Best of the West

10 nights self-drive tour

Price from: £1899pp

Los Angeles 1 night
Palm Springs 1 night
Scottsdale/Phoenix 1 night
Grand Canyon 1 night
Las Vegas 2 nights
Death Valley 1 night
Yosemite National Park 1 night
San Francisco 2 nights

Day 1: Fly to Los Angeles. On arrival make your own way to your hotel.

Day 2 Los Angeles/Palm Springs: Collect your car and drive to Palm Springs, the ultimate desert playground nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains which offers the perfect blend of outdoor entertainment and casual relaxation. Take your pick from one of the many excellent restaurants in downtown Palm Springs (147 miles).

Day 3 Palm Springs/Scottsdale/Phoenix: Wander around the shops or ride the aerial tramway high up above the desert floor for panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. Drive onwards to Scottsdale and Phoenix, two of central Arizona’s top cities. Phoenix’s skyscrapers fill the skyline which is backed by the famed Camelback Mountain, while Scottsdale is filled with Old West charm (267 miles).

Day 4 Scottsdale/Phoenix/Grand Canyon NP: Drive north to the Grand Canyon, the natural wonder which is sure to impress. Spend the day discovering the South Rim, either on foot or perhaps hire a bike, stopping at the numerous viewpoints along the way (230 miles).

Day 5 Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas: Head west through Williams and Kingman at the heart of historic Route 66 to the majestic Hoover Dam. Considered the largest single public works project in the history of the US, Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona. Continue to Las Vegas, a city that needs no introduction (275 miles).

Day 6 Las Vegas: If you fancy a flutter there’s no end of casinos to tempt you. If you prefer not to chance your cash, Vegas offers so much more including amazing shopping, themed hotels with roller coasters, award-winning shows and much more.

Day 7 Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park: Before you leave, be sure to capture a picture of the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign. Return to the road and go 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 for spectacular views of the wildly eroded and vibrantly coloured badlands. This evening, be sure to cast your eyes skyward for some of the best stargazing in the world (139 miles).

Day 8 Death Valley National Park/Yosemite NP*: Drive north into the high Sierra Nevada to the Tioga Pass and Yosemite, one of America’s most scenic national parks. Delve into the depths of the park to see the silvery waters of the Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls or marvel at the huge granite formations of  El Capitan and Half Dome (325 miles).

Day 9 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco: Journey west through Gold Rush-era attractions and California’s state capital, Sacramento to San Francisco. Considered one of the greatest cities in the world for many reasons, including many one-of-a-kind sights (195 miles).

Day 10 San Francisco: A full day to really explore this beloved city. Top sights, include Union Square, The Presido, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. There’s also the option to take the ferry to Alcatraz Island or, drive to nearby Napa Valley in California’s Wine Country where you can tour a winery or two.

Day 11 San Francisco: Drop your car at the airport where your tour ends with your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily

Accommodation: In 3* hotels. Higher grade hotels are also available at a supplement.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to Los Angeles and from San Francisco, fully inclusive compact 4 door car hire and 10 nights accommodation.

*From early November to late May the Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions. In which case you will overnight in Fresno or Visalia.

Why not tour by Motorhome?

Best of the West is also available with a motorhome rather than a car. The price shown includes return international flights, one pre-night at Hilton Los Angeles Airport and a C30 motorhome for 11 days. One way drop fee of US$250 payable locally.

10 night self-drive motorhome tour from £1799pp

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