This fly drive holiday to the West Coast of America gives you the chance to see it all. From the desert landscapes of Arizona, to the cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco to the coastal vistas of Monterey and Carmel, as the name suggests you’ll truly see the Best of the West on this 13 night fly drive that will awaken the senses and allow you to experience places made famous by countless movies and TV shows.
Your holiday to the West Coast begins in Los Angeles from where you will pick up your rental car and hit the road towards Palm Springs. Thanks to the abundance of sunny days and warm winter weather, Greater Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are a year-round playground for those who enjoy being active—and those who don’t. As you leave Palm Springs behind you you’ll notice the landscape changing as you drive through Phoenix and Scottsdale. located in the desert valleys.
The Grand Canyon National Park will surely be one of your highlights on this trip, your itinerary will allow for a day of discovering the South Rim. There are dozens of viewpoints along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, each offering spectacular views. Get on one of the walking trails and stretch your legs while out of the car before getting back on the road and heading for the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Your journey then takes you west to the lowest elevation in North America, Death Valley National Park before you travel north into the High Sierra where Tioga Road, the highest drivable pass in California, which leads you into Yosemite National Park, best known for its impressive waterfalls, grand meadows, and spectacular rock formations.
Take a break from nature with a visit to San Francisco. Spend a full day exploring San Francisco before getting back on the road and head south to Monterey along Highway 1 which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline. This twisting, cliff-hugging route starts in Monterey and takes you through Big Sur along the heart of the Central Coast to Ventura and back along to Los Angeles where your trip will end.
Grand Central Market in Los Angeles is frenzied and sawdust-sprinkled, and has some fun nosh spots.
Los Angeles Arrival
Los Angeles - Palm Springs (237km)
Palm Springs - Phoenix/Scottsdale (430km)
Phoenix - Grand Canyon National Park (370km)
Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas (444km)
Las Vegas - Death Valley National Park (224km)
Death Valley National Park - Yosemite National Park (525km)
Yosemite National Park - San Francisco (314km)
San Francisco (Napa Valley)
San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel (210km)
Monterey - Santa Barbara - Ventura (451km)
Ventura - Malibu - Santa Monica - Los Angeles (120km)
Depart Los Angeles
Day 1 Los Angeles Arrival
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel.
Day 2 Los Angeles - Palm Springs (237km)
This morning, pick up your rental car and make your way south to Anaheim, Orange County’s headquarters for fun at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm continuing east to Palm Springs.
Day 3 Palm Springs - Phoenix/Scottsdale (430km)
Spend the morning lounging by the pool, walking along palm tree lined streets, or exploring countless shops, art galleries and museums before setting out east through the Coachella Valley to Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Day 4 Phoenix - Grand Canyon National Park (370km)
Today head north to Grand Canyon National Park, a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Spend the day discovering the distinct South Rim of the Canyon.
Day 5 Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas (444km)
Leave the grandeur of the Canyon behind as you head west today through Williams and Kingman, the heart of historic Route 66.
Day 6 Las Vegas
Enjoy a full day Las Vegas style. Walk the famous Las Vegas Strip lined with mega-resorts and flashing neon lights, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch the latest must-see show, shop designer boutiques, ride a rollercoaster, lay by the pool … the list goes on. With so much to do, 24 hours in a day hardly seems like enough.
Day 7 Las Vegas - Death Valley National Park (224km)
Your journey takes you west to the lowest elevation in North America, Death Valley National Park. Here where the Mojave is at its most magnificent with geological history on full display in this rugged region of California.
Day 8 Death Valley National Park - Yosemite National Park (525km)
This morning, travel north into the High Sierra where Tioga Road, the highest drivable pass in California, leads you into Yosemite National Park. Best known for its impressive waterfalls, grand meadows, and spectacular rock formations.
**From early November to late May, Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will need to drive the southern route
Day 9 Yosemite National Park - San Francisco (314km)
Leave the wonder of Yosemite behind as you journey west through Gold Rush-era attractions, California’s State Capital, Sacramento, and on to San Francisco.
Day 10 San Francisco (Napa Valley)
With 49 square miles of amazing sights, scenes and destinations, there’s always plenty to do in San Francisco. Spend a full day exploring the beloved City by the Bay’s neighbourhoods including: Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Embarcadero/Financial District, and Golden Gate Park.
Day 11 San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel (210km)
This morning, head south to Monterey along Highway 1 which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline. Visit the quaint area of Carmel, and enjoy an exhilarating trip along 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach.
Day 12 Monterey - Santa Barbara - Ventura (451km)
Continue south along central California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This twisting, cliff-hugging route starts in Monterey and takes you through Big Sur along the heart of the Central Coast to Ventura. Located along the southern-most part of California’s Central Coast, Ventura is a classic beach town in a spectacular setting.
Day 13 Ventura - Malibu - Santa Monica - Los Angeles (120km)
Today, travel further south through Oxnard, yet another beautiful stretch of coast in Malibu, and the seaside town of Santa Monica. Arrive in Los Angeles with enough time to glimpse some of the glitz and glamour of the City of Angels.
Day 14 Depart Los Angeles
Return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport prior to your departure