21 Day - Best of the West

This epic road-trip takes you through diverse landscapes of deserts, forests and dramatic coastlines. Stop at the desert oasis of Palm Springs, hover over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter and catch a spectacular Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas

21 Day - Best of the West

A perfect fly-drive holiday introducing you to the treasures of California, Arizona and Nevada. From the bright lights of Las Vegas to the charming coastal towns of California and the vibrant city of San Francisco, take to the road on this epic fly-drive. Starting and ending in Los Angeles, highlights of this great holiday will include the national parks of California; Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree as well as the jewel of Arizona, the Grand Canyon. 

Los Angeles
    DAY 01

    Travel to Los Angeles

    Los Angeles

    Board your flight from the UK to Los Angeles, sit back, relax and enjoy the in-flight entertainment. On arrival collect your rental vehicle and drive the short distance to your Los Angeles Hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. Accommodation Options

    Views Of Los Angeles From Griffith Park
      DAY 02

      Los Angeles

      Los Angeles

      Take an early morning drive to Hollywoodland where you can get fantastic views of the Hollywood Sign and you may spot a celebrity or two out for a morning jog. Visit Griffith Park where you will find the Griffith Observatory and some of the best view of the city. You may choose to visit one of the entertainment parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios or Knott's Berry Farm or simply wander along Rodeo Drive or spend time on the beach at Santa Monica. Accommodation Options

      Whitewater Canyon, Near Palm Springs
        DAY 03

        Los Angeles to Palm Springs (120 miles)

        Palm Springs

        This morning head east to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. A playground for the rich and famous, Palms Springs is home to exclusive shops, luxury hotels, spas and over 120 golf courses in the immediate area. Palm Springs boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year and daytime temperatures rarely dip below 70 °F, making it a fantastic year round destination for outdoor activities and sports. Accommodation Options

        Views From Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
          DAY 04

          Palm Springs

          Palm Springs

          A full day at leisure to explore Palm Springs and its surrounding desert landscapes. For a birds eye view we recommend riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, travelling over two-and-a-half miles in a rotating tram car along the Chino Canyon. At the summit there are 50 miles of hiking trails, two restaurants and a number of view points. Accommodation Options

          Cholla Cactus Garden at Joshua Tree National Park
            DAY 05

            Palm Springs to Scottsdale (267 miles)

            Scottsdale, Phoenix and Mesa

            We recommend an early start so that you have ample time to stop along the route from the deserts of California to Scottsdale in Arizona. Watch the sun rise over Cholla Cactus gardens in Joshua Tree National Park, cross the Colorado River which forms the natural border between California and Arizona and continue to Arizona's desert city of Scottsdale. Accommodation Options

            Scottsdale, A Desert Oasis
              DAY 06

              Scottsdale

              Scottsdale, Phoenix and Mesa

              Scottsdale offers a vast range of different outdoor activities including hiking, hot air balloon flights, mountain biking, horseback riding, off road touring and rafting. For a more relaxing experience visit Scottsdale Butterfly Wonderland where more than 3,000 butterflies flutter around the tropical rainforest conservatory or head over to Arizona's state capital of Phoenix and visit its impressive Desert Botanical Garden or the Heard Museum. Accommodation Options

              Grand Canyon
                DAY 07

                Scottsdale to Grand Canyon National Park (230 miles)

                Grand Canyon National Park

                Embark on an early morning drive north towards the Grand Canyon, taking time to stop off at Flagstaff along the way and maybe visit Bearizona, a drive through wildlife park where you might get to see black bears, bison, wolves and elk.
                Maverick Helicopters South Rim Flight
                  DAY 08

                  Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas (276 miles)

                  Las Vegas

                  Rise early and witness the changing colours of the canyon as the sunrises over this Natural Wonder of The World. Today you will enjoy a 45 - 50 minute helicopter flight over the South Rim of the canyon (subject to availability at the time of booking). Driving through Williams and Kingman, you’ll pass the Hoover Dam, one of the world’s greatest man made structures. Stop for photograph opportunities. Your journey then continues on to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Accommodation Options

                  Las Vegas
                    DAY 09

                    Las Vegas

                    Las Vegas

                    Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, bursting with shops, spectacular stage shows such as Cirque du Soleil Shows and live celebrity performances. The hotels along the Las Vegas Strip also present their own entertainment including the fountains of the Bellagio and the volcano at The Mirage. No visit to Las Vegas is complete without taking in one of Cirque du Soleil's spectacular shows, these are often sell out performances so we can arrange tickets as part of your holiday. Accommodation Options

                    Death Valley National Park
                      DAY 10

                      Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park (140 miles)

                      Death Valley National Park

                      Cross the border in to California and on to one of the hottest places in the world, aptly named Death Valley. The 3.3 million acre moonscape like national park encompasses salt flats, enormous sand dunes, mountain ranges and canyons. Enhance your Death Valley experience by joining a ranger-guided tour through Golden Canyon or over the Mesquite Flat Dunes. Due to there being no light pollution Death Valley has some of the darkest skies making it the perfect spot for star-gazing. Accommodation Options

                      Mammoth Lakes
                        DAY 11

                        Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes (205 miles)

                        Death Valley National Park

                        This morning continue exploring Death Valley National Park, stop in the western desert town of Stovepipe Wells and continue into the high Sierra Nevada to Mammoth Lakes for a night stop before your two day adventure in Yosemite National Park. During the winter months the Tioga Pass in to Yosemite is closed so your itinerary will change in which case you’ll drive through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite Area.
                        Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park
                          DAY 12

                          Mammoth Lakes to Fish Camp, Yosemite National Park (130 miles)

                          Yosemite National Park

                          Leave Mammoth Lakes and take the Tioga Pass Entrance in to Yosemite National Park. The Tioga Pass is one of the most scenic routes, passing through thick forests and the rugged Sierra Nevada. During the summer month meadows are filled with wildflowers. Get your first glimpse of the Half Dome at Olmsted Point, and take in the spectacular views of Tenaya Lake and Tenaya Peak. Pass dramatic granite monoliths and wind your way through the park to Tenaya Lodge. Accommodation Options

                          Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park
                            DAY 13

                            Yosemite National Park

                            Yosemite National Park

                            Enjoy a full day exploring Yosemite National Park, travel back to Tunnel View for spectacular vistas of El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls and Half Dome. Keen hikers can take an 8 hour strenuous climb to the top of Yosemite Falls, although you can still enjoy some of the best views only two miles in to the hike. The powerful Vernal Falls can only be seen on foot along a one mile trail head, if you wish you can continue to top of the waterfall or along the mist trail. 

                            Accommodation Options

                            Wine Tasting - Napa Valley
                              DAY 14

                              Yosemite National Park to Napa Valley (170 miles)

                              Napa Valley

                              From Yosemite National Park, you’ll depart and drive to one of California's finest wine producing areas of Napa Valley. The rolling hills are full of grape vines and lavender fields. Napa Valley isn't just for wine lovers but it boasts some of California's best dining experiences too. The quaint town of Yountville offers an impressive collection of fine dining and casual eateries including Michelin Starred options. Accommodation Options

                              California Vineyards
                                DAY 15

                                Napa Valley & Sonoma

                                Napa Valley

                                Spend a full day exploring this beautiful area. We recommend taking a private wine-tasting tour, so you can enjoy wine tastings and let someone else do the driving. Many of the fine wine producers only allow tours on an appointment only basis, however this will ensure a more personalised experience and often includes food and wine pairings. Accommodation Options

                                Golden Gate Bridge
                                  DAY 16

                                  Napa Valley to San Francisco (80 miles)

                                  San Francisco

                                  Today your journey takes you to San Francisco, famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Alcatraz. This vibrant city will not disappoint, with interesting neighbourhoods that include Mission District with its street side cafes, bars serving local organic wines and craft beers, eateries and independent boutiques. The lively Chinatown covers several blocks in downtown San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf offers many attractions including sea lions lazing around at Pier 39. Accommodation Options

                                  Alcatraz Island
                                    DAY 17

                                    San Francisco

                                    San Francisco

                                    Make use of your All Loops bus ticket and Hop On and Off along the route visiting many of San Francisco's attractions, museums and galleries.Golden Gate Bridge and maybe have lunch on the waterfront at Sausalito or a picnic on the beach. Take a ferry from Fisherman's Wharf to Alcatraz and take a self-guided tour through the corridors of this former prison, listening to stories of former prisoners and prison guards.

                                    Accommodation Options

                                    17 Mile Drive At Pebble Beach
                                      DAY 18

                                      San Francisco to Carmel (130 miles)

                                      Carmel & Monterey

                                      Departing San Francisco, you’ll head south along the coast to Monterey and Carmel. Whilst here drive along the 17-Mile Scenic Drive at Pebble beach to take in this rugged coastline, and stop off at the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch. Other activities in the area including strolling along the Fisherman’s Wharf area at Monterey and renting kayaks for a paddle in search of seal otters and seals. Monterey Bay is also California's number one destination for whale-watching adventures. Accommodation Options

                                        DAY 19

                                        Carmel to Santa Barbara (240 miles)

                                        Santa Barbara

                                        Today you will take one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, the Big Sur. Shortly after leaving Carmel you will join California State Route 1 for 76 miles of coastal vistas, view points and hiking trails. We would suggest you allow yourself a full day to explore all of the attractions along the Big Sur, such as Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark. Further south you will come to Piedras Blancas beach then continue south until you reach the seaside town of Santa Barbara. Accommodation Options

                                          DAY 20

                                          Santa Barbara

                                          Santa Barbara

                                          Enjoy a relaxing day in California's Riviera town of Santa Barbara, where State Street is lined with boutiques, street side cafes and bars. Visit the historic Old Mission, hike in the Ynez Mountains or simply take a stroll along the promenade and old fashioned Santa Monica Pier. Accommodation Options

                                            DAY 21

                                            Los Angeles - UK


                                            A final day of relaxation in Santa Barbara or maybe take surfing lessons before driving to Los Angeles for your flight back to the UK.
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