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Greater Palm Springs

Southern California

Hollywood glamour meets beachside chic

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Introduction

Southern California, or SoCal to locals, embodies the quintessential west coast lifestyle of sunshine, surf culture and beachside living. From the glamour of Los Angeles, to the Orange County highlights of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, and the year-round sunshine of San Diego, Southern California never fails to impress. But Southern California's charms aren't confined to the coast, head into the dramatic desert landscape around Palm Springs for a truly unique experience.

Special offers in Southern California

California Classic - USA West Coast

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,905 pp incl. flights

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offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer & air discount on selected dates – Save up to £405 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, the bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this curated road trip.

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,395 pp incl. flights

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offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer & air discount on selected dates – Save up to £645 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

A truly iconic USA fly-drive, the Pacific Coast Highway brings you between San Francisco and Los Angeles, calling into world-class vineyards, pretty coastal towns and sweeping golden beaches.

Southern California Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,855 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £95 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

There's no better way to explore the USA than by car. The driving is easy with inexpensive fuel and excellent roads that link vibrant cities with wide-open spaces, spectacular countryside and breathtaking coastlines.

Miami to San Diego

19-day cruise from £6,635 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Enjoy a journey through the legendary Panama Canal, calling on storied places like Cartagena and anchoring along the stunning coastline of Cabo San Lucas

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Top itineraries in Southern California

California Classic - USA West Coast

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,905 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer & air discount on selected dates – Save up to £405 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, the bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this curated road trip.

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,395 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer & air discount on selected dates – Save up to £645 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

A truly iconic USA fly-drive, the Pacific Coast Highway brings you between San Francisco and Los Angeles, calling into world-class vineyards, pretty coastal towns and sweeping golden beaches.

Southern California Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,855 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £95 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

There's no better way to explore the USA than by car. The driving is easy with inexpensive fuel and excellent roads that link vibrant cities with wide-open spaces, spectacular countryside and breathtaking coastlines.

Luxury California & Las Vegas Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,770 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Drive your way through California to Las Vegas in complete luxury and enjoy activities including Ocean Safari's and city tours, with the option to extend your tour to include Canyon Point. Take in the best of San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Los Angeles and Las Vegas on your way.

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Top places to stay in Southern California

Le Méridien Delfina, Santa Monica

Contemporary hotel

Watch scorching sunsets silhouette palm trees over one of the world’s most famous beaches as your accommodation is firmly planted among Santa Monica’s exclusive bars and restaurants, the haunts of LA’s rich and famous.

Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

Traditional hotel

Perfect for those who like to be near the action but not deafened by it, Shutters on the Beach is a stylish yet quiet hideaway in sassy Santa Monica, and a highly regarded member of The Leading Hotels of the World group.

Viceroy Santa Monica

Contemporary hotel

Named ‘the best-kept secret in Santa Monica’ by The Los Angeles Times, this chic and contemporary boutique hotel is one of Santa Monica’s hippest haunts.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

Grand & elegant hotel

Known as the ‘Pink Palace’, this landmark hotel is a glamorous resort-style property surrounded by 12 acres of lush tropical gardens and exotic flowers.

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Where to go in Southern California

San Diego

America's self-styled 'finest city', San Diego is wonderfully laid back, blessed with brilliant year-round weather, beautiful beaches, and plenty of family-friendly attractions.

Palm Springs

With its modernist architecture, world-leading golf courses, star-studded music festivals, vibrant LGBT community and spectacular national-park surrounds, Greater Palm Springs is California at its inclusive best.

Los Angeles

Love it or loath it, Los Angeles demands attention. This is, after all the home of Hollywood, Muscle Beach and a rich assortment of denizens desperately chasing the 'American Dream'.

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Southern California articles

  • California Dreaming

    Wexas USA specialist Patrick Griffin brings us off the beaten track of California to give his expert recommendations on the Golden State's wines and desert enclaves.

  • A holiday on Route 66

    With nearly 2,500 miles to choose from, we’ve put together the must-see stops along Route 66 – America’s original road trip. Along with the big-city highlights, there’s plenty of off-the-beaten-track intrigue, including national parks and forgotten railroad towns.

  • Make a self-drive holiday luxurious

    From renting classic cars to planning high-end picnics, these tips will help you craft a luxury self-drive holiday.

  • Where to see Sea Lions & Seals on the Pacific Coast Highway

    Arguably one of the most overlooked draws of Highway One, the abundant sea lion and seal population is both fascinating and adorable. If you don't know where to look to find them, follow our guide to the five best places to spot California's favourite marine life.

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Meet our Southern California experts

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0636 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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