California and the Golden West Summer 2019
- Carmel Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea and stroll down Ocean Avenue
- Grand Canyon Witness the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with your Local Specialist
- Las Vegas Explore this entertainment-filled city with its grand hotels and shops
- Los Angeles Feel like a movie star as you stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Santa Monica
- Monterey Learn about Steinbeck's infamous Cannery Row
- San Diego Visit the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Historic Old Town
- San Francisco Get familiar with Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown
- San Francisco Iconic Breakfast at the famous Boudin Bakery, a local institution since 1849
- Santa Barbara Unwind in this Mediterranean style resort town along the coast and discover the downtown area
- Yosemite National Park Take in the breathtaking views of the valley floor
Discover what makes California and the Golden West so incredibly special as you take in the stunning scenery of the awe inspiring Grand Canyon, the barren beauty of its deserts and the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada. Compare the cultures of the iconic Californian cities from laid back San Diego, to glitzy Los Angeles and cosmopolitan San Francisco. Travel back through the scenic wine country of the central coast as you reflect on your wonderful experience.
Arrive Los Angeles (2 Nights)
Welcome to Los Angeles, the city of glitz and glamour. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
Los Angeles Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, see the best Los Angeles has to offer. Stop at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre. Drive along the Sunset Strip and stop in Santa Monica. The afternoon and evening are free.
Los Angeles – San Diego
Head along the coast to charming San Diego, set around a sweeping bay. Enjoy a sightseeing tour and discover the beautifully restored Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Historic Old Town San Diego. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the first of 21 missions that became the cornerstones of California.
San Diego – Scottsdale
Leaving the coast behind you, cross the Arizona state line and Colorado River before heading to the Valley of the Sun and fashionable Scottsdale.
Scottsdale – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff
Head for the Grand Canyon and meet with a Local Specialist who walks you through the geological life of the canyon. Examine the multicolored rocks from different eras of the canyon's formation. This UNESCO Site and Natural Wonder of the World was formed by pinnacles of rock interspersed by jutting promontories. Later this afternoon, arrive in Flagstaff, a famous outpost on historic Route 66.
Flagstaff – Historic Route 66 – Las Vegas (2 Nights)
Call in at Seligman and Kingman, two iconic outposts along the celebrated "Mother Road." Arrive in larger-than-life Las Vegas-a man-made neon oasis right in the middle of the desert.
Las Vegas Free Time
Enjoy a free day in Las Vegas to pursue your own interests. Explore this city with its grand hotels and shops. Consider trying one of the many optional activities available to you today.
Las Vegas – Visalia
Drive through the stark Mojave Desert before climbing up to the Great Basin Desert through the magnificent mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Continue through the vast plains of the San Joaquin Valley and arrive in Visalia.
Visalia – Yosemite National Park – Modesto
Nothing can quite prepare you for the incredible scenery of Yosemite National Park. Be surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of lush forests and verdant meadows framed by El Capitan and iconic Half Dome. Overnight in Modesto, the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas in the nation.
Modesto – San Francisco (2 Nights)
Travel back toward the California coast, across the Bay Bridge and into San Francisco. Enjoy a city tour that includes some of the most famous sites in this fascinating city.
San Francisco Free Time
In the morning, enjoy an Iconic Breakfast at Boudin Bakery, a San Francisco institution since 1849. The rest of the day is free; your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day.
San Francisco – Carmel – Monterey – Pismo Beach
Today, head for Monterey, California's first capital. Stop in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea and enjoy a stroll down Ocean Avenue. Drive along renowned 17 Mile Drive. Enjoy some of the most beautiful coastal scenery anywhere and watch for sea lions, sea otters and other marine life along the way. Take in the views of Pacific Grove and soak in a bit of California history at Monterey's Cannery Row before arriving at your hotel in Pismo Beach.
Pismo Beach – Santa Barbara
Travel through the scenic wine country of the Central Coast before arriving at the popular Mediterranean style resort town of Santa Barbara. This old mission town is famous for its Spanish look of red tiled roofs and bougainvillea-covered walls. Stroll down the main street before settling in at your hotel.
Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles
Continue down the coast and back to Los Angeles. Soak in the sun and sea air with a stop in Venice Beach before your trip comes to an end at Los Angeles International Airport.
- Los Angeles (CA)
- Grand Canyon
- Santa Barbara
- San Francisco
- San Diego
- Las Vegas
- Yosemite Ntl Park
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