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Jane AndersonLeading travel writer Jane Anderson

California dreaming

Our verdict:

From the jaw-dropping Big Sur to the wide open spaces of Yosemite National Park, with theme parks, surfing, wine routes, glam cities and dramatic beaches in between, California is a place of incredible diversity. If you’re the kind of couple that wants to pack a million honeymoon experiences into a couple of weeks, The Golden State is for you.

Recommended company: American Sky

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American Sky says

Vibrant California has got the honeymoon essentials covered: year-round sunshine, golden beaches, innovative cuisine and extraordinary landscapes. From Palm Spring Desert to the majestic redwood forests, or the rolling vineyards of Sonoma to the High Sierras and vibrant San Francisco, it’s a stunningly diverse mix, with something to suit every budget.

  • Self-drive routes
  • Twin-centre options
  • Year-round sunshine

We offer a range of honeymoon options including fly-drive itineraries, multi-centre and cruise & stay combining California with Las Vegas and Hawaii, for example.

Our most popular honeymoon is this 14-night Self Drive the West road trip with the option to upgrade to deluxe hotels. You’ll visit Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Death Valley, Yosemite and drive the Highway 1 coastal route from San Francisco through Carmel and Monterey.

If you have more time, there’s a 22-night self-drive Grand Tour of the West that also takes in Yellowstone and Zion National Parks.

Route 66 screams the ultimate road trip – you can follow it from Chicago to Los Angeles on our 17-day self-drive holiday.

If you would prefer not to drive, there’s a fantastic Las Vegas and San Francisco twin-centre holiday, with internal flights also included. Again, you can choose the hotel grade to suit your budget.

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and we love this Hawaii & San Francisco twin-centre honeymoon for the best of both worlds.

Las Vegas, Hawaii Stay & Cruise is a dream combo taking in Las Vegas, San Francisco and a seven-night cruise of the islands of Hawaii.

Our expert team can tailor-make your trip with add-ons, hotel upgrades and more so that all you have to do is to enjoy your perfect honeymoon.

Check out our full range of California holidays and our wedding options. You can also check out our beginners’ guide to California here.

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