Have fun at Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, then explore Beverly Hills, lush vineyards and beautiful beaches.
1. Santa Monica
Go barefoot on the beach, then take a ride on Santa Monica Pier's rollercoaster and its fun solar-powered Ferris wheel. Head to the pedestrianised Third Street Promenade for a shopper's paradise.
Take a peek at one of California's most desirable neighborhoods, where multimillion-dollar homes (favorite hangout of best pals Courtney Cox Arquette and Jennifer Aniston) line the beach. Visit the Getty Villa to view exquisite antiquities.
3. The Getty Center Los Angeles
Immerse yourself in exquisite art at this architecturally spectacular museum, high in the hills above the city. Admission is free.
4. Beverly Hills
Revel in the luxury of this glamorous magnet for models, celebrities and stars. Once you've seen the luxury and polish of the stores on Rodeo Drive, explore the intriguing shops on surrounding streets known as the Beverly Hills "golden Triangle."
5. West Hollywood
Continue east to explore the hub of LA's gay community with trendy clubs and restaurants.
6. Universal Studios Hollywood
This huge complex offers a glimpse of movie-making mixed with fun attractions. Try the park's newest ride, The Simpsons.
7. Big Bear Lake
Drive into the cool mountains east of LA to enjoy this outdoor wonderland, great for hiking and biking. In winter, look for bald eagles.
Continue south to this picturesque and charming wine region. Sample Bordeaux-style blends at the Mount Palomar Winery and sparkling wines at the Thornton Winery. Ride in a carriage in Old Town Temecula.
9. Laguna Beach
Shop and play in this picture-perfect beach community, with art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and deluxe spas, plus plenty of surfers and boogie-boarders.
10. Newport Beach
Go rollerblading on the town's beach boardwalk, watch body-surfers at the big-wave Wedge, take rides at Balboa Fun Zone and treat yourself to a Balboa Bar ice cream. Find something chic to wear at the luxurious Fashion Island Mall.
Finish your SoCal tour with a trip to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure (don't miss the Soarin' Over California aerial view of the golden State). go underwater in the Finding Nemo submarine.