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The Best of the West
This classic two week fly-drive of California, Arizona and Nevada is sure to tick all your holiday boxes. You’ll experience one of the USA’s most scenic drives along the Pacific Coast Highway, view El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and gaze in wonder at the mighty Grand Canyon. The bright lights of Las Vegas and the eerie lunar landscape of Death Valley is sure to captivate you. Don’t miss a visit to Alcatraz during your stay in San Francisco and end your fly-drive adventure hanging out with the stars in Hollywood.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Los Angeles
13 nights accommodation in sought after locations
13 days car hire
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
Los Angeles and the beaches
Las Vegas Strip and Grand Canyon National Park
Death Valley and Yosemite National Park
San Francisco and the wine regions
Santa Barbara and The American Riviera
Chic desert resort of Palm Springs
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you'd like this option included in your holiday quote.
Day 1 : Los Angeles
Arrive in Los Angeles for the start of your adventure. Spend the evening checking out the the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, strolling along Santa Monica Beach or enjoying an evening's entertainment at Universal Studio's City Walk.
Day 2 : Palm Springs
Distance: 147 miles
A short drive east out of Los Angeles will take you to the chic resort of Palm Springs, a true oasis in the desert with a cosmopolitan twist. Here you can relax by a sumptuous pool, shop in the many boutiques, play a round of golf, explore the desert or peer at the stars along the Palm Springs Celebrity Walk of Fame.
A visit to the Elvis Presley Honeymoon House is highly recommended, as too is a jeep tour of the San Andreas Fault . If you're not afraid of heights then consider a trip on the remarkable Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for incredible views over the valley below.
Day 3 : Palm Springs - Scottsdale/Phoenix
Distance: 267 miles
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in one of the many outdoor cafes that line the pretty streets of Palm Springs before you head off to another superb desert resort, Scottsdale.
The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians of the Southwest and is located in adjoining Phoenix.
Old Town Scottsdale is a great place for a stroll around, with its old fashioned stores and western art galleries all evoking the old cowboy era. Whilst the modern River Walk area of Scottsdale offers upmarket eateries and trendy bars.
Day 4 : Scottsdale/Phoenix - Grand Canyon National Park
Distance: 230 miles
Start today with a scenic drive through the desert, stop for lunch in the beautiful red rock town of Sedona. If time allows we also recommend a visit to the incredible Meteor Crater, just a 40 minute drive from Flagstaff, before arriving at the mighty Grand Canyon. You will have time to stroll along the South Rim and experience the many wondrous views of nature here.
Let Bon Voyage make dinner reservations for you at THE place to dine in the Canyon.
Day 5 : Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas
Distance: 276 miles
Rise and shine early today! You won't want to miss sunrise over the Grand Canyon, it will truly be one of the highlights of your holiday.
Drive along a section of historic Route 66, through Williams and Kingman, to one of the world's greatest man-made structures, the Hoover Dam. Take time out to do the behind the scenes tour of this monumental feat of engineering.
Continue your drive to Las Vegas, the city that literally has to be seen to be believed, it goes from strength to strength as the mega resort destination that made its name through gambling, glitz and glamour. Now attracting over 40 million visitors a year, even our most cynical customers are captivated by this larger-than-life destination.
Day 6 : Las Vegas
Delightfully O.T.T - Las Vegas will amaze you! Enjoy breakfast in Paris, lunch in Venice and dinner in New York. Spend the day strolling the iconic Las Vegas Strip and taking in the sights. In the evening treat yourself to an award-winning show, or take a helicopter ride along the neon-lit Strip. Fancy renewing your vows with Elvis as a witness? We can make that happen, this is Vegas after all!
Day 7 : Las Vegas - Death Valley National Park
Distance: 139 miles
This morning continue across the Amargosa Desert to Death Valley National Park, approximately a two-hour drive from Las Vegas.
Death Valley is the largest national park
outside Alaska at over 5,000 sq. miles. It also holds the record for the
hottest, driest and lowest point in America. This is a land of sand dunes, colourful
canyons, extinct volcanic craters, towering mountains and an abundance of
Death Valley also harbours some of the darkest night skies in the USA, and has been designated International Dark Sky Park status. Come here to gaze in awe at the Milky Way, track a meteor shower or follow a lunar eclipse.
Day 8 : Death Valley National Park - Yosemite National Park
Distance: 326 miles
Today drive via Bishop into the high Sierra Nevada to one of America's most scenic national parks, Yosemite.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famed for its captivating beauty, enormous sequoia tress, thundering waterfalls and mighty granite cliffs. When it comes to accommodation, there are various options here from rustic-luxury to camping, please call Bon Voyage to discuss your preferred option.
Day 9 : Yosemite National Park - San Francisco
Distance: 195 miles
The drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco is via the scenic Napa and Sonoma wine regions, why not stop for a lunch at a winery?
This City by the Bay is just about everyone's favourite American city. San Francisco delights in being different from its California neighbours. Even the climate, frequent fog in summer and rain in winter, belies the state's image for golden beaches and sunshine. Quaint small-scale streets, superb restaurants and extensive parks afford a European air and turreted houses line pretty tree lined avenues. If time allows, be sure to hire a bike and ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Day 10 : San Francisco
A full day at leisure to experience the many sights of this delightful city, San Francisco. We suggest breakfast at Fisherman's Wharf, a ferry ride across to Alcatraz and a tour of the prison.
Head to Chinatown for lunch then some afternoon shopping, before evening on a dinner cruise around San Francisco Bay. Call Bon Voyage who can help you plan and arrange your ideal day to make the most of what San Francisco has to offer.
Day 11 : San Francisco - Monterey
Distance: 230 miles
Leave San Francisco and cruise down the scenic California Coast to Monterey where you can visit Cannery Row (of author John Steinbeck fame).
En route enjoy a stunning coastline view on famous 17-Mile Drive, stop for lunch in pretty Carmel-by-the-Sea and spend time relaxing on the white-sand beach here before checking into your hotel.
Keep your eyes peeled, if you're lucky you'll be able to spot whales along the coast too.
Day 12 : Monterey - Santa Barbara
Distance: 130 miles
Continue your journey south along one of the USA's most scenic roads - The Pacific Coast Highway. Stop at Pismo Beach or Santa Maria for lunch on your way to a region of the California coast referred to as the American Riviera, and the delightful Moorish seaside resort of Santa Barbara.
Day 13 : Santa Barbara - Santa Monica
Distance: 70 miles
This morning continue along the Pacific Coast Highway through trendy Malibu to Santa Monica.
Santa Monica Beach is where Los Angeles hits the Pacific Ocean and is home to the famous Santa Monica Pier, the official end of legendary Route 66. Enjoy strolling or roller-skating along the beach, a spot of shopping at Santa Monica Place, or hop on a double-decker sightseeing bus which will take you to all the attractions in nearby Hollywood, Beverly Hills and bohemian Venice Beach.
Day 14 : Los Angeles departure
Today is your departure day back to the UK. However, your adventure doesn't have to end here. Why not extend your stay and take a flight to one of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands? Maybe an East Coast city stopover?
Call the travel experts at Bon Voyage who will talk through your options with you to create your ideal West Coast America adventure.