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Dramatic coastlines, glamorous cities and some of the world’s most celebrated vineyards and wineries; experience it all on a California road trip of a lifetime. From the palm-lined streets of Laguna Beach to the secluded bays of Catalina Island, California is certainly cherished for its sandy beaches. However, this isn’t all that The Golden State has to offer. A touring country par-excellence, California’s diverse landscapes are made for exhilarating road trips and leisurely fly drives; there’s no greater sense of freedom than cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway in a four-wheel convertible, taking in the ocean views. 

Further inland, quainter treasures are waiting to be discovered. Nestled amongst the fragrant vineyards and olive groves of Sonoma County and The Napa Valley are luxury ranches, fine dining experiences and vintage wine tours aplenty; the French Laundry in Yountville is revered for its delectable blend of French-American cuisine. For scenic wonders of a different kind, experience a day trip to one of California’s dramatic national parks; join a serene twilight walk through the wild flower-dotted meadows and contorta pines of Yosemite National Park or hike amongst the world’s largest trees in the rugged foothills of Sequoia National Park. Northward bound, the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe glisten beneath the snow-capped mountain peaks – perfect for a romantic boat ride or bike trail to relish the views. Beyond the great outdoors, a multitude of pulsating cities and luxury 5 star hotels await your arrival. Famed for its pastel-hued Victorian houses and colourful flare, San Francisco is a place of unique charms and infectious energy; shopping at Union Square and photographing Alamo Square and Lombard Street is a must. For outright glamour, Los Angeles gets the biggest press; immerse yourself in star-studded culture in Beverly Hills and at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on your luxury California holiday.

California Essentials

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California Hotels & Itineraries

Introducing some of the best 5 star resorts in California.

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Best experiences in California

  • Take a break from your California fly drive with an historical pit stop at the Hearst Castle estate; this National Historical Landmark sits upon 'The Enchanted Hill' and is renowned for its elaborative architecture, legendary art displays and scenic hilltop views
  • Visit the sophisticated Newport Beach area for a spot of pampering; indulge in a luxury spa treatment or take advantage of the championship golf courses
  • Experience San Diego city and La Jolla Cove, from postcard-ready ocean sunsets to the vast array of wildlife in their free-roaming enclosures at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Savour speciality wine and local cheeses upon a guided Napa Valley wine tour of Castello di Amorosa, a 13th Century Tuscan castle and winery set amongst the flourishing vineyards in Calistoga
  • Visit the infamous Alcatraz Island for a tour of the federal penitentiary, which overlooks San Francisco Bay and The Golden Gate Bridge

When is the best time to visit California?

Summer in California is hot and dry with cool evenings, whilst winter tends to be milder with a little rain between January and March. Winters in San Francisco can be chilly and foggy, whilst Los Angeles can be smoggy in the summer months. On Lake Tahoe, expect cold and snowy winters, and although summer days can be warm, the evenings can still be chilly. To guarantee the best prices for your luxury family holiday, we recommend booking at least a year in advance for the following summer holidays.

Why Carrier / Discover US

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We look beyond destination.
We curate exceptional experiences.

Our worldwide network, dedicated team of experts and wealth of knowledge is second to none, allowing us to open up your mind and take your breath away with awe-inspiring possibilities and new personal experiences that surprise, enlighten and transcend all expectations.

We look beyond the ordinary.
We deliver the extraordinary.

Whether it’s glamour and guest lists you desire, an escape to a place where no-one is watching and anything is possible, or an adventure that no-one has dared take before - you will have access to the top suites, the most beautiful locations and a world of exclusive privileges.

We look beyond the usual.
We deliver dreams and desires.

We now live in an era of experience; it’s not just about where you can go, but who you can be and how you can feel. Carrier curate exceptional luxury travel experiences designed to fulfil your desires, dreams and goals, so bespoke you won’t find them anywhere else.

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