Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Nature and Landscapes
Tour Region: Mountain Region, Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska), Southwest Region
Tour InformationThe Western Discovery tour begins and ends as follows:
Duration 15 Days - from LA (Los Angeles) to LA
Duration 12 Days - from LA (Day 3) to LA (Day 14)
Duration 9 Days - from LA (Day 3) to San Francisco (Day 11)
Please view itinerary description below.
Arrive Los Angeles
Arrive Los Angeles International Airport and transfer via shuttle bus to the hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.
Los Angeles – The Orange County – San Diego – Los Angeles
Travel south through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego, the second largest city in California, renowned for its year-round mild weather. Following a city tour, visit picturesque Seaport Village and the San Diego's relaxing bayfront marketplace. Perhaps enjoy the opportunity for shopping. Return to Los Angeles for the evening.
Los Angeles – Palm Springs – Phoenix
Today your journey takes you through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis. Afterwards you will pass through Indio, home to the Int’l Date Festival in the Coachella Valley.
Passengers joining on Day 03 should meet in the lobby of the designated Los Angeles hotel at 07:30 hours for an 08:00 hours departure.
Phoenix – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park
Travel through the Sonoran Desert, the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas. Continue to Sedona, a city situated in a unique geological area and encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths with such names as Cathedral and Coffee Pot. Then drive through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. Majestic Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colorful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.
Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Page/Lake Powell
A highlight of the trip will be watching the sunrise as you enjoy a special (optional) breakfast served right at the rim of the Canyon. As you journey further today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the trading post of Cameron. Continue through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most iconic images of the American West. In the late afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River, and we welcome you to enjoy an evening at leisure.
Page/Lake Powell/ Kanab – Bryce Canyon National Park
Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here you’ll enjoy views of stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Enter the Mormon state of Utah, pass through the town of Kanab before visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and take in the aroma of pinewood campfire.
Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park – Las Vegas
Travel today to Zion National Park and see the massive rock formations carved by wind, time, and the Virgin River. This afternoon experience the contrast of Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World”, where round-the-clock shopping, nightly shows, and of course gambling are available.
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip to take in its amazing sights, or “shop ‘til you drop” at designer outlets.
Las Vegas – Death Valley – Mammoth Lakes**
Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory of Las Vegas. Having enjoyed glamorous Las Vegas, it will be a sharp contrast this afternoon to enter the quiet and extreme environment of Death Valley. Stop at Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch before continuing across the valley and ascending the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort town of Mammoth Lakes**. The area gained prominence as a gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renown for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.
**Winter Routing the Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will overnight in Fresno or Visalia and a visit to Mammoth Lakes will not be possible (winter routing applies to all departures between October and May under normal snow conditions).
Mammoth Lakes** – Yosemite National Park
Arise with the morning sun and join us for an optional seasonal scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth and enjoy a tasty breakfast as you survey a most stunning view of California from its desert floor to its lofty peaks. Next, your journey today brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Here, you will experience the valley floor and its splendors including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in the Yosemite Gateway area.
Yosemite Gateway – San Francisco
Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. This evening take a memorable City by Night Tour (optional).
San Francisco (Napa Valley)
Day at leisure! Your Tour Director is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day: perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated. Or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store. You also may choose to embark on a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery (optional).
San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel – Shell/Pismo Beach
Depart San Francisco this morning for the drive to the Monterey Peninsula, known for its magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and famous Cannery Row. Then tour charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, noted for its quaint houses, upscale art galleries and unique stores. In the afternoon your tour continues through Paso Robles, home of fine wineries. Overnight in a quaint Central California Coast town.
Shell/Pismo Beach – Santa Barbara – Malibu – Beverly Hills – Los Angeles
Journey south through the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, you’ll stop in Santa Monica, home to the “Finish Line” of historic Route 66, where you may enjoy an optional lunch on the pier or a beach bike ride. Your afternoon tour of “The City of Angels” continues with Beverly Hills and Hollywood before arriving at your hotel.
Your tour ends upon check out from your hotel.
Prices, Dates and Conditions
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|MAR 6, 20||MAR 5, 19||MAR 3, 24||1784||1647||1354|
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|MAY 8, 22||MAY 14, 21||-||1784||1647||1354|
|JUNE 5, 19||JUNE 4, 25||-||1784||1647||1354|
|JULY 3, 17, 31||JULY 9, 16, 30||-||1912||1712||1408|
|AUG 21, 28||AUG 13, 27, 29||-||1912||1712||1408|
|SEP 4, 6, 11, 13, 25, 27||SEP 10, 12, 24, 26||-||1912||1712||1408|
|OCT 9||OCT 8||-||1912||1712||1408|
|NOV 6, 20||NOV 5, 19||-||1784||1647||1354|
|DEC 11, 25||DEC 10, 24||-||1784||1647||1354|
YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)
TOUR HIGHLIGHT INCLUSIONS
- Welcome reception to meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers
- Full day visit and tour of San Diego
- Visit the glamorous desert retreat of Palm Springs
- Tour the Navajo Indian Reservation and visit Monument Valley
- Walk along the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park
- “Shop ‘til you drop” at discount designer outlets in Las Vegas
- Escorted walk to Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park
- Sightseeing tour of San Francisco including Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf
- Comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, and Hollywood and the famous stars in the sidewalk (Walk of Fame)
|1-2||Los Angeles||Crowne Plaza LAX|
|3||Phoenix/Scottsdale||Marriott Phoenix Mesa|
|4||Grand Canyon National Park||Yavapai West|
|5||Lake Powell||Quality Inn Page Lake Powell|
|6||Bryce Canyon National Park||Ruby’s Inn|
|7-8||Las Vegas||Luxor Las Vegas|
|9||Mammoth Lakes||Mammoth Mountain Inn or Radisson Park Inn in Fresno (Winter)|
|10||Yosemite National Park Area||Doubletree Modesto|
|11-12||San Francisco||Fairmont San Francisco or Park 55 Hotel|
|13||Pismo Beach||Seacrest Oceanfront Resort or Edgewater|
|14||Los Angeles||Crowne Plaza LAX|
PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: Los Angeles, Crowne Plaza LAX
POST: Los Angeles, Crowne Plaza LAX
- Sunrise Breakfast at the Rim of the Grand Canyon
- Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon
- Las Vegas by Night tour
- Gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth for breakfast
- Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown
- Los Angeles beach lunch and/or bike ride Santa Monica Pier
- “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route