Western Values Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary
Los Angeles arrival
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel.
Day 02: Driving Distance: 147 mi / 236 km
Los Angeles – Anaheim – 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 (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 03: Driving Distance: 260 mi / 418 km
Palm Springs – Joshua Tree National Park – Laughlin
This morning, set out east through the Coachella Valley to Joshua Tree National Park, a land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. There are many excellent hiking trails that showcase the unexpected beauty of the desert, a favourite is the Hidden Valley Trail, this short walk takes you into an area rumoured to have been used as a hideout by cattle rustlers. Continue to Needles and ultimately Laughlin, an oasis bordered by rugged desert and the Colorado River. From outdoor adventure on the Colorado River to indoor entertainment indulgences, Laughlin offers a wide variety of activities.
Day 04: Driving Distance: 147 mi / 235 km
Laughlin – Williams
Set out east today for Kingman where you will
join historic Route 66 and travel along the longest stretch that remains of this historic route to Seligman. Visit Grand Canyon Caverns, a natural limestone cavern 210 feet underground and the largest dry cavern in the U.S., before arriving in the picturesque mountain town of Williams, Gateway to the Grand Canyon. This evening enjoy the welcome of small town America.
Day 05: Driving Distance: 191 mi / 307 km
Williams – Grand Canyon National Park – Lake Powell
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 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. When you’ve had your fill, continue further north through the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, and on to Lake Powell, a vast blue man-made lake surrounded by beautiful sandstone walls.
Day 06: Driving Distance: 170 mi / 270 km
Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon National Park
This morning, set out west for Kanab where the exhilarating scent of sage and cedar fills the clear southwest air, then head north to Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. Famous for its unique geology, Bryce Canyon consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters where the power of wind, water and geologic mayhem has etched the pink cliffs and shaped the colourful limestone rock into thousands of spires called “hoodoos”.
Day 07: Driving Distance: 240 mi / 380 km
Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park- Las Vegas
Spend the morning exploring more of Bryce Canyon before heading west to Zion National Park. In Zion, Utah’s oldest national park known for its incredible canyons and spectacular views, you can follow the paths of ancient native people and gaze at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into the bright blue sky. Consider challenging your courage in a slot canyon. Later today, continue west to Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that needs no introduction.
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 09: Driving Distance: 450 mi / 720 km
Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park – Fresno
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. Continue through the Panamint Mountains, an immense range of twisted, sharply creased sedimentary rock, before heading north to Ridgecrest, Visalia and Fresno, California’s year-round playground.
Day 10: Driving Distance: 152 mi / 245 km
Fresno – Yosemite National Park – San Francisco
This morning, travel north into the High Sierra, home to 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. With approximately 800 miles of trails, Yosemite is also a great place to hike. This afternoon, head west to Muir Woods National Monument, a remnant of ancient coast redwood forests, 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.
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.
Day 12: Driving Distance: 289 mi / 465 km
San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel – Central Coast
This morning, head south for an exhilarating trip along 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Continue south along central California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This twisting, cliff-hugging route starts in Monterey and takes you through the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur, where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road continues to San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle.
Day 13: Driving Distance: 250 mi / 408 km
Central Coast – Solvang – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles
Today, continue south passing through Morro Bay, Pismo Beach and inland agricultural valleys of rolling countryside on your way to Solvang, the Danish Capital of America. Further south is Santa Barbara, often described as the American Riviera and the perfect spot to get out and discover the spirit of the West before arriving in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles departure
Return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport prior to your departure.
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.
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Tour Extension (optional): Days 14-16:
Day 14: Driving Distance: 136 mi / 221 km
Los Angeles – Anaheim – 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.
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.
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.