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  • Palm Springs palm trees and mountains in the background

California is one great big road trip; with pinstripe vineyards, seal-inhabited coastlines, glowing cities and a sunny disposition at every stop.

California is one great big road trip; with pinstripe vineyards, seal-inhabited coastlines, glowing cities and a sunny disposition at every stop.

Beaten only by Alaska and Texas in size, it’s no surprise that the Golden State has a lot more to offer than just its renowned sandy stretches. A touring country par-excellence, its diverse landscapes know no bounds; the north sees seasons that the south can only dream of, with the wilds of national parks turning from jade green, to ruby red, to icy diamonds as the year progresses.

Vineyard-studded valleys that drop into wildlife-laden bays characterise the state’s centre, and while parts of the south drip in sunshine and silver-screen glitz, its deserts are straight from the scenes of a rough and tumble Western.

A vineyard in Napa Valley during sunset
The sun setting on the Los Angeles skyline
A beach cove next to rock cliffs
A vineyard in Napa Valley during sunset
The sun setting on the Los Angeles skyline
A beach cove next to rock cliffs

In pursuit of…

A big concrete road bridge crossing a coastal ravine
… the open road.

From Little Miss Sunshine to Thelma & Louise, there’s a reason why films have drawn on cruising through America’s vast landscapes as a way to discover things we never knew about ourselves. Four wheel forays offer unbounded freedom while simultaneously gifting a way for you to have complete control, whether that’s lying back and drinking in the views or seeking out secret haunts to sample local delicacies. With a box that combines the likes of the eco-verse that is Big Sur with the glamour of West Hollywood, no one does it better than California.

Joan Didion, writer
"The future always looks good in the golden land, because no one remembers the past."

A sense of place

Get to know our favourite spots in California, from the bright lights of its iconic cities to the changing faces of the north’s national parks.

  • Looking up at one of the towers on the Golden Gate Bridge
    San Francisco Bay Area

    This pint-sized city packs a lot into its borders. Sightseeing here can take up a day or two with the likes of the Victorian Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, but it has an educational side too with its Exploratorium and academy of sciences. Not to mention the winelands of Napa and Sonoma.

  • A waterfall between tall trees
    High Sierra (Yosemite National Park, King’s Canyon and Sequoia)

    Everyone thinks California doesn’t do seasons but up in the High Sierra it’s a different story. There’s snow in the winter and waterfalls in spring, while summer sees green meadows and fall colours are inevitable. UNESCO Yosemite is the biggest draw, with Lake Tahoe coming through with skiing and lake based watersports in the hotter months.

  • A road running through the Big Sur mountainous section of the central coast of the US
    Central coast (Santa Barbara, Highway One, Big Sur, Carmel)

    Rugged and handsome, mother nature did well when she created the areas surrounding Highway One. Vineyards become beaches as they trip down the hills of Carmel Valley, Monterey – famous for its cheese and marine wildlife – is also good for golfers, Santa Barbara’s downtown brings a bit of funk to its Med-chic architecture, and Big Sur’s iconic Bixby Bridge is dwarfed by the mountains it stands between.

  • Looking down a road lined by cars and palm trees towards the Hollywood sign
    Los Angeles & Santa Monica

    Los Angeles is the home to stars of film, music and all things golden. Known as the ‘city of angels’ its celestial bodies come in the form of Beverly Hills’ luxury shops and walking in Hollywood’s footsteps at Universal Studios. However there is a wholesome side, with a hearty bond to healthy cuisine (including Malibu’s sensational seafood) and a proud LGBTQ+ community in Santa Monica.

  • Looking up at three tall trees
    Orange County

    Disneyland Resort holds some thrills and spills, but the beach is the real ruler of these parts. The Laguna Beach area is known for its artsy community who use the ocean as inspiration, Newport Beach is home to the surfers, and Dana Point is the best base to whale watch, with Greys, Blues and Minkes spotted at different points throughout the year.

  • Sunrise seen on a california city road
    San Diego

    If year-round sunshine is the want, then San Diego will deliver. Due to its location close to the Mexican border, it rarely sees a cloudy day. Old and new converge here, with shiny high rises and celebrity abodes dominating the city and La Jolla neighbourhood coming through with pretty beach houses, while the Wild West is still the hero of the Old Town.

  • Brown leafless trees under a blue sky
    Desert region (Palm Springs, Joshua Tree & Death Valley)

    Anything but dry and dusty, the desert region holds a lot of life. The golden age of celebrity is found in Palm Springs with its art culture and penchant for live performances. There’s also a big wellness thread with flotation tank spas and meditation retreats. Horseback riding and wine tasting fill days in Joshua Tree, and those who brave the hottest place on earth – Death Valley – are rewarded with light-pollution-free star gazing.


Its essence...



    • Gray concrete castle at Universal Studios under a blue sky
      Go behind-the-scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood and walk the red carpet of a movie premier.

      A tour of the studio complex revealing the famous TV sets precedes a three-course lunch in the Commissary Fine Dining Room. Then it’s time to explore what happens post-production, discovering what goes into set design, props and special effects.

      The evening later holds even more glam as the red carpet of a movie premier and the after-party awaits.

    • A large field with a house in the distance
      Head into San Francisco’s wine country to tour some of the off-the-beaten-track vineyards.

      Gourmet picnic packed, settle into a chauffeur driven car where your driver turns guide as they point out all the hotspots en-route. The vineyards on the agenda are less mainstream than most, making for a more intimate and relaxed adventure and more vintages to try.

    • A humpback whale jumping out of the sea
      Get a closer look at California’s marine life on an eco-raft.

      Guided by an expert captain, take to a private former military patrol vessel to cruise the waters of Monterey Bay, seeking out its abundance of wildlife. Whales are in droves, from humpbacks and orcas to blues and venturing to either Point Lobos or Elkhorn Slough introduces the animals of the wetlands like otters, seals and sea lions.

    • An old red transport trolley in San Francisco
      Hop on a cable car to explore the unique neighbourhoods of San Francisco.

      From the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf with its bustling Pier 39, to the pretty Painted Ladies and Chinatown home to the largest Chinese community outside Asia, a guide leads the way in discovering the rich history of this iconic city.

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  • Mar & Dec
  • Jan - Feb
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North America

There’s no sitting still in North America; in fact, it could turn the most docile of travellers into get-up-and-goers. But depending on where you end up, there’s a different definition of high-octane.

  • A view of a small pier on Maligne lake at dawn

    The image of fir trees reflecting perfectly into glassy lakes while snow-capped mountains wrap on all sides; Canada’s all-encompassing landscapes act as a humble reminder that the best adventures defy explanation. 

  • Palm tree sandy beach and blue sea and sky

    Pearlescent shorelines, metropolitan delights and Peter Pan experiences aplenty – this sunshine state is simply a rollercoaster experience.

  • A beach scene featuring tall palm trees, surrounded by scattered rocks along the shore.

    The welcoming spirit of aloha is all-pervading on the captivating Hawaiian islands, a tropical playground of volcanic vistas, surfing beaches and island-hopping.

  • Time lapse of a road creating blurred lights in Las Vegas city at night
    Las Vegas

    To speak of Las Vegas without mentioning its extravagance would be a crime, but ventures into the spiritual sphere of Native American country are equally as synonymous with this land.

  • Small white lighthouse on a rocky shoreline
    New England

    A playground for presidents and poets and the birthplace of America itself, New England’s landscapes may change with the seasons, but its quaint charm is evergreen.

  • Aerial view of Manhattan, New York, United States of America
    New York

    The steeliest shapeshifter of cityscape times, not even a local can pin her down – creating a smorgasbord of opportunities for even the littlest Apples to give it a good go and start trying.

  • USA flag hanging on the stone union station building
    USA Cities: Chicago, Seattle, Washington DC

    As far as USA cities go, there’s no denying New York and LA revel in the spotlight; but get to know the personalities of their hidden gem siblings and you might just discover that the apple never falls too far from this family tree. 

  • A busy Mardi Gras in Bourbon street
    USA South: Georgia, Louisiana/New Orleans, The Carolinas

    Like one big simmering hot pot, the American South nourishes the soul; with its scrumptiously hearty recipes, smooth as velvet jazz scene, and magnetically bubbly spirit that brings everyone together.

  • A view of the Grand Teton mountains in the morning as the mountains catch some alpen glow and the Snake River shimmers
    USA National Parks: Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, California

    Step outside of the USA’s vibrant cities and you’ll find some of nature’s finest creations sequestered away in the embrace of its many National Parks.