Big Sur, California, USA


The “Golden State” of California is renowned for its glorious weather, stunning coastline and extensive wine regions. Home to the vibrant cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, this rich culture and beautiful landscape offers a wide variety to visitors and is a year-round destination.

Yosemite National Park is considered by most to be the most special park in the state – with dramatic granite cliffs, towering waterfalls and giant sequoia groves, it is a hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts as over 95% of the park designated as wilderness areas. A superb destination for birding, California has a diverse habitat of oceans, wetlands, lakes and rivers that attract numerous migratory bird species – Bald Eagles even make an appearance during the winter months.

California Sunset Palm Trees, Santa Barbara, USA
California Sunset Palm Trees, Santa Barbara, USA

A little more about California

The west coast is lined with white sandy beaches and the getaway havens of Santa Barbara, Monterey and Carmel, small towns where you can enjoy the coastline. From the pristine coastline and warm waters of the south to the rugged coastline in the north, there are spectacular areas throughout the region to be explored whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family adventure.


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Pacific Crest Trail

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

Walk part of the Pacific Crest Trail, an iconic 2,650 miles trek through California, Oregon and Washington.

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Carmel by the Sea, California

Surf in California

Learn to surf on one of the most exquisite golden beaches in California, such as Malibu, Laguna Beach and Mission Beach.

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West Coast California

Self-Drive Route 1

Drive the stunning Route 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles, stopping to visit Big Sur, Santa Barbara and Monterey.

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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Explore Yosemite National Park

Observe the granite landscape of Yosemite National Park and its spectacular waterfall on foot, by bike or on horseback, looking out for black bears, bobcats and mule deer.

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Joshua Tree National Park, USA

Joshua Tree Bird Migration

Head to the desert region of Joshua Tree in the spring to observe spectacular bird migrations along the Pacific Flyway.

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Orca pod off the California coast

California Coast Marine Life

Take to the seas on a whale watching excursion to look for spouting orcas, breaching humpbacks and leaping dolphins.

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Rogue River, Applegate Valley, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, USA

Relax in Wine Country

Taste the fine wines and gourmet cuisine of Napa and Sacramento.

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Hyde Street Cable Car Tram, San Francisco, USA

Discover San Francisco

Travel around “The Golden City”, exploring Fisherman’s Wharf, cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge, tucking in to sourdough with hot chowder and visiting Alcatraz Island.

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Explore Yosemite & Camp Big Sur

Unveiling some of the highlights of California, this itinerary takes in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and the scenic Highway 1 on a journey that seamlessly blends an artsy city stay with time spent in a densely forested wilderness. Plus, to top off an iconic coastal drive, spend a few nights in a comfortable private camp overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

11 days

from $8,308 pp

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Yellowstone National Park, USA

National Parks by Private Jet

Utilising a private jet to fly between arguably the most visually stunning national parks in the USA – Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Grand Teton – this flight-seeing adventure offers remarkable birds’ eye views of the country’s most iconic landscapes.

9 days

from $18,621 pp

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy has had many adventures throughout the USA, and has a passion for exploring the spectacular National Parks. Roxy’s tip is to invest in a private guides that take you off the grid, transforming your experience of these epic landscapes.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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Paul Bird

In his travel to the USA, New York has remained at the top of Paul’s list. It is certainly not a one-stop destination, and Paul knows the little-visited hot spots and behind-the-scenes experiences that make a visit to this bustling city truly memorable.

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