Golden West Adventure + Los Angeles
Starting in Los Angeles and making your way around the best of the West; through Scottsdale, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Santa Barbara is the best way to take in the warm, scenic California coast. Visit the glamour of Hollywood one day, and then absorb the expansive void of the Grand Canyon shortly after. Nothing will make you feel more alive than traveling through such diverse and inspiring areas in only seventeen days.
Of course, California's history as firstly, a Spanish colony and later, Mexican territory has given it a distinct Hispanic tone - but this isn't the only transplant into west coast America. San Francisco boasts the oldest Chinatown in North America, proving that the culture of the coast comes from all over the world. It's a melting pot with liberal views, a reputation for environmentalism and range of cuisine that will leave you begging for more. It's paradise!
Tie in Las Vegas and LA and you have the trip of a lifetime; giving you indulgence, glamour, and man-made sights that will make your eyes blur. This easy-paced trip was made for the part of you that always wanted to experience the pull of west coast America.
And what is the west coast, without the Grand Canyon? This tour explores the natural wonders of America, too. A trip through Oak Creek Canyon and the San Francisco mountains will lead you to the Grand Canyon; one of the most magnificent attractions on earth.
Why not spend two further nights in the world's 'Capital of Glamour' which epitomises the American Dream. This is where the fantasy worlds of Hollywood and Los Angeles come together.
Fly to Los Angeles where you will transfer to your hotel for the next two nights.
Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of the world's 'Capital of Glamour', including a drive through Hollywood. The rest of the day is yours to explore the attractions of this famous city. Visit the cultural sights of Los Angeles such as Olvera Street, or the heart of the original Spanish Mission.
Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs, just 120 miles east of Los Angeles. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930's laying claim to ranch-style estates and holding up in elite hotels, the clean dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible. Ocotillo and cholla cacti dot the desert landscape as you cross the great Colorado River and continue into Arizona, where the unmistakable saguaro cacti stand sentinel. Arrive late this afternoon in the mountain-ringed desert resort of Scottsdale.
First stop is Sedona, a thriving centre for New Age arts set in canyon country. Next, pass through the weather-sculptured rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon, the San Francisco mountains and beautiful pine forests to the Grand Canyon, where there is time to stroll the canyon rim. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience you may choose to take an optional helicopter 'flightseeing' excursion for incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 6,000 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight stay in Flagstaff. Includes Breakfast
Leave the mountain town of Flagstaff on Historic Route 66 and cross the old Mojave gold strike country, which still bears traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. By late afternoon reach Las Vegas, fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows.
Las Vegas offers a variety of spectacular attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. There are two full days to explore the 'Strip', with its varied casinos and resorts, shopping plazas and amusements. Perhaps take an optional excursion, including river rafting through the Black Canyon on the Colorado River or a visit to Boulder City and the Hoover Dam.
Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Overnight in Fresno.
Enter Yosemite National Park, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles and mountains rising more than 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Afterwards, continue to Turlock. Includes Breakfast
This morning continue west to the 'Golden Gate City' of San Francisco, famous for its hills and cable cars. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of San Francisco including the iconic Golden Gate Bridge followed by a visit to Fisherman's Wharf. Includes Breakfast
Today is a full day at leisure to explore this most beautiful city. So perhaps ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, or take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods. Enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach, shop for bargains in Union Square.
This morning, visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterwards, the day is at leisure to explore the "City by the Bay."
Today you travel south to picturesque Monterey, which was once Spain's Californian capital, and visit historic Fisherman's Wharf, where you may spot sea lions and otters. This afternoon, travel to Monterey and visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name. The rest of the day is free, so why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life.
This morning, take spectacular 17-Mile Drive and watch the ocean rolling in on the wide Pacific beaches en-route to Carmel, the popular West Coast retreat for artists and celebrities. Afterwards, pick up the Old Spanish Mission Trail to Solvang, the Danish Capital of America, and the setting for the movie 'Sideways'. There's time to walk the flower-lined village streets and enjoy the quaint old world architecture. Windmills, thatched roofs and tasty bakery treats all add to the charming and unique experience of Solvang, nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley. Includes Breakfast
It's a short drive this morning south to coastal Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a drive by the historic Mission Santa Barbara and a visit to the pier on the bustling waterfront. Follow the Pacific coastline, past the fine sandy beaches of Malibu and Santa Monica, reaching Los Angeles where you will stay for a further two nights.
After your tour remain at your Los Angeles hotel for a further 2 nights. Spend time at leisure allowing plenty of time to explore more of Los Angeles, perhaps visit nearby Santa Monica or explore more of Hollywood.
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK