Southern California and the cities of Arizona combine to make an incredible desert adveture. Travel from sun-kissed San Diego through to Palm Springs, an oasis in the Coachella Valley. You'll then cross the border into typical Wild West territory and visit Lake Havasu, Flagstaff, spiritual Sedona and upmarket Scottsdale.
Suggested route & duration
10 nights San Diego to Phoenix
- San Diego: 2 nights
- Palm Springs: 2 nights
- Lake Havasu: 1 night
- Flagstaff: 2 nights
- Sedona: 1 night
- Scottsdale: 2 nights
About this independent tour
SELF-DRIVE So-Cal & Arizona Desert drive is a recommended self-drive itinerary including car hire, accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels and a personalised documentation pack. This itinerary can also be done in a motorhome.
SAN DIEGO A year-round warm climate, Pacific Coast beaches and SoCal lifestyle come together in the city of San Diego. Highlights here include the 70 miles of beautiful coastline, the expansive Balboa Park and the USS Midway Museum.
PALM SPRINGS This oasis city has long been a choice of A-listers seeking a break from Los Angeles, and therefore there’s a certain air of exclusivity about the place. You can shop in high-end boutiques, tee off at one of the many golf courses, laze in hot springs or at a spa, or just cool off in the pool of your chosen resort.
LAKE HAVASU Travel eastwards towards Lake Havasu cCity which sits on the shores of the man-made lake of the same name. The city is probably most famous amongst us Brits as the site of the original London Bridge. It was built in the 1830s and once spanned the River Thames. In the 1960s it was purchased by the an American entrepreneur and each exterior brick was relocated to this lesser-known spot on the western edge of Arizona. It's a odd sight to see a typically British piece of architeture in a typically American city and surrounded by desert landscapes.
FLAGSTAFF Full of the relics of its railroad past, backed by glorious forest-covered mountains and with a cool university town atmosphere Flagstaff – or just Flag as it known locally – is a real jewel in northern Arizona's crown. It's often overlooked for the state's more famous destinations but its a great place to stop a while and slow the pace a little. You can follow the trails in the San Francisco Peaks during the summer or ski in the winter, explore ancient ruins in nearby national monuments or just chill out in the historic downtown area.
SEDONA This arsty and spiritual destination is close to the top of the list of the USA's most scenically spectacular cities. It's surrounded by beautiful red rock cliffs, mesas and canyons. Whether you're here to hike the trails, browse the art galleries or feel the positive of the area's reputed vortexes, you'll come away from your stay here with a renewed outlook on life and an appreciation for the natural world. A few of our favourite things to do include hiking in Red Rock State Park, heading to a yoga class and visiting the Chapel of the Holy Cross which is built into a rocky outcrop.
SCOTTSDALE Sitting adjacent to Phoenix but with a completely different vibe, Scottsdale is the perfect place to end your tour of the Grand Canyon State. The city is best known for its spas, its mountainous backdrop and cacti-covered surroundings, Western ambience and its many golf courses. There's no better place to enjoy a little me time.
Tailor your tour
This itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own itinerary, duration and accommodation, add excursions, and extend your holiday.