It's time to say hello to San Diego, with its stunning beaches, perfect California weather and laid-back vibes. Go go for a relaxing walk around Balboa Park and check out some of the 15 museums within the park. Feel the sand between your toes at Mission Beach whilst working on that all important Californian tan, or hit the water and make the most of the long list of fun water sports on offer from surfing to paddleboarding. Later, explore the Gaslamp Quarter and experience awesome restaurants, art galleries and nightlife that will make sure your first evening is one to remember!
Feel the heat beneath the blue skies of the Mojave Desert as you drive through A-Grade Arizona. Want to see something out of the ordinary? Make a stop at the Imperial Sand Dunes, sometimes called the Algodones Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California. You finish your day in Prescott, Arizona where you stay overnight.
Strike out across the desert in search of one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World', the Grand Canyon. Over 227 miles long, 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep, it's perfect for exploring on foot – or, alternatively, opt for an exhilarating helicopter flight overhead. If it's adventure you're after, then an optional hike deep into the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail will make sure you're pushed to your limits, but rewarded for your efforts with stunning views. Let's not forget about the aptly named 'Ooh Aah Point' on the South Kaibab Trail, which again, delivers breath-taking views. At the IMAX Theater, you'll discover how the Grand Canyon was formed over millions of years, to really appreciate just how epic it really is!
Today you'll travel a section of the original Route 66 stopping at the town of Seligman, a quaint town which has stood still in time and is filled to the brim with authentic road trip memorabilia. With a sudden burst of neon, Vegas is right in your face - Viva Las Vegas! This is the party capital of the USA and you'll soon see why as you start your night off with an included Las Vegas limousine tour where you can let your hair down and see the sights at the same time. Opt for a deluxe buffet, watch the famous Bellagio fountain show or ride New York New York's famous roller coaster, before clubbing all night long. Just remember, 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'.
Leave those sore heads and empty pockets behind and get back to nature with a stop at the awe-inspiring and stunning Yosemite National Park. There's a reason that Yosemite is California's most loved national park, with its ancient Giant Sequoia trees that tower high above you. You'll also have the opportunity to spot some of the USA's most iconic wildlife, including black bear and coyotes. Both easy and challenging hikes await you and whichever you opt for you'll be brought face-to-face with stunning glacier-carved granite monoliths, deep valleys and spectacular waterfalls. Take to two wheels on a bike and explore Yosemite Village with the wind in your hair, or for a different way to see the park, why not enjoy a float down the Merced River on a rubber ring?
One of the most vibrant cities in the USA, San Francisco has got it all! Upon arrival enjoy a tour of the Haight-Ashbury area, and then cycle or walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. There are loads of options to fill your time in San Francisco such as catching an iconic cable car to tour the steep city streets, visiting the famous resident sea lions at Pier 39 or jumping on an optional sunset sailboat cruise in San Francisco Bay. For some quality grub, visit Fisherman's Wharf, or chow down on tacos at a taqueria in the Mission District. Mmmm! Carry on the night at the trendy bars and clubs in North Beach. If you wish to visit Alcatraz for exciting stories of escape and misfortune on a brilliant audio tour, make sure you book in advance.
Brace yourself, because your road trip is about to get a whole lot more beautiful. Turn up the tunes, sit back and watch stunning scenery fly by your window as you follow the winding roads of California's pristine coastline. Finish your day in the San Luis Obispo area with the chance to swim in the North Pacific Ocean.
It's time to kick back with a free afternoon in Santa Barbara. Sometimes referred to as the California Riviera, its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and colourful culture make Santa Barbara well worth a stop. Relax on the beach and grab yourself some frozen yogurt for the ultimate chill-out time. Explore the famous Spanish Mission and soak in those Mediterranean vibes. As the sun goes down it's time to find the nearest bar and let the partying begin!
Leaving beach life behind you for now, we're headed back to the 'City of Angels'. The second largest city in America after New York and home to countless A-Listers. There is no shortage of things to see and do. Visit Hollywood Boulevard and stroll the Walk of Fame where you'll be able to get a view of the iconic Hollywood sign, then make your way to the hotel where this trip of a lifetime sadly comes to an end! If you choose to stay on another couple of days, why not head to Venice Beach for a spot of interesting people watching and to feel the Californian sand between your toes for one last time.This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.