An actioned packed holiday for the whole family, combining city adventures in San Francisco and Los Angeles with the great outdoors, where the kids can explore a selection of National Parks along with their waterfalls, rapids and beautiful rock formations. Add on guided activities such as rock climbing and horse riding lessons to make this the ultimate summer trip for the kids.
Arrive at San Francisco International Airport, where you and your family will be met by a representative on the ground and privately transferred to your hotel for the next three days. The St Regis San Francisco is located in the heart of this lively city and the perfect base to explore the many activities on offer.
We always recommend getting stuck into the local time to beat jet lag so get the juices flowing after your 11 hour flight by taking a bicycle ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the best way to see the bay and a great activity for the whole family to enjoy.
On your last day in San Francisco, visit Alcatraz for your tour of the legendary island that has been a Civil War fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries in US history.
The tour includes a 45 minute audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour" featuring actual correctional officers and prisoners who lived and worked on the island; an orientation video by the Discovery Channel; a ranger and docent tours; historic gardens and abundant wildlife.
From the buzz of San Francisco to the great outdoors, pick up your hire car and head to Yosemite National Park, approximately a three hour drive inland.
Explore the alpine meadows, tumbling waterfalls and granite monoliths, and be dwarfed by groves of ancient sequoia trees (yes, parents too) on foot, retreating to the Tenaya Lodge for well-earned rest.
Continue your journey and reach the Carmel Valley Ranch, a short drive from Yosemite.
The kids and teens club will fill the next couple of days with many activities, keeping children busy with hiking, tennis and arts and crafts on offer. Parents can take this opportunity to indulge in the treetop Aiyana Spa, or enjoy wine tastings.
Carmel Valley Ranch Bee experience
Behind the scenes at Monterey Bay Aquarium and 'Finding Dory'
Venture into the surrounding Santa Monica Pier to spend the day experiencing a slice of relaxed coastal LA life. Here, you can hire bicycles and cycle along the oceanfront promenades.
The kids can rent a boogie board and skim the waves whilst you relax on the beach. If you take a stroll down Venice Beach's Ocean Front Walk, you'll come across stalls selling anything and everything, and it's perfect for people watching, from skaters, body builders, mimes, break dancers, drummers and jugglers.
Take the kids to the California Science Center on the last day and discover some hands-on science exhibits, animals and the space shuttle Endeavour.
Why not experience a film on the huge seven-storey IMAX screen on site afterwards. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, head to the Beverly Center or combine shopping with a beach trip at the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Make the most of your last day before you head back to the hotel to collect your luggage, before heading to the airport, to drop your car off and catch your international flight home.
If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.
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