San Francisco – Yosemite – Kings Canyon – Death Valley – Palm Springs – Los Angeles
Ask a local the best things about California and somewhere at the top of the list would be the sheer beauty of the place. Experience this yourself with one of our dream multi-centres of incredible national parks like Yosemite and Death Valley, where you can discover some of the parks hidden gems.
San Francisco, California
The Hotel Zephyr San Francisco combines the comforts and amenities of an upscale boutique style hotel with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline.
With a fantastic location, in the heart of the action close to Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Alcatraz Ferry, the Hotel Zephyr is the perfect base for your San Francisco stopover. All of the hotels quirky and contemporary accommodations come with free Wi-Fi, Smart TVs with multimedia streaming, mini fridge’s coffee maker and private bathrooms with shower / bath combos featuring designer toiletries and hair dryers. Upgraded rooms have balconies, some of which have fantastic views over San Francisco Bay and the Wharf, whilst the one and two bedroom suites have separate living areas with stunning views from their floor-to-ceiling glass windows. You’ll also find a magnetic dartboard and backgammon board game in every room along with a multi device docking station for additional entertainment.
The hotels fitness suite is equipped with a good selection of cardio machines, free weight stations and other training aids – and its open 24/ 7 making it easy to keep on top of your fitness routines during your stay. Alternatively the hotel can arrange bike hire – grab your set of wheels and enjoy the spectacular cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge, while the nearby wharfs and piers along the waterfront are great for walking and jogging. The spacious and nautically themed games room is a great place to hang out – challenge the kids to a game of, pool or table tennis or head out to the Yard where you’ll find giant Jenga, Connect 4, Fire Pits, and San Francisco’s largest periscope. It’s nice to relax with some snacks and drinks by the fireside at the end of a busy day.
The Hotel’s fantastic setting means that you’re well placed to explore the iconic landmarks and attractions of San Francisco and the wider Bay area. Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco’s historic waterfront district is only a couple of blocks away – packed with family friendly entertainment, funky shopping, lively street performers and great seafood restaurants – and don’t forget to say hello to the sea lions while you’re there! The Alcatraz Island ferry is only half a mile from the hotel, make sure you book your tour of this must see historic attraction in advance to avoid disappointment. Take a careful spin down Lombard Street, the bendiest street you’ll ever see with its famous twists and turns, and of course, you need to cross the Golden Gate Bridge at least twice! Getting around San Francisco is a breeze with the city’s famous Cable Cars, BART trains, Municipal Buses and Streetcars conveniently close to hand. The stunning Muir Woods are only 15 miles from the hotel so head out and enjoy a fantastic day with a picnic hiking amongst the famous primeval redwood forests. It’s also an easy drive to Napa Valley California’s famous wine county.
Located in the heart of Yosemite Valley, within walking distance of the nearby falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge is the perfect location for guest looking to experience the amazing landmarks and activities of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding area. Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Village are within a mile of the Lodges and the world famous granite monolith that is “El Capitan” is only two miles away. With friendly staff and a host of outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, horse riding, water and seasonal winter sports close to hand, it’s easy to see why these lodge accommodations are a popular choice amongst Yosemite vacationers.
With 241 recently remodelled lodges and rooms available including traditional lodge and family rooms there’s the perfect accommodation for you and your travelling companions at this rustic retreat. Traditional rooms at Yosemite Lodge feature a variety of bedding options and are equipped with hairdryer, refrigerator, private bathroom, coffee maker, TV and mountain Wi-Fi. The spacious family accommodations are great for larger family groups. They include all of the amenities of the traditional rooms and also have ceiling fans, dining areas, clock radio, complimentary toiletries, free Wi-Fi, DVD player and premium TV channels. On site dining at Yosemite Valley Lodge resort includes the fabulous Mountain Room Restaurant with its stunning views of the waterfall nearby; menus feature steaks, sustainable seafood and delicious pasta dishes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in the Yosemite Valley Food Court whilst the Mountain Room Lounge is a great place to relax and unwind with your favourite beer or cocktail after the day’s activities. Location and value for money make Yosemite Valley Lodges one of the most popular places to stay in Yosemite National Park. Whether you’re looking for the adventure trip of a lifetime, to enjoy the wonder and stillness and abundant wildlife of the park – or simply hike, backpack, fish or ski in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Yosemite Valley Lodge Resort is the perfect launch pad.
Kings Canyon National Park, California & Nevada
Named after the sequoia forest’s famed protector John Muir, this fabulous stone and timber lodge is a relaxing retreat from the bustling Californian cities. Situated just minutes away from the historic Grant Grove and its towering sequoia forests, the lodge is superbly located for maximising your time in the enchanting Kings Canyon National Park. Featuring miles of ancient forests and sun-kissed stone canyons, these idyllic parks boast some of the largest trees in the world and the deepest canyon in North America.
Tranquil, cosy and comfortable: John Muir Lodge offers guests a true lodge experience set against the rugged canyons, complete with stone fireplaces and open beam ceilings. Enjoy the spectacular Sierra sunsets on the west-facing public balconies before dining at the family-friendly Grant Grove Restaurant, featuring American cuisine and a seasonal espresso bar on the patio. Filled with exquisitely hand-crafted wooden furniture set against a bright and airy backdrop, each room features a mini refrigerator, coffee-maker, flat screen TVs and hair dryers. Standard rooms are warm and inviting, with two queen size beds, a desk and seating area. Deluxe rooms offer guests a king size bed, plush lounge chair, desk and seating area.
This stunning lodge hotel is ideal for families and couples alike. It will certainly make your stay in Kings Canyon National Park cosy and comfortable.
Death Valley, California
Evoking memories of the Old West and the days of the pony express, the Ranch at Death Valley combines the facilities and amenities of a modern resort with a stunning and remote desert location in Death Valley. With a host of activities available including horseback trails, wagon rides and scenic hiking and walking the family oriented Ranch at Death Valley is the perfect location for your Death Valley National Park stopover.
There’s a delightful choice of dining options at The Ranch at Death Valley, the Wrangler Steakhouse serves breakfast and buffet lunches during the day, in the evening it transforms into the Steakhouse with a traditional a la carte menu. The 49’er Café also serves breakfast dinner and lunch with menus featuring traditional American Western fare including biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, burgers and salads and a selection of deserts. The 19th hole by the golf course serves old time favourites such as burgers, hot dogs and salads from its veranda style bar and grill – enjoy panoramic views of the mountains as you tuck into your burger and beer.
After a busy day riding and hiking in Death Valley nothing beats a visit to the Corkscrew Saloon with its jukebox and televised sporting events. Quench your thirst with a glass of the local Badwater Ale and begin planning tomorrow’s adventures in this welcoming and traditional Western style saloon. There’s a superb range of outdoor activities for guest to enjoy at The Ranch at Death Valley Resort including tennis, volleyball, basketball and more – challenge the family to a putting or shuffleboard contest or just relax on one of the loungers by the naturally spring fed pool.
All of the ranch’s refurbished non-smoking accommodations feature air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, mini fridge, coffeemaker, TV, phone, and full private bathroom or shower facilities with complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Cabins have small verandas whist the ranch’s other accommodations have small outdoors patios or balconies.
Palm Springs, California
Located against the Santa Rosa Mountains at the foothills of Palm Springs’ Coachella Valley, Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa is perfect for those looking for a resort with a luxurious atmosphere and plenty of amenities to enjoy. From spa treatments to championship golf and beautiful sunsets, this family friendly hotel has something for everyone; perfect for special occasions. Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa has a chic decor with upscale amenities and hotel features to meet your every need.
Amenities at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort include a fitness centre complete with cardiovascular equipment and free weights. For a small fee guests can also take part in a range of fitness classes and services including water aerobics and group fitness walks. Make a splash in the outdoor, heated swimming pool before wrapping up in the comfy towels provided by the hotel. Kids adore the heated sandy beach pool whilst adults relax in the whirlpool.
Other resort activities include bike rentals for all the family, a jogging/fitness trail, a sauna and tennis court. Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa has acclaimed kids’ activities at Camp Oasis, an enjoyable day camp with endless amounts of fun to be had with snacks and a T-Shirt provided. The Sandy Beach located at the pool entrance allows children to play for hours on the soft sand, perfect for little ones. This spectacular resort embodies the only 36-hole golf facility in California. Featuring on Golf week’s Top 20 “Best Courses You Can Play, the clubhouse restaurant, driving range and putting green will keep golf enthusiasts busy for hours. Try the Players Course with dynamic bunkering and generous fairway corridors designed by John Fought; an amazing golfing experience waits. At Spa Esmeralda, guests can indulge in one of several body scrubs, massages, makeup services, facials and even a couple’s massage.
To feed your appetite, Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa has a range of options for you to choose from. The Sirocco Pizza Company offers casual communal tables, a 900 degree wood pizza oven and a walk-up to-go window for guests to access. Alternatively, you can enjoy Glo Sushi, with a relaxed atmosphere, beer and wine, this is the best place to unwind with friends or as a couple. If you just fancy indulging in classic American fare, visit CAVA or The Pool Bar for locally farmed salads, fresh seafood, aged steaks or just a cool cocktail.
All guest rooms include fresh decor, Wi-Fi access and upscale amenities to make you feel right at home. Deluxe corner rooms provide additional space with beautiful views and a large sitting area. Suites offer upgraded amenities and private balconies with breathtaking views. Flat-Screen TV’s, oversized baths and plush linens are hallmarks of this beautiful hotel. There are a huge variety of room options to choose from including the Spacious Corner King, Resort View Queen-Queen, Star Suite and Whirlpool Suite.
With a stunning location near Joshua Tree National Park, you can see first-hand the abstract rock formations and desert landscapes. Named after the region’s Joshua trees, the park also features Keys View, which looks out over the picturesque Coachella Valley. Hiking trails also twist between the towering boulders of the iconic Hidden Valley. Take the Aerial Tramway from the flats of the Coachella Valley to the heights of the San Jacinto Peak and National Park, with fabulous views of the Coachella Valley and the surrounding mountain peaks. Despite being one of the very first tourist attractions ever in Palm Springs, it still remains a popular tourist hotspot, and it’s not hard to see why!
There are also endless activities for both adults and children to enjoy; The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa is the perfect hotel for a memorable Palm Springs experience.
Los Angeles, California
Welcome to the bright lights and big-city allure of California’s largest metropolis: Los Angeles. Here, A-list celebrities really do walk the sidewalks, triple-shot macchiato in one hand, cell phones in the other. While you may bypass much of the city by staying on a network of freeways that crisscross the region, you are missing L.A.’s hidden gems. Turn off onto side streets to discover inviting neighbourhoods, incredible museums, and shopping hot spots. When the sun sets, L.A. comes to life in a whole new way, with clubs thumping to the beat of the latest indie band, a flock of starlets swaying in the front row. Rooftop restaurants, bars, and pools draw slinky-sexy crowds, while searchlights arc through the night sky, announcing the latest silver-screen premier.
There are hundreds of tourists attractions to choose from, including world famous theme parks: Disneyland California, Knottsberry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain, and there are just as many VIP Studio Tours you can take such as Warner Bros, Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures. To combine both a tour of the world’s largest movie studio and also see some of your favourite movies come to life with some superb rides and attractions then Universal studios Hollywood is a real treat for movie buffs and theme park aficionados alike.
Settle in at the Hotel Angeleno with its warm, friendly service and perfect location. Situated at the crossroads of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and UCLA, this is a fantastic base to explore the sights and sounds of this fabulous city.
Every guest room includes complimentary valet parking, free wireless internet access and complimentary wine hour each evening in the lobby. West Restaurant is a favourite local haunt serving boutique local wines surrounded by stylish décor with 200 degree views from the downtown skyline to the Santa Monica beaches. Relax at the heated pool, work up a sweat in the fitness centre or simply enjoy a coffee in the lobby café and contemplate your itinerary for the next few days. With chic shopping, fun theme parks, movie star home tours, restaurants and theatres, Los Angeles is an exciting city to explore.
Experience culture, warmth and stunning views at Hotel Angeleno whilst enjoying a relaxed atmosphere, rich design and friendly service making you feel right at home. Call one of our travelplanners 020 3542 8888 to book today!