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Coastal California

Monterey: 120 miles south of San Francisco is the Monterey peninsula - home of Monterey and gateway to the U.S.’s most beautiful coastline. Monterey is a picturesque town with a wealth of interesting shops and restaurants. When you drive south from Monterey you will soon be enjoying the famed Big Sur coastline - just follow the twisting highway for 120 miles of fantastic views.

San Luis Obispo: This former mission town is a popular stopping point for anyone driving between LA and San Francisco. It is surrounded by stunning scenery - desert like dunes, volcanic plugs and peaceful green pastures and offers excellent restaurants, first class shopping and arguably California’s most beautiful mission building.

Santa Barbara: America’s Riviera is located just 92 miles north of LA, offering a relaxing environment, outstanding scenery and a sunny climate for most of the year.

Ventura: Enjoying an average daytime temperature of 72°C Ventura deserves its year round resort status. Located 60 miles from LA and boasting miles of uncrowded beaches, pristine offshore islands, rugged mountains plus history and culture.

California’s National Parks

Death Valley National Park: Is the lowest point in the western hemisphere and also one of the hottest (highest recorded temperature is 134°F). Located 286 miles from Los Angeles, it is surrounded by a variety of mountains and canyons, with some of the most spectacular sights being the eroded badlands of Zabriskie Point, Devils Golf and Dante’s View.

Sequoia National Park: Located 215 miles from Los Angeles and 278 from San Francisco the park is home to the most impressive sequoia trees. Not as tall as the coast redwoods but older, more impressive and set amidst stunning alpine scenery.

Yosemite National Park: Yosemite is California’s gem, over 1,000 square miles of mountains, waterfalls, forests, valleys and granite spires. The most visited part of Yosemite is the valley area which is seven miles long and one mile wide.

Northern California

Lake Tahoe: A year round resort community with a truly breathtaking setting on the California/Nevada border 195 miles east of San Francisco, Lake Tahoe offers superb hiking, beaches, cruises, a collection of casinos and all types of watersports.

Mammoth Lakes: A four season recreation area boasting spectacular scenery, located in the High Sierras, 264 miles from San Francisco. Activities include mountain biking, skiing, fishing, hiking and rock climbing.

Sacramento: California’s state capital and the heart of ‘Gold Country’, is located 94 miles east of San Francisco. In Old Town Sacramento visit the 28 acre river front area with its historic buildings, shops and restaurants.

Wine Country: Located just 46 miles north of San Francisco is America’s premier wine growing region. Napa Valley and Sonoma have around 300 wineries - most of which can be visited. The town of Napa itself is small - most of the restaurants, shops and activities are found in the beautiful valleys that surround the town.