A geologically diverse tour that traces some of the west coast of America’s hottest tourist destinations including cities, holiday resorts and inspiring scenic trails, Splendours of the West will leave you gasping in awe at the USA’s abundant offering. Leaving Los Angeles, you’ll begin in Palm Springs, a resort famed for drawing in America’s elite during holiday season and onwards to Phoenix, an adventurous city with a strong sporting undertone.
City life will be exchanged for a more arid setting where the Grand Canyon and Sedona will mark the beginning of a national park adventure, one that soaks up the valuable assets associated with everywhere from Bryce to Yosemite and Zion National Parks. The expansive valleys, imposing mountains and lakes of Mammoth will also feed your outdoor enthusiasm on this itinerary, which will offer up a healthy dose of metropolitan activity in the form of starry-eyed Las Vegas and the dynamic San Francisco.
Los Angeles-Drive one of the worlds most famous scenic drives, Mulholland winds from the Hollywood Hills, across the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains, and west towards the Pacific Ocean.
Las Vegas-For all of the night owls, I recommend the Cosmopolitan. Great places to eat and The Marquee is the best day and night club. The pool is amazing. STK is a great start for the evening, a new style Las Vegas steakhouse from The One Group and Executive Chef Stephen Hopcraft.
San Francisco-Alcatraz is America's most infamous penitentiary as well as one of the most visited attractions in California, day passes must be booked with the tourist board.
Los Angeles- Palm Springs - Phoenix
Phoenix - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park - Monument Valley - Page/Lake Powell
Kanab/Page/Lake Powell - Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Las Vegas
Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes** - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Gateway - San Francisco
Day 1 Los Angeles- Palm Springs - Phoenix
Today your journey begins and takes you through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis. Afterwards you will pass through Indio, home to the Int’l Date Festival in the Coachella Valley.
Motorcoach tour commences. Passengers should meet in the lobby of the Los Angeles hotel at 07:30 hours for an 08:00 hours departure.
Day 2 Phoenix - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park
Travel through the Sonoran Desert, the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas. Continue to Sedona, a city situated in a unique geological area and encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths with such names as Cathedral and Coffee Pot. Then drive through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. Majestic Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colorful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.
Day 3 Grand Canyon National Park - Monument Valley - Page/Lake Powell
A highlight of the trip will be watching the sunrise as you enjoy a special (optional) breakfast served right at the rim of the Canyon. As you journey further today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the trading post of Cameron. Continue through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most iconic images of the American West. In the late afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River, and we welcome you to enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 4 Kanab/Page/Lake Powell - Bryce Canyon National Park
Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here you’ll enjoy views of stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Enter the Mormon state of Utah, pass through the town of Kanab before visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and take in the aroma of pinewood campfire.
Day 5 Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Las Vegas
Travel today to Zion National Park and see the massive rock formations carved by wind, time, and the Virgin River. This afternoon experience the contrast of Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World,” where round-the-clock shopping, nightly shows, and of course gambling are available.
Day 6 Las Vegas
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip taking in its amazing sights, or “shop ‘til you drop” at designer outlets.
Day 7 Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes
Your tour stops at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory of Las Vegas. Having enjoyed glamorous Las Vegas, it will be a sharp contrast this afternoon to enter the quiet and extreme environment of Death Valley. Stop at Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch before continuing across the valley and ascending the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort town of Mammoth Lakes**. The area gained prominence as the gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.
Day 8 Mammoth Lakes** - Yosemite National Park
Arise with the morning sun and join us for an optional seasonal scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth and enjoy a tasty breakfast as you survey a most stunning view of California from its desert floor to its lofty peaks. Next, your journey today brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Here, you will experience the valley floor and its splendors including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in the Yosemite Gateway.
**Winter Routing. The Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will overnight in Fresno or Visalia and a visit to Mammoth Lakes will not be possible (winter routing applies to all departures between October and May under normal snow conditions.)
Day 9 Yosemite Gateway - San Francisco
Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. “ Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair". Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. Tour ends upon arrival.