A scenically inspired tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the National Parks that America is famous for including the Grand Canyon – one of the seven wonders of the natural world, Monument Valley – the backdrop of many Western films, and Yosemite with its breathtaking granite mountain scenery. Add to this the stunning Californian coastline and you will understand why this is The Classic West at its best!
• 16 nights’ accommodation
• Car hire (Intermediate car, fully inclusive package)
• A personalised Roadbook containing essential travel information, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day route maps
Day 1 – Los Angeles
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and make your way to your hotel. Pick-up your Roadbook as you check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 2 – Los Angeles to Laughlin (490 km)
This morning set out east through the Mojave Desert for Laughlin, Nevada, an oasis bordered by rugged desert and the Colorado River. Overnight Laughlin.
Day 3 – Laughlin to Grand Canyon (346 km)
Continue east to Kingman where you will join Route 66 and travel along the longest stretch that remains of this historic route, to Seligman. Continue north to Grand Canyon National Park – a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Spend the day discovering the distinct South Rim of the Canyon. Stop at one of the numerous overlooks, walk part of the Rim Trail or along the historic Hermit Road, visit a Photo Hot Spot, or climb to the top of a stone Watchtower for panoramic views that extend over 100 miles on clear days. Overnight Grand Canyon area.
Day 4 – Grand Canyon to Monument Valley (333 km)
We suggest you rise early to watch the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, an opportunity not to be missed. Later today, travel east through the Painted Desert for an unforgettable encounter with Arizona nature. Continue through the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation before arriving at Monument Valley. Overnight Monument Valley.
Day 5 – Monument Valley to Lake Powell (202 km)
Venture through Black Mesa, a complex of huge mesas that cover hundreds of square miles in the Navajo and Hopi Nations in Arizona, on your way to Lake Powell. This vast, blue, man-made lake is surrounded by beautiful sandstone walls and is considered a water playground for visitors. Overnight Lake Powell area.
Day 6 – Lake Powell to Bryce Canyon (268 km)
Head west for Kanab where the exhilarating scent of sage and cedar fills the clear southwest air, then head north to Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. Famous for its unique geology, Bryce Canyon consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheatres where the power of wind, water and geologic mayhem has etched the pink cliffs and shaped the colourful limestone rock into thousands of spires, called ‘hoodoos’. Overnight Bryce Canyon.
Day 7 – Bryce Canyon to Las Vegas (380 km)
Spend the morning exploring more of Bryce Canyon before heading to Zion National Park, Utah’s oldest National Park, famous for its incredible canyons and spectacular views. Later today continue west to Las Vegas. Overnight Las Vegas.
Day 8 – Las Vegas
Enjoy a fun filled stay in Las Vegas. Walk the famous strip lined with mega-resorts and flashing neon lights, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world class restaurants, catch the latest must-see show, shop designer boutiques, ride a rollercoaster, lay by the pool... the list goes on. With so much to do, 24 hours in a day hardly seems like enough. Overnight Las Vegas.
Day 9 – Las Vegas to Death Valley (224 km)
Your journey takes you west to the lowest elevation in North America: Death Valley National Park. Here, the Mojave is at its most magnificent with geological history on full display in this rugged, severe, sublime section of California. Enhance your desert experience with a stop at Zabriskie Point offering spectacular views of the wildly eroded and vibrantly coloured badlands. Don’t miss the opportunity this evening to cast your eyes upon the night sky for some of the best stargazing in the world. Overnight Death Valley.
Day 10 – Death Valley to Yosemite National Park (525 km)
Travel north into the High Sierra where Tioga Road, the highest drivable pass in California, leads you into Yosemite National park. Best known for its impressive waterfalls, grand meadows and spectacular rock formations, Yosemite was one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. Delve into the depths of the park with a walk to a waterfall, each as distinct as the granite cliffs they dive over, or learn about the wonders of the park during a ranger-guided stroll. Overnight Yosemite area.
Day 11 – Yosemite to Lake Tahoe (338 km)
Leave the beauty of Yosemite behind as you travel north via Bridgeport and Devil’s Gate Pass en route to Lake Tahoe. Here is where California and Nevada meet, surrounded on all sides by the Sierra Nevada mountain range. There are many opportunities to explore the Lake, rent a speedboat from the Marina or simply stroll along the shore and dip your toes in the cool mountain water. Overnight Lake Tahoe.
Day 12 – Lake Tahoe to San Francisco (370 km)
Today’s journey west takes you through Gold Rush-era attractions, California’s state capital, Sacramento and on to San Francisco. Overnight San Francisco.
Day 13 – San Francisco
Spend a day exploring the beloved City by the Bay’s neighbourhoods including Fisherman’s Wharf, China Town, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Financial District and Golden Gate Park. Make sure you take ride on the famed cable cars. Overnight San Francisco.
Day 14 – San Francisco to Monterey (200 km)
Head south this morning on Highway 1 to Monterey and enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline as you head in to Monterey. Explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. Visit the quaint town of Carmel and enjoy an exhilarating trip along 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Overnight Monterey.
Day 15 – Monterey to Ventura (390 km)
A wonderfully scenic drive today as you head along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This twisting, cliff-hugging route starts in Monterey and takes you through the Big Sur where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Further south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle and ends in Morro Bay. A short distance inland is the heart of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo and from here continue south to Ventura passing through Pismo Beach. Pass by Santa Barbara, often described as the American Riviera. Located along the southern-most part of California’s Central Coast is Ventura, a classic beach town in a spectacular setting. Overnight Ventura.
Day 16 – Ventura to Los Angeles (160 km)
Travel further south today through Malibu and the seaside town of Santa Monica. Arrive in Los Angeles with enough time to glimpse some of the glitz and glamour. Why not visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Overnight Los Angeles.
Day 17 – Los Angeles – end of tour
Drop off your car as this tour comes to an end.Want to alter anything?
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