SoCal Triangle

10 day Self Drive with flights - from £1,845

Santa Monica | San Diego | Palm Springs

Embark on an exhilarating self-drive adventure through the sun-soaked landscapes of Southern California, encompassing the iconic destinations of Santa Monica, San Diego, and Palm Springs. This carefully curated 10-day journey promises an immersive experience, combining the laid-back coastal vibes of Santa Monica with the vibrant urban energy of San Diego and the desert allure of Palm Springs.

This carefully crafted itinerary is designed to offer you the freedom to explore at your own pace, providing an opportunity to truly connect with the diverse tapestry of each destination. As you navigate the scenic highways, you'll find yourself captivated by the breathtaking views that unfold before you; ocean waves crashing against the shores, urban skylines bustling with life, and vast desert landscapes stretching towards the horizon.

Traverse vibrant neighbourhoods, indulge in the culinary delights of each city, and uncover the hidden gems that make each destination truly special. With a perfect blend of coastal charm, cultural richness, and desert beauty, this Self-Drive Adventure promises not just a road trip but a transformative exploration of Southern California's diverse and captivating wonders.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 9 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 9 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 10 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Santa Monica, California

    Hotel: Shore Hotel 4*

    Your adventure kicks off as you land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and pick up your rental car, setting the tone for the freedom and flexibility of the road trip ahead. Check into your accommodation in Santa Monica, a beachfront haven boasting the famous Santa Monica Pier and a lively boardwalk.

    During your stay, explore the historic Santa Monica Pier, an entertainment hub with an iconic Ferris wheel and a range of amusements. Wander through the bustling Third Street Promenade, lined with shops, boutiques, and street performers. Immerse yourself in the coastal beauty by spending lazy afternoons on the sandy shores and experiencing the vibrant sunset from the Santa Monica State Beach.

    For a touch of culture, visit the Getty Centre, a world-class art museum perched atop the Santa Monica Mountains. Take a leisurely stroll through Palisades Park, offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Santa Monica, with its blend of sun, sea, and cultural richness, sets the perfect tone for the adventures that lie ahead.

  • Day 4

    San Diego, California - 134 Miles

    Hotel: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina 4*

    Drive south towards San Diego, a city that seamlessly combines urban sophistication with coastal charm. Check into your accommodation and delve into the diverse offerings of San Diego.

    Explore Balboa Park, a cultural oasis featuring museums, gardens, and the renowned San Diego Zoo. Stroll through the historic Gaslamp Quarter, an eclectic district filled with Victorian-era buildings housing trendy shops, restaurants, and nightlife hotspots. Enjoy the picturesque beaches of La Jolla and soak in the sun or explore the tide pools.

    Discover the USS Midway Museum, a floating maritime museum aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier, providing a unique glimpse into naval history. As evening falls, experience the vibrant energy of downtown San Diego and its waterfront, setting the stage for a dynamic exploration of California's second-largest city.

  • Day 7

    Palm Springs, California - 141 Miles

    Hotel: Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs 4*

    Venture east towards Palm Springs, a desert oasis known for its retro-chic atmosphere, golf courses, and rejuvenating hot springs. Check into your desert retreat and embrace the relaxed pace of life in this unique destination.

    Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, ascending to the San Jacinto Mountains for breathtaking panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. Immerse yourself in the arts at the Palm Springs Art Museum, showcasing a diverse collection of contemporary and classic works.

    Explore the distinctive mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs by taking a leisurely drive through neighbourhoods like Movie Colony and Twin Palms. Unwind with a day of pampering at a local spa or venture into the nearby Indian Canyons for a hike, immersing yourself in the desert landscape.

  • Day 10

    Depart Los Angeles, California

    Head back west toward Los Angeles, where the final day of your journey unfolds amidst the glittering lights of the City of Angels. If you have some time before your flight, maybe head in to the city to explore Hollywood Boulevard, home to the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Dolby Theatre. you could also delve into the trendy neighbourhoods of Silver Lake and Echo Park, known for their artistic communities, boutique shops, and eclectic dining scenes. Conclude your Southern California expedition with a visit to the Griffith Observatory, perched on the slopes of Mount Hollywood, offering unrivalled views of the sprawling city below.

    As you bid farewell to the sun-drenched landscapes and diverse experiences of Santa Monica, San Diego, and Palm Springs, cherish the memories of a self-drive adventure that captures the essence of Southern California's coastal allure, urban excitement, and desert mystique.

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All of our self drive holidays can be tailored to suit your needs; add extra nights and destinations, upgrade your hotels, flights and car hire, or allow us to completely tailor an itinerary that's right for you!

Call today on 0207 749 9282 or enquire online to speak to a member of our expert team. We'll help you bring the art of escape to your American adventure

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