This action-packed road trip sets out from the lively and beautiful city of San Francisco, and takes in iconic sights such as Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, as well as the cities of Las Vegas and Los Angeles. A perfect blend of urban excitement and natural beauty, it makes for an unforgettable adventure.
Your road trip begins as you arrive at San Francisco International Airport and proceed to your hotel. There’ll then be some time to explore the vibrant city of San Francisco. You may like to ride on one of the iconic cable cars, or visit the biggest Chinatown outside China.
You have a full day today to continue exploring San Francisco. You may like to visit the popular tourist site of Fisherman’s Wharf, take a guided tour of Alcatraz, or spend the day in Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco to Yosemite National Park
You’ll leave San Francisco this morning and and drive to Yosemite National Park, known for its waterfalls and striking granite cliffs, including the El Capitan monolith, Glacier Point and Half Dome, as well as its groves of giant sequoia trees.
Yosemite to Death Valley and Las Vegas
This morning you’ll drive toward Nevada. En route, you may like to visit Death Valley National Park, to take in its striking sand dunes, snow-capped mountains and multicolored rock layers, as well as over 900 species of plants and animals. You’ll stop at Father Crawley and Zabriskie Point to take in the spectacular view of the Panamint Mountains, before continuing to glamorous Las Vegas, where you can take in an extravagant live show or try your luck in a glitzy casino.
Las Vegas to Zion and Bryce National Parks
This morning you’ll swap Vegas’ glamour for the stunning natural landscapes of Zion National Park, known for its sandstone monoliths, as well as for The Narrows, stone crevices with naturally-occurring stripes of vibrant colour caused by years of erosion by water and wind. Here you can hike the trails and paved pathways, or make use of the complimentary shuttle system to visit attractions such as the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Angels Landing. Later, you’ll continue to Bryce, where you’ll stay overnight.
Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef and Moab
This morning you’ll visit Bryce Canyon National Park, where you’ll see the natural rock “amphitheater” and the spires of colourful rock known as hoodoos. You may like to explore the walking trails here, or perhaps take a horseback ride. Afterwards, you’ll head for Capitol Reef National Park, then on to Canyonlands National Park, where you can take in the stunning views on the 34-mile Island in the Sky tour. You may also like to visit the nearby Dead Horse Point State Park, before continuing to tonight’s accommodation in Moab.
Moab to Arches National Park and Durango
This morning you’ll visit Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural freestanding sandstone arches. Afterwards, you’ll continue to the city of Durango, built in the picturesque San Juan Mountains as a mining supply and smelting center during the gold and silver era.
Durango to Canyon De Chelly & Monument Valley
You have the morning at leisure today to explore Durango before heading west to Canyon De Chelly, part of the Navajo Reservation, where you can admire the ancient ruins, once home to the Anasazi Indian community. You will also see Spider Rock, a sandstone spire that rises 800 feet from the canyon floor.
Monument Valley - Page & Grand Canyon
Today you’ll visit the famous Monument Valley, familiar from numerous movies including Stagecoach, Once Upon a Time in the West and Forrest Gump. You may like to take a jeep tour of the area, which visits all the major sites and includes a visit to the local Navajo tribe. You may also want to take a tour of the Antelope Canyon, before heading to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon - Sedona - Phoenix/Scottsdale
An unforgettable experience today, as you visit the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This steep-sided gorge was carved by the Colorado River over a six-million year period. You’ll also take in Oak Creek Canyon, a spectacular 16-mile gorge, dotted with streams and waterfalls, and Montezuma Castle, built by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture. Next you’ll continue to Scottsdale, where you’ll visit the Old Town area to browse the galleries, shops and restaurants.
Phoenix/Scottsdale - Palm Springs - Los Angeles
Today you’ll head west through the scenic desert country to the lush resort town of Palm Springs. Here you can ride on the Aerial Tramway, which takes you from the desert to snow-capped Mount San Jacitno, where you’ll find hiking trails, mule rides, a cocktail bar and a restaurant. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Los Angeles, entertainment capital of the USA.
You have a full day today to explore the City of Angels. You may like to take in some Hollywood glamour, with a stroll along the Walk of Fame and a visit to Mann’s Chinese Theater, or perhaps drive through Beverly Hills to see how the celebrities live. You could also hit the shops in Rodeo Drive, visit Venice Beach, or head to the “Happiest place on Earth” – Disneyland.
Your road trip comes to an end today as you depart from Los Angeles International Airport.