From glorious cities to wine country, dramatic canyons and coastal towns, this 15 day trip allows you to see the highlights of America's West in a concise but enriching manner. Along the way you'll discover the bohemian charms of San Francisco and Sonoma and the wonders of Bryce Canyon National Park, all while staying in a number of lodges within the National Parks. Don't forget to bring your camera to star studded Hollywood. What better place to spot an icon than in the movie capital?

• San Francisco: 2 nights
• Sonoma: 1 night
• Yosemite National Park: 1 night
• Monterey: 1 night
• Santa Barbara: 1 night
• Los Angeles: 2 nights
• Scottsdale: 1 night
• Grand Canyon: 1 night
• Lake Powell: 2 nights
• Zion National Park: 1 night
• Las Vegas: 1 night

14nights
 
 
ITINERARY

DAY 1 SAN FRANCISCO, THE CITY BY THE BAY
California here we come. A mix of modern glamour and bohemian charms, you’ve arrived in the Golden Gate City, a location famous for its rolling hills, colourful houses and eclectic architecture. You’ll be picked up at San Francisco International Airport and whisked straight to your centrally located hotel, the Westin St. Francis, situated in the vibrant heart of the city and the only one on Union Square. There you’ll be left to settle in or go for a quick wander, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner and wine.
Hotel: Westin St. Francis on Union Square, San Francisco
Meals: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2 EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO
Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the city. Experience the bustling activity of Union Square, famous for its shopping, theatre and dining options. Head to the iconic Golden Gate Park. Rich in culture, the park boasts 10 lakes and more than 1,000 acres of land. This striking landmark is modelled on New York City’s Central Park and includes a wide range of show stopping features. From a Japanese tea garden to its botanical garden and conservatory of flowers, you won’t be disappointed.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 HAIGHT-ASHBURY AND A TASTE OF WINE COUNTRY
Delve into San Francisco’s flower power history and revisit the ‘Summer of Love’ with a former hippie, your Local Expert. Tour Haight-Ashbury, the original iconic hippie district, where you’ll find colour and charm aplenty. Move on to California wine country, where you’ll walk through one of the state’s lush vineyards and enjoy a private wine tasting. End your day with a Highlight Dinner served with a local wine.
Hotel: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Say goodbye to the city lights of Sonoma and embrace the mountainous scenery of Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelling through California’s Gold Country, you’ll drive through the imposing Sierra Nevada mountains. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls and striking rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome. The park is abundant in wildlife, so look out for Mule deer, and if you’re really lucky you may catch a glimpse of a black bear. Rest up at Yosemite Valley Lodge, located inside the park and close to Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall.
Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 MONTEREY, THE CRADLE OF HISTORY
Take in the lush landscapes of the Sierras before you are swept through the fertile San Joaquin Valley to Carmel-by-the-Sea. There you will have the opportunity to browse a range of art galleries, local shops and the chance to stock up on souvenirs. Enjoy a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along 17-Mile Drive, where you can take in the stunning ocean views, Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions, before arriving in the city of Monterey. Enjoy a delightful Highlight Dinner this evening.
Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 6 HEARST CASTLE AND THE AMERICAN RIVIERA
Today you’ll move south to La Cuesta Encantada, otherwise known as 'The Enchanted Hill', which rests high above the ocean at San Simeon. Once there you’ll join a guided tour of Mediterranean-style Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. The residence was also the inspiration for the Xanadu mansion in the famous movie classic, Citizen Kane. Make your way to sunny Santa Barbara and check in to your idyllic beachfront hotel, ideal for making the most of your stay in the grand ‘American Riviera’. You’ll be presented with white buildings, terracotta rooves, beautiful weather and an array of bars and restaurants.
Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 SANTA MONICA AND THE CITY OF ANGELS
No trip to Santa Barbara would be complete without a visit to the iconic Mission Santa Barbara. Here you’ll learn about the chain of 21 missions along California's El Camino Real and explore its blooming grounds. Journey along the spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing the hidden coves and coastal mountains of Malibu as you make your way to Santa Monica, L.A.’s exciting upscale counterpart. Continue on to your luxurious L.A. hotel, in the city's entertainment destination.
Hotel: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 THE GLITZ AND GLAM OF LA
Channel your inner movie star and join a Local Expert on a private tour of a historic theatre in Hollywood. You’ll then join your Travel Director for some more exploring. This includes Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a movie palace where stars leave their shoeprints in cement. This is situated on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you can walk in the steps of icons including Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. Feeling peckish? Head to the renowned historic L.A. Farmers Market on your own and delve into fresh local delicacies. End the day with a Highlight Dinner and wine at Café Pinot.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 9 ACROSS THE MOJAVE TO SCOTTSDALE
Experience the rugged charms of the Mojave Desert wilderness as you make your way to Scottsdale. Look out for the Joshua trees and wildlife found in the National Park, you might just spot a jackrabbit or coyote. Once in Scottsdale you can relax in the hotel after a long day and replenish for your upcoming adventures.
Hotel: Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 SEDONA AND THE WONDERS OF THE MIGHTY GRAND CANYON
Journey north to the bohemian colony of Sedona. Attractive to healers, this spiritual town’s vortexes are rumoured to offer alternative medicines and practices. If retail therapy is more your thing, explore Sedona’s shops and galleries, or simply take in its natural rugged beauty, which makes it a hotspot for hikers, swimmers and eager campers. Journey on to Grand Canyon National Park, where you have the opportunity to take an optional, once-in-a-lifetime, flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane. Join a Local Expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon before ending your day with a tranquil night inside the park and an appetizing Highlight Dinner with wine in the inviting Thunderbird Room of your lodge. Located on the South Rim, this beautiful venue offers a wet-bar, barbeque and private balcony, so you can feast on hearty food while taking in the stunning views.
Hotel: National Park Lodges, Grand Canyon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 11 MONUMENT VALLEY AND LAKE POWELL
Head through striking crimson landscapes to the historic Cameron Trading Post where you will find Native American arts and crafts. Journey on through the barren beauty of the desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you will board all-terrain vehicles to explore the valley with your Navajo guide. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort.
Hotel: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (Lake View or Marina View Rooms)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 12 LEISURELY LAKE POWELL
Start the day at leisure by enjoying your resort’s facilities. Later take a cruise through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon, one of the top-rated highlights on the trip. End the day with a breathtaking sunset from your lake view or marina view room.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 BRYCE CANYON AND ZION NATIONAL PARKS
Head to the sandstone cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Here you will be met by pine trees and red rock pillars. You’ll take a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of the odd-shaped monoliths, known as hoodoos, before travelling through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. A day of sightseeing deserves some evening festivities. Join your Travel Director and new friends for a Celebration Dinner and wine to discuss your take on the ethereal characters of Utah’s famous canyon.
Hotel: Zion National Park Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 14 ZION TO LAS VEGAS, FROM NATURE TO NEON
Depart the tranquil ambiance of Zion National Park Lodge and board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle. Live commentary will take you through the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some downtime to explore on your own. Depart the natural beauty of the park to arrive in the bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas. With an array of shopping malls, live shows and dining opportunities, this dazzling destination is sure to entertain. And for those looking to hit the casinos, make sure you come with your poker face ready.
Hotel: ARIA Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 DEPART LAS VEGAS
It’s time to say goodbye to the your fellow travellers as your adventure comes to an end with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport.
Meals: Breakfast

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Good to know

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES
San Francisco:
Revisit the 'Summer of Love' with a Local Expert and former hippie at Haight-Ashbury, the iconic district where the hippie counterculture evolved.
Los Angeles: Join a Local Expert for a behind-the-scenes tour of a historic downtown theatre.
Grand Canyon: Join a Local Expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
Monument Valley: Join a Navajo guide in an open-air vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
San Francisco:
See the iconic cable cars, Union Square and Golden Gate Bridge. Sonoma: Browse the unique shops on the historic Sonoma Plaza.
Yosemite National Park: Experience the park's natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops in this quaint beach city.
San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand where seasonal delights are grown, farmed, and sold.
Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Sedona: Visit this Red Rock Country artists' colony, set in Sedona's majestic red rock landscape.
Cameron: Stop at the historic Trading Post, established in the early 1900s as a place where Native American's traded wool and livestock.
Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.
Glen Canyon: Visit the dam that stands 710 feet or 216 meters high, and provides water and power to western communities.
Bryce Canyon National Park: Enjoy the rugged beauty with a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the hoodoos.
Zion National Park: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of the canyon is by a private shuttle that includes live commentary.

AUTHENTIC DINING
Sonoma:
Sample local wines at a private tasting at an eco-friendly vineyard.
Grand Canyon: Enjoy dinner with an incredible view at the Thunderbird Room, overlooking the South Rim.

Accommodation on tour

San Francisco: Timeless yet modern, The Westin St. Francis on Union Square, San Francisco has a vibrant, directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside the doors.
Sonoma: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa is surrounded by lush vineyards and dotted with natural hot springs.
Yosemite National Park: Stay in the park and enjoy Yosemite after the crowds have left, just a short walk to Yosemite Falls.
Monterey: Located on Cannery Row, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is the most dramatic waterfront hotel in California.
Santa Barbara: Stay at the Double Tree Fess Parker in beautiful mission-style rooms, with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Los Angeles: Stay at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. situated in downtown L.A., within walking distance of the city's most noteworthy attractions.
Scottsdale: Wander the grounds of this desert oasis, leaving behind your hectic lifestyle at the McCormick Scottsdale to relax and renew.
Grand Canyon: Insight stays centrally located within the National Park. In these cases, the hotels are much more rustic and typical of the natural environment.
Lake Powell: We guarantee rooms with lake-views, picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets at Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.
Zion National Park: Stay in rustic charming lodges, located right inside the National Park.
Las Vegas: Sleek modern decor and the luxurious furnishings make every guest feel like royalty at the ARIA Resort and Casino.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Tours depart in Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug and Sep; speak to a Personal Travel Expert for more information.

Included in price

• An expert Insight Tour Director will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'
• Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort
• A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
• Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
• Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
• All taxes and porterage charges at hotels.Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
• Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
• Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour
• 14 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners with wine.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights