Day 1: Arrive Los Angeles
Arrive into Los Angeles International Airport today and transfer via shuttle bus to the hotel where you will meet your ATI Tour Director, providing you with a welcome pack that includes all the necessary information for your upcoming trip. Stay 2 nights at the Majestic Garden Hotel(or similar).
Day 2: Los Angeles – The O.C. – 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. There’s some free time for shopping before returning back to Los Angeles for the evening.
Day 3: 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. Stay 1 night at Marriott Phoenix Mesa (or similar).
Day 4: 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 colourful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River. Stay 1 night at Yavapai West (or similar).
Day 5: 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. Stay 1 night at Best Western Plus Lake Powell (or similar).
Day 6: Page/Lake Powell – 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. Afterwards, journey on into the Mormon State of Utah, passing through the town of Kanab before visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured 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. Stay 1 night at Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn (or similar).
Day 7: Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park – Las Vegas
Today, travel onwards to Zion National Park and see the massive rock formations carved by wind, time, and the Virgin River. After your canyon adventure over the last few days, this afternoon will be a complete contrast as you arrive into Las Vegas, the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, where round-the-clock shopping, nightly shows, and of course gambling are available. Stay 2 nights at the Luxor Las Vegas (or similar).
Day 8: Las Vegas
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-calibre shows, why not just take a stroll along the famous Strip to take in its amazing sights, or shop ‘til you drop at designer outlets, located just off The Strip.
Day 9: Las Vegas – Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes*
Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign for a photo opportunity to capture your memory of Las Vegas. Then, it’s back out into the desert wilderness as you head towards Death Valley, a sharp contrast to Vegas, with its deathly quiet and extreme environment. 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 renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas. Stay 1 night at Mammoth Mountain Inn (or similar).
Day 10: Mammoth Lakes* – Yosemite National Park/Gateway
In the morning, you have the option to take a seasonal scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth to enjoy breakfast as you look out upon 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 splendours including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Stay 1 night at the Modesto Hotel (or similar). *The Tioga Pass maybe closed during the winter months and spring due to weather or road conditions. Please consult with our travel advisors on the best time to travel.
Day 11: Yosemite Gateway – San Francisco
Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. A city tour commences, including a visit Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf before arriving at your hotel. This evening why not book in a memorable City by Night Tour? Stay 2 nights at the Westin St Francis (or similar). Your ATI Tour Director is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day, perhaps take a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf to taste the delights of local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghirardelli’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 an optional wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery.
Day 13: San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel – 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, before continuing on to Pismo Beach for the evening. Stay 1 night at the Oxford Suites (or similar).
Day 14: 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 have the option to book a lunch on the pier or a beach bike ride. Your afternoon tour of ‘The City of Angels’ continues with visits to Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Walk of Fame before arriving at your hotel. Stay 1 night at the Crowne Plaza LAX (or similar).
Day 15: Depart Los Angeles
Your tour ends upon check out from your hotel. Either plan to extend your stay or make your way back to the airport to board your return overnight flight back to London.(read more...)