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Southern California

Visit Southern California

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

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,190 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £335 pp
Book by: 30 June 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 £1,610 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 June 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 £1,700 pp

Special
offer

Last Minute offer – Save up to £250 pp
Book by: 30 June 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 £4,445 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £325 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

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 itineraries in Southern California

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,190 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £335 pp
Book by: 30 June 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 £1,610 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 June 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 £1,700 pp

Special
offer

Last Minute offer – Save up to £250 pp
Book by: 30 June 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 £4,445 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £325 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

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

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.

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.

Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach

Contemporary hotel

Repeatedly recognised by the Luxury Travel Magazine as one of the world’s best stays, the hotel resembles a sun-washed Mediterranean village, offering beach relaxation, spa treatments, an oceanfront pool and great food.

The US Grant, San Diego

Historic hotel

Built in 1910 by the son of President Ulysses S Grant, this grand dame of San Diego’s hotels has played host to discerning guests for more than 100 years as its Grant Grill restaurant remains one of the downtown area’s most elegant dining spaces.

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Where to go in Southern California

San Diego

San Diego is a wonderfully relaxing city, 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.

Newport Coast

Orange County's Newport Beach coast is a stunning upmarket area of almost year-round sunny weather. Newport Harbor is hailed as one of the finest small boat harbour's in the world and the surrounding shoreline of wind-blown bluffs, sandy beaches ...

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is affectionately known as 'Surf City USA' and certainly has one of the most consistent waves anywhere in the country. This Orange County city defines Southern California, with a laid-back beach culture that has made the state famous.

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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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Meet the team

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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