Blessed with its perfect climate, myriad of scenic landscapes, and known for its laid-back, fun-loving spirit, California is a sure-fire winner for the trip of your lifetime.

The best thing about this state is you can pretty much see every landscape and enjoy every experience you could possibly desire from a luxurious honeymoon. From All-American road trips zig-zagging your way through the state to relaxing on beaches cocktails in hand, there is something to entice all.

The Big Sur road trip is a must for adventurous honeymooners. Meander your way along coastal roads from San Francisco to LA, passing wild rugged scenery and sparsely populated beaches. Cruise along at your own pace stopping off at one of the hundreds of viewpoints to explore by foot and take in the stunning panoramic views. Arriving in LA, enjoy everything from sunset strolls along the beaches to morning yoga by the ocean.

You can't get more romantic than a few days wine tasting in the beautiful Napa Valley, or sister Sonoma Valley. Stroll through the valleys of vineyards sipping your way through a few of the many magnificent wineries. After a stint in the wine region, burn off the excess in the stunning Yosemite National Park.

An abundance of romantic hotels make this state perfect for honeymoon territory and our team are on hand to help you find the perfect hotels to relax in between adventures.


Where to go



A continent's worth of luxury travel in one very, very special state.



A continent-sized country, the USA pretty much has it all, and Original Travel has cherry-picked the very best bits. We offer tailor-made trips to include experiences as different as the brash hedonism of Las Vegas and the wide open spaces of Montana, and the beaches of the Florida Keys or the majestic scenery of the Rocky Mountains.

Where to stay

Sunset at Post Ranch Inn, luxury hotel in the Big Sur

Post Ranch Inn

This cliff hanger luxury hotel - it literally does hang over the cliffs - is one of the few places to stay along the Big Sur (of this standard anyway), meaning guests can explore uninterrupted to their hearts content.

The pool at El Encanto, luxury hotel in Big Sur

Belmond El Encanto

Dating back to the 1920’s, El Encanto has been meticulously restored by Belmond, and aims to capture the romance and glamour of that era.

Shutters on the Beach, luxury hotel in Los Angeles

Shutters on the Beach

Shutters on The Beach is simply the ultimate incarnation of the Californian experience. The hotel evokes a sense of comfortable elegance that one might find in a grand, yet unpretentious, beach home, all with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and California coastline.

Ventana Inn & Spa

Ventana Inn & Spa

Sat atop a hill overlooking the rugged Big Sur coastline, the Ventana Inn & Spa is a luxurious adult’s only retreat set within 243 acres of forest, meadows and gardens.

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch

A short drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea and the lovely Monterey Peninsula sits the Carmel Valley Ranch, a luxurious place to stay along the California coast, surrounded by 500 acres of country estate.

Auberge du Soleil, luxury hotel in Napa & Sonoma Valley

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil began life as a highly acclaimed restaurant. Today the fantastic restaurant remains, and rooms have been added.

Calistoga Ranch, luxury hotel in Napa & Sonoma Valley

Calistoga Ranch

The ranch is tucked away in a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley, just outside the historic town of Calistoga.

Farmhouse Inn

Farmhouse Inn

Located in Sonoma County, this intimate family-run property started out as a humble B&B, and retains that personal feel. Though there's nothing humble about the accommodation, which in true Ralph Lauren fashion has taken an English look and done it better than the original.

Entrance at Hotel Zetta, luxury hotel in Big Sur

Hotel Zetta

If Soho House were to open a hotel in San Francisco (watch this space) it would look a lot like the Zetta Hotel. This ultimate Californian city hang out comes complete with oversized cushion chairs, pool tables, funky light fittings and a clientele of hip creative types (with the odd business type thrown in for good measure).

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