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See the best of the west coast on this jam-packed tour filled with vibrant cities and natural beauty!
As a round-trip from Los Angeles, this American tour allows time to explore the best of the American West! Travel from LA to Las Vegas, San Francisco and back! Along the way, pay a visit to Old Town San Diego, located on the border to Mexico. Set foot in the famous Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. Drive the deserted Route 66 and see the sparkling city of Las Vegas. Take a moment to appreciate the wine capital of America, Napa Valley. End on a high note in San Francisco. A real American holiday experience!
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.
After meeting up in the morning, we immediately make our way from Los Angeles for San Diego. San Diego is the southernmost city in California located just outside the border with Mexico. It’s often referred to as the birthplace of California and is one of America’s finest cities. On arrival, we embark on a sightseeing tour to see the notable spots of San Diego. The tour includes visits to The Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Old Town San Diego. With its close proximity to Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, San Diego offers the perfect mix between relaxing beach scenes, history, art, architecture and great food. One thing is for sure, the nachos here are delicious. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure and watch the sun set over the Pacific ocean.
This morning we cross the border from California to Arizona as we drive through the pristine expanses of the Sonoran Desert. The scenery is straight out of a picture book! This afternoon we arrive in Phoenix, Arizona located in the northeastern corner of the Sonoran Desert. Head out for a tour of Old Town Scottsdale for a proper glimpse of the most western town in the West! Imagine sheriffs with badges, saloons and some cowboy charm. Spend the evening exploring the city at your own pace.
Gear up for the Grand Canyon National Park! This morning we leave Scottsdale behind and make for Arizona's most famous attraction. The Grand Canyon is the biggest canyon on earth, stretching over 277 miles (446 km) long and about a mile (1.6km) deep. It has some of the oldest exposed rock in the world and is over 1,7 billion years old. No wonder Theodore Roosevelt said, "In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world." Explore the park this afternoon, before heading to our hotel located on the historic Route 66.
After breakfast, set off on the most famous road in America, Route 66. This famous highway crosses 8 states and 3 time zones! First stop of the day is the famous Hackberry General Store. Now a museum commemorating the old Route 66, the store started as a filling station in the 1930s. This is the best spot to buy Route 66 memorabilia and souvenirs. Then, stop to explore the old mining town of Oatman - one of Arizona’s most famous ghost towns. Oatman is like a classic 1880s Western movie. Walk around an authentic western town with old wooden buildings, dusty streets and feed the burros (donkeys) that roam the streets. Explore the Oatman Hotel, antiques stores, eateries and ice cream parlour. The drive this afternoon takes you all the way to Las Vegas. On arrival, take an evening driving tour of Las Vegas Boulevard, the world famous Strip.
Today you have a full day to explore Las Vegas as you please. More than 41 million travellers visit Vegas each year and it's easy to see why. This bustling city is home to more than half of the world's largest hotels and 150+ casinos. Not to mention all the theatres and live performance venues.
Leaving shiny Las Vegas behind, take the road back to California. Death Valley is a national park where some of the highest temperatures EVER have been recorded. We stop at Badwater basin to see the iconic salt flats & take photos as a viewpoint. Drive through the most stunning landscapes to our destination for this evening: Mammoth Lakes. Overnight on the edge of the Sierra National Forest overlooking the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains.
Travel the scenic Tioga Pass that takes you through the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Stop and explore Mono Lake - an ancient saline lake located at the edge of the Nevada mountains. The road takes you all the way to the Yosemite National Park - a natural wonder with waterfalls, meadows, giant trees and granite monoliths. The name “Yos.s.e'meti” originally referred to the Indian tribe that lived in Yosemite Valley. Make the most of your time here and head out one of the short hiking trails. If you don’t feel like hiking, however, there’s no need to break a sweat. Simply take advantage of the free shuttle busses with stops at the major sites of interest.
This morning we head for the wine region of California, stopping off in the Napa Valley wine region. The Napa county is known for its hundreds of vineyards, fine wine estates and natural beauty. Visit a winery to taste American wine and have some free time in the quaint town of Napa. After lunch, we head for San Francisco and cross the Golden Gate bridge on the way. Welcome to San Francisco!
Start the day with an orientation tour of the city to get a feel of the main attractions. The day is then yours to explore San Francisco in whichever way you please. Visit the iconic Golden Gate bridge, ride a cable car, visit Alcatraz or get lost along streets lined with Victorian buildings. There are also gorgeous places to eat, and the nightlife is legendary. San Francisco has a magic you'll find nowhere else; so set out to experience it to the full.
You can choose to end your tour here in San Francisco or join us for the drive back to Los Angeles. The scenic route takes us along California’s epic Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Take a stop at Bixby Bridge, one of the most photographed spots in California. Then it’s onwards to Los Angeles, where we’ll check in to our hotel and then have free time to explore this iconic American city.
Wake up in beautiful Los Angeles and spend the whole day exploring this world-famous city. Follow your nose and see where the road takes you - the options are endless. Visit Hollywood to see the Sunset Strip, Walk of Fame and Hollywood Boulevard. Head to the Griffith Observatory for beautiful views of the Hollywood Sign, the skyline of downtown LA and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Wander around Venice Beach and Santa Monica pier, or get tickets to Disneyland. The choice is yours, so tailor an LA outing that suits your style.
The tour concludes today after breakfast. Our team can assist with a transfer to the closest airport. Of course, you are free to explore Los Angeles more in your own time. Consider a trip to the world-famous Disneyland or Universal Studios. Silver screen fans could enjoy a Warner Bros Hollywood Studio Tour and Movie Stars' Homes Tour. Los Angeles is one of America’s biggest cities and there’s plenty to see!
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