ROAD Trips USA departs from Los Angeles to San Francisco, taking the route to Las Vegas first and then to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Mammoth Death Valley, and Yosemite, before finishing in San Francisco.
Day 1: Los Angeles
Welcome to the City of Angels! This evening, head to Olvera Street to enjoy a typical Mexican meal. Recommended accommodations: Hilton Culver City, Elan Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Holywood, Wyndham Santa Monica, or Mr C Beverly Hills.
Day 2: Los Angeles
Today, get a look behind the scenes with a Hollywood movie studio tour. We recommend Universal Studios for families, or Warner Bros.
Along the way, discover the most beautiful neighborhoods in Beverly Hills, home to the biggest stars in Hollywood. It’s a well-known fact: L.A. beaches are legendary.
Visit Santa Monica Beach for a touch of upscale chic: a great place to do some shopping. Venice Beach has a more bohemian vibe. It’s the artists’ district of Los Angeles.
Recommended accommodations: Hilton Culver City, Elan Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Holywood, Wyndham Santa Monica, or Mr C Beverly Hills.
Choice of Activities: Guided Tour of West Hollywood, Surf Lesson, Warner Bros Studio Tour, Universal Studios, Guided Tour of Venice Beach.
Day 3: Los Angeles-Las Vegas (451 km)
Today you head for the most eccentric destination in the western United States: Las Vegas.
Take a walk along the Strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard lined with a thousand and one casinos and hotels, each one more flamboyant than the last. The most impressive are the Wynn, Treasure Island and The Venetian.
In the evening, don’t miss the spectacular fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel. It’s an iconic Las Vegas attraction.
Recommended accommodations: OYO Hotel & Casino, Hilton Grand Vacations on the Strip, Luxor Las Vegas, Bellagio, Caesars Palace.
Choice of Activities: Love | Cirque du Soleil, KÀ | Cirque du Soleil, Limousine Tour of The Strip, Guided Tour of Las Vegas, Helicopter Tour of The Strip, Day Trip to the Valley of Fire.
Day 4: Las Vegas-Gran Canyon (438 km)
Set a course for South Rim in the eastern part of Grand Canyon National Park, the most spectacular section of the canyon.
Along the way, get your kicks on the legendary Route 66. Be sure to stop off in Hackberry, a tiny village rebuilt in 1930s style, complete with diners, motels, old-time gas pumps and vintage tin road signs.
Begin your discovery of the Grand Canyon at Mather Point, unquestionably the most beautiful viewpoint in the park. Despite the number of visitors, the silence is overwhelming before the majesty of the Grand Canyon.
Recommended accommodations: Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Maswik Lodge, Yavapai Lodge, Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon, The Grand Hotel. Choice of Activity: IMAX Grand Canyon.
Day 5: Grand Canyon
Don’t miss Hermit Road in Grand Canyon National Park.
This road can be explored on foot and/or by shuttle bus. Follow the road to Mohave Point, a scenic overlook offering a breathtaking panoramic view to the west. You will literally feel as though you are floating over the Grand Canyon!
Desert View Drive at sunset is also spectacular. Lipan Point, in particular, is the perfect spot to enjoy colourful sunset vistas.
Recommended accommodations: Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Maswik Lodge, Yavapai Lodge, Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon, The Grand Hotel. Choice of Activities: Guided Hike, Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour.
Day 6: Grand Canyon-Monument Valley (371 km)
The adventure continues with an iconic symbol of the Far West and the American western: Monument Valley.
Be sure to take the Monument Valley scenic drive, the best way to enjoy the beauty of these legendary landscapes.
John Ford’s Point is without a shadow of a doubt the most spectacular location in the region, and is also the most accessible. You’ll have no reason to miss it!
Recommended accommodations: La Posada Pintada, Goulding’s Lodge, Desert Rose Resort, Goulding’s Lodge Cabins. Choice of Activities: Horseback Tour with a Navajo Guide, Monument Valley Jeep Tour, Jeep Tour and Navajo Dinner. Authentik Getaway: A night with the Navajo
Day 7: Monument Valley-Lake Powell (279 km)
Today you head for Lake Powell. The contrast between the clear blue waters of the lake and the surrounding stark red sandstone rocks is quite spectacular.
But just before reaching your destination, make a stop at Horseshoe Bend. It’s a 30-minute round trip that will give you a breathtaking view of the Colorado River.
Antelope Canyon, a magnificent slot canyon at the end of Lake Powell, will leave you speechless with the play of light and colour on its walls.
Recommended accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Page, Lake Powell Resort, Hampton Inn & Suites Page, Best Western View. Choice of Activities: Antelope Canyon Tour, Lake Powell Boat Tour, Lake Powell Helicopter Flight, Colorado River Rafting.