San Francisco & Los Angeles

The Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies of Postcard Row and Rodeo Drive - this Californian city pairing has it all.

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San Francisco & Los Angeles

‘All that glitters is gold’ and there’s nowhere else in America that this statement holds such meaning than the Golden State of California. Taking you along one of the world’s most photo-worthy stretches of coastline, this duo of big city experiences will leave you craving more. Witness the star-studded streets of Los Angeles where Hollywood icons walk, indulge in retail therapy that even leaves the likes of Milan in the shadows and head to Santa Monica for a slice of laid-back California beach life. Despite being in the same State, your experiences in San Francisco will be entirely different to those in LA. With its antique cable cars and iconic Golden Gate Bridge, this welcoming city is steeped in history and offers fabulous dining of every kind. Explore the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood where the hippie movement was born and don’t leave without a night in one of the city’s flamboyant bars or clubs.

Golden Gate Bridge and National Recreation Area

For years, this architectural masterpiece has adorned posters and been featured in films and no trip to San Fran is completed without paying it a visit. Make a day out of it by hiring a bike and peddling the 1.7 miles from South San Fran to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. As you leave the city behind, you'll enter one of California's stunning national parks, full of endangered birds and mammoth redwood trees. It's the perfect place for a day of exploration.

Ride the cable cars

This is public transport with a difference. San Francisco is home to the world's last manually operated cable car system, so no trip to the city is completed with hopping on for a stop or two. Buy a day pass and you'll have the freedom to discover the entire city, which can be really useful for tackling those steep hills. If you find yourself falling in love with these rustic vehicles, you can even take a trip to the Cable Car Museum where you can learn their full history and see some original cable cars.

Fisherman's Wharf

Most San Fran itineraries include a stop a at Fisherman's Wharf – a true fisherman's paradise. Here you can see the large fishing boats coming in at the end of day, and enjoy the spoils of their labour at the many stalls and restaurants in the area. Head to Pier 39 to see an army of sea lions basking in the sun and enjoy some famous Californian clam chowder paired with the perfect home grown wine.

Alcatraz

Arguably the most infamous prison in the world, Alcatraz was once home to the most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone. The stark building is surrounded by lush greenery on an island a mile and half from Fisherman's Wharf. Take an Alcatraz cruise out to the island where you can do a tour of the prison and learn about some if most famous inhabitants. Be sure to book your tour well in advance.

Beverly Hills

This is were the beautiful people live. Whatever you expect from Beverly Hills, it will not fail to disappoint. Wealth can be seen and felt everywhere. The House of Bijan, the worlds most expensive shop, lives here – you can't enter without a reservation, but it's always worth strolling past to spy the millionaire's cars parked outside. Beverly Hills is a great place for people watching, enjoy a walking tour or just pitch up in a café - you never know who you might see!

Santa Monica Pier

This is LA's best loved beach-side city. The vibe is funky, the people are cool and the beach is inviting. The creativity that oozes from this place is infectious, over 50% of the people that live here work in the arts. Visit the traditional all-American pier which is home to a solar powered Ferris wheel, arcades and diners and famously marks the end of Route 66.

Universal City

Located in San Fernando Valley, this area is owned by Universal Studios Hollywood, making it LA's beating heart of entertainment. Take a tour of the world's largest working movie studio, and go behind the scenes of some of your favorite films. When the sun goes down, Universal CityWalk boasts the best in evening entertainment including restaurants, bars and live music.

La Brea Tar Pits

For a break from the glossy streets and beautiful beaches – take a day out to step back in time and discover what LA was like 11,000 years ago. This was the era when saber-toothed tigers, big cats and sloths roamed the streets, and you can see the fossils to prove it. You'll get to see what a real tar pit looks like and meet Zed, a near complete skeleton of a Columbian Mammoth.

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