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Road, Yosemite National Park, America
Plane flying over Los Angeles International Airport
Old Mission Santa Barbara, California
Orcas in Monterey Bay, California
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Kings Canyon National Park, California
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley, California
Las Vegas strip, Nevada
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Lake Powell, Arizona
Grand Canyon Skywalk
Palm Springs, California
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
Star Walk Los Angeles
Road in Los Angeles

Highlights of the West

15 day Fly Drive – from £1919

With flights from £2519

Embark on a 15-day scenic drive from Los Angeles to Lake Powell and back, weaving through breathtaking landscapes and iconic cities.

Highlights
  • Begin with the sun-kissed beaches of Los Angeles
  • Journey to Santa Maria, a haven for wine lovers and food enthusiasts
  • Explore San Francisco’s iconic landmarks
  • Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Yosemite and the Grand Canyon
  • Experience the lights of Las Vegas and the peace Palm Springs

Your Itinerary

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You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Plane flying over Los Angeles International Airport

Day 1 – Welcome to Los Angeles

Collect your car from the Los Angeles Airport depot and make your way to your chosen…

Collect your car from the Los Angeles Airport depot and make your way to your chosen Los Angeles hotel.

    Embassy Suites LAX South or similar

Plane flying over Los Angeles International Airport
Old Mission Santa Barbara, California

Day 2 – Santa Maria

Head out of L.A and pick up Highway 1 North towards Santa Barbara. On the beautiful…

Head out of L.A and pick up Highway 1 North towards Santa Barbara. On the beautiful Pacific Coast, Santa Barbara is a gem. The pristine city’s climate gives rise to a number of natural attractions. Stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens to view breathtaking flora or hike a scenic nature trail in Los Padres National Forest. Continue on to Santa Maria for an overnight stay.

    Los Angeles > Santa Maria | 257 miles

    Radisson Hotel Santa Maria or similar

Old Mission Santa Barbara, California
Orcas in Monterey Bay, California

Day 3 – San Francisco

Enjoy a picturesque drive up the Pacific Coast toward Monterey. After being swept away by the…

Enjoy a picturesque drive up the Pacific Coast toward Monterey. After being swept away by the stunning views, spend the afternoon enjoying this artisan city. Monterey Bay is a fantastic place to whale watch and tours are offered locally. Consider taking the famously scenic 17-Mile drive up the coast, stopping at renowned Pebble Beach on the way to enjoy the sights of lavish mansions along the coast. Continue on to San Francisco for a two night stay.

    Santa Maria > San Francisco | 214 miles

    Carlton Hotel or similar

Orcas in Monterey Bay, California
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Day 4 – San Francisco

Today, you are free to enjoy the many sights and sounds of San Francisco; take a…

Today, you are free to enjoy the many sights and sounds of San Francisco; take a cable car ride from Fisherman’s Wharf, visit the famous Alcatraz Island or spend some time in Golden Gate Park. 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.

Optional Experience – San Francisco Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
See San Francisco from the top of an authentic English Double Decker Bus! This is a fully narrated sightseeing tour. Enjoy the city lights and skyline on the Night Loop. Valid for 48 hours from time of first use, 25+ Hop On – Hop Off locations and a bus every 15-30 mins.

    Carlton Hotel or similar

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Road, Yosemite National Park, America

Day 5 – Yosemite National Park

Gaze upon the mist over the Golden Gate Bridge before you depart the bustle of San…

Gaze upon the mist over the Golden Gate Bridge before you depart the bustle of San Francisco and head towards the natural beauty that is Yosemite National Park. Take your time and enjoy the meandering drive into the park, the views get better with every turn. There are photo opportunities aplenty as you drive through Yosemite, capture the iconic sequoia trees, granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, and the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View.

    San Francisco > Yosemite National Park | 311 miles

    Best Western Village Inn or similar

Road, Yosemite National Park, America
Kings Canyon National Park, California

Day 6 – Bakersfield

Today enjoy a visit to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These twin parks hold…

Today enjoy a visit to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These twin parks hold monuments to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns and the world’s largest trees all reside here making it a unique place. Spectacular views can be seen from Moro Rock, guided cavern tours are available, and the visitor centre contains much information about the park history and seasonal activities. After enjoying the park, return to the Yosemite area for the second night of your stay.

    Yosemite National Park > Bakersfield | 172 miles

    Hampton Inn & Suites North or similar

Kings Canyon National Park, California
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley, California

Day 7 – Las Vegas

Depart the Bakersfield area and drive towards Nevada. Today is a long day so an early…

Depart the Bakersfield area and drive towards Nevada. Today is a long day so an early start is a good idea. Along the way, you may want to drive through the dramatic scenery of Death Valley National Park, America’s lowest, hottest and driest national park.

    Bakersfield > Las Vegas | 368 miles

    Gold Coast Hotel or similar

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley, California
Las Vegas strip, Nevada

Day 8 – Las Vegas

Next stop, Vegas! From the outrageous live shows to the excitement of casinos, it’s time…

Next stop, Vegas! From the outrageous live shows to the excitement of casinos, it’s time to visit the city that never sleeps. Stroll down ‘The Strip’ to visit the famous Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian, and make sure you get a good spot outside the Bellagio to watch the majestic fountains dance.

    Gold Coast Hotel or similar

Las Vegas strip, Nevada
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Day 9 – Bryce Canyon

Leave the Vegas excitement behind and drive toward Zion National Park. You will be greeted by…

Leave the Vegas excitement behind and drive toward Zion National Park. You will be greeted by gigantic sandstone monoliths and hear the soft rush of the Virgin River. Zion’s famous slot canyons known as ‘Narrows’ are a hiker’s paradise but there are a variety of trails and paved pathways for explorers of all skill levels. In addition, you can visit Zion’s other major attractions using the complimentary shuttle system. After leaving Zion, head to Bryce Canyon for the night.

    Las Vegas > Bryce Canyon | 244 miles

    Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon or similar

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Lake Powell, Arizona

Day 10 – Lake Powell

Enjoy a morning in wonderful Bryce Canyon National Park; take this opportunity to get up close…

Enjoy a morning in wonderful Bryce Canyon National Park; take this opportunity to get up close with the scenic wonders that make this area one of America’s masterpiece locations. Amphitheatres of colourful eroded rock set Bryce apart from anywhere else. Light reflecting on the hoodoos at different times of day change the colourful scene of the park. Consider a drive to Rainbow Point where, from some of the overlooks, you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day. Later, stop at Lake Powell, and head to Rainbow Bridge for spectacular views, it’s the largest natural bridge in the world.

    Bryce Canyon > Lake Powell | 151 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Arizona
Grand Canyon Skywalk

Day 11 – Grand Canyon

Continue on to the Grand Canyon today. The overwhelming size and brilliant colours of the Grand…

Continue on to the Grand Canyon today. The overwhelming size and brilliant colours of the Grand Canyon easily make it one of the natural wonders of the world. Visit the South Rim where an assortment of viewing areas can be reached by car.

    Lake Powell > Grand Canyon | 209 miles

    Little America Hotel Flagstaff or similar

Grand Canyon Skywalk
Palm Springs, California

Day 12 – Palm Springs

Take a scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon, stopping for a photo opportunity at picturesque Bell…

Take a scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon, stopping for a photo opportunity at picturesque Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock along the way. Phoenix will also make a nice stop for lunch before continuing on to the fashionable resort community of Palm Springs.

    Grand Canyon > Palm Springs | 402 miles

    Palm Mountain Resort & Spa or similar

Palm Springs, California
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

Day 13 – Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the United States. Home to famous movie stars and…

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the United States. Home to famous movie stars and the infamous Hollywood sign, it’s a city brimming with culture. En route to your hotel, take a drive through Beverly Hills, the most famous neighbourhood in the USA, and glimpse the exclusive homes.

    Palm Springs > Los Angeles | 122 miles

    Hollywood Hotel or similar

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
Star Walk Los Angeles

Day 14 – Los Angeles

It’s time to explore the City of Angels; visit the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, shop…

It’s time to explore the City of Angels; visit the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, shop the famous Rodeo Drive, have lunch in Venice Beach and visit famous Santa Monica Pier, once known as the ‘finish line’ of legendary Route 66. Or, make your way to Anaheim and visit the ‘Happiest place on earth’, Disneyland.

Optional Experience – Hollywood Trolley Tour
This is the best way to see it all! Ride in an open air trolley, ‘perfect for picture taking’ during this fully narrated tour of historic Hollywood movie, TV and radio landmarks such as Paramount Studios, Capitol Records, KTLA Channels, CBS, FOX, Warner Bros, Pantages Theater, Nickelodeon and Paladium, as well as the filming locations of L.A. Confidential, Twins, Pretty Woman and more. Plenty of photo opportunities are available as this tour takes you to the Hollywood Bowl, The Hollywood Sign and all of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

    Hollywood Hotel or similar

Star Walk Los Angeles
Road in Los Angeles

Day 15 – Farewell from Los Angeles

Enjoy the last morning in L.A. before your depart to the airport for your journey home…

Enjoy the last morning in L.A. before your depart to the airport for your journey home or onward to your next destination.

    Los Angeles > Airport | 21 miles
Road in Los Angeles

Your Itinerary

You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Day 1

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Welcome to Los Angeles

Collect your car from the Los Angeles Airport depot and make your way to your chosen Los Angeles hotel.

    Embassy Suites LAX South or similar

Plane flying over Los Angeles International Airport

Day 2

|

Santa Maria

Head out of L.A and pick up Highway 1 North towards Santa Barbara. On the beautiful Pacific Coast, Santa Barbara is a gem. The pristine city’s climate gives rise to a number of natural attractions. Stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens to view breathtaking flora or hike a scenic nature trail in Los Padres National Forest. Continue on to Santa Maria for an overnight stay.

    Los Angeles > Santa Maria | 257 miles

    Radisson Hotel Santa Maria or similar

Old Mission Santa Barbara, California

Day 3

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San Francisco

Enjoy a picturesque drive up the Pacific Coast toward Monterey. After being swept away by the stunning views, spend the afternoon enjoying this artisan city. Monterey Bay is a fantastic place to whale watch and tours are offered locally. Consider taking the famously scenic 17-Mile drive up the coast, stopping at renowned Pebble Beach on the way to enjoy the sights of lavish mansions along the coast. Continue on to San Francisco for a two night stay.

    Santa Maria > San Francisco | 214 miles

    Carlton Hotel or similar

Orcas in Monterey Bay, California

Day 4

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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 the famous Alcatraz Island or spend some time in Golden Gate Park. 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.

Optional Experience – San Francisco Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
See San Francisco from the top of an authentic English Double Decker Bus! This is a fully narrated sightseeing tour. Enjoy the city lights and skyline on the Night Loop. Valid for 48 hours from time of first use, 25+ Hop On – Hop Off locations and a bus every 15-30 mins.

    Carlton Hotel or similar

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Day 5

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Yosemite National Park

Gaze upon the mist over the Golden Gate Bridge before you depart the bustle of San Francisco and head towards the natural beauty that is Yosemite National Park. Take your time and enjoy the meandering drive into the park, the views get better with every turn. There are photo opportunities aplenty as you drive through Yosemite, capture the iconic sequoia trees, granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, and the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View.

    San Francisco > Yosemite National Park | 311 miles

    Best Western Village Inn or similar

Road, Yosemite National Park, America

Day 6

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Bakersfield

Today enjoy a visit to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These twin parks hold monuments to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns and the world’s largest trees all reside here making it a unique place. Spectacular views can be seen from Moro Rock, guided cavern tours are available, and the visitor centre contains much information about the park history and seasonal activities. After enjoying the park, return to the Yosemite area for the second night of your stay.

    Yosemite National Park > Bakersfield | 172 miles

    Hampton Inn & Suites North or similar

Kings Canyon National Park, California

Day 7

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Las Vegas

Depart the Bakersfield area and drive towards Nevada. Today is a long day so an early start is a good idea. Along the way, you may want to drive through the dramatic scenery of Death Valley National Park, America’s lowest, hottest and driest national park.

    Bakersfield > Las Vegas | 368 miles

    Gold Coast Hotel or similar

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley, California

Day 8

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Las Vegas

Next stop, Vegas! From the outrageous live shows to the excitement of casinos, it’s time to visit the city that never sleeps. Stroll down ‘The Strip’ to visit the famous Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian, and make sure you get a good spot outside the Bellagio to watch the majestic fountains dance.

    Gold Coast Hotel or similar

Las Vegas strip, Nevada

Day 9

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Bryce Canyon

Leave the Vegas excitement behind and drive toward Zion National Park. You will be greeted by gigantic sandstone monoliths and hear the soft rush of the Virgin River. Zion’s famous slot canyons known as ‘Narrows’ are a hiker’s paradise but there are a variety of trails and paved pathways for explorers of all skill levels. In addition, you can visit Zion’s other major attractions using the complimentary shuttle system. After leaving Zion, head to Bryce Canyon for the night.

    Las Vegas > Bryce Canyon | 244 miles

    Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon or similar

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Day 10

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Lake Powell

Enjoy a morning in wonderful Bryce Canyon National Park; take this opportunity to get up close with the scenic wonders that make this area one of America’s masterpiece locations. Amphitheatres of colourful eroded rock set Bryce apart from anywhere else. Light reflecting on the hoodoos at different times of day change the colourful scene of the park. Consider a drive to Rainbow Point where, from some of the overlooks, you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day. Later, stop at Lake Powell, and head to Rainbow Bridge for spectacular views, it’s the largest natural bridge in the world.

    Bryce Canyon > Lake Powell | 151 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Arizona

Day 11

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Grand Canyon

Continue on to the Grand Canyon today. The overwhelming size and brilliant colours of the Grand Canyon easily make it one of the natural wonders of the world. Visit the South Rim where an assortment of viewing areas can be reached by car.

    Lake Powell > Grand Canyon | 209 miles

    Little America Hotel Flagstaff or similar

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Day 12

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Palm Springs

Take a scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon, stopping for a photo opportunity at picturesque Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock along the way. Phoenix will also make a nice stop for lunch before continuing on to the fashionable resort community of Palm Springs.

    Grand Canyon > Palm Springs | 402 miles

    Palm Mountain Resort & Spa or similar

Palm Springs, California

Day 13

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the United States. Home to famous movie stars and the infamous Hollywood sign, it’s a city brimming with culture. En route to your hotel, take a drive through Beverly Hills, the most famous neighbourhood in the USA, and glimpse the exclusive homes.

    Palm Springs > Los Angeles | 122 miles

    Hollywood Hotel or similar

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

Day 14

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Los Angeles

It’s time to explore the City of Angels; visit the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, shop the famous Rodeo Drive, have lunch in Venice Beach and visit famous Santa Monica Pier, once known as the ‘finish line’ of legendary Route 66. Or, make your way to Anaheim and visit the ‘Happiest place on earth’, Disneyland.

Optional Experience – Hollywood Trolley Tour
This is the best way to see it all! Ride in an open air trolley, ‘perfect for picture taking’ during this fully narrated tour of historic Hollywood movie, TV and radio landmarks such as Paramount Studios, Capitol Records, KTLA Channels, CBS, FOX, Warner Bros, Pantages Theater, Nickelodeon and Paladium, as well as the filming locations of L.A. Confidential, Twins, Pretty Woman and more. Plenty of photo opportunities are available as this tour takes you to the Hollywood Bowl, The Hollywood Sign and all of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

    Hollywood Hotel or similar

Star Walk Los Angeles

Day 15

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Farewell from Los Angeles

Enjoy the last morning in L.A. before your depart to the airport for your journey home or onward to your next destination.

    Los Angeles > Airport | 21 miles
Road in Los Angeles

Your Self Drive Includes

14 nights’ hotel accommodation
14 nights’ car hire, with unlimited mileage
Well planned, easy to follow route

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Highlights of the West fly drive and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Extra nights in San Francisco, Las Vegas, L.A. or any location en route
  • An Alcatraz Tour

Next Steps

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Highlights of the West

15 day Fly Drive – from £1919

With flights from £2519

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