Best of the West

14 day Self Drive with flights - from £1,999

Los Angeles | Palm Springs | Scottsdale | Grand Canyon | Las Vegas | Death Valley | Yosemite | San Francisco | Monterey | Santa Barbara

Start your journey in Los Angeles, where you can soak up the sun on the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica. From there, head east to Palm Springs, a desert oasis known for its hot springs and mid-century modern architecture. Continue to Phoenix, Arizona, and explore the city's museums, galleries, and vibrant downtown scene.

Venture north to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, where you can hike along the rim and take in the stunning views of this natural wonder. Afterward, make your way to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, and experience the city's bright lights and high-energy nightlife.

From there, journey to Death Valley, a surreal landscape of sand dunes, salt flats, and otherworldly rock formations. Continue to Yosemite National Park, where you can hike through pristine wilderness and marvel at the park's famous waterfalls and towering granite cliffs. Next, head west to San Francisco, where you can explore the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the city's many iconic neighbourhoods.

Finally, make your way south along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey, a charming seaside town known for its historic Cannery Row and world-class aquarium. End your journey in Ventura, where you can relax on the beach and reflect on the unforgettable memories of your epic road trip.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 13 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 13 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 14 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Los Angeles, California

    Hotel: The Garland 4*

    Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, you can transfer to your hotel independently. Once you're settled, head out to explore the 'City of Angels' at your leisure.

  • Day 2

    Palm Springs, California - 115 Miles

    Hotel: Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs 4*

    Today, you start your adventure by picking up your rental car and heading south towards Anaheim, the ultimate destination for fun in Orange County. Spend your day surrounded by classic icons and characters at the original Disneyland Park, or visit Knott's Berry Farm, the nation's oldest theme park, where you can explore the history of the Old West, or any of Anaheim's other exciting attractions before continuing your journey east to Palm Springs.

    Palm Springs, situated at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, is the ultimate desert playground offering a perfect blend of outdoor entertainment and relaxed casualness. In the evening, take some time to explore the vibrant downtown area of Palm Springs and dine in one of its many excellent restaurants. Alternatively, escape the heat and hop aboard the aerial tramway, which takes you high up above the desert floor for breath-taking panoramic views of the Coachella Valley.

  • Day 3

    Scottsdale, Arizona - 279 Miles

    Hotel: Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa 4*

    Enjoy your morning by lounging by the pool, strolling along the palm tree-lined streets, or exploring the numerous shops, art galleries, and museums in the area before embarking on your journey east through the picturesque Coachella Valley towards Phoenix and Scottsdale - two of Central Arizona's top destinations.

    Phoenix boasts a breath-taking skyline filled with skyscrapers that beautifully complement the famous Camelback Mountain. Meanwhile, Scottsdale offers a unique Old West charm that adds to the allure of this distinctive Southwestern playground. You're sure to have a great time exploring these two amazing cities.

  • Day 4

    Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona - 230 Miles

    Hotel: The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon 3.5*

    Today, make your way north to Grand Canyon National Park, a breath-taking natural wonder that simply must be seen to be believed. Spend your day exploring the unique South Rim of the canyon, where you can stop at one of the many scenic overlooks, take a leisurely stroll along the Rim Trail or the historic Hermit Road, visit one of the designated Photo Hot Spots, or climb to the top of a stone Watchtower to enjoy panoramic views that stretch over 100 miles on clear days. 

  • Day 5

    Las Vegas, Nevada - 275 Miles

    Hotel: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino 4*

    Today, leave the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon behind and head west through Williams and Kingman, the heart of Historic Route 66 and one of Arizona's best-kept secrets, towards Hoover Dam. Considered to be the largest single public works project in the history of the United States, Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona, providing much-needed water and power to the Southwest. Afterwards, continue your journey to the world-renowned city of Las Vegas, Nevada, where the fun never stops.

    Enjoy a full day Vegas-style by taking a walk along the famous Strip lined with mega-resorts and flashing neon lights, placing a bet at one of the many casinos, indulging in a gourmet meal at a world-class restaurant, catching a must-see show, shopping at designer boutiques, taking a wild ride on a roller coaster, lounging by the pool, and so much more. With so many activities to choose from, 24 hours in a day hardly seems like enough time.

  • Day 7

    Death Valley National Park, California - 117 Miles

    Hotel: The Ranch at Death Valley 3*

    In the morning, make sure to seize the opportunity to take a memorable photograph at the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign before embarking on your journey towards the west, where you'll arrive at Death Valley National Park - the lowest elevation in North America. Here, the Mojave Desert is at its most magnificent, showcasing its impressive geological history in all its rugged, severe, and sublime glory in this captivating section of California.

    Enhance your desert adventure with a stop at Zabriskie Point, where you'll be treated to spectacular views of the vibrantly coloured Badlands and the wildly eroded terrain. Don't miss the chance to gaze up at the night sky tonight, as you'll be in for some of the world's best stargazing opportunities.

  • Day 8

    Yosemite National Park, California - 395 Miles

    Hotel: Yosemite View Lodge 3*

    Embark on a journey to the north this morning, where you'll find yourself in the High Sierra region. Here, you'll travel along Tioga Road - the highest drivable pass in California - which will lead you into the breath-taking Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is renowned for its stunning waterfalls, vast meadows, and impressive rock formations, and it was one of the first wilderness parks established in the United States.

    Discover the heart of the park by taking a stroll to one of the many waterfalls, each as unique as the granite cliffs they cascade over or join a ranger-guided walk to learn more about the park's wonders. You can also explore a giant sequoia grove and witness the largest trees on earth or spend a memorable evening stargazing under the night sky. With an abundance of approximately 800 miles of hiking trails, Yosemite is also a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. 

  • Day 9

    San Francisco, California - 205 Miles

    Hotel: Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman´s Wharf 4*

    Bid farewell to the awe-inspiring beauty of Yosemite and continue your westward journey. You will pass through charming Gold Rush-era attractions, California's capital city, Sacramento, and finally arrive in San Francisco - widely considered one of the greatest cities in the world, offering a multitude of attractions to suit every taste.

    With 49 square miles of amazing sights, scenes, and destinations, there is always plenty to see and do in San Francisco. Spend a full day exploring the unique neighbourhoods of the beloved City by the Bay, including Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Embarcadero/Financial District, and Golden Gate Park. To experience something truly extraordinary, take a walk along the rails of the Golden Gate Bridge or ride on one of the iconic Cable Cars. For a taste of heaven on earth, spend a day in Napa Valley, where picturesque rolling hills and wineries dot the landscape.

  • Day 11

    Monterey, California - 120 Miles

    Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey 4*

    Embark on a scenic drive down Highway 1, which offers stunning vistas of the Pacific coastline, as you make your way south to Monterey this morning. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and aromas of Monterey's downtown area at Old Fisherman's Wharf. Delve into the historic waterfront district of Cannery Row, which inspired John Steinbeck's novel of the same name. Take a trip to the charming town of Carmel and experience the thrill of driving along the picturesque 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach.

  • Day 12

    Santa Barbara, California - 238 Miles

    Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort 4*

    Travel south along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway of central California, beginning in Monterey and winding through the rugged coastline of Big Sur, where the mountains meet the Pacific Ocean. As you continue south, the landscape softens to rolling hills dotted with oak trees, passing by Hearst Castle before reaching Morro Bay. Just a short distance inland lies San Luis Obispo, the heart of the Central Coast, before continuing to Ventura. Along the way, take in the sights of Pismo Beach, the beautiful agricultural valleys, and Santa Barbara, known as the American Riviera. Ventura, situated in the southernmost part of California's Central Coast, is a charming beach town surrounded by breath-taking scenery.

  • Day 13

    Los Angeles, California - 95 Miles

    Hotel: Hilton Los Angeles Airport 4*

    Today, journey further southward and explore the beautiful coastal areas of Oxnard, Malibu, and the charming seaside town of Santa Monica. You'll arrive in Los Angeles with plenty of time to take in the glitz and glamour of the City of Angels. Don't miss the chance to visit popular tourist attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive, all of which are among the best sights that Los Angeles has to offer.

  • Day 14

    Depart Los Angeles, California

    Prior to your departure, return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport.

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