Coast to Canyons
San Francisco - Yosemite National Park - Death Valley National Park - Las Vegas - Zion National Park - Lake Powell - Grand Canyon - Sedona
Starting on the Pacific Coast in cosmopolitan San Francisco, this fly-drive itinerary takes you inland to discover some of south west USA’s most inspiring national park scenery. Journey from California into Nevada, Utah and Arizona and visit the waterfalls of Yosemite, the arid environs of Death Valley and the iconic Grand Canyon. Superb hiking opportunities and jaw dropping landscapes abound on this classic American road trip.
- Cycle the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and take a boat to Alcatraz
- Hiking in Yosemite National Park
- See the geological wonders of Death Valley, USA’s hottest and driest national park
- Take in a show and wander the casinos of ‘The Strip’ in Las Vegas
- Explore the canyons and monoliths of Zion National Park
- Boating and other water sports on Lake Powell
- Visit the incomparable Grand Canyon
- Take a jeep tour around the red rocks of Sedona
Drive from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon via some of the south-west's most stunning national parks
Take a daytime flight to San Francisco, arriving just in time to head out to one of the great restaurants in the city that evening, perhaps in the famous Chinatown district.
Overnight: San Francisco
Spend a couple of days discovering the cosmopolitan flair, famous sights, spectacular scenery and cultural diversity that make San Francisco one of the top destinations in the world. Ride the cable car, wander the historic waterfront of Fisherman’s Wharf and take a trip over to Alcatraz for spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. A cycling trip across the bridge to the bayside town of Sausalito is a great day out for active types, returning to the city by ferry. Explore the central shopping district of Union Square, which is home to some excellent restaurants.
Overnight: San Francisco
Collect your car and drive inland to the spectacular scenery of Yosemite National Park. This vast park is home to a variety of natural wonders; waterfalls, deep valleys, giant sequoias, grand meadows and granite cliffs. A great place for hiking, cycling and climbing and guided walks can also be arranged.
Overnight: Yosemite National Park
Spend a full day exploring the park - El Capitan, Half Dome and the impressive Yosemite Falls are just some of the sights that should not be missed on your stay here. You could also take a tour to Glacier Point, which at an elevation of over 2,400m offers beautiful panoramic views of Yosemite Valley.
Overnight: Yosemite National Park
Today take the 6 hour drive to Death Valley National Park, the lowest point in North America as well as both the hottest and driest park in the USA. There will be plenty of time to stop and explore this huge area of geological wonders including sand dunes, isolated valleys and volcanic craters. Visit the bizarre salt crystal landscape of the Devil’s Golf Course, walks the flats at Badwater Basin and take in the spectacular views from Zabriskie Point.
Overnight: Death Valley National Park
Drive on the bright lights of Las Vegas, a city where you can do just about anything at just about any time and home to a range of iconic hotels and famous casinos. Spend a couple of nights exploring ‘The Strip’, as Las Vegas Boulevard is known, and enjoying the excellent dining and world class entertainment.
Overnight: Las Vegas
Cross the border from Nevada into Utah to Zion National Park, named by the early Mormon settlers who thought of it as their ‘promised land’. Soaring red and white sheer cliffs, huge sandstone monoliths, beautiful forests and waterfalls are all to be found in this vast wilderness. The 600 metre deep Zion Canyon is a spectacular narrow gorge and is an undoubted highlight, as are the natural rock arches of Crawford and Kolob. The park is home to some of the region’s very best hiking, including the famous Narrows Trail along the upper stretches of the Virgin River.
Overnight: Zion National Park
Drive on to Arizona and the town of Page for a stay on the shores of nearby Lake Powell, which is actually a man-made reservoir created when the Glen Canyon Dam was built across the Colorado River. There are plenty of water based activities on offer including lake cruises, fishing, kayaking and other watersports. At 300 kilometres long the lake has plenty of sandy beaches, as well as opportunites to explore the stunning red-rock scenery, canyons and sand dunes of the area. During your stay be sure to take a visit out to Rainbow Bridge – one of the world’s largest natural stone bridges.
Overnight: Lake Powell
Today you will head south towards one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. This colourful steep-sided gorge is carved through by the Colorado River and stretches 445 kilometres across the high plateaus plunging to depths of over 1,830 metres. From day hikes and rafting trips to mule or helicopter rides to the bottom of the canyon, there are many ways to explore.
Overnight: Grand Canyon
After witnessing an unforgettable sunrise over the canyon, you continue south to the striking red rock scenery of Sedona. A jeep tour is a great way to explore the nearby Slide Rock, Red Rock and Dead Horse Ranch State Parks. The town itself has an artistic vibe and is home to some excellent galleries showcasing work from local artists. The relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to round off the trip amid stunning scenery and blistering sunsets.
Drive south to Phoenix to drop off your car in time for the flight home.
From £2,625 per person
Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation and car hire.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accommodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.