This Drive America vacation allows you to see for yourself the staggering variety of this vast land’s natural beauty and visit some of the most popular cities in the world. From Californian beaches bathed in golden sunlight and besieged by perfect waves to the Nevada desert where the beauty lies in the harshness of its seemingly endless landscape, this is a holiday that will awaken the senses and allow you to experience places made famous by countless movies and TV shows.
In Los Angeles let your inner child run free at the Disney theme parks, stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon and marvel at the yawning vastness below, experience a night sky so clear it feels graspable in Death Valley and take time to unwind on the warm sands of Malibu and Santa Monica. And the cities on this holiday nicely compliment the natural wonders on display. With stops in many great places including Las Vegas and San Francisco you will be able to party, shop, gamble and admire famous man made structures like the Golden Gate Bridge then eat in some of the best restaurants in the country.
Los Angeles-The forecourt of TCL Chinese Theatre has been one of the most popular free attractions since the 1920s. Movie fans from around the world compare their hands and feet to those of stars past and present. Personally I fit Sophia Lorens handprints.
Las Vegas-Get the monorail down to Fremont Street at night and experience old Vegas. Its home to some of Vegas old casinos, wedding chapels, and the famous Vegas Vic and Vegas Vicky neon cowboy and cowgirl signs. Fremont Street has some lively bars where food and drink is cheaper than the strip. It has plenty of street performers and buskers and it is a great place to people watch. A nice alternative to the big shows, clubs and casinos of the strip.
Las Vegas-If you are into amusement parks there is a great one in Circus Circus. The top of the Stratosphere has a amazing view of Vegas. Also check out the water show in front of Bellagio, water/light show inside Sams Town and the volcano at Mirage. Just a tip - the water shows and volcano are best viewed at night.
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 (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 via complimentary hotel shuttle bus to your hotel.
Day 2 Los Angeles - Palm Springs (237KM)
This morning, pick up your rental car and make your way south to Anaheim, your headquarters for fun. Spend the day surrounded by icons and classic characters at the original Disneyland Park, or celebrate fun and adventure at its companion park, Disney California Adventure Park. Visit the nation’s oldest theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm, filled with old west history and thrill rides, or one of Anaheim’s many other fun-filled attractions (admissions not included) before continuing east to Palm Springs. This ultimate desert playground nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains offers the perfect blend of outdoor entertainment and casual relaxation. Take time this evening to dine in one of the many excellent restaurants in downtown Palm Springs or escape the heat and ride the aerial tramway high up above the desert floor for panoramic views of the Coachella Valley.
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, two of Central Arizona’s top destinations. With Phoenix’s skyscraper-filled skyline omplemented by famed Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale’s Old West charm, it’s guaranteed you’ll enjoy this uniquely Southwestern playground.
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. Stop at one of the numerous overlooks, walk part of the Rim Trail or along the historic Hermit Road, visit a Photo Hot Spot, or climb to the top of a stone Watchtower for panoramic views that extend over 100 miles on clear days.
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 and one of Arizona’s hidden treasures, to Hoover Dam. Considered the largest single public works project in the history of the U.S., Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona and brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest. Continue to Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that needs no introduction.
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)
This morning take the opportunity to capture a photograph at the iconic Las Vegas sign before your journey takes you 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 offering spectacular views of the wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands. Don’t miss the opportunity this evening to cast your eyes upon the night sky for some of the best stargazing in the world.
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, Yosemite was one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. Delve into the depths of the park with a walk to a waterfall, each as distinct as the granite cliffs they dive over, or learn about the wonders of the park during a ranger-guided stroll. Explore a giant sequoia grove and meet the most massive trees on earth, or spend an evening under the stars. With approximately 800 miles of trails, Yosemite is also a great place to hike. **From early Nov to late May, Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather conditions, in which case you will need to drive the southern route through Bakersfield and Fresno
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 Capitol, Sacramento, and on to San Francisco. Considered one the greatest cities in the world for many reasons, San Francisco offers one-of-a-kind sights and something to suit your every need.
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 neighborhoods including: Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Embarcadero/Financial District, and Golden Gate Park. To experience something truly unique, walk along the railings of the Golden Gate Bridge or take a ride on an iconic Cable Car. For a little piece of heaven on Earth, spend the day in Napa Valley whose picturesque rolling hills and wineries dot the landscape
Day 11 San Francisco - Monterey (210KM)
This morning, head south to Monterey along Highway One which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown. Explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. 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 where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle and ends in Morro Bay. A short distance inland is the heart of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo. From here, continue south to Ventura passing through Pismo Beach, inland agricultural valleys of rolling countryside, and Santa Barbara, often described as the American Riviera. 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. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive; some of the best sights Los Angeles has to offer
Return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport prior to your departure