Day 1: Arrive in Los Angeles
Arrive in Los Angeles for the start of your big adventure. After checking into your hotel, you have the rest of the day and this evening to explore your surroundings. Tomorrow morning, you will need to rise early to meet with your guide, you will be hitting the road at 7.30 am, so get a good night sleep.
Day 2 & 3: Los Angeles - San Diego
It’s time to say hello to San Diego, with its stunning beaches, perfect California weather and laid-back vibes. Go for a relaxing walk around Balboa Park and check out some of the 15 museums within the park. Feel the sand between your toes at Mission Beach whilst working on that all-important Californian tan, or hit the water and make the most of the long list of fun water sports on offer from surfing to paddleboarding. Later, explore the Gaslamp Quarter and experience awesome restaurants, art galleries and nightlife that will make sure your first evening is one to remember!
Day 4: Prescott
Feel the heat beneath the blue skies of the Mojave Desert as you drive through A-Grade Arizona. Want to see something out of the ordinary? Make a stop at the Imperial Sand Dunes, sometimes called the Algodones Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California. You finish your day in Prescott, Arizona where you stay overnight.
Day 5 & 6: Grand Canyon National Park
Strikeout across the desert in search of one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’, the Grand Canyon. Over 227 miles long, 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep, it’s perfect for exploring on foot – or, alternatively, opt for an exhilarating helicopter flight overhead. If it’s adventure you’re after, then an optional hike deep into the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail will make sure you’re pushed to your limits, but rewarded for your efforts with stunning views. Let’s not forget about the aptly named ‘Ooh Aah Point’ on the South Kaibab Trail, which again, delivers breath-taking views. At the IMAX Theater, you’ll discover how the Grand Canyon was formed over millions of years, to really appreciate just how epic it really is!
Day 7 & 8: Route 66 – Las Vegas
Today you’ll travel a section of the original Route 66 stopping at the town of Seligman, a quaint town which has stood still in time and is filled to the brim with authentic road trip memorabilia. With a sudden burst of neon, Vegas is right in your face – Viva Las Vegas! This is the party capital of the USA and you’ll soon see why as you start your night off with an included Las Vegas limousine tour where you can let your hair down and see the sights at the same time. Opt for a deluxe buffet, watch the famous Bellagio fountain show or ride New York New York’s famous roller coaster, before clubbing all night long. Just remember, ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’.
Day 9 & 10: Yosemite National Park
Leave those sore heads and empty pockets behind and get back to nature with a stop at the awe-inspiring and stunning Yosemite National Park. There’s a reason that Yosemite is California’s most loved national park, with its ancient Giant Sequoia trees that tower high above you. You’ll also have the opportunity to spot some of the USA’s most iconic wildlife, including black bear and coyotes. Both easy and challenging hikes await you and whichever you opt for you’ll be brought face-to-face with stunning glacier-carved granite monoliths, deep valleys and spectacular waterfalls. Take to two wheels on a bike and explore Yosemite Village with the wind in your hair, or for a different way to see the park, why not enjoy a float down the Merced River on a rubber ring?
Day 11 & 12: San Francisco
One of the most vibrant cities in the USA, San Francisco has got it all! Upon arrival enjoy a tour of the Haight-Ashbury area, and then cycle or walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. There are loads of options to fill your time in San Francisco such as catching an iconic cable car to tour the steep city streets, visiting the famous resident sea lions at Pier 39 or jumping on an optional sunset sailboat cruise in San Francisco Bay. For some quality grub, visit Fisherman’s Wharf, or chow down on tacos at a taqueria in the Mission District. Mmmm! Carry on the night at the trendy bars and clubs in North Beach.
If you wish to visit Alcatraz for exciting stories of escape and misfortune on a brilliant audio tour, make sure you book in advance.
Day 13: California Coast
Brace yourself, because your road trip is about to get a whole lot more beautiful. Turn up the tunes, sit back and watch the stunning scenery fly by your window as you follow the winding roads of California’s pristine coastline. Finish your day in the San Luis Obispo area with the chance to swim in the North Pacific Ocean.
Day 14: Santa Barbara
It’s time to kick back with a free afternoon in Santa Barbara. Sometimes referred to as the California Riviera, its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and colourful culture make Santa Barbara well worth a stop. Relax on the beach and grab yourself some frozen yoghurt for the ultimate chill-out time. Explore the famous Spanish Mission and soak in those Mediterranean vibes. As the sun goes down it’s time to find the nearest bar and let the partying begin!
Day 15: Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles
Leaving beach life behind you, for now, we’re heading back to the ‘City of Angels’. The second largest city in America after New York and home to countless A-Listers. There is no shortage of things to see and do. Visit Hollywood Boulevard and stroll the Walk of Fame where you’ll be able to get a view of the iconic Hollywood sign, then make your way to the hotel where this trip of a lifetime sadly comes to an end! If you choose to stay on another couple of days, why not head to Venice Beach for a spot of interesting people watching and to feel the Californian sand between your toes for one last time
15 day Adventure - from £1999
With flights from £2538
- Extend your stay in Los Angeles – from £100
- Add a 3 night New York City Stay – from £375
- Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class
All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call 0333 234 0922 or enquire now for more details** Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2020 onwards.