Pioneer Trails - 18 day Self Drive with flights


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

Embark on a captivating adventure with our Pioneer Trails self-drive holiday, exploring the iconic American West. Commence your journey in San Francisco, where you'll discover landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Follow the scenic route down the Pacific Coast, savouring the charm of Monterey and the glamour of Los Angeles. Transition to the desert oasis of Palm Springs and then to Scottsdale, where Old West allure meets modern sophistication.

Experience the spiritual haven of Sedona, marvel at the breathtaking Grand Canyon, and surrender to the allure of Las Vegas's dazzling lights. Traverse the stark beauty of Death Valley before immersing yourself in the lush scenery of Yosemite National Park. Each leg unveils a chapter in America's diverse tapestry, promising unforgettable memories against breathtaking landscapes. Pack your sense of adventure and let the open road guide you through the wonders of the American West.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 18 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 17 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 18 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive San Francisco, California

    Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square 4*

    Arrive at San Francisco International Airport, retrieve your car, and head into the enchanting City by the Bay.

    On the second day, enjoy a fantastic day touring around the city, exploring iconic locations such as Union Square, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman's Wharf. Additionally, consider a brief boat excursion to visit the notorious Alcatraz Island.

  • Day 3

    Monterey, California - 118 Miles

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa 4*

    Embark on your morning drive through Castroville to Monterey. Explore Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel, and the charming village of Carmel. Take in breathtaking vistas of the rugged coastline and the Pacific Ocean along 17-Mile Drive, before concluding your journey at the hotel for an overnight stay.

  • Day 4

    Los Angeles, California - 310 Miles

    Hotel: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel 4*

    Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway today, passing through San Simeon and Morro Bay on your way to Santa Barbara. From there, head towards the vibrant city of Los Angeles and reach your hotel.

    Enjoy a day at Disneyland, known as "The Happiest Place on Earth," or opt for an extensive tour of Los Angeles, covering trendy Santa Monica, glamorous Hollywood, and upscale Beverly Hills. Visit the "finish line" of Historic Route 66, see the iconic Californian lifeguard tower from "Baywatch," stroll along the Boulevard of Stars, capture a memorable photo of the renowned Hollywood sign, or explore Universal Studios to gain insights into the movie-making process.

  • Day 6

    Palm Springs, California - 119 Miles

    Hotel: Hyatt Palm Springs 3.5*

    Today, make your way to Palm Springs, a beloved retreat for entertainment industry stars. Renowned for its golf courses, palm-lined streets, and opulent private residences, Palm Springs offers a picturesque setting. Unwind by the pool of your hotel and savor the beauty of a desert sunset.

  • Day 7

    Scottsdale, Arizona - 286 Miles

    Hotel: Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa 4*

    This morning, take some time to indulge in shopping at the upscale boutiques and shops in Palm Springs before embarking on a drive to Scottsdale and Phoenix. Phoenix, one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, owes its growth to the arid climate and abundant sunshine throughout many days.

  • Day 9

    Sedona, Arizona - 122 Miles

    Hotel: Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock 4*

    Today presents ample opportunities for sightseeing as you explore the historic cliff dwellings, Montezuma Castle. Following that, journey on to the picturesque town of Sedona, nestled amid red sandstone buttes and pinnacles. This spiritually rich destination is bound to be a highlight of your experience.

  • Day 10

    Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona - 110 Miles

    Hotel: Bright Angel Lodge 4*

    In the morning, embark on a brief drive to Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff, recognised for its appearance in numerous Western movies. Continue your journey to the remarkable Grand Canyon where you can spend the day leisurely strolling along the South Rim, marveling at this awe-inspiring natural wonder with its dramatic gorges and, one mile below the rim, the majestic Colorado River.

  • Day 12

    Las Vegas, Nevada - 273 Miles

    Hotel: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino 4*

    Today's journey leads you through the epic towns of Williams and Kingman on Historic Route 66 before you reach one of the world's most impressive man-made structures, the Hoover Dam, situated on the border between Arizona and Nevada. After a brief stop to check out the Dam and stretch your legs, carry on to Las Vegas, the dazzling "Entertainment Capital of the World," where nonstop fun and gambling await 24 hours a day.

    You have an entire day at your leisure to indulge in the shopping, dining, and gaming that characterise Vegas as the playground that never sleeps.

  • Day 14

    Death Valley National Park, California - 116 Miles

    Hotel: The Inn at Death Valley 3.5*

    Enjoy a leisurely morning in Las Vegas before departing at noon for a drive across the Amargosa Desert to Death Valley National Park. At Zabriskie Point, take in the panoramic view of this seemingly boundless and timeless valley. Later in the evening, venture outside to experience some of the finest stargazing in the world.

  • Day 15

    Yosemite National Park, California - 440 Miles

    Hotel: Yosemite View Lodge 3*

    Today provides a stark contrast in scenery, transitioning from the desolate landscapes of Death Valley into the lofty Sierra Nevada Mountains. The drive takes you through Bishop to Tioga Pass and into Yosemite, renowned as one of America's most picturesque national parks. Amidst towering pine trees, the silvery waters of Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls cascade, while colossal ice-shaped formations, such as the sculpted beauty of El Capitan and Half Dome, rise sharply from the valley floor.

  • Day 17

    San Francisco, California - 194 Miles

    Hotel: Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman´s Wharf 4*

    Departing from Yosemite, embarking on a westward drive across the state of California, making your way back to San Francisco. The rest of the day is yours to continue your exploration of the City by the Bay.

  • Day 18

    Depart San Francisco, California

    Today marks the end of your Pioneer Trails Self Drive adventure. Return your car at the airport before your departure flight home.

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Guide Price: £2,759

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Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include flights from the UK, pre-booked accommodation, car hire with unlimited mileage. Note: Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar standard. Prices based on travel in low season (November & December 2024). For travel outside of these dates, the itinerary and inclusions may vary to that shown above - please contact us for details.

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