• Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco
  • Sailing San Francisco Bay, California
  • Best of the West Map
  • Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona

Best of the West Self Drive Holiday

Classic Self Drive, Deluxe, Hotel Grade Choice
From £795 per person
01 Apr 2021 - 31 Mar 2022

Best of the West Tour Highlights

  • Bask under sunny skies in Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • View one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon south rim
  • Enjoy 24 Hour entertainment in glittering Las Vegas
  • Stand at the lowest land elevation in North America in Death Valley
  • Touch monoliths of exposed granite in Yosemite
  • Walk along the railings of San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Marvel at 17-Mile Drive’s The Lone Cypress
  • Explore Santa Barbara, The American Riviera
Holiday Quick facts
Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights or 11 Days/12 Nights
Holiday Type: Classic Self Drive
Grade: Budget, Standard, Superior, Deluxe
Start / Finish: Los Angeles / Los Angeles or San Francisco
Flights: Additional Cost

Best of the West Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary

Day 01:
Los Angeles arrival
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel.

Day 02: Driving Distance: 147 mi / 237 km
Los Angeles – Palm Springs
This morning, pick up your rental car and make your way south to Anaheim, Orange County’s headquarters for fun. Spend the day surrounded by icons and classic characters at the original Disneyland Park or 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 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 03: Driving Distance: 267 mi / 430 km
Palm Springs – Phoenix/Scottsdale
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 complemented by famed Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale’s Old West charm, it’s guaranteed you’ll enjoy this uniquely Southwestern playground.

Day 04: Driving Distance: 230 mi / 370 km
Phoenix/Scottsdale – Grand Canyon National Park
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 05: Driving Distance: 276 mi / 444 km
Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas
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., The 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 06:
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 07: Driving Distance: 139 mi / 224 km
Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park
This morning take the opportunity to capture a photograph at the iconic Welcome to 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 coloured 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 08: Driving Distance: 326 mi / 525 km
Death Valley National Park – Yosemite National Park**
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.

Day 09: Driving Distance: 195 mi / 314 km
Yosemite National Park – San Francisco
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. 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 neighbourhoods 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: Driving Distance: 130 mi / 210 km
San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel
This morning, head south to Monterey along Highway 1 which offers breath taking 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: Driving Distance: 280 mi / 451 km
Monterey/Carmel – Santa Barbara – Ventura
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: Driving Distance: 70 mi / 120 km
Ventura – Malibu – Santa Monica – Los Angeles
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, TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive; some of the best sights Los Angeles has to offer.

Day 14:
Los Angeles departure
Return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport prior to your departure.

**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 through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite area.


Day City Budget Standard
01 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
02 Palm Springs Travelodge by Wyndham Travelodge by Wyndham
03 Phoenix – Scottsdale Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale – Old Town Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale – Old Town
04 Grand Canyon Days Hotel by Wyndham Flagstaff Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn
05-06 Las Vegas Excalibur Hotel & Casino Excalibur Hotel & Casino
07 Death Valley Death Valley Inn Stovepipe Wells Vil­lage
08 Yosemite** The Modesto Hotel Comfort Inn – Yosemite Area
09-10 San Francisco Hotel Whitcomb Hotel Whitcomb
11 Monterey/Carmel Monterey Bay Travelodge Monterey Bay Travelodge
12 Ventura Comfort Inn & Suites Ventura Beach Courtyard Oxnard Ventura
13 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
Day City Standard / Superior Superior / Deluxe
01 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport Hilton Los Angeles Airport
02 Palm Springs Palm Mountain Resort & Spa Hyatt Palm Springs
03 Phoenix – Scottsdale Saguaro Scottsdale Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa
04 Grand Canyon Yavapai Lodge West Yavapai Lodge East
05-06 Las Vegas Luxor Hotel & Casino Tropicana Las Vegas
07 Death Valley Stovepipe Wells Vil­lage Ranch at Death Valley
08 Yosemite** Cedar Lodge Yosemite View Lodge
09-10 San Francisco Cova Hotel The Park Central San Francisco
11 Monterey Hilton Garden Inn Monterey Hotel Pacific
12 Ventura Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
13 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel Westdrift Manhattan Beach

**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 through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite area.

Budget Hotels

Budget hotels offer value but are clean and basic. They are a notch above the very simple accommodations of value properties and may be closer to major intersections and popular attractions.

Standard Hotels

Standard hotels offer quality, style, comfortable accommodations, yet they are still considered “affordable”. Typically located in central areas.

Superior Hotels

With above-average service, upscale, high quality and comfortable, with a variety of amenities located in town. Rooms will be well furnished to a high standard.

Deluxe Hotels

Situated in the best locations with no-expense spared. Grand lobbies, stylish rooms, heated pools, 24-hour room service, the works! Often significantly more expensive than superior hotels offering flawless service & luxurious comfort.

National Parks Accommodations

Please be advised that accommodations near and in the National Parks are rustic in nature and not always of the same level of comfort as accommodations in metropolitan areas.

Holiday Info & Extras

Travel may be any day of the week, subject to availability of all components of the program. Package rates may not be applicable over special events and during Public Holidays – rates are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

Contact Us for Tailormade options.

Insider Tips:

  • The Elvis Presley Honeymoon House. Rated the #1 place to have your photo taken in Palm Springs by the Daily Sun and Time Magazine, it was in this mid-century modern classic house that Elvis and Pricilla honeymooned. Countless movies have been filmed here including “Elvis and Me”. Tours by appointment.
  • Stargazing in Death Valley. After the sunsets, grab a towel or blanket and go lay on the golf course in Furnace Creek. You will be amazed by the beauty of the sky with its millions of stars and constellations, keep your eyes out for the satellites zooming ahead.
  • Kayak in Monterey Bay. Rent a kayak on your own for the day or take a guided tour through the kelp forest canopy of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Get up close to the abundant wildlife including pelicans, harbour seals and the darling otters!

Tour Extension (optional): Days 14-16 (Price on request)

Day 14: Driving Distance: 136 mi / 221 km
Los Angeles to Anaheim to San Diego
This morning make your way south to Anaheim, Orange County’s headquarters for fun. Spend the day surrounded by icons and classic characters at the original Disneyland Park or at its companion park, Disney California Adventure Park. Then, head further south, stopping at Mission San Juan Capistrano for a snapshot of California’s history. Continue to the scenic coastal community of San Diego whose cool breezes, tranquil waters, and miles of world-renowned beaches welcome visitors from all over the world.

Day 15:
San Diego
From SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, to Seaport Village, Mission Bay, the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town, San Diego has it all. You may prefer to visit the spectacular town of La Jolla nestled along the bluffs above the Pacific. Or grab a picnic lunch and relax in Balboa Park in the heart of the city. Regardless of your interests, San Diego Is sure to delight even the most seasoned Traveler.

Day 16:
San Diego Departure
Return your car at the airport before your departure flight. Alternately, you may elect to drive to Los Angeles International Airport for your departure Flight.

Tour Operates & Prices


Budget Hotels
From £695.00 Twin Share/Double

Standard Hotels
From £775.00 Twin Share/Double

Superior Hotels
From £895.00 Twin Share/Double

Deluxe Hotels
From £1149.00 Twin Share/Double


Budget Hotels
From £795.00 Twin Share/Double

Standard Hotels
From £899.00 Twin Share/Double

Superior Hotels
From £1095.00 Twin Share/Double

Deluxe Hotels
From £1295.00 Twin Share

  • Lead prices per person based on a Twin/Double Room.
  • Single & Triple/Quad Rates on request.
  • Extensions of stay available, likewise Accommodation upgrades
Special Discounted airfares available if booked as part of this package – request a quote.

Holiday Offers

Save up to £250 per person on qualifying 2021/22 Self Drives and Escorted Tours. Offer ends 31 March 2021.

  • Save £75 per person on holidays priced between £1,000 – £1,499 per passenger
  • Save £125 per person on holidays priced between £1,500 – £2,499 per passenger
  • Save £175 per person on holidays priced between £2,500 – £3,999 per passenger
  • Save £250 per person on holidays priced at £4,000 or more per passenger

Terms: Offer is valid for new 2021 bookings made before 31 March 2021 for travel between 01 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. Savings is on the base price of the tour. Offer is non-transferable, subject to availability and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Not valid on Group Travel. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary.
  • Alamo Rent-A-Car “Inclusive” of insurance, taxes, and fees.
  • Accommodation inclusive of sales tax on a room only basis – as specified
  • Long-haul International Flights
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times, porterage & resort fees if applicable.
  • Admissions &/or optional tours unless specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.
  • Tolls, ferries & parking fees.

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