Five-Night Tour of California's Golden Coast
30 October 2017
California needs no introduction – with its sandy beaches and 300 days of sunshine a year there’s never a bad time to explore this eclectic destination. Join us on a five-night tour where we share the highlights and must-dos of the Sunshine State with you…
Day One – Disney
Discover the most magical place on earth and start your California trip with a visit to the original Disney resort in Anaheim, Los Angeles. Only spending one day in the Magic Kingdom may seem a bit of a feat, but it’s certainly doable if you start early and wear sensible shoes. There’s something to enamour everyone at the home of Mickey and Minnie – whether it’s riding the exhilarating Space Mountain, marveling at breathtaking fireworks accompanied by classic Disney scores or enjoying dinner and drinks at one of the many bars and restaurants in Downtown Disney.
You can get to the park easily by car however there are numerous public transport options available. The Anaheim Resort Transit System (ART) is a shuttle service which leaves directly from most hotels that are close to the attractions, or alternatively you can take the metro or the SuperShuttle shared van service. You could also hop on the Disney Resort Express, which offers pick-ups from both Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and John Wayne Airport.
Day Two – Hollywood and Santa Monica
A stay in LA wouldn’t be complete without heading to the hills to see the illustrious Hollywood sign. After you’ve taken the perfect selfie, travel to the TCL Chinese Theatre and place your hands in the prints of the rich and famous along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Once you’ve had your fix of Tinsel town, take a stroll through the shopping district of Rodeo Drive in exclusive Beverley Hills, where you can expect to see the boutiques of Armani, Chanel and Gucci.
From here it’s just a short drive to the inviting shoreline of Santa Monica Beach. Relax on the soft golden sand and watch the sun go down with a bike ride to remember down the palm tree edged promenade. Along with being the end Route 66, Santa Monica Pier offers a hive of hustle and bustle with arcades, fairground rides and restaurants. Chow down on clam chowder and rock crab and absorb the nostalgic vibe of one of the world’s most coveted piers.
Day Three – Monterey Bay
Leave LA and drive through the verdant Los Padres National Forest, and you’ll reach the traditional coastal city of Monterey – a location perfect for surfing, swimming and kayaking. While you’re here make sure you pay a visit to Moss Landing Harbour and visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where you can check out the local wildlife including sea otters and harbor seals. Don’t forget to chill out at the beach, as this is your last taste of relaxation before you head on to the vibrant city of San Francisco!
Day Four and Five – San Francisco
Just over a two-hour journey up the Pacific Coast’s Highway One brings you to San Francisco with its beatnik vibe with and instantly recognisable landscape. Jump aboard a cable car and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the sights, then make your way to Union Square where you can dine, drink and shop. ‘Honey Honey Café and Crepery’ is the perfect spot to satisfy your sweet tooth - this quaint little eatery offers a diverse menu and specialises in both savoury and dessert crepes. Towering some 746-feet into the sky and spanning the mouth of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-see attraction. Watch the fog roll in and visit the Golden Gate Welcome Centre to learn about this iconic structures colourful history. Then take a ferry over to Alcatraz Island, where you can visit the federal penitentiary where some of the world’s most infamous inmates once resided.
Pier 39 is the ultimate tourist hotspot in San Francisco. Enjoy soulful swing jazz and meet the resident sea lions whilst watching the wonderful street artists perform – the perfect way to end your Californian coastline adventure.