February 27, 2022
Join Our State as we experience the glamour of Hollywood, the natural beauty of California’s central coastline, and the laid-back style of what has been described as the American Riviera. Trip dates are February 27–March 5, 2022, and feature four nights at the Hilton Santa Barbara beachfront resort.
February 27: Arrive — Los Angeles
Upon arrival, meet your tour director. Travel to the nearby ‘South Bay’ beach communities with views of the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula and beaches. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay. Later, enjoy a wine & beer reception prior to your welcome dinner with fellow Our State travelers.
February 28: City of Angels – Beverly Hills – Reagan Library – Santa Barbara
This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour, visit Hollywood and stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame in search of your favorite stars and seek out their handprints outside the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Spot the Hollywood Sign from one of the best vantage points in the city. Next, drive through Beverly Hills and see beautiful boutiques that have been frequented by presidents and movie stars along the famous Rodeo Drive. Next, depart for Simi Valley for a tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. The museum takes you from Reagan’s early years to his time spent as a world leader. Tour the Air Force One aircraft used by President Reagan, an exhibit on the Berlin Wall featuring parts of the wall itself, and more. Later, we head up the coast and travel along the Pacific Ocean, arriving in the affluent beachside town of Santa Barbara, referred to as “The American Riviera.” Check into your hotel for a four-night stay.
March 1: Old Mission Santa Barbara – Solvang — Santa Ynez Winery visit and tasting
Following breakfast, embark on a guided tour of the 18th-century Old Mission Santa Barbara, home to an active Franciscan parish for more than 200 years. Learn about the 21 California missions built along El Camino Real in honor of the Spanish Monarchy. On a city tour, see Santa Barbara’s most historic sights and get a feel for this quiet beach community, which has been a longtime celebrity hideaway. See the 1929 Courthouse surrounded by lush gardens, drive along the ocean front Cabrillo Boulevard offering iconic views of the ocean, beach, and Stearns Wharf. Travel along lively State Street with its beautiful Mediterranean-style architecture lined with shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes, and art galleries. Next, discover picturesque Solvang, a town with a distinctive Danish heritage and a location featured in the wine-lovers’ film, Sideways. Free time to browse the quaint shops and enjoy lunch on your own and sample a delicious pastry at a local Danish bakery. Stop in Los Olivos for a visit to a local farm and gather for an olive oil tasting made from olives grown locally. You’ll also learn about home-grown extra virgin olive oils and fruit vinegars from a local expert. Next, we visit a Santa Ynez Valley Winery for a tour and tasting. Dinner is included at a local restaurant. The evening is at leisure to stroll through the downtown area lined with pedestrian-friendly sidewalks.
(B,D) Overnight: Santa Barbara
March 2: California’s Central Coast – San Simeon – Hearst Castle
Travel north along the El Camino Road, the Kings Highway offering views of the rolling hills of central California’s wine region and rich agricultural countryside. A highlight today is a guided tour of Hearst Castle, a national and California Historical Landmark and the grandiose vision of newspaper magnate publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. A guided tour of this elaborate estate featuring 121 total rooms scattered over 90,000 square feet and built on a 40,000 acre ranch. Next, enter the five-story IMAX movie theater showing the film “Hearst Castle – Building the Dream” that tells the story of the construction in 1919 and the creation of an architectural masterpiece where he entertained the Hollywood elite of the day. Afterwards, a short drive north along the coast takes us to San Simeon State Beach’s Vista Point and the Elephant Seal Rookery. See hundreds of elephant seals up close and in their natural element as they crowd the four mile stretch of beach offering breathtaking scenery along the rocky coastline. Return to Santa Barbara where you will join your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant.
March 3: Santa Barbara as you wish
The entire day today is free to enjoy this beautiful beachside town. Your hotel is located on one of Southern California’s most beautiful coastlines and is within walking distance to shopping and dining. Spend some time relaxing at the pool or spend the day at beautiful East Beach. Maybe take a stroll along the ocean and palm tree lined Cabrillo Boulevard or browse the shops, galleries, and restaurants on State Street, the heartbeat of Santa Barbara. An optional tour will also be offered today.
March 4: Santa Barbara – Malibu – Santa Monica
Depart Santa Barbara, driving south along the ocean. Our scenic drive continues along the Pacific Coast Highway, along Malibu’s 21 miles of scenic beauty offering incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Arrive at the Santa Monica Pier where you’ll have some free time to wander along Ocean Front Walk or shop along the trendy Third Street Promenade. Later, check into your hotel for an overnight stay. This evening, experience a fascinating walking tour of the Queen Mary with a local expert and enjoy a farewell dinner onboard.
(B,D) Overnight: Long Beach
March 5: Los Angeles – Flight Home
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home filled with memories of the Santa Barbara and the American Riviera Tour. (B)
For more information, please contact Melissa Grant from Premier World Discovery by email at email@example.com.