Fly to San Francisco
Arrive at San Francisco International Airport, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel.
Today discover the attractions of this beautiful city. See places like Union Square, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can also take a short boat trip to tour notorious Alcatraz Island - but make sure you book your tickets before you go as this tour is a daily sell-out.
Day 3 San Francisco
A full day to explore the City by the Bay, beautiful San Francisco, or to enjoy the rolling hills of California’s Wine Country, Napa Valley, where famed wineries welcome you for tours and tastings. Established in 1828, this fertile area is considered the premier wine growing region in the United States. Click here for more ideas.
San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel (126 miles)
Drive south to Monterey where you can stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. The 17-Mile Drive toll road along the Peninsula Coast from Pacific Grove to Carmel boasts magnificent seaside scenery. Visit Carmel Mission, founded in 1770.
Monterey - Central Coast (246 miles)
Continue by Big Sur to San Simeon and then Solvang, a unique town founded by Danish immigrants. Solvang is a quaint village in the Santa Ynez valley surrounded by local wineries and famous for its bakeries and boutique stores.
Central Coast - Malibu - Los Angeles (97 miles)
Drive by Malibu and Santa Monica to Los Angeles/Anaheim. If you plan to arrive in Los Angeles early, we suggest a visit to Universal Studios this afternoon before continuing to your hotel where you will stay for two nights.
A full day at leisure. We can book you onto a tour of Warner Studios, or a bike ride around the Hollywood Hills. You might enjoy a visit to Disneyland. Window shop on Rodeo Drive and star spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Los Angeles - Las Vegas (280 miles)
Today drive east through the Mojave Desert and the ghost town of Calico en route to the glittering Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas. Once an oasis on the route to California, Las Vegas began as a Mormon settlement and boomed fleetingly during the silver rush. Today Las Vegas is one of the great gambling capitals of the world, with great entertainment and famous shows.
Las Vegas (Grand Canyon optional)
A full day at leisure for you to either take a short drive to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, or see one of the great natural wonders of the world, the spectacular Grand Canyon, on an optional day trip from Las Vegas by air. The canyon is 277 miles long, averages 10 miles in width from rim to rim and is 5,700 feet deep.
Las Vegas - San Diego (336 miles)
Drive south past Lake Elsinore to the town of Temecula. Enjoy famed rolling hills and vineyards on your way to San Diego, popular for its year-round sparkling weather and relaxed living. Stay here for your final two nights.
A full day to discover some of San Diego’s attractions such as: Balboa Park, Old Town, Sea World, which is the largest park in the world devoted to marine life, Coronado Beach, the San Diego Zoo, and Seaport Village.
Time for your holiday to end - you can either fly back from San Diego or drive to Los Angeles airport, return your car and fly home from there
If you're not ready to leave how about extending your stay and perhaps add a Hawaii Extension?