Best of the West
Tour Type:Self Drive Tours
Tour Activity:Nature and Landscapes
Tour Region: Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska), Southwest Region
Tour InformationThe Best of the West tour begins in Los Angeles and ends in Los Angeles.
Please view itinerary description below.
Los Angeles Arrival
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and transfer Independently to your hotel.
Los Angeles - Palm Springs / driving distance: 147 mi / 237 km
Passengers on this tour will receive a free welcome briefing today. Our representative will give valuable advice about the itinerary as well as answer questions and provide maps, brochures and other documentation.
This morning, pick up your rental car and make your way south to Anaheim, your headquarters for fun. Spend the day surrounded by icons and classic characters at the original Disneyland Park, or celebrate fun and adventure at its companion park, Disney California Adventure Park. Visit the nation’s oldest theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm, filled with old west history and thrill rides, or one of Anaheim’s many other fun-filled attractions (admissions not included) before continuing east to Palm Springs. This ultimate desert playground nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains offers the perfect blend of outdoor entertainment and casual relaxation. Take time this evening to dine in one of the many excellent restaurants in downtown Palm Springs or escape the heat and ride the aerial tramway high up above the desert floor for panoramic views of the Coachella Valley.
Palm Springs - Phoenix/Scottsdale / driving distance: 267 mi / 430 km
Spend the morning lounging by the pool, walking along palm tree lined streets, or exploring countless shops, art galleries and museums before setting out east through the Coachella Valley to Phoenix and Scottsdale, two of Central Arizona’s top destinations. With Phoenix’s skyscraper-filled skyline complemented by famed Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale’s Old West charm, it’s guaranteed you’ll enjoy this uniquely Southwestern playground.
Phoenix - Grand Canyon National Park / driving distance: 230 mi / 370 km
Today, head north to Grand Canyon National Park, a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Spend the day discovering the distinct South Rim of the Canyon. Stop at one of the numerous overlooks, walk part of the Rim Trail or along the historic Hermit Road, visit a Photo Hot Spot, or climb to the top of a stone Watchtower for panoramic views that extend over 100 miles on clear days.
Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas / driving distance: 276 mi / 444 km
Leave the grandeur of the Canyon behind as you head west today through Williams and Kingman, the heart of historic Route 66 and one of Arizona’s hidden treasures, to The Hoover Dam. Considered the largest single public works project in the history of the U.S., The Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona and brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest. Continue to Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that needs no introduction.
Enjoy a full day Las Vegas style. Walk the famous Las Vegas Strip lined with mega-resorts and flashing neon lights, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch the latest must-see show, shop designer boutiques, ride a rollercoaster, lay by the pool … the list goes on. With so much to do, 24 hours in a day hardly seems like enough.
Las Vegas - Death Valley National Park / driving distance: 139 mi / 224 km
This morning take the opportunity to capture a photograph at the iconic Las Vegas sign before your journey takes you west to the lowest elevation in North America, Death Valley National Park. Here, the Mojave is at its most magnificent with geological history on full display in this rugged, severe, sublime section of California. Enhance your desert experience with a stop at Zabriskie Point offering spectacular views of the wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands. Don’t miss the opportunity this evening to cast your eyes upon the night sky for some of the best stargazing in the world.
Death Valley National Park - Yosemite National Park / driving distance: 326 mi / 525 km
This morning, travel north into the High Sierra where Tioga Road, the highest drivable pass in California, leads you into Yosemite National Park. Best known for its impressive waterfalls, grand meadows, and spectacular rock formations, Yosemite was one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. Delve into the depths of the park with a walk to a waterfall, each as distinct as the granite cliffs they dive over, or learn about the wonders of the park during a ranger-guided stroll. Explore a giant sequoia grove and meet the most massive trees on earth, or spend an evening under the stars. With approximately 800 miles of trails, Yosemite is also a great place to hike.
** From early November to late May the Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions. In which case you will need to drive the southern route through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite Area.
Yosemite National Park - San Francisco / driving distance: 195 mi / 314 km
Leave the wonder of Yosemite behind as you journey west through Gold Rush-era attractions, California’s State Capital, Sacramento, and on to San Francisco. Considered one the greatest cities in the world for many reasons, San Francisco offers one-of-a-kind sights and something to suit your every need.
San Francisco (Napa Valley)
With 49 square miles of amazing sights, scenes and destinations, there’s always plenty to do in San Francisco. Spend a full day exploring the beloved City by the Bay’s neighborhoods including: Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Embarcadero/Financial District, and Golden Gate Park. To experience something truly unique, walk along the railings of the Golden Gate Bridge or take a ride on an iconic Cable Car. For a little piece of heaven on Earth, spend the day in Napa Valley whose picturesque rolling hills and wineries dot the landscape.
San Francisco - Monterey / driving distance: 130 mi / 210 km
This morning, head south to Monterey along Highway 1 which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown. Explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. Visit the quaint area of Carmel, and enjoy an exhilarating trip along 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach.
Monterey - Santa Barbara - Ventura / driving distance: 280 mi / 451 km
Continue south along central California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This twisting, cliff-hugging route starts in Monterey and takes you through Big Sur where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle and ends in Morro Bay. A short distance inland is the heart of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo. From here, continue south to Ventura passing through Pismo Beach, inland agricultural valleys of rolling countryside, and Santa Barbara, often described as the American Riviera. Located along the southern-most part of California’s Central Coast, Ventura is a classic beach town in a spectacular setting.
Ventura - Malibu - Santa Monica - Los Angeles / driving distance: 70 mi / 120 km
Today, travel further south through Oxnard, yet another beautiful stretch of coast in Malibu, and the seaside town of Santa Monica. Arrive in Los Angeles with enough time to glimpse some of the glitz and glamour of the City of Angels. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive; some of the best sights Los Angeles has to offer.
Los Angeles Departure
Return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport prior to your departure.
Prices, Dates and Conditions
|DAILY DEPARTURES||PRICE FROM
|January, February, March, November, December||764||863||1091||1310|
|May, June, July, August, September, October||863||1026||1190||1528|
|1||Los Angeles||Custom Hotel||Crowne Plaza LAX Airport||Los Angeles Airport Marriott||The Hilton Los Angeles Airport|
|2||Palm Springs||Quality Inn||Quality Inn||The Saguaro Palm Springs||Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa|
|3||Phoenix/Scottsdale||Howard Johnson||Holiday Inn Express & Suites Old Town Scottsdale||The Saguaro Scottsdale||Phoenix Marriott Mesa|
|4||Grand Canyon||Days Inn Flagstaff West Route 66||Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon||Yavapai Lodge West||Yavapai Lodge East|
|5-6||Las Vegas||Excalibur Hotel & Casino||Excalibur Hotel & Casino||Luxor Hotel & Casino||Paris Las Vegas|
|7||Death Valley||Stagecoach Hotel & Casino Beatty||Stovepipe Wells Village||Stovepipe Wells Village||The Ranch at Furnace Creek|
|8||Yosemite||Days Inn Modesto||America’s Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate||Cedar Lodge||Yosemite View Lodge|
|9-10||San Francisco||Hotel Metropolis||Hotel Metropolis||Best Western Plus Americania||Hilton San Francisco Financial District|
|11||Monterey||The Stevenson Monterey||The Stevenson Monterey||Hilton Garden Inn Monterey||Hotel Pacific|
|12||Ventura||Crowne Plaza Ventura||Crowne Plaza Ventura||Crowne Plaza Ventura||Crowne Plaza Ventura|
|13||Los Angeles||Knott's Berry Farm Hotel||Crowne Plaza LAX Airport||Los Angeles Airport Marriott||The Hilton Los Angeles Airport|
- Bask under sunny skies in Phoenix/Scottsdale
- View one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon
- Enjoy 24 Hour entertainment in glittering Las Vegas
- Stand at the lowest land elevation in North America in Death Valley
- Touch monoliths of exposed granite in Yosemite
- Walk along the railings of San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge
- Marvel at 17-Mile Drive’s The Lone Cypress
- Explore Santa Barbara, The American Riviera
Admission fees not included
INSIDER TIPS - DON’T MISS!
- The Elvis Presley Honeymoon House. Rated the #1 place to have your photo taken in Palm Springs by the Daily Sun and Time Magazine, it was in this mid-century modern classic house that Elvis and Pricilla honeymooned. Countless movies have been filmed here including “Elvis and Me”. Tours by appointment.
- Stargazing in Death Valley. After the sunsets, grab a towel or blanket and go lay on the golf course in Furnace Creek. You will be amazed by the beauty of the sky with its millions of stars and constellations, keep your eyes out for the satellites zooming ahead.
- Kayak in Monterey Bay. Rent a kayak on your own for the day or take a guided tour through the kelp forest canopy of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Get up close to the abundant wildlife including pelicans, harbor seals and the darling otters!
Admission fees not included