West Coast and National Parks

West Coast and National Parks

Discover all that is great about West Coast USA!

From the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean to the vast salts flats of Death Valley, this cultural journey encompasses all that is great about West Coast USA!

Discover iconic landmarks, explore the unique natural beauty found within two of America's best known national parks, and enjoy some you-time as you relax and unwind in the warm Californian sun. 

Tour highlights

    • Discover the Golden Gate Bridge and explore mysterious Alcatraz*
    • Explore the natural beauty of America's National Parks
    • Bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip
    • Take a helicopter flight through the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon National Park*
    • Pacific ocean surf in San Diego

    * Optional Extra - Please speak to one of our specialist sales agents to book.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 (Arrival & overnight in San Francisco)

The City by the Bay

San Francisco has a little bit of everything, for everyone. Think San Fran, and the first thing that probably comes to mind is the iconic image of the Golden Gate Bridge. Well, it is said to be one of the most photographed things in the world. Head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and say hello to the community of sea lions that have taken up residency on the pier. Seafood lovers will be in heaven too as you enjoy walk away crab and shrimp cocktails from the famous crab vendors by the bay. Or if you prefer a more traditional dining experience, San Francisco is known as one of America’s best restaurant cities so you will be sure to find something that take your fancy.

Place of Interest: If it’s some serious shopping you’re after, Union Square is the place to be. Exclusive designer boutiques line the streets, and the Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre is home to the largest Bloomingdales outside of New York.

INCLUDES : Room Only

Alcatraz Island Tour from San Francisco Pier 33

Alcatraz Island Tour (Optional Extra)

No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip across the bay to the former home of some of the most notorious criminals in American history – Alcatraz! Discover the murky history of Alcatraz and explore the prison grounds and cell-houses of former inmates. No inmate ever successfully escaped The Rock, but luckily for you the Alcatraz Ferries are standing by to whisk you back to dry land.

We recommend that you pre-book your Alcatraz tour tickets before you travel. Due to popularity, tickets can often sell out up to 2 weeks in advance. Speak our USA sales specialists about booking your tickets.

Day 3 & 4 (San Francisco to Yosemite - 207 Mi)

Outstanding Natural Beauty

A place of outstanding natural beauty, Yosemite National Park will, simply put, take your breath away. With awe-inspiring photo opportunities around every corner it’s easy to forget that there is so much more to explore for miles around. The best time to visit is between May and June. The snowmelt during this time means that the streams and waterfalls flow full, and the meadows are in full bloom. September and October are also very good times to experience Yosemite as the park sees far fewer people visiting, and the landscape sees the changing of colours move from vibrant greens to the golden browns of fall.

Distance approx: 207 Mi
Time to travel approx: 3.5 hours

Place of Interest: A visit to Glacier Point will not disappoint! At 3,214 ft. above the Yosemite Valley floor, it is possibly one of the most spectacular points from where to view Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls in one place.

Note: It's advised to check the ‘National Park Service’ website before setting off, as changing weather conditions can often mean temporary road closures and reroutes around the parks.

INCLUDES : Room Only

Day 5 & 6 (Yosemite to Death Valley - 326 Mi)

A Land of Extremes

To truly experience Death Valley National Park, is to experience something that cannot be match. Despite what the name may suggest, there is much to be discover and explored. Badwater Basin is the single lowest point in North America sitting 282 ft. below sea-level, and the vast salt flats stretch as far as the eye can see. Artist’s Drive is a little adventure definitely worth taking, and can be seen even better later in the day. A scenic drive through volcanic and sedimentary hills provides ample photo opportunities as the changing light reflects an array of beautiful colours.

Distance approx: 394 Mi
Time to travel approx: 6.5 hours

Place of Interest: About 35 miles from Furnace Creek, you’ll find the former bustling town - now ghost town - of Rhyolite. In its gold rush heyday Rhyolite was home to approx. 10,000 people, 50 saloons, shops, a stock exchange, and even an opera. Jump forward over 100 years and there is an eerie sense, and all to different story, of a time that once was. Many old ruins including the town jail, a 3-story bank and even the remains of the old train depot can still be seen.

Note: It's advised to check the ‘National Park Service’ website before setting off, as changing weather conditions can often mean temporary road closures and reroutes around the parks.


INCLUDES : Room Only

Day 7 to 9 (Death Valley to Las Vegas - 118 Mi)

Welcome to Sin City

Welcome to Sin City – aka Las Vegas! A place to let your hair down, have fun and be whoever you want to be. Whether you are looking for an evening full of glitz and glamor taking in a hit Broadway show, sing along to your favourite internationally acclaimed musical superstars live in concert, or tantalising the taste buds with a visit to one of the many Michelin star restaurants by internationally recognised chefs; this big kid’s playground is sure to have something for you.

Distance approx: 118Mi
Time to travel approx: 2 hours

Place of Interest: As well as the rows of glittering shops by world famous designers at the likes of ‘The Shops at Crystals’ and ‘The Forum Shops at Ceasars’, grab yourself a bargain (or two) at Las Vegas Prime Outlets, located just north of The Strip. Be warned – once you're in it’ll be hard to pull yourself away. It’s a shopper’s paradise!

INCLUDES : Room Only

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight From Las Vegas

Experience the Grand Canyon by Helicopter (Optional Extra)

Whilst in Las Vegas, why not do something really special and treat yourself with one of our incredible helicopter flight experiences to the Grand Canyon. A truly once in a lifetime experience, you’ll be whisked away from the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip, and journey towards one of the great natural wonders of the world. There a number of different flight packages available, so be sure to speak to one of our experts. Whether you prefer sipping champagne from within the Grand Canyon at sunrise, or would rather witness a beautiful sunset over Lake Mead and this great mystic wonder beyond – there really is something for everyone.

Day 10 (Las Vegas to Palm Springs - 227 Mi)

Home to the Hollywood Elite

A sun-drenched desert oasis on the west edge of the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs has been a favourite retreat for Hollywood A-listers for decades. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, even Marilyn Monroe all had residential homes here. With the summer comes one thing – pool parties. That’s not to say the winters are much different. Pool parties are replaced by cocktail parties, and evenings are spent under the stars enjoying the odd S'more or two around the fire pit.

Distance approx: 227Mi
Time to travel approx: 4 hours

Place of Interest: Why not jump aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and admire the incredible vistas of the valley below. Traveling 8,516 ft. along the cliffs of Chino Canyon, once at the top you can enjoy the views, dine at one of two restaurants or explore some of the 50 miles worth of trails that cover the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

INCLUDES : Room Only

Day 11 to 13 (Palm Springs to San Diego)

Sunshine, Sand and Surf

San Diego is a city bursting with things to see and places to be. Reminiscent of a classic boardwalk beach town, Mission Beach houses plenty of bars for a lively nightlife and is a great place for the young and young at heart to enjoy alike. Popular with families too, enjoy numerous activities including beach volley ball, surfing and whale watching trips. A short walk to Mission Bay sees calmer waters and is also home to SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is the place to cap off the perfect day at one of the many rooftop bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

Distance approx: 126Mi
Time to travel approx: 2.5 hours

Place of Interest: When in San Diego, try and catch a game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. If you have never experience the full American baseball experience, this is a great place to do it. Located adjacent the Gaslamp Quarter makes it just as easy to enjoy a meal and drink before, or after the game.

INCLUDES : Room Only

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Pricing

This fly drive itinerary runs all year round

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