Western Landscapes

12 Nights

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles is the starting point for this tour and after passing through Palm Springs en route to Phoenix, the adventure really begins. In the next days there are the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, captured so often on film and photograph, and Bryce Canyon. In one way there is a brief respite from the landscapes with time in Las Vegas. In another way, Las Vegas, as a 24/7 city, offers no respite at all. It is then off through Death Valley to a region well-known during the Gold Rush and into Yosemite National Park. While that brings to a close one part of the adventure, few will ever be disappointed by the City of San Francisco and its many famous landmarks. There is the Golden Gate, Alcatraz and Union Square. You can visit California’s famous wine are, Napa Valley but then it is time to head south. The road running parallel with the Pacific down to Los Angeles offers many magnificent views and is an excellent way to finish a holiday full of stunning experiences. 

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Highlights

  • Los Angeles is evidence that the USA is a land of opportunity. Beverley Hills, Malibu and Santa Monica are just three of its wealthy districts while film goes can enjoy a studio visit while there.
  • Phoenix’s climate is sun and more sun. Despite it having little rain, the city has no water shortages as evidenced by its golf courses. Desert landscape and vegetation contrast with California.
  • Grand Canyon on the Colorado is a hugely popular tourist destination with colourful rocks and sculptures as far as the eye can see. A short helicopter trip will bring it even closer.
  • Monument Valley with its huge sandstone buttes reaching into the sky from the valley floor has been used by many film directors in their Western movies. You remember when you see it.
  • The 4- mile- long Strip in Las Vegas is 24/7. Its growth dates back to the Depression and the relaxation of Nevada’s gambling laws but today it offers great entertainment as well as casinos.
  • Yosemite is in California’s Sierra Nevada. It is wonderful natural environment with an infrastructure to cater for its many annual visitors. The Sequoias alone make a visit worthwhile.
  •  San Francisco was the home of the ‘’Flower Children’’ in the 1960s but its history also includes the Gold Rush, the infamous Alcatraz Prison, closed in the 1960s and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • The California Coastal Highway could be a holiday on its own. Carmel where Clint Eastwood was mayor and Monterey are just two of the popular stops on the road linking San Francisco and LA.
  • Day 1 - Arrive Los Angeles
  • Day 2 - Los Angeles to Palm Springs to Phoenix
  • Day 3 - Phoenix to Sedona to Grand Canyon
  • Day 4 - Grand Canyon to Monument Valley to Page/Lake Powell
  • Day 5 - Page/Lake Powell to Kanab to Bryce Canyon
  • Day 6 - Bryce Canyon to Zion to Las Vegas
  • Day 7 - Las Vegas
  • Day 8 - Las Vegas to Death Valley to Mammoth Lakes
  • Day 9 - Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite
  • Day 10 - Yosemite to San Francisco
  • Day 11 - San Francisco
  • Day 12 - San Francisco to Monterey/Carmel to Central Coast
  • Day 13 - Central Coast to Santa Barbara to Malibu to Beverly Hills to Los Angeles
  • Additional Information

Arrive Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to the hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.

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Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort

Enjoy your stay at Orange County’s Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort located in southern California. Your guest experience includes nearby local shops, restaurants and entertainment highlights! We’re just minutes away from the Downtown Disney District and the Anaheim Convention Center. Try our Burger Theory Restaurant and Bar when dining at the hotel or take a soothing dip in our outdoor pool. In Anaheim, guests find our hotel a genuine value.

Today your journey begins and takes you through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis. Afterwards you will pass through Indio, home to the Int’l Date Festival in the Coachella Valley.

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We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center

Discover the beauty, tranquility and culture of Arizona’s captivating Sonoran Desert at the AAA Four Diamond We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center!

Travel through the Sonoran Desert, the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas. Continue to Sedona, a city situated in a unique geological area and encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths with such names as Cathedral and Coffee Pot. Then drive through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. Majestic Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this miledeep colorful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.

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Yavapai West Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is the Grand Canyon National Park's largest lodging facility, nestled within the pinyon and juniper woodlands and about a quarter mile from the South Rim. The rooms have either one king or two queen sized beds, refrigerator, and coffee maker. With modern newly renovated rooms and many services within walking distance, this is a convenient place for families.

As you journey further today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the trading post of Cameron. Continue through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the iconic images of the American West. In the late afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River, and we welcome you to enjoy an evening at leisure.

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Best Western Plus Lake Powell

The Best Western Plus at Lake Powell hotel in downtown Page, AZ offers charming, clean accommodations and exceptional service. It is walking distance to many local restaurants, bars, and grocery stores. Hotel is a short distance from Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, Horseshoe Bend, and Monument Valley.

Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here you’ll enjoy views of stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Enter the Mormon state of Utah, pass through the town of Kanab before visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and take in the aroma of pine-wood campfire.

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Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn

Ruby’s Inn is the closest lodging to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah and is the perfect place to base your exploration of this beautiful area. We offer the finest in Accommodations, RV Park/Campground and amenities in the Bryce Canyon region. Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon is also a destination in and of itself. You’ll enjoy Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Guided ATV Rides and Helicopter Tours, along with western experiences such as Rodeos and more.    

Travel today to Zion National Park and see the massive rock formations carved by wind, time, and the Virgin River. This afternoon experience the contrast of Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World,” where round-theclock shopping, nightly shows, and of course gambling are available.

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Luxor Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Known for its iconic pyramid shape, Luxor is located on the Las Vegas Strip and features a casino and live entertainment. It provides a full-service spa, 4 large pools and a hot tub.

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway- caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip to take in its amazing sights, or “shop ‘til you drop” at designer outlets.

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Luxor Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Known for its iconic pyramid shape, Luxor is located on the Las Vegas Strip and features a casino and live entertainment. It provides a full-service spa, 4 large pools and a hot tub.

Your tour stops at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory of Las Vegas. Having enjoyed glamorous Las Vegas, it will be a sharp contrast this afternoon to enter the quiet and extreme environment of Death Valley. Stop at Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch before continuing across the valley and ascending the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort town of Mammoth Lakes**. The area gained prominence as a gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.

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Mammoth Mountain Inn

The Mammoth Mountain Inn is part of the Mammoth Mountain Lodging Collection, distinctive properties that make up the largest collection of year-round accommodations available in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Arise with the morning sun and join us for an optional seasonal scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth and enjoy a tasty breakfast as you survey a most stunning view of California from its desert floor to its lofty peaks. Next, your journey today brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Here, you will experience the valley floor and its splendors including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in nearby Modesto.

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Ramada Modesto

Whether this is your first visit, or you have been a guest many times, we want your experience to be excellent. Our staff is always available to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. “Q Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair Q”. Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. This evening to take a memorable City by Night Tour (optional).

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Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Our hotel is situated where everyone wants to be. Only about an hour or less from the airports, this San Francisco hotel is close to shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It's only 14 miles from San Francisco International Airport, 20 miles from Metropolitan Oakland International and 46 miles from San Jose International Airport.

car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where one may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated. Or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store. You also have the option to take a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery (optional).

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Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Our hotel is situated where everyone wants to be. Only about an hour or less from the airports, this San Francisco hotel is close to shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It's only 14 miles from San Francisco International Airport, 20 miles from Metropolitan Oakland International and 46 miles from San Jose International Airport.

Depart San Francisco this morning for the drive to the Monterey Peninsula, known for its enclave of magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and famous Cannery Row. Then tour charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, noted for its quaint houses, upscale art galleries and unique stores. In the afternoon continue to drive south through Paso Robles to one of the quaint Central Coast towns for overnight.

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Radisson Hotel Santa Maria

Welcome to beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country! Radisson Hotel Santa Maria provides guests with a convenient location adjacent to Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) and just half a mile from SR-135. Our pet-friendly Santa Maria, CA hotel also offers convenient access to nearby golf courses, Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Santa Maria Airport Business Park. Ask our knowledgeable front desk staff for tips on visiting nearby wineries like Cambria Estate Vineyards & Winery or Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery.

Journey south through the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara, where palmlined walkways border white sandy beaches. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, you’ll stop in Santa Monica, home to the “Finish Line” of Historic Route 66, where you may enjoy an optional lunch on the pier or a beach bike ride. Your afternoon tour of “The City of Angels” continues with signs of Beverly Hills and Hollywood before reaching your hotel where your tour concludes at approximately 18:00.

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OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon
  • “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route
  • Gondola Ride to the summit of Mammoth for Breakfast
  • Las Vegas by Night tour
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown
  • Los Angeles beach lunch and/or bike ride at Santa Monica Pier