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Introducing California

California is a dream destination. Spanning over 800 miles of coastline from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest, its borders are bursting with ways to explore. Grab a taco al pastor on the east side of Los Angeles, hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, take a road trip from San Francisco into wine country, or pay a visit to the world's tallest trees: the sky is literally the limit. 

When is the best time to visit? 
Believe the hype: California is blessed with great weather year-round, by all definitions. In the dead of winter, you'll find beachgoers sunning themselves in San Diego, snowboarders zig-zagging down the slopes of world-class resorts, and hikers enjoying local trails from the central coast to the Mexican border. Every season has its perks, of course—summer brings access to high-altitude national parks like Yosemite, spring brightens the desert with wildflowers, and fall is the perfect time for wine tasting and leaf-peeping in Napa Valley. 

Where should I go in California?
California is one of the largest states in the US, and you'll find that the options for adventure match its expansive square mileage. You'll likely fly into Los Angeles or San Francisco, two cities equally deserving of cultural and culinary exploration—but where you go from there depends on your interests. Los Angeles makes an ideal base for beach-hopping from Malibu to Coronado, or for travelers keen on visiting desert destinations like Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. San Francisco is the gateway to the splendor of northern California's mountains, lakes, and rugged coast. 

How many days do I need?
Spend at least one full week in California if you want to do the Golden State justice. With seven days, you have plenty of options for how to spend your time, keeping in mind the fact that you'll likely be spending at least a few hours of your trip in the car getting from place to place. 

In a week or more, you can do a deep dive into Los Angeles or San Francisco, or get an overview of both in a combined trip. Take a coastal drive up world-famous Highway 1, with stops in charming Santa Barbara and dramatic Big Sur. Spend a winter week skiing fresh powder in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. And seven days is just the beginning—California is vast and varied enough to accommodate multiple weeks of diverse travel experiences.

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Kimkim has handpicked the world’s top local travel specialists so you will have peace of mind and an unforgettable trip that meets your exact requirements.

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Kimkim’s local specialists ensure that you will have the best experience based on up-to-date local insights. On top of that, the vast majority of your money will go straight to support and grow local economies.

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Seller of Travel Registration number: CST #2136279-40.
Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Trip Reviews for California

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

California road trip · California - Mar 30 - Apr 9, 2022

Traveler: Carolynn O. - Local specialist: Leo Cuesta

Leo gave us an excellent itinerary for our California road trip. The hotel choices were always in a convenient location and the details in the hiking trails was appreciated. Links to google maps were provided. We spent time in Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia, Monterey & Carmel.

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Leo Cuesta, local specialist, responded to this review:

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip Carolynn! Thanks for working with us and I look forward to arranging another adventure for you!

Best 10 day California family road trip! · California - Mar 25 - Apr 3, 2022

Traveler: Amy W. - Local specialist: Leo Cuesta

I can’t thank Leo enough. We had the best family vacation yet to Northern California and the coast. He took so much time get all the details, where to eat with fabulous restaurant picks, order of how to see the National Parks. (Sequoia and Yosemite) Fabulous reservations. Everything went seamless. I don’t think I will travel without an agent.

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Leo Cuesta, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Amy,

I'm so happy your family had such a great time! It was a pleasure helping you put together your trip and I look forward to arranging another great adventure for you guys!

PS: Awesome pics!


Leo arranged one of my best vacation week. N... · California - Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2021

Traveler: Lynn X. - Local specialist: Leo Cuesta

Leo arranged one of my best vacation week.
Not only he is knowledgeable about local hidden trails but also all other adventure activities.
I highly recommend Leo for west coast destinations.

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Leo Cuesta, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lynn,

I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation! Looking forward to more fun adventures with you when you're back in Vegas!