California is one of the most diverse states you could visit. City breaks, coastal road trips, desert escapes, wine country immersions, wellness retreats and mountain adventures… When you’re ready, California offers your clients a wide diversity of trip types. The best part? There’s no need to narrow it down to one. You can easily mix and match a variety of experiences in one incredible itinerary.
California is also the ultimate road trip destination. In 1903, the first cross country road trip originated in California. And the California Road Trip has been a rite of passage ever since. Celebrated in music, literature and film, it is an enduring theme central to the American experience. Today people of all kinds, from every corner of the world come to roam, gaze, taste, connect, unplug and discover.
Make your way across California’s 400,000 miles of roadways, 840 miles of coastline and 127 national and state parks, choosing the freedom of travel on your own terms, discovering historic landmarks and monuments, as well as hidden gems and hot spots along the way. As California begins to reopen and people once again move around the state, we’re asking them to do so in a thoughtful, safe, and respectful manner.
We also want you remind you to read and follow the California Responsible Travel Code below, which is designed to ensure that the Golden State remains a beautiful and viable destination over the long haul. California Responsible Travel Code Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.
Extraordinary experiences abound in California, whether it’s dining in Michelin-starred restaurants, driving the iconic Pacific Coast Highway or wine tasting with the makers at cult favorites. The abundance of only-in-California experiences also includes the likes of playing postcard-perfect Pebble Beach Golf Links, hiking Half Dome or pulling off the feat of surfing and skiing in the same day. We certainly can’t neglect to highlight the fact that California is home to both Hollywood and Silicon Valley. As the global epicenter of pop culture, entertainment and technology, the Golden State offers many opportunities to delve into these worlds and feel the electric energy of being in a living, breathing hub of innovation and creativity.
These are just some of the essential ingredients to consider for when crafting a California itinerary:
Timing a Visit: California is always in season.
The beauty of California is it’s a year-round destination, whether you’re a sun worshipper or a snow bunny. So when it comes to nailing down the “best” time to visit, it’s really all up to your clients and what they are looking to do.
Most of California maintains a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Each season has its own charms and surprises. In spring, discover waterfalls tumbling into Yosemite Valley and wildflowers painting the coastal hills and desert dunes. Come summer, watch surfers along Southern California beaches and dine alfresco at sunset. In autumn, take part in harvest time at vineyards north to south. In winter, look for migrating whales along the coast, or schuss down Sierra ski slopes. Snow is virtually guaranteed in the Sierra Nevada during the winter months. Mammoth Mountain has one of the longest skiing seasons in North America, with really big years stretching from October to July or even August. Or dodge the snow and indulge in the poolside splendor and golf-greens luxury of Palm Springs, the ultimate desert oasis.
Some practical seasonal considerations:
The Lay of the Land: California is big and diverse.Spanning 150,000 square miles and running just over 800 miles long from south to north, California is the third-largest state in the U.S. Nature has left her mark here in beautiful ways, with glaciers creating enormous granite monoliths trimmed by waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. Towering volcanoes jut into the sky in the state’s northeastern corner. Dramatic deserts like Death Valley and Anza-Borrego stretch across the state’s southeastern corner, while the jagged Sierra Nevada range forms a granite backbone near the Nevada border. This is a land of extremes, with the continental U.S.’s tallest mountain, Mt. Whitney, and lowest point, Death Valley’s Badwater, located only 100 miles from each other, as the crow flies.
California has a strong network of approximately 30 commercial airports offering nonstop flights from many major and mid-sized U.S. cities. Private jets can be accommodated throughout the state and charter services are plentiful. Arrangements can be made for yachts and sailboats traveling into destinations like San Diego, Newport Beach and Santa Barbara.
When it comes to getting around on the ground, California has a deep appreciation for the automobile. It’s an epic place to get behind the wheel and embark upon a road trip. Luxury car rentals services like Luxury Line Auto Rentals serve locations from Beverly Hills to San Francisco with fleets of vehicles ranging from the Mercedes C Class to the Rolls Royce Ghost.
Traveling between cities can also be done by airplane, helicopter or train. Train travel can a relaxing way to get around with Business Class seats available on Amtrak. In some cases it’s a smart way to avoid getting stuck in traffic while taking in some incredible views. Three classic Amtrak routes include:
We specialize in luxury without pretense.
Like all things Californian, our philosophy on luxury is guided by an adventurous spirit, a playful approach to life, and a love of the original, the unique and the innovative. We believe in luxury that is personal and unburdened by stuffy or staid traditions. And we embrace a relaxed approach to the elevated and extraordinary that is free of pretense, but full of passion, enthusiasm and discovery.
These are the characteristics that define California’s singular brand of laid-back luxury:
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