California is a diverse and dynamic state located on the west coast of the United States. It offers something for everyone with its stunning natural landscapes, vibrant cities and rich cultural history. These itineraries highlight California as the ultimate road trip destination, featuring endless sunshine, great wine and incredible outdoor experiences.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY TO MENDOCINO (240 KMS OVER 3-5 DAYS)
Travel along the scenic Highway 128 from San Joaquin Valley's agricultural fields to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and follow the Navarro River through majestic redwoods to Mendocino's rugged headlands. Explore Putah Creek Nature Park and continue to St. Helena, a winecentric town, and learn about organic farming practices. Lastly, explore the redwoods at Hendy Woods State Park and the artsy town of Mendocino.
LAGUNA BEACH TO SANTA BARBARA (299 KMS OVER 3-5 DAYS)
Begin your adventure by settling into a cozy cottage at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Next, take a helicopter ride to Catalina Island, where you will get to see colourful marine life in Lover's Cove from a semi-submersible boat. Drive north along the beautiful Malibu beaches and Ventura's seascape and take a break at Ventura Harbor Village to explore its charming shops and sailboats. Explore the Santa Barbara Museum of Art before heading to Leadbetter Beach for a private picnic.
SACRAMENTO TO COLUMBIA (292 KMS OVER 2-4 DAYS)
Explore the beautiful foothills and sprawling ranchlands of northern California while enjoying the timeless charm of quaint towns. Start your journey in the capital city and explore the treelined neighbourhoods and Old Sacramento's wooden sidewalks. Cruise along the Placer Wine & Ale Trail in Newcastle. Next, go to the Gold Bug Park in Placerville and tour a real mine or taste cheese at Jollity Farm Goat Dairy. Finally, cross the Parrotts Ferry Bridge to Columbia. In this historic state park, you can ride a stagecoach or walkalong cobblestone streets to browse handmade ware.
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