"Beachside Attitude with Big City Excitement!”
Come to Los Angeles to discover what you can't see anywhere else! Where the stars live!
The city also includes the famous shopping district Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Rodeo Drive embodies all the glam of the big screen. Flagship locations for some of the most prestigious brands in the world. A trip to LA would not be complete without a walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Learn more about the world's most famous sidewalk and the celebrities it honors! If you want the chance to see the celebrities in action, then why not visit the world’s largest working movie studio at Universal Studios Hollywood and do a tour of their infamous backlot where the Hollywood movies are made.
'It’s Invigorating and Optimistic'
San Francisco is one of the world's most attractive and vibrant cities. There is so much to see and do in this incredible city including The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Napa Valley, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and The Castro to mention a few.
For over 150 years San Francisco has been a magnet for fortune seekers, immigrants, artists and poets. Rich in culture, San Francisco is well known for its liberal views, openness and acceptance of all cultures, religions, sexuality and lifestyles. The cities relaxed atmosphere and open minded lifestyle is what makes it such a unique destination to anywhere else in America.
There is so much to do on holidays in San Francisco. See the electic sights of the city or hire a car and drive along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway.
Ride a historic cable car down to Fisherman’s Wharf. See the sea lions basking in the sunshine at Pier 39 or hear the infamous tales of Alcatraz on an unforgettable sightseeing tour. To the inmates who were confined to Alcatraz prison, their punnishment was not only captivity but also psychological torture. An undoubted highlight of a visit to San Francisco is the chance to explore Alcatraz Prison.
Luxury holidays in San Francisco can be spent shopping in designer boutiques around Union Square or relaxing with a sumptuous spa treatment.Treat yourself to a sophisticated afternoon tea at the Fairmont San Francisco or sample the finest contemporary Californian cuisine at Taj Campton Place's award-winning restaurant. Spend your evening at the San Francisco Ballet or sipping Champagne in the Financial District.
Our carefully selected hotels are located throughout the city and will provide the perfect base for your unforgettable stay in San Francisco.
San Francisco is quite hilly however, transport is easy. San Francisco is one of the easiest cities in the world to negotiate. Public Transportation options abound, including our world-famous cable cars. Getting around has never been this fun.
Don’t miss out!! Make sure to see all the great attractions San Francisco has to offer.
"Gorgeous Beaches and Breath-Taking Cliffs"
For the trendsetters, jet-setters and beach lovers, don't miss out! Newport Beach has a classy Harbor most people only dream of docking in. You won't be disappointed with the shopping district which makes Rodeo Drive look discounted. With the only harbor in Orange County, and the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, Newport Beach offers eight miles of extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing and aquatic sports activities. Sit by the pier and gaze in to the blazing sunset...Yes you are in paradise!
Cycling, movie shoots, beach volleyball games, and the finest of people-watching all happen here, and it's no wonder. People love to gather at this California beach, partially because it's immaculate. With 3.5 miles of Southern California beaches and over 300 days of sunshine, the Santa Monica Beach is a prime piece of California coastline and a welcome retreat for vacationers and locals alike with a range of activities for everyone.There’s never a shortage of seaside fun at Santa Monica Pier where the beach meets the boardwalk in a festive display of amusement park rides, aquarium wonders and festival food. It’s free to stroll the historic boardwalk and browse through the goods, and even if you don’t go for thrill rides, there’s no charge for the show-stopping sunset at the end of each day.
Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and the sound of the surf is a year round retreat. Laguna is one of Orange County's most fashionable towns, as well as one of the most culturally rich. The water at Laguna is generally clean and calm, though occasionally the Pacific tends to be cool with strong tides. Clean, white and warm, Laguna's sands are perfect for strolling, volleyball matches or simply unwinding on a blanket.
No beach in the world is like Venice Beach. Other California beaches have sand, surf and sunshine but, they do not have a 3-ring urban street circus, complete with philosophizing artists, trash-talking hoopsters, preening weightlifters, barefoot sand sculptors and more. All of this frenetic activity happens on Ocean Front Walk, a 3/4-mile concrete boardwalk with stores, fast-food spots, flea markets and artists.
The Malibu Lagoon is where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. Malibu's Surfrider Beach has been long standing as a premier surfing beach. On the east side of Malibu Creek Bridge, the famous Malibu Pier allows for excellent saltwater fishing. On the west side of Malibu Creek Bridge, visitors will find picnic tables and a nature area, excellent for bird watching and the study of a unique eco-system, a Southern California saltwater marsh.
Long Beach is a very special place, known for its white sandy beaches and its iconic boardwalk. Long Beach Island is a beach lover’s paradise. Even at the widest point of this 18-mile-long island, you’re never more than half a mile from the other side. Long Beach has transformed itself into an upscale tourist resort, with many waterfront attractions, including a new aquarium with a fabulous shark exhibit, two excellent art museums, charming shops, public golf courses, the annual April Grand Prix international auto race and lots of recreational activities along its eight-mile stretch of beach. Take the kids to the waterfront entertainment complex with rides and live performances or to the farming demonstrations at Rancho Los Alamitos. Cruise the canals of Naples in a genuine Venetian gondola. Tensions and stresses dissolve in this laid-back, friendly city.
"One of the best family beach destinations in the country". Enjoy the delightful Pismo Pier for sightseeing, walking, fishing and seeing the great sunset. This classic beach town is located on California's famous central coast and offers long white beaches for taking a refreshing stroll or for just enjoying the spectacular views of the Pismo Beach sunset. Visitors enjoy numberless activities including golfing, bicycling, walking,tennis, horseback riding, scuba diving, bowling, hiking, miles of beautiful and clean beaches, exploring tide pools, coves, and caves.
This stretch of coast along southern Santa Barbara County is sometimes referred to as "The American Riviera". With gorgeous beaches, breathtaking cliff views, mouth-watering restaurants, world-class hotels and a vibrant arts community, how could Santa Barbara not be on this list? In a flash you could imagine you're on the Riviera. Perfect for a weekend escape from Los Angeles or a holiday that gives you the best of California in one spot.
Stroll a white-sand crescent. With its sugary sand and idyllic setting-edged by wind-carved cypress trees and bluffs topped with quaint cottages with billion-dollar views—this roughly 1-mile/2-km-long crescent is a great place to relax and play. Kids love to build sand castles just above the surf line, or splash in the usually tame breakers (just know that the water is quite chilly—hovering just below 60°F/15.5°C, even in summer).
Yosemite National Park
Amazing California Theme Parks
Movie magic, mega attractions - If Hollywood is the land of make believe, then this is your chance to step into that fantasy world. On a sprawling complex on the east side of the Hollywood Hills, this movie studio/part theme park blends behind-the-scenes tours with rides that swoosh, swoop, and dive through movie-themed worlds. An adjacent, neon-lit complex of shops, eateries, and entertainment spaces known as Universal CityWalk lets you stretch out the experience beyond the park.
It's hard to say who enjoys LEGOLAND more: the little ones running around in a magical world created by 60 million LEGO plastic bricks, or their parents who get a kick out of it too. Walk through Miniland USA for a visual and structural jaw-dropper: expansive miniaturized recreations of Washington D.C., New York, and San Francisco, as well as scenes from Star Wars. There’s also a chance to go behind-the-scenes to look at the soundstage and models used during the The LEGO Movie. While the focus here leans towards making little ones smile, there’s plenty to entertain older visitors too: the park has more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, including three rollercoasters.
From swooshing and swooping rides to interactive shows and million-gallon aquariums, this is one theme park that truly makes a big, big splash. See and learn about the amazing undersea worlds of animals from around the globe, including walruses, sea lions, polar bears, and penguins. See (and touch) harmless rays and sharks, and be entertained by Shamu and other killer whales , as well as dolphins, in daily shows and presentations. Climb aboard a host of rides, too, including Manta, a high-tech coaster that has you twisting, diving and turning like a ray.
Smaller California Theme Parks
Santa Monica's Pier
Take a stroll along Santa Monica’s signature pier at sunset, that enormous sun sinking into the Pacific, and you’ll probably wonder if it can get much better than this. But wait; it can. Right here. First, there’s an amusement park-perched right on the pier-called Pacific Park, with not-too-scary roller coasters and classic carnie rides that make a nice mix even for little ones. Then there are incomparable views from atop the pier’s solar-powered Ferris wheel. On weekends, you can join free historical walking tours to learn more about the pier, which dates to 1909. And then there are those simple pleasures-a creamy thick shake, a simple necklace of seashells-at snack shacks and trinket shops lining the pier. And there are the local fishermen adding color to the scene; hang out for a while and you’re bound to hear some good yarns and watch some slippery fish reeled in. Find out what those fish might be by heading under the pier (directly below the turn-of-the-20th-century wooden carousel), to the inviting Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, with some 100 species of fish and aquatic animals, and lots of family-friendly educational displays.
Take an African-style adventure in the Sonoma Valley. The sheer amount of African wildlife at this park will amaze even seasoned safari-goers. Giraffes, rhinos, zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, bongos and other incredible animals roam rolling hills and woodlands in this expansive park, a 1½-hour drive north of San Francisco. Dozens of birds also call the park home, including cranes, flamingoes, ostriches, and storks. Guests board small vehicles to tour the park with informative guides, and you really don’t know what will be around the next corner. Visitors of all ages also enjoy closer encounters with some of the park’s animals. For an unforgettable experience (families welcome), consider an overnight stay in an ultra-tricked-up safari-style tent, with plush beds, private bathrooms, and a natural soundtrack outside that’s straight out of the Serengeti.
All aboard this family favorite. This quarter-scale railroad park was the dream of Sonoma printer Stanley Frank. He filled the park’s 10 acres with scaled-down locomotives and train cars built as exact replicas of classic full-size versions, making TrainTown one of the most detailed sets of scaled trains in the country.
Santa Barbara wine country offers the wine-curious traveler an authentic experience all its own. An easy 45-minute drive over the hill, though, reveals rolling vineyards as far as the eye can see, and a quintessential wine country experience marked by world-class wine, cuisine and hospitality. Amidst a buzzing downtown scene, the urban wine scene is electric, with dozens of tasting rooms and working wineries peppering the city.
Tours & Classes
For more of a hands-on experience, treat yourself to a fun and educational cooking class or book a food or wine tour where you’ll go behind the scenes, meet the makers and find out why our restaurants and tasting rooms are so special.
The fantastic Spanish-Moorish-style Santa Barbara County Courthouse delights the eye with exuberant displays of brilliantly colored tiles and cinematic murals. Above it all the clock tower observation deck offers a spectacular panorama of the city, the mountains, and the harbor. Toward the hills are two pink-tinted towers of the centuries-Old Mission Santa Barbara, hailed as the “Queen of the Missions” for its iconic beauty. Along the way is the Presidio Neighborhood, named for the fort that became the heart of European settlement here.
Galleries & Gardens