Best of the West Self Drive Tour

13 Nights

Los Angeles, CA

Begin in Los Angeles and visit one of the world famous theme parks before heading to the ultimate desert playground in Palm Springs. Soak up the sun and the majestic scenery before continuing on to Phoenix and the Old West charm of Scottsdale. Enjoy the scenic drive north to one of the 7 Wonders of the World – the Grand Canyon. Explore the power of nature from a series of scenic overlooks or a walk along the Rim Trail. Next witness the power of man as you take part of the old Route 66 to the mighty Hoover Dam before ending you day in the city that needs no introduction, Las Vegas. Enjoy a full day to lounge by the pool, gamble, catch a show, enjoy world class dining, the options are endless. Leaving Las Vegas, enter the stark contrast of the desolate Mojave Desert before heading north to the high alpine mountains, waterfalls, and meadows of Yosemite. After a few days in nature, plunge back into urban life in San Francisco. Pick from seeming endless one-of-a-kind sights to fill your day in San Francisco before heading south along the stunning Pacific Coast. Along the way you’ll visit quaint towns and scenic beach before returning the urban environment of Sand Diego – content that you’ve experiences the best of the west.

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Highlights

  • Pick up your car and head to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, or any of Anaheim’s other fun-filled attractions before heading east to Palm Springs – the ultimate desert playground.
  • Continue on to Phoenix and Scottsdale to soak up the Old West charm of Scottsdale. Choose to bask in the sun, shop in boutique shops, lounge by the pool, or enjoy world class dining.
  • Head north to one of the 7 natural wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon. Absorb the immense size of the Grand Canyon from overlooks or by walking the Rim Trail before heading to glitzy Las Vegas.
  • Enjoy an entire day in Las Vegas to lounge by the pool, gamble, catch a show, enjoy world class dining, or go shopping. Then head west to the lowest elevation in North America in Death Valley NP.
  • Next head travel north into the High Sierra and Yosemite National Park. Gawk at the granite cliffs, waterfalls, or giant sequoia grove by car or hiking before heading west to San Francisco.
  • Enjoy a full day in San Francisco by visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, the Embarcadero, take a boat to Alcatraz, cross the Golden Gate bridge or explore nearby Napa Valley.
  • Spend three days driving south from San Francisco along the rugged Pacific coastline passing through Monterrey, Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Malibu, and Santa Monica to Los Angeles.
  • On your final day enjoy the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. Possibilities are endless. Perhaps visit Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip, or Beverly Hills. End your tour of the West in LA.
  • Day 1 - LOS ANGELES ARRIVAL
  • Day 2 - LOS ANGELES - PALM SPRINGS
  • Day 3 - PALM SPRINGS - PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE
  • Day 4 - PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE - GRAND CANYON
  • Day 5 - GRAND CANYON - LAS VEGAS
  • Day 6 - LAS VEGAS
  • Day 7 - LAS VEGAS - DEATH VALLEY
  • Day 8 - DEATH VALLEY - YOSEMITE**
  • Day 9 - YOSEMITE - SAN FRANCISCO
  • Day 10 - SAN FRANCISCO (NAPA VALLEY)
  • Day 11 - SAN FRANCISCO - MONTEREY/CARMEL
  • Day 12 - MONTEREY/CARMEL - SANTA BARBARA - VENTURA
  • Day 13 - VENTURA - MALIBU - SANTA MONICA - LOS ANGELES
  • Day 14 - LOS ANGELES DEPARTURE

Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and transfer Independently to your hote

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbour Hotel

In this Los Angeles seaport town, you can enjoy cultural attractions, thriving businesses and a great coastal climate year-round. At the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor hotel you are near the Port of Los Angeles, USS IOWA Battleship and Long Beach Convention Center

LOS ANGELES - PALM SPRINGS Today pick up your rental car and make your way south to Anaheim, Orange County’s headquarters for fun. Spend the day surrounded by icons and classic characters at the original Disneyland Park. Visit the nation’s oldest theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm, filled with old west history, or one of Anaheim’s many other fun-filled attractions before continuing east to Palm Springs. This ultimate desert playground nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains offers the perfect blend of outdoor entertainment and casual relaxation. Take time this evening to dine in one of the many excellent restaurants in downtown Palm Springs or escape the heat and ride the aerial tramway high up above the desert floor for panoramic views of the Coachella Valley.

Driving Distance: 147 MI / 237 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Travelodge by Wyndham Palm Springs

Spend the morning lounging by the pool, walking along palm tree lined streets, or exploring countless shops, art galleries and museums before setting out east through the Coachella Valley to Phoenix and Scottsdale, two of Central Arizona’s top destinations. With Phoenix’s skyscraper-filled skyline complemented by famed Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale’s Old West charm, it’s guaranteed you’ll enjoy this uniquely Southwestern playground.

Driving Distance: 267 MI / 430 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Howard Johnson Scottsdale Old Town

Property Location With a stay at Howard Johnson Scottsdale Old Town in Scottsdale, you'll be minutes from Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West and close to Camelback Mountain. This hotel is within close proximity of Scottsdale Waterfront and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Today, head north to Grand Canyon National Park, a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Spend the day discovering the distinct South Rim of the Canyon. Stop at one of the numerous overlooks, walk part of the Rim Trail or along the historic Hermit Road, visit a Photo Hot Spot, or climb to the top of a stone Watchtower for panoramic views that extend over 100 miles on clear days.

Driving Distance: 230 MI / 370 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Days Hotel Flagstaff

Enjoy the natural beauty of northern Arizona when you stay at our Days Hotel Flagstaff, near Northern Arizona University.

Leave the grandeur of the Canyon behind as you head west today through Williams and Kingman, the heart of Historic Route 66 and one of Arizona’s hidden treasures, to Hoover Dam. Considered the largest single public works project in the history of the U.S., Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona and brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest. Continue to Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that needs no introduction.

Driving Distance: 276 MI / 444 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Excalibur Hotel and Casino

Excalibur offers everything you expect from a Las Vegas casino, with an extra dose of fun and friendliness. At the castle, you’ll enjoy your favorite slot and table games, an action-packed poker room, full-service race & sports book, and live keno. In addition to casino, amenities include 4 heated pools, a 13,000 square foot spa, a fitness room, and an arcade. There are several restaurants and bars plus live entertainment, including a medieval joust dinner show, Tournament of Kings. This hotel charges resort fees of $35 per room per night (Subject to change) a credit card will also be needed to check-in.

Enjoy a full day Las Vegas style. Walk the famous Strip lined with mega-resorts and flashing neon lights, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch the latest must-see show, shop designer boutiques, ride a roller coaster, lay by the pool … the list goes on. With so much to do, 24 hours in a day hardly seems like enough.

Meals Included: Ro

Excalibur Hotel and Casino

Excalibur offers everything you expect from a Las Vegas casino, with an extra dose of fun and friendliness. At the castle, you’ll enjoy your favorite slot and table games, an action-packed poker room, full-service race & sports book, and live keno. In addition to casino, amenities include 4 heated pools, a 13,000 square foot spa, a fitness room, and an arcade. There are several restaurants and bars plus live entertainment, including a medieval joust dinner show, Tournament of Kings. This hotel charges resort fees of $35 per room per night (Subject to change) a credit card will also be needed to check-in.

This morning take the opportunity to capture a photograph at the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign before your journey takes you west to the lowest elevation in North America, Death Valley National Park. Here, the Mojave is at its most magnificent with geological history on full display in this rugged, severe, sublime section of California. Enhance your desert experience with a stop at Zabriskie Point offering spectacular views of the wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands. Don’t miss the opportunity this evening to cast your eyes upon the night sky for some of the best stargazing in the world.

Meals Included: Ro

Death Valley Inn

Located at the site of the historic Burro Inn Motel, the Death Valley Inn Motel is the best place to stay, whether you are visiting Death Valley National Park, traveling along Highway 95, or just trying to get away from it all!

This morning, travel north into the High Sierra where Tioga Road, the highest drivable pass in California, leads you into Yosemite National Park. Best known for its impressive waterfalls, grand meadows, and spectacular rock formations, Yosemite was one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. Delve into the depths of the park with a walk to a waterfall, each as distinct as the granite cliffs they dive over, or learn about the wonders of the park during a ranger- guided stroll. Explore a giant sequoia grove and meet the most massive trees on earth, or spend an evening under the stars. With approximately 800 miles of trails, Yosemite is also a great place to hike.

Driving Distance: 326 MI / 525 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Yosemite View Lodge

Not every visitor to Yosemite National Park desires a dyed-in-the-wool camping experience underneath the stars. Some folks visiting Yosemite National Park dream of hotels—you know, the best of both worlds— luxurious accommodations and modern amenities coupled with close proximity to the wonders of wild nature waiting just around the corner at Yosemite National Park.

Leave the wonder of Yosemite behind as you journey west through Gold Rush-era attractions, California’s State Capital, Sacramento, and on to San Francisco. Considered one the greatest cities in the world for many reasons, San Francisco offers one-of-a-kind sights and something to suit your every need.

Driving Distance: 195 MI / 314 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Americania Hotel

From its mid-century modern design to its playful spirit and amusing décor, the Americania Hotel is a San Francisco hotel that dares to be different. Decked out in retro-style furnishings and bold yet simple colors, each of our 143 guest rooms offers a refreshing alternative to cookie-cutter, chain hotel rooms.Our central location – in the heart of downtown San Francisco’s SoMa district – brings the best of the city to your doorstep – from Union Square, the Moscone Convention Center and the world-famous Cable Cars.  Within the hotel, a tranquil garden courtyard and the heated swimming pool create an atmosphere brimming with warmth and relaxation.If work is on the agenda, our Wi-Fi and business center access ensure that you’ll stay connected throughout your visit.

With 49 square miles of amazing sights, scenes and destinations, there’s always plenty to do in San Francisco. Spend a full day exploring the beloved City by the Bay’s neighborhoods including: Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Embarcadero/ Financial District, and Golden Gate Park. To experience something truly unique, walk along the railings of the Golden Gate Bridge or take a ride on an iconic Cable Car. For a little piece of heaven on Earth, spend the day in Napa Valley whose picturesque rolling hills and wineries dot the landscape.

Meals Included: Ro

Americania Hotel

From its mid-century modern design to its playful spirit and amusing décor, the Americania Hotel is a San Francisco hotel that dares to be different. Decked out in retro-style furnishings and bold yet simple colors, each of our 143 guest rooms offers a refreshing alternative to cookie-cutter, chain hotel rooms.Our central location – in the heart of downtown San Francisco’s SoMa district – brings the best of the city to your doorstep – from Union Square, the Moscone Convention Center and the world-famous Cable Cars.  Within the hotel, a tranquil garden courtyard and the heated swimming pool create an atmosphere brimming with warmth and relaxation.If work is on the agenda, our Wi-Fi and business center access ensure that you’ll stay connected throughout your visit.

This morning, head south to Monterey along Highway 1 which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown. Explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. Visit the quaint area of Carmel, and enjoy an exhilarating trip along 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach.

Driving Distance: 130 MI / 210 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Travelodge by Wyndham Monterey Bay

Property Location With a stay at Monterey Bay Travelodge in Monterey (North Fremont Street), you'll be minutes from Monterey County Fairgrounds and close to Fisherman's Wharf. This motel is within close proximity of Monterey Pines Golf Course and Naval Postgraduate School.

Continue south along central California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This twisting, cliff-hugging route starts in Monterey and takes you through Big Sur where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle and ends in Morro Bay. A short distance inland is the heart of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo. From here, continue south to Ventura passing through Pismo Beach, inland agricultural valleys of rolling countryside, and Santa Barbara, often described as the American Riviera. Located along the southern-most part of California’s Central Coast, Ventura is a classic beach town in a spectacular setting.

Driving Distance: 280 mi / 451 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Property Location With a stay at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach in Ventura, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Ventura Pier and close to Mission San Buenaventura. This beach hotel is within close proximity of San Buenaventura Mission and Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Today, travel further south through Oxnard, yet another beautiful stretch of coast in Malibu, and the seaside town of Santa Monica. Arrive in Los Angeles with enough time to glimpse some of the glitz and glamour of the City of Angels. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive; some of the best sights Los Angeles has to offer.

Driving Distance: 70 MI / 120 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbour Hotel

In this Los Angeles seaport town, you can enjoy cultural attractions, thriving businesses and a great coastal climate year-round. At the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor hotel you are near the Port of Los Angeles, USS IOWA Battleship and Long Beach Convention Center

Return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport prior to your departure.