Postcards of California

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California is truly an incredible destination. Diverse, exciting and beautiful with amazing cities, incredible beaches and stunning parklands, all offering more ways to enjoy your vacation than anywhere in the world.

A Free Personalised Road Book is included as standard with our Self Drive itineraries. 


Please note: – This is a suggested itinerary only and is intended to give an overview of what is possible. All of our holiday itineraries are fully customisable and can be tailor-made to suit your own individual requirements.  If you would like to start in a different destination, use specific hotel accommodation, include an extra night here, a side-trip there and/or include tickets to an event please let your Discover North America travel specialist know. They’ll also book you the best value flights to ensure a seamless holiday experience.


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Day 1 Los Angeles

Arrive in beautiful Los Angeles, pick up your rental car and begin to explore the city. There’s so much to see from the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice, to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and numerous world- class museums.

Day 2 Los Angeles - Pacific Coast Highway - Malibu - Santa Barbara - Central Coast (184mi/296km)

Start the day with a drive through Santa Mon- ica and the famous beaches of Malibu. Continue up the coast to Santa Barbara, a beautiful seaside community with its famous mission and palm-lined walkways. The harbor and wharf areas are great to explore on foot or rent a bike and see even more. Further north, the classic beach towns of California’s Central Coast beg to be explored. Overnight in the heart of California’s Central Coast.

Day 3 Central Coast - Highway 1 - Monterey / Carmel (267mi/340km)

Continue north, and near San Luis Obispo join Highway 1 which is renowned as one of the most scenic roadways in the US. Enjoy more stunning views of the rugged coastline and the Pacific with a drive on the 17-Mile Scenic Drive, which passes through the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. Experience the quaint village of Carmel and the charming seaside town of Monterey.

Day 4 Monterey / Carmel - Yosemite (184mi/297km)

Start your day early and continue across California’s agricultural Central Val- ley before ascending into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Join highway 49 and travel south through California Gold country following in the footsteps of the thousands of gold seekers during the gold rush of 1949. Today this area’s streams and creeks are still considered some of the best for gold panning enthusiasts. Continue to Yosemite National Park.

Day 5 Yosemite

A full day to explore. Yosemite National Park embraces some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and affords a wonderful collection of waterfalls, meadows and forests, including groves of giant sequoias. Marvel at the sheer granite domes and cliffs that soar thousands of feet up from the valley floor. The massive gla- cial-shaped rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome are the most famous landmarks of the park and keep a majestic watch over the valley.

Day 6 Yosemite - San Francisco (167mi/269km)

Today depart Yosemite and head for the A full day at leisure to explore the City by city on the bay. This scenic drive will take the Bay. We strongly recommend time in you into the heart of San Francisco your Fisherman’s Wharf and a relaxing way to base for the next 2 days. Return your car in San Francisco.

Day 7 San Francisco

A full day at leisure to explore the City by city on the bay. We strongly recommend time in Fisherman’s Wharf and a relaxing way to spend the afternoon is taking a ferry to Sausalito for a unique perspective on the skyline.

Day 8 San Francisco

Make you way to San Francisco Airport for your flight home.