Explore the heart of the southwest on this self-drive itinerary which takes in the cities, canyons, mountains and deserts of California, Arizona and Nevada.
Suggested route & duration
14 nights Los Angeles round-trip
Los Angeles: 2 nights
Palm Springs: 1 night
Grand Canyon: 1 night
Lake Powell: 1 night
Bryce Canyon: 1 night
Zion: 1 night
Las Vegas: 1 night
Visalia: 1 night
Yosemite: 1 night
San Francisco: 2 nights
Pismo Beach: 1 night
Los Angeles: 1 night
LOS ANGELES Land of the rich and the famous, Los Angeles is full of wide palm lined boulevards, boutiques and restaurants. You can pack a lot into your time here - perhaps spend the morning in Hollywood, seeking your favourite stars of the stage and screen on the Walk of Fame and then head to the coast in the afternoon to soak up the typical Californian lifestyle.
PALM SPRINGS Head inland towards the deserts of eastern California and the oasis city of Palm Springs. The 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.
GRAND CANYON Probably the most famous of the United States’ natural landscapes, the Grand Canyon exhibits millions of years of geological history exposed by the power of the Colorado River. During your time here – whether you are staying in the National Park itself or the nearby city of Williams – you can hike into the canyon or along the rim, drive or catch the shuttle to a number of incredible viewpoints or just enjoy the busy atmosphere in the village.
PAGE & LAKE POWELL The drive from the Grand Canyon to the city of Page takes you along the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon, passing a number of incredible viewpoints, and through the Painted Desert towards the Arizona-Utah state line. From Page you can witness a variety of natural and man-made landscapes including the winding Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam.
BRYCE CANYON & ZION With five National Parks and numerous State Parks, the state of Utah isn’t short of epic backdrops. Bryce Canyon and Zion are just a couple of hours apart, however they could not be much more different. In Bryce towering hoodoos, or rock spires, rise from the amphitheatre-shaped canyon creating a fairy tale world while in Zion the Virgin River cuts between the towering sandstone walls of the Zion Canyon. Both parks offer incredible and unique hiking trails, ranger-led tours and much more.
DEATH VALLEY Following a stay in Las Vegas you’ll swing back into California and drive through Death Valley, the driest and hottest place in North America. A must visit during your trip through the park is the Badwater Basin – the lowest point in the continent… this is truly the land of extremes.
YOSEMITE The most famous of California’s nine National Parks, Yosemite is centred on the magnificent seven-mile-long and mile-wide Yosemite Valley. Located high in the Sierra Nevada, the valley surrounded by high cliffs, granite domes and is the start off point for many of the park’s most famous hikes.
SAN FRANCISCO Your California adventure begins in San Francisco. Due to its charming architecture, bohemian vibe and narrow streets, it often feels more like a European city than an American one; however the focus on the outdoors, healthy living and the laid-back vibe is pure California. You'll need to plan your days carefully if you going to experience all the city has to offer. There's the major sights such as Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, the eclectic neighbourhoods that are a joy to explore on foot, and of course there's the parks and waterfront where you can while away a lot of time just watching the world go by.