Self-driving in Western USA

Highlights of the Golden West

Highlights of the Golden West

We will arrange flights, hotels, car hire to enable you to explore some of America’s most iconic destinations for a unique and unforgettable holiday of a lifetime.

Days 1-3

Depart London Heathrow for a flight to San Francisco taking around 10 hours 30 minutes. Upon arrival, you will collect your pre-booked hire car to start your road trip. We have selected your accommodation personally and you'll spend your first three nights at the Handlery Union Square on a bed and breakfast basis.

The hotel is ideally located in the city centre and provides the ambience of a European boutique hotel with high level of comfort and convenience. You will fall in love with San Francisco with so many iconic and unforgettable sites. Ride the cable cars and trolleys to Fishermans Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown. Sail over to the notorious island of Alcatraz for an enlightening tour. Dine on fresh seafood and at the same time experience wonderful Bay views. You can also hire a bike to cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Days 4-6

From San Francisco, we've provided driving directions to take you due east to Yosemite National Park, a journey of around 4 hours. Famous for its granite cliffs, waterfalls and amazing natural attractions, Yosemite is absolutely stunning in autumn. Marvel at the unique rock formations through Tunnel valley, walk through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and hike to the Yosemite Falls. We can prebook any tours within the park, so let us know if you'd like us to do this at any time (there's even a zip line tour which the kids would love!).

You will stay in the Yosemite View Lodge for 3 nights including breakfast and a room with a river view.

Days 5-7

You'll turn south today, towards Death Valley which is about 5 hours away. Characterised by incredible sand dunes, canyons and mountains, it can be the hottest place on earth in the summer months. Discover the old days of the Wild West amongst the ruins of Panamint City or visit Scotty’s Castle House situated in fascinating desert terrain. Here you can stay in the Furnace Creek Ranch which has welcomed guests for over 70 years and offers a casual western themed atmosphere including a saloon and a General Store. I know you'd to do some horse ridinig while you're away, so I can arrange this to ensure you don't get too bored lounging by the two swimming pools!

Days 8-10

Now for Las Vegas, just 120 miles away. The glittering and glamorous city which is so much more than just casinos. We have arranged 3 nights at The Signature at MGM a luxury all suite hotel providing you with a kitchenette, separate sitting area with a whirlpool tub. During your stay in Las Vegas you can experience fabulous dining, critically acclaimed shows and fantastic shopping surrounded by outstanding desert scenery. We have organised a helicopter ride over Grand Canyon and a stunning Las Vegas show on your last day in town as a final hurrah.

Day 11

Depart Las Vegas for London Heathrow and enjoy a 3 course meal during your 11 hour overnight flight.


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