Price Drop for 2020

America's Sunshine States

18 day Self Drive - from £1725

Visit the brightest places on the West and East coasts. Travel from L.A up the Pacific Coast to San Francisco; see Yosemite and Las Vegas before flying to Florida and the Beaches on the Gold Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
  • San Francisco and Monterey
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • Miami Beach
  • Orlando’s Theme Parks
Expand All Collapse All

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Los Angeles

Arrive in Los Angeles, collect your car and make your way to the hotel for check-in. Home to famous movie stars and landmarks, Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the United States. Only here can you take a stroll along the Walk of Fame and see the names of celebrities commemorated in pink stars along the sidewalk.

Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites LAX Hawthorne or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Plus South Bay LAX or similar

Day 2 - Santa Maria (via Santa Barbara) (170 miles)

Leaving Los Angeles behind, drive north toward Santa Barbara on the beautiful Pacific Coast. The pristine city’s climate gives rise to a number of natural attractions, including a number of soft sand beaches, Botanic Gardens and the picturesque Los Padres National Forest. After some time in Santa Barbara, it’s on to Santa Maria for an overnight stay.

Standard Hotel: Cambria Pines Lodge or similar

Budget Hotel: Silver Surf Motel or similar

Day 3 - San Francisco (290 miles)

After being swept away by the stunning Pacific coast views, spend the afternoon enjoying Monterey; here you’ll find many of the early American Colonial buildings still stand. Head towards the area known as Cannery Row and explore the old sardine factories that have been converted into quaint restaurants and boutique shops. When leaving Monterey, consider taking the scenic and famous 17-Mile drive and enjoy the sight of luxury mansions along the coastline.

Standard Hotel: Cova Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Americania Hotel or similar

Day 4 - San Francisco

Today you are free to enjoy the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. Take a cable car ride from Fisherman’s Wharf, visit Alcatraz, or spend a day in popular Golden Gate Park, make sure you keep an eye out for the resident buffalo herd. This evening, dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighbourhoods, from Chinatown to the very Italian flavoured North Beach, each offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine.

Standard Hotel: Cova Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Americania Hotel or similar


OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
– Alcatraz Island Cruise and Tour

Visit one of the world’s most legendary prisons, Alcatraz. Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. Today, Alcatraz is home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting seabirds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbour defence fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed.

Day 5 - Fresno (via Yosemite National Park) (282 miles)

Depart the bustle of San Francisco and enjoy the scenic drive to Yosemite National Park. This striking beauty includes an extensive high-mountain wilderness of peaks, rivers, and meadows, and groves of giant sequoia trees. After a thorough exploration of the park, continue on to Fresno for an overnight stay, considered to be one of the top ski resorts in the United States.

Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Yosemite Park or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Village Inn or similar

Day 6 - Las Vegas (via Death Valley National Park) (481 miles)

On route to Las Vegas, pass through the impressive Death Valley. Stop at Father Crawley and Zabriskie Point for a spectacular view of the Panamint Mountains and Sand Dunes, a stop at Furnace Creek provides a great spot for a light lunch, then your journey continues to the exciting city of Las Vegas, known as the ‘city of Lights’.

Standard Hotel: Platinum Hotel & Spa or similar

Budget Hotel: Gold Coast Hotel or similar

Day 7 - Las Vegas

Today you are free to explore the city of Las Vegas. You may want to visit the Stratosphere Tower, catch one of the world-famous Vegas shows, wander Las Vegas Boulevard aka ‘The Strip’, or for a different side of Vegas, visit Fremont Street, a historic street in downtown with shops, restaurants, and some of the oldest casinos in Vegas. 

Standard Hotel: Platinum Hotel & Spa or similar

Budget Hotel: Gold Coast Hotel or similar

Day 8 - Los Angeles (via Palm Springs) (390 miles)

Leaving Las Vegas today, head west toward the fashionable resort community of Palm Springs. Here date palms grow wild and natural springs have attracted visitors for years. Now, known for its golf and upscale lifestyle, tourists and celebrity visitors come to enjoy the luxury. The Village area has a variety of restaurants, trendy shops, historic sites and annual festivals. Continue on to Los Angeles for a two-night stay.

Standard Hotel: Hollywood Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Plus Dragon Gate or similar

Day 9 - Los Angeles

Spend some time exploring the sights and sounds of L.A, take a stroll along the Walk of Fame and see the names of celebrities commemorated in pink stars along the sidewalk, visit Mann’s Chinese Theatre and take a drive through Beverly Hills to get a glimpse at the most famous neighbourhood in the United States, or simply spend a day relaxing on one of L.A’s fabulous beaches.

Standard Hotel: Hollywood Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Plus Dragon Gate or similar

Day 10 - Los Angeles to Miami Beach (flight)

Depart Los Angeles today for your flight east to the sunny shores of Miami. When you arrive, collect your car from the airport depot and make your way to Miami Beach, here you will stay for the next two nights on the picture perfect, palm-fringed shores.

Standard Hotel: Marseilles Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Ocean Five or similar 

Day 11 - Miami Beach

World famous South Beach is home to fabulous shopping, gourmet restaurants, fashion shoots and filming of TV and movies. Walk along Ocean Drive and enjoy any type of cuisine you can imagine, shop at Lincoln Road mall and take pleasure in 175 speciality shops and galleries, learn about the Art Deco architecture by taking a walking tour of this district, or simply relax on one of the best beaches in the world. At night, South Beach truly becomes “decadent” with scores of nightspots catering to both the adventurous and the relaxed.

Standard Hotel: Marseilles Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Ocean Five or similar 


Self Guided Art Deco Walking Tour –
 Learn more about the Art Deco architecture by taking a walking tour of this historic district. Admire the exterior ornamentation of these landmark structures and explore the equally impressive interiors, at your own pace, while following detailed descriptions and learning a little bit of the history.

Day 12 - Key West (170 miles)

Leaving the mainland behind, drive south into the beautiful Florida Keys. First up is the largest of the Keys, Key Largo, here you can learn about the delicate and diverse ecosystem by visiting the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America’s first underwater state park. As you head further south, enjoy gorgeous views over the water as you cross the Seven Mile Bridge on your way to Key West. There is always something happening in Key West and no visit here is complete without taking part in the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square; performers, vendors and artists line the water’s edge to bid the daylight farewell.

Standard Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Key West or similar

Budget Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites at The Keys collection or similar


OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
– Champagne Sunset Cruise

Toast the end of a perfect day in paradise as you watch the sun slowly disappear beyond the horizon aboard a Catamaran with champagne, beer and soft drinks included.

Day 13 - Fort Myers (via the Florida Everglades) (370 miles)

The drive to Fort Myers today will take you through Florida’s natural side, the Everglades, this is a great opportunity for some wildlife spotting. Continue on and travel north to Fort Myers. Fort Myers and the surrounding islands boast some of Florida’s most natural and lovely beaches. They are a haven for birds, wildlife and the sea turtles that come here to nest.

Standard Hotel: Wyndham Garden Ft, Myers Beach or similar

Budget Hotel: Outrigger Beach Resort or similar

Day 14 - Orlando (164 miles)

After a morning exploring the sights of Fort Myers, including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s historic winter homes, continue on to Orlando. Tonight, visit Downtown Disney for dining and shopping. Or, experience a dinner show such as Medieval Times.

Standard Hotel: DoubleTree By Hilton Orlando or similar

Budget Hotel: Champions World Resort or similar

Day 15 and 16 - Orlando

Spend your next few days enjoying all of Orlando’s attractions. Choose from Orlando’s impressive list of theme parks below or talk to your America Consultant about the other options:

Walt Disney World Epcot®
Epcot® is a showplace for the achievements of man, a tribute to innovation and imagination, and a fellowship of international culture. Epcot consists of Future World and World Showcase. Future World features attractions such as Spaceship Earth, where you will experience a journey from the beginning of time to the electronic age. Ride Test Track, a high-speed thriller that mimics actual vehicle testing conditions, sending you through breathtaking twists and turns. Explore all of Future World where innovation and invention entertain. World Showcase offers the cultures of 11 nations. The architecture and landscape change as you move from one country to the next. Taste the cuisine, shop and be entertained by distinctly different traditions. End the evening by watching Illuminations, a night time kaleidoscope of music and light.

Universal Studios Florida®
You’re the star at Universal Studios where you can ride the movies! Join the agents from “Men in Black Alien Attack” and zap aliens as you chase them through the streets of New York. Plunge into darkness on Revenge of the Mummy® a psychological thrill ride that combines special effects and speed. See Shrek 4-D an original 3-D film, with an added dimension where you will see, hear and feel the action right from your seat You’ll find something that appeals to kids of all ages at the place where you become part of the movies!

Universal‘s Islands of Adventure®
Journey through five remarkable islands where all your favourite myths, legends, comic books and cartoon heroes come to life. Enter a comic book city in the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman a 3-D thrill ride, where you will battle evil and feel the adventure. Ride your couch through the pages of the famous children’s book “The Cat In The Hat!” on Seuss Island. Explore the Lost Continent® where you will find Duelling Dragons the world’s first inverted duelling roller coaster. Take fear to new heights on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall on Marvel Super Hero Island®. Rocket 150 feet into the air and come back down faster than gravity! Experience all of the cutting edge rides and stories come to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Standard Hotel: DoubleTree By Hilton Orlando or similar

Budget Hotel: Champions World Resort or similar

Day 17 - Fort Lauderdale (via Kennedy Space Centre) (250 miles)

Depart Orlando today and drive along Florida’s east coast toward Kennedy Space Centre. It is the site of the American Space Program and NASA headquarters. Continue on to Fort Lauderdale, often called the ‘Venice of America’ because of the intricate canal system.

Standard Hotel: Doubletree Bahia Mar Beach Resort or similar

Budget Hotel: Ocean Sky Resort or similar 


OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
– Kennedy Space Centre Admission

Enjoy a day of Space Exploration with this general admission ticket. A vacation destination like nowhere else on Earth, Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program. More interactive than a museum, more inspirational than a science centre, and more authentic and educational than a theme park, Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex offers a mix of thrilling simulators, breathtaking attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, interactive exhibits, 3D space films, rocket launch viewing opportunities and more.

Day 18 - Depart Fort Lauderdale (31 miles)

En route to Miami Airport, consider a stop at the Waterfront area for dining and shopping and maybe lunch before continuing on at your leisure to the airport for your flight home or onwards to your next destination.  

18 day Self Drive - from £1725

With flights from £2181

Optional Experiences

Our Budget option includes all the benefits of our standard but offers a lower category of accommodation for the more budget conscious.

  • Budget accommodation – from £1482
  • Add an Alcatraz Island Cruise and Tour – from £53
  • Add a Champagne Sunset Cruise in Key West – from £47
  • Add a Kennedy Space Centre Admission – from £55

Include this Self drive in an America holiday
designed for you

Item Saved Enquire now

Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2021 onwards.

SELF DRIVE TOURING

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 17 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard or budget hotels
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

See more self drives in the USA…

For advice or to start planning your holiday

talk to an America Expert on 0333 234 0922