
  • Wildlife
  • Exciting Cities
  • Beach life

  • San Francisco & Wine Country Discovery
    8 days / 7 nights
    from £988
  • San Francisco
  • Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Highway 1

  • California Cruising - Cruise America
    13 days / 12 nights
    from £679
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Barbara
  • National Parks

  • Los Angeles City Break
    5 days / 4 nights
    from £748
  • Hollywood
  • Universal Studios
  • Chinese Theatre
  • Sunset Hike to the Hollywood Sign
  • Griffith Park Observatory
  • Santa Monica long beach

  • California's Gold Coast
    10 days / 9 nights
    from £4,040
  • Sightseeing tour of Hollywood including Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and TCL Chinese Theatre
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Walking tour of Hearst Castle
  • Travel the Pacific Coast Highway
  • Travel along the coastal 17 Mile Drive
  • Visit the award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium


    Post Ranch Inn
    California Coast
    from £488
  • Restaurant
  • Lap pool & 2 infinity plunge pools
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Hotel Pacific
    California Coast
    from £78
  • Breakfast room
  • Pretty garden courtyard
  • Parking from $20 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • La Playa Carmel - by the Sea
    California Coast
    from £141
  • Bar & lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free wine hour
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Cambria Pines Lodge
    California Coast
    from £57
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Pool
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Apple Farm
    California Coast
    from £63
  • Restaurant
  • Bakery
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
    California Coast
    from £104
  • 3 restaurants & a bar
  • Large pool
  • Spa
  • Exercise room
  • 3 tennis courts
  • Free Santa Barbara airport shuttle
  • Parking from $30 per day
  • Free wi-fi


    Monterey Whale Watching
    Approx 3.5-4 hours
    from £41
  • Fantastic whale watching
  • Marine biologist naration
  • Dolphins & porpoises

  • Monterey & Carmel Day Tour
    Approx 12 hours
    from £91
  • Spectacular 17 Mile Drive
  • Iconic Lone Cypress
  • Boutique Carmel

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Attraction Ticket
    from £33
  • Non-profit Aquarium
  • 34 galleries and nearly 200 exhibits

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    California Coast Fast Facts

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    £20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

    Recommended Immunisations


    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Enjoy comprehensive cover in California Coast from just £73 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

    Visa information given is given for British citizens holding a valid UK passport with at least 6 months validity remaining. Immunisation guidelines assume routine UK childhood immunisation has been given and will not apply to all situations. Medical advice should be sought. Your Trailfinders consultant will advise you of the specific visa and immunisation requirements for your trip.


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