Route 66, USA

Route 66, USA

The USA is the home of the road trip. Why not drive the famous Route 66 or the Pacific Coast Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles for an unforgettable fly-drive? San Francisco is famed for its ever popular Golden Gate Bridge and the legendary Alcatraz Island! It is one of America’s most beautiful cities and offers many diverse neighbourhoods including Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown. A unique place to stay is the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with its glassed-in sky bridge located on floors 40 to 48 for stunning views of the city! From here, travel south to the Monterey Peninsula, drive along historic Cannery Row and take a stroll around charming Carmel, which has quaint shops, art galleries and white sandy beaches. Carmel is definitely worth stopping for. The Carmel Valley Ranch is a great place to relax after a long drive! Next, drive to Big Sur and experience awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean. You can stay at the Post Ranch Inn which has its wood-burning fireplaces and superb spa, as well as an award winning restaurant. It may be worth staying longer than one night! Continue on to Santa Barbara known as ‘the American Riviera’- home to many celebrities. Santa Monica is also worth a stay. The Bacara Resort and Spa has old Hollywood glamour and covers 78 beachfront acres! Santa Monica has the famed Venice Beach and Malibu Beach on its doorstep, easily accessible to Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Disneyland and much more!

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The seasons in North America are the same as the UK. The winters are much colder and thesummers are generally hotter than the UK.

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