Itinerary Highlights

  • In Palm Springs relax by the pool, play a round of golf or discover the nightlife of this desert oasis
  • Take to the skies on a helicopter flight for a bird's eye view of the breathtaking Grand Canyon
  • Be surrounded in the outstanding natural beauty of Yosemite National Park
  • Take a self guided tour of Alcatraz, the former federal penitentiary for America's most notorious criminals
  • Best time to travel April - October

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Car Hire
  • GPS Device
  • International Flights
20 nights from £5,399 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
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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, you will take to the road on an epic fly-drive adventure. Starting and ending in Los Angeles, highlights of this great holiday will include the national parks of California with Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, as well as the jewel of Arizona, the Grand Canyon. Visiting a collection of some of the most breathtaking sights in the North America, this tour is simply unmissable. 

Itinerary

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.
Take an early morning drive to Hollywoodland where you can get fantastic views of the Hollywood Sign. You might even 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 views 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.
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.
Enjoy a full day at leisure exploring Palm Springs and its surrounding desert landscapes. For a birds eye view we recommend riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - a rotating tram car journey along the Chino Canyon. At the summit there are 50 miles of hiking trails, two restaurants and a number of view points.
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.
Scottsdale offers a vast range of 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.
Embark on an early morning drive towards the Grand Canyon, taking time to stop off at Flagstaff along the way. Maybe visit Bearizona, a drive through wildlife park where you might get to see black bears, bison, wolves and elk. Check in to your accommodation for the night, The Grand Hotel at The Grand Canyon.
Rise early and witness the changing colours of the canyon as the sun rises 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.
Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, bursting with shops, spectacular 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 sell-out shows.
Cross the border into California and discover 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. Due to there being no light pollution Death Valley has some of the darkest skies making it the perfect spot for star-gazing.
Mammoth Lakes, California
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 staying at Westin Monache Resort Mammoth, before your two day adventure in Yosemite National Park. NOTE: During the winter months the Tioga Pass gate to access Yosemite National Park is closed by snowfall so your itinerary will change in which case you’ll drive through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite Area.
Leave Mammoth Lakes and take the Tioga Pass Entrance into Yosemite National Park. The Tioga Pass is one of the most scenic routes, passing through thick forests and the rugged Sierra Nevada. Get your first glimpse of the Half Dome at Olmsted Point, and pass dramatic granite monoliths and wind your way through the park to Tenaya Lodge.
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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 climb to the top of Yosemite Falls, although you can still enjoy some of the best views only two miles into the hike. The powerful Vernal Falls can only be seen on foot and you can climb to top of the waterfall, or along the mist trail.
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Drive to Napa Valley, one of California's finest wine producing areas. The rolling hills are full of grape vines and lavender fields. Napa Valley isn't just for wine lovers and also 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.
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 offer tours on an appointment only basis, however this ensures a more personalised experience and often includes food and wine pairings.
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 home to street side cafes, bars serving local organic wines, delicious eateries and independent boutiques. Lively Chinatown covers several blocks and Fisherman's Wharf offers many attractions including sea lions lazing around at Pier 39.
Explore San Francisco's attractions, museums and galleries. Pay a visit to 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.
Departing San Francisco, you’ll head south along the coast to Monterey and Carmel. Stop off at the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch, stroll along the Fisherman’s Wharf area at Monterey, and rent kayaks and set out in search of seal otters and seals. Monterey Bay is also California's number one destination for whale-watching adventures.
Today you will take one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, the Big Sur. 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 on you will come to Piedras Blancas beach then continue south until you reach the seaside town of Santa Barbara.
Enjoy a relaxing day in California's Riviera town of Santa Barbara. Stroll down State Street, a bustling strip 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 old fashioned Santa Monica Pier.
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Enjoy a final day of relaxation in Santa Barbara. Maybe even squeeze in some surfing lessons before driving to Los Angeles for your flight back to the UK.
Kate

Kate

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