Rockies To Pacific

19 day Self Drive - from £1475

Discover some of America’s most magnificent scenery on this self drive adventure. Beginning with the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains, travel through the heart of the West towards the ‘City by the Bay’, San Francisco.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Visit the first National Park, Yellowstone
  • See the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip
  • Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon
  • Cross the Tioga-Pass into Yosemite
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 - Arrive in Denver

Arrive in Denver and settle in for a two-night stay in the ‘Mile High City’. Visit one of the many museums or the Colorado State Capitol, where you can enjoy a magnificent view or you can take a trip to the Red Rock Amphitheatre.

Standard Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Cherry Creek or similar

Day 3 - Casper (via Rocky Mountain N.P.) (391 miles)

Today you are leaving for Casper. Allow enough time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park before you drive via Cheyenne to Casper.

Standard Hotel: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Centre Casper or similar

Day 4 - Cody (214 miles)

Through the Bighorn Mountains, you make your way to Cody. Its most famous inhabitant was Buffalo Bill Cody. He was a buffalo hunter, scout and a Pony-Express rider before he took his Wild West Show on tour.

Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn Cody East Yellowstone or similar

Day 5 - Yellowstone N.P. (87 miles)

The huge Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park. It has a few hundred geysers and about 10,000 hot springs in a beautiful mountain panorama.

Standard Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Day 6 - Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is largely a part of the 640,000 year old caldera of the Yellowstone Volcano. It is over the magma chamber which lays about 8 km under the surface. 

Standard Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Day 7 - Jackson Hole (106 miles)

Through the mountain chain of the Grand Tetons with its snow-covered peaks you go on to Jackson Hole. The city was named after a trapper and offers a Wild West experience in the city centre, the Jackson Town Square.

Standard Hotel: Snow King Resort Jackson Hole or similar

Day 8 - Salt Lake City (280 miles)

The idyllic scenery changes into desert until you reach Salt Lake City in the big salt desert. The Mormon city and Capital City of Utah is a charming city with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir whose songs are broadcast from the famous Tabernacle.

Standard Hotel: Hotel RL Salt Lake City or similar

Day 9 - Bryce Canyon N.P. (277 miles)

The drive goes from the desert into the red rock landscape and finally into Bryce Canyon National Park. Hike along the Queens Gardens Trail between pointy sandstone pillars and admire the spectacle of nature.

Standard Hotel: Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn or similar

Day 10 - Page (162 miles)

Today your journey takes you to Lake Powell. The red sandstone rocks and islets form a beautiful contrast to the blue water of the lake. Enjoy a relaxing boat trip.

Standard Hotel: Lake Powell Resort or similar

Day 11 - Grand Canyon N.P. (143 miles)

Over the course of centuries, the Colorado River has milled a huge gap into the Grand Canyon. At the rim of the canyon you can enjoy a spectacular view of the steep cliffs and plateaus.

Standard Hotel: Yavapai Lodge Grand Canyon or similar

Day 12 - Las Vegas (286 miles)

From the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon into the gambling city of Las Vegas! With lots of neon signs, plastic attractions, gambling dens and gigantic shows. Stroll along the Strip and immerse yourself into a world of its own.

Standard Hotel: Platinum Hotel & Spa or similar 

Day 13 - Las Vegas

Enjoy today in glitter and glamour. The mega hotels are coming up with the most fascinating attractions. Visit Paris, New York or Venice. Or try your luck in the casinos.

Standard Hotel: Platinum Hotel & Spa or similar

Day 14 - Death Valley N.P. (124 miles)

The desert is alive! You will experience this during your drive through the Death Valley. The Mojave-Desert is the deepest point in the Western Hemisphere.

Standard Hotel: The Ranch at Death Valley or similar

Day 15 - Mammoth Lakes (217 miles)

For nature lovers especially, there is a lot to see and do around the Mammoth Lakes. In total there are more than 100 large and small, crystal clear lakes in the surrounding area.

Standard Hotel: Mammoth Mountain Inn or similar

Day 16 - Yosemite N.P. (155 miles)

Over the Tioga-Pass you reach Yosemite National Park. High waterfalls, huge sequoia trees and alpine landscapes with blue mountain lakes are characteristics of the Park.

Standard Hotel: Yosemite View Lodge or similar

Day 17 - San Francisco (196 miles)

Perhaps you want to plan a stop to Sacramento on the way to San Francisco. On arrival in San Francisco, great attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman’s Wharf, await you. Drop off your car at the depot today to save some money, parking charges here can be quite costly.

Standard Hotel: Carriage Inn or similar

 

Day 18 - San Francisco

Start the day with a stroll in the bustling Union Square or walk up the hill to Chinatown. A ride on the famous Cable Car or a trip to the prison island of Alcatraz is highly recommended.

Standard Hotel: Carriage Inn or similar

Day 19 - Depart San Francisco

Your trip ends today, make you way back to the airport to catch your flight back home to the UK.

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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.

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

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

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