Travel out to Americas Golden West and take in three of the most exciting cities in the world and some of the most unique and amazing National Parks in North America. See the desert landscape of Death Valley and lush greenery of Yosemite National Park. Go celebrity spotting in Beverly Hills and Hollywood, Los Angeles, gamble and relax on the Las Vegas Strip and see the sites of San Francisco. Enjoy it all on this flexible fly drive.
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
Travel from the UK to the City of Angeles. Upon arrival at LAX, pick up a hire car and head to your hotel in the great location of West Hollywood
Spend a full day exploring the large and diverse metropolis of Los Angeles. From your home in West Hollywood there is easy access to most of the major attractions. Head to the beaches of Santa Monica or the bright lights of downtown. Maybe shop like a star on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills or check out the stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. And if all these seem a little sedate, head up to Universal Studios Hollywood to see how the movies are made and ride the white knuckle thrills.
Drive distance – 135 miles
A short drive to start with so maybe you want to explore more of LA, or as you are heading east and out of the city, travel via Anahiem for some time at Disneyland Resort. Arrive in the veritable desert oasis of Palm Springs with golf courses galore amongst many other activities to fill you day. If the heat gets too much, ride the aerial tramway to an elevation over 8500 feet above the valley floor for spectacular view.
Drive distance – 256 miles
Today’s drive will take you through more desert scenery on the way to Sin City. Travel east and north out of Palm Springs. A little side trip just outside of the city will take you into Joshua Tree National Park before you cross the stunning Mojave National Preserve towards Las Vegas.
A full day to relax and enjoy Las Vegas. Walk the Strip, gamble at the numerous casinos, relax by the your hotels pool or get more adventurous and take a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon or see the Vegas strip lit up at dusk from above. You can find it all in Las Vegas from world class dining to amazing shows from Cirque du Soleil and more.
Drive distance – 120 miles
Drive out of Las Vegas into one of North Americas more intriguing National Parks, Death Valley. With the lowest elevation in all of North America, the Park gets its name from the extremes of temperature when it regularly reaches over 49 degrees Celsius during the summer month making the whole place incredibly arid but is amazingly still home to a great diversity of wildflowers and plants. Enhance your desert experience with a stop at Zabriskie Point offering spectacular views of the wildly eroded and vibrantly coloured badlands.
Drive distance – 326 miles
A day of contrast as you leave behind the dry and arid Death Valley and head north into lush green Yosemite National Park. Travel through the High Sierra where Tioga Road, the highest drivable pass in California, leads you into the Park.
Get a full day to explore and enjoy the United States first National Park. Hike amongst the giant sequoia trees or stick to the tourist paths of Yosemite Valley and see the main highlights of El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite and Bridal Veil waterfalls.
Drive distance – 220 miles
Head back west today and towards the Pacific Ocean. Cross the Central Valley of California before traversing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and entering the city by the bay.
Spend a day exploring San Francisco. Wander the neighbourhoods of Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Embarcadero, Financial District, and Golden Gate Park. Walk along the railings of the Golden Gate Bridge, take a ride on an iconic Cable Car and a cruise into the bay to see the city from the water and visit ‘The Rock’, Alcatraz Island.
Your final day spent relaxing and shopping around San Francisco before heading to the airport to drop off your car and take an overnight flight back to the UK.
‘A Treat on Sunset Boulevard’
A brand new venture from the prestigious Hyatt brand sees the 14 storey Andaz West Hollywood occupying a prime location close to the Sunset Strip and famous Hollywood Hills. An impressive glass entrance opens out onto this boutique style hotel, which features art deco influences along with some amazing views over Los Angeles and the surrounding hills.
‘Old World Luxury in the Heart of the Southern California Desert’
Few places on earth so capture your spirit and immediately transport you to a wonderful sense of peace, as does La Quinta Resort & Club. An original desert hideaway at the foot of the spectacular Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta Resort & Club has been the personal refuge for Hollywood luminaries and travellers from around the world since 1926. Remarkably secluded and personal, the resort’s masterful layout and hand-crafted hacienda style architecture feels all at once like a charming village and a luxury destination. While you could easily spend a week lounging in the sun beside one of 41 pools that sit just steps from your guestroom door, the lush 45-acre resort offers so much more. La Quinta Resort invites you to challenge golf’s legends on five championship courses, indulge in the rejuvenating afternoon at Spa La Quinta, savour creations of top chefs in one of several restaurants, shop, play tennis, or simply indulge the luxury of doing nothing at all.
‘Leisure Rich Hotel with European Playground Elegance’
Park MGM Las Vegas mixes the elegance of a European playground with good old USA grandeur. It's at the heart of the Las Vegas strip near dozens of fantastic attractions with plenty of its own including a 24-hour gaming casino, salon, spa, pool and events schedule featuring the mind boggling Blue Man Group. Local family attractions include the Everything Coca-Cola store, M&M’s World, several Cirque du Soleil shows and Bodies, The Exhibition. Resort dining options are plentiful from a AAA 4 Diamond home of contemporary French cuisine to Italian, Japanese and Mexican.
Inn at Death Valley is located in the center of the largest National Park in the lower 48 states, which has 3.3 million acres of astounding beauty. The jewel of Death Valley, this Four Diamond Rated Inn offers its guests luxury and timeless ambiance. The 66 room, air-conditioned Inn remains open from mid-October through mid-May.
‘Resort Lodging that Beckons you to Escape, Stay, Play, Feel, Learn and Wonder’
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a majestic Sierra resort set at the National park’s soaring South Gate. The resort offers all season recreation ranging from hiking, biking, swimming, skating and skiing. The guest rooms are spacious and luxurious with custom in-room amenities and they are crafted with elegant touches, materials and finishes that mirror the surrounding Sierra’s alpine grandeur. The hotel features five dining options all dedicated to sustainability in the foodservice supply chain, a well-equipped fitness centre, a spa, a general store and gift shop, a laundry, games room and concierge.
‘Boutique by the Bay’
Close to San Francisco’s biggest attractions, like the Golden Gate Bridge, its historic network of cable cars and Pier 39, Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf is a chic boutique by the bay. Accommodation is comprised of nautical themed rooms and suites with spacious design and city views, and you’ll find an outdoor pool, gym, mini market and courtyard among its facilities. Food and drink is taken care of in Brick & Beam restaurant and bar, which is a great place to unwind by the fireplace at the end of a day exploring the bay.
Flights from the UK into LA back from San Francisco
10 nights accommodation as listed
Car hire with GPS
Meals unless otherwise stated
National Park entry fees
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