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Overview

A spectacular tour spanning many of the United States' highlights. Starting in Los Angeles and ending in San Francisco, this adventure makes stops at the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park, Twin Falls, Bryce, Mammoth Lakes and Las Vegas, plus more along the way! An unforgettable trip, you will be amazed from start to finish.

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Day 1 Los Angeles - Arrival

Meet your Tour director at the hotel. Overnight in Los Angeles.

Hotel: Four Points Hotel Sheraton LAX or similar

Day 2 Los Angeles

Morning sightseeing tour of exclusive Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. Continue to Hollywood for a walk down Hollywood Boulevard with legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where you will find the handprints of famous stars in the cement. Then downtown, you will see the business district and the Mexican quarter. Lunch on your own. Afternoon at leisure.

Optional: Transfer to the Universal Studios in Hollywood, the largest movie studios in the world. First, board a tram on the studio tour to discover different movie sets like “War of the Worlds”, Jurassic Park” and the TV series “Desperate Housewives”. Then you will see a presentation on the great moments of Hollywood movie-making or learn some secrets about special effects. Free time to explore the park on your own.

Hotel: Four Points Sheraton LAX or similar

Day 3 Los Angeles - Palm Springs - Scottsdale (388 miles)

Departure towards Palm Springs. Then continue to beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. Below 3,000 feet, the Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and features natural gardens of bushes and cacti. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park ; and the higher, moister, and slightly cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua Tree, from which the park gets its name. At least 240 species of birds have been observed in the park and it’s a good place to observe wildlife. Drive to Scottsdale.

Hotel: Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort or similar

Day 4 Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon (240 miles)

Travel through the Sonoran Desert, the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas. Continue to Sedona and see the spectacular red rock scenery. Situated in a unique geological area, Sedona is encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths with such names as Cathedral and Coffee Pot. Then drive through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. Visit lookout points along the South Rim to fully experience this mile-deep canyon. Overnight in Grand Canyon National Park.

Hotel: Yavapai West Lodge or similar

Day 5 Grand Canyon - Page (134 miles)

Morning visit of the Grand Canyon, a superb geological phenomenon. This is most certainly one of the highlights of your trip. Walk along the South Rim to see one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring wonders in the world. The Grand Canyon is the result of millions of years of wind and water erosion. it's an endless expanse of shapes, colours and impenetrable shadow. The Colorado River flows over a mile below the canyon rim. Lunch on your own In the afternoon, we will enter the town of Page, in the Lake Powell Region. Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here you’ll enjoy views of stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Overnight in Page.

Hotel: Best Western View of Lake Powell or similar

Day 6 Page - Monument Valley - Moab (277 miles)

Leave for Monument Valley, where you will find yourself surrounded by dark red hills. Visit of this imposing area where numerous westerns have been filmed. This 25 mile-long and 16-mile wide desert plain overflows with gigantic sandstone monolithic structures rising high above the valley. Optional: Jeep tour with Navajo Indians including Navajo specialties lunch. Afternoon stop at Dead Horse Point, a promontory dominating the Colorado River that can be reached by a trail. The view of Canyonlands and the Colorado is spectacular.  Overnight in Moab.

Hotel: Aarchway Inn or similar

Day 7 Moab - Arches - Salt Lake City (284 miles)

Morning visit of Arches National Park in the state of Utah, with its arid and austere landscape, where you can find over 2,000 natural arches of various shapes and sizes resulting from the erosion of red and gold sandstone. Lunch on your own. Afternoon drive to Salt Lake City. The scenery is beautiful, in particular throughout the Fishlake National Forest. Overnight in Salt Lake City.

Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown or similar

Day 8 Salt Lake City - Jackson (281 miles)

Sightseeing tour of the Mormon capital. Visit Temple Square where you can appreciate the Mormon temple from the outside. Stop near the State Capitol, a Corinthian-style building and seat of the state of Utah’s federated government. Leave for the north and overnight in Jackson.

Hotel: The Inn at Jackson Hole or similar

Day 9 Jackson - Grand Teton - West Yellowstone (163 miles)

Leave for Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. Stop at Jenny Lake and the Chapel of the Transfiguration in the historic district. Enjoy a superb view of the Teton Range rising abruptly to tower 7,000 ft above the valley floor and frame a majestic landscape of lakes, glaciers and extensive forests. In the afternoon, first visit to Yellowstone National Park. This park will appeal to lovers of wildlife like grizzly bears, buffalo, deer, elk and longhorn sheep. Overnight in Yellowstone.

Hotel: Yellowstone Lodge or similar

Day 10 Yellowstone

Day in Yellowstone National Park used in the past by many groups of Native Americans. You will delight in the splendid waterfalls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. On your tour through the park, you may see the eruption of Old Faithful, the best known of the park’s 300 geysers, along with other geological marvels like Mammoth Hot Springs and Turquoise Pool. Continue to Cody, where colourful Buffalo Bill once lived. Overnight in Yellowstone.

Hotel: Yellowstone Lodge or similar

Day 11 Jackson - Craters of the Moon - Twin Falls (309 miles)

Morning drive West to the state of Idaho and a stop at Idaho Falls. Afternoon visit of Craters of the Moon, a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush, one of the best-preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States. The Monument and Preserve encompass three major lava fields, all lying along the Great Rift of Idaho, with some of the best examples of open rift cracks in the world, including the deepest known on Earth at 240 m. Make a stop at the Malad River Canyon. You will get a great view of the gorge from the slender-but-sturdy bridge that arcs across the canyon. You can also take a short hike to discover nearby fingers of the gorge where crystal clear springs produce ponds and streams. Overnight in nearby Twin Falls.

Hotel: Best Western Twin Falls or similar

Day 12 Twin Falls - Salt Lake City (219 miles)

Morning drive to Salt Lake City. On the way make a stop near the Great Salt Lake, the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere. In the afternoon, continue you sightseeing tour of Salt Lake city. Passing the beautiful historic homes of the "Avenues" and South Temple, this driving tour continues through the University of Utah, the first University built west of the Missouri river, site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Village, and home to Fort Douglas, which was founded by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. Stop at Place Heritage Park - the landmark where the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Your final stop will bring you to Salt Lake City's newest historic wonder, the Salt Lake Public Library. This unique architectural triumph has won over 10 architectural awards. Overnight in Salt Lake City.

Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown or similar

Day 13 Salt Lake City - Bryce (269 miles)

Visit of Bryce Canyon, one of the most fascinating natural parks of the state of Utah. The Mormons discovered this site in the 19th century. The dazzling shapes and shades of the stone of memorable Pink Cliffs constantly vary from dusk till dawn. Overnight in Bryce.

Hotel: Best Western Ruby's Inn or similar

Day 14 Bryce - St George - Las Vegas (250 miles)

Continue your visit of Bryce Canyon.  Leave for the oldest park in Utah, Zion Canyon with its cathedral-shaped rocks, certain of which are more than 3,000 feet high. There is also a great diversity of plant and animal life due to the park’s unique geography.  Continue to St George, a town founded by the Mormons. Photo stop at the Mormon visitor centre and temple. Overnight in Las Vegas.

Hotel: Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 15 Las Vegas - Valley of Fire - Las Vegas (110 miles)

Morning visit of Valley of Fire. It was Nevada’s first state park. The Valley of Fire offers a superb desert landscape of multicolored, strangely eroded rocks that are the remains of sand dunes laid down 150 million years ago. Many westerns have been filmed there. Afternoon on your own in Las Vegas.
Overnight in Las Vegas.

Hotel: Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 16 Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes (338 miles)

This morning, cross the Nevada desert on the way to Pahrump and Shoshone. On entering the state of California, you descend to impressive Death Valley approximately 320 feet below sea level. This area is so desolate that the first cowboys who ventured here described it as “no stream to drink from, no tree to hang from”. You will discover Badwater Point, the lowest spot in the valley, Furnace Creek, and the Stovepipe sand dunes. This afternoon visit of the Borax Museum with mining displays of the history of borax mining in Death Valley. Continue to Mammoth Lakes and overnight.

Hotel: Sierra Nevada Lodge or similar

Day 17 Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite - San Francisco (275 miles)

Drive to majestic Yosemite National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the state of California. Yosemite surprises by its fresh Alpine landscapes with pine forests and magnificent waterfalls. Sheer white monolithic cliffs tower over the valley. You will discover Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls. Drive down from the mountains and across the fertile agricultural lands of Central Valley. Dinner (half board) and overnight in San Francisco.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf or similar

Day 18 San Francisco - Departure

Morning sightseeing tour of San Francisco, one of the most photographed, filmed, and documented cities in the world, a tantalizing mixture of history and modern sophistication. Built on several hills, the city is the gem of the magnificent bay at the foot of these hills. You will see the business district, Union Square, Chinatown, then cross world-known Golden Gate Bridge to the picturesque town of Sausalito across the bay. Lunch on your own. Evening return flight or possible extension on your own.

If returning from San Francisco today, an evening departure flight after 5pm is required

Day 19 Arrive back home


What's Included:

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Professional Tour Director Service
  • Courtesy Shuttle on Day 1
  • Transportation on a modern, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation as per hotels listed above (or similar standard)


Entrance to the following parks & sites:

  • Joshua Tree
  • Grand canyon
  • Monument Valley
  • Dead Horse Point
  • Arches
  • Grand Teton
  • Yellowstone
  • Craters of the Moon
  • Malad Gorge
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Zion Canyon
  • Valley of Fire
  • Death Valley
  • Yosemite

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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