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Self-Drive Best of the West

13 Nights Self Drive from £1,359 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

As it's name suggests, this flydrive encompasses the very best of western America, taking iconic cities and awe-inspiring sights. Marvel at the Grand Canyon, drive the spectacular Pacific Coast, enjoy the glitz & glamour of Las Vegas, explore charismatic San Francisco and experience the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park.

This 13 night tour begins and ends Los Angeles: 2 nights Los Angeles; 1 night Palm Springs; 1 night Phoenix; 1 night Grand Canyon; 2 nights Las Vegas; 1 night Death Valley; 1 night Yosemite; 2 nights San Francisco; 1 night Monterey; 1 night Ventura

However, you can return from San Francisco to make this a 9 night tour, or you could reverse the order and do the coastal region first. We can tailormake this to suit the wishes of you and your party.

Details

Day 1

Fly to Los Angeles

Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, and transfer independently to the hotel.

Hotels: Standard/Superior - Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor; Deluxe - Manhattan Beach Marriott

Day 2

Los Angeles - Palm Springs (147 miles)

This morning pick up your rental car and make your way south to Anaheim, Orange County's headquarters for fun. Visit the nations oldest theme park, Knott's Berry Farm, or one of Anaheim's many other attractions before continuing to Palm Springs. Take time this evening to dine in one of  the many excellent restaurants in downtown Palm Springs, or escape the heat and ride the aerial tramway high up above the desert floor for panoramic views of the Coachella Valley.

Hotels: Standard - Quality Inn; Superior - The Saguaro Palm Springs; Deluxe - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Palm Springs

Day 3

Palm Springs - Phoenix/Scottsdale (267 miles)

There is time this morning to shop in the exclusive boutiques and shops of Palm Springs before driving to Scottsdale and Phoenix. Surrounded by beautiful desert scenery, Phoenix is known for its year-round sun, warm temperatures, extensive golf courses and myriad shopping & restaurant choices

Hotels: Standard - Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale - Old Town; Superior - The Saguaro Scottsdale; Deluxe - Phoenix Marriott Mesa

Day 4

Phoenix - Grand Canyon National Park (230 miles)

It's worth rising early this morning as you'll be driving to the awe-inspiring natural wonder-  the Grand Canyon. There are many vantage points to admire its spectacular beauty - take a stroll along the rim for the best photo opportunities.

Hotels: Standard - Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn; Superior - Yavapai Lodge West; Deluxe - Yavapai Lodge East

Day 5

Grand Canyon - Las Vegas (276 miles)

Drive through Williams and Kingman to one of the world’s greatest man-made structures, the Hoover Dam. Continue your drive to Las Vegas, the glittering entertainment capital of the world, open 24-hours a day for non-stop fun, where you will be staying for two nights

Hotels: Standard - Excalibur Hotel & Casino; Superior - Luxor Hotel & Casino; Deluxe - Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Day 6

Las Vegas

A full day at leisure in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Hotels: Standard - Excalibur Hotel & Casino; Superior - Luxor Hotel & Casino; Deluxe - Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Day 7

Las Vegas - Death Valley National Park (139 miles)

After a morning at leisure in Las Vegas, drive across the Armargosa Desert to Death Valley National Park. At Zabriskie Point you will have a panoramic view of the seemingly endless valley. Don't miss the opportunity this evening to cast your eyes upon the night sky for some of the best stargazing in the world.

Hotels: Standard/Superior - Stovepipe Wells Village; Deluxe - The Ranch at Furnace Creek

Day 8

Death Valley - Yosemite (326 miles)

This morning, travel north into the High Sierra where Tioga Road, the highest drivable pass in California leads you into Yosemite National Park. Best known for it's impressive waterfalls, grand meadows and spectacular rock formations, Yosemite was once of the first wilderness parks in the United States. Explore a giant sequoia grove and meet the most massive trees on earth, or spend an evening under the stars. With approximately 800 miles of trails, Yosemite is also a great meal place to hike.

Hotels: Standard - Americas Best Value Inn-Yosemite South Gate; Superior - Cedar Lodge; Deluxe - Yosemite View Lodge


*From early November to late May the Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions. In which case you will need to drive the southern route through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite Area.

Day 9

Yosemite National Park - San Francisco (195 miles)

Drive across the state of California to one of America’s favourite cities, San Francisco. Upon arrival, tour this beautiful city by visiting Union Square, The Presidio, Golden Gate Park, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Catch a glimpse of the infamous Alcatraz Island across the bay.

Hotels: Standard - Hotel Metropolis; Superior - Best Western Plus Americana; Deluxe - Park Central Hotel

Day 10

San Francisco
A full day at leisure to experience the many sights of this beloved city, or to enjoy the rolling hills of California’s Wine Country, Napa Valley. Overnight in San Francisco.

Hotels: Standard - Hotel Metropolis; Superior - Best Western Plus Americana; Deluxe - Park Central Hotel

Day 11

San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel (130 miles)

Drive to Monterey and visit Cannery Row (of author John Steinbeck fame). Enjoy stunning coastline views on 17-Mile Drive, have lunch in Carmel and visit Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf before reaching your hotel.

Hotels: Standard - Chaminade Resort & Spa; Superior - Hilton Garden Inn Monterey; Deluxe - Hotel Pacific Monterey

Day 12

Monterey - Santa Barbara - Ventura (280 miles)

Continue your journey south through Pismo Beach, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara on the way to your overnight hotel.

Hotels: Standard - Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach; Superior/Deluxe - Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach;

Day 13

Ventura - Malibu - Santa Monica - Los Angeles (70 miles)

This morning continue by Malibu and Santa Monica to Los Angeles. We suggest you drive through Beverly Hills and Hollywood for an optional visit of Universal Studios, the world’s largest television and movie studio complex, or check out the Hollywood Walk of fame.

Hotels: Standard/Superior - Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor; Deluxe - Manhattan Beach Marriott

Day 14

Los Angeles departure

Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

  • Return transatlantic flights
  • Economy size car rental (upgrade for a supplement
  • Hotel accommodation as specified above or similar
  • Welcome kit with maps and day-to-day itinerary

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