Destinations Destinations
Los Angeles, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Monterey Peninsula
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Cities, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

Two weeks is perfect to see the best of America’s wild west and its natural wonders, as well as the region’s most popular cities. From Los Angeles travel through the vast deserts of Arizona, stopping to admire the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Lake Powell beside Glen Canyon Dam. You will go on to Bryce Canyon to see its sandstone spires before spending a couple of nights experiencing the best of Las Vegas. Continue your journey to Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite National Park where you can spot black bears and coyotes. San Francisco is your next city stop before exploring the rest of the west coast, including Monterey, Carmel and Pismo Beach, and returning back to Los Angeles.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

Hollywood attractions
Rub shoulders with A-listers in Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Rub shoulders with A-listers in Los Angeles

Stroll along Hollywood Boulevard, spot your favourite TV and film stars on the Walk of Fame, and you can’t miss the hillside Hollywood sign. Kids can also get up close to their own entertainment stars in Disneyland.

Parks and beaches in San Diego
Entertainment parks in San Diego
San Diego

Entertainment parks in San Diego

A two hour drive south from L.A. is San Diego, the second largest city in California, which is renowned for its entertainment parks, including Sea World, San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, the latter of which boasts some stunning historic buildings and green spaces. Leave some time to relax on some of California’s most beautiful palm-lined beaches.

Enjoy hot springs
Unwind in Palm Springs
Palm Springs

Unwind in Palm Springs

Set in possibly the most biologically diverse ecosystem in the Americas, Palm Springs is not only a winter playground for celebrities, but also a stylish place to relax in hot springs, spas and top-class golf courses at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Explore unique rock formations
The monoliths of Sedona
Sedona

The monoliths of Sedona

On arrival to the unique geological area of Sedona, you will be welcomed by red-rock monoliths, with names such as Coffee Pot and Cathedral, protruding from the desert landscape. Climbing up the sandstone spires is fascinating, as are the popular hiking trails that weave between them.

Geological history and native culture
Peer into the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

Peer into the Grand Canyon

Follow the trails to explore Grand Canyon National Park and be sure to stop at the canyon edge to fully appreciate its enormity. At 446km long, up to 29km wide and 1,857m deep, the yawning gorge is full of caves and crevasses in which Native Americans built settlements. You can learn about this rich culture and history by visiting a reservation on the Canyon's south rim or inside the canyon.

Visit a Navajo Indian reservation
Grand Canyon

Visit a Navajo Indian reservation

The Navajo is one of the eleven affiliated American Indian tribes that are deeply embedded in the history and culture of the Grand Canyon. Learn about its cultural and spiritual traditions at the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Sandstone spires of the Colorado Plateau
Monument Valley
Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Pass through the Painted Desert with its kaleidoscope of colours to reach Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border. Visitors are welcomed by a distinct desert scape of finger-like sandstone monoliths that reach 300m above the valley of sweeping arid wilderness--the epitome of the American West.

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam
Lake Powell

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam

The concrete Glen Canyon Dam would dominate the scenery if it was not for the commanding Colorado River and the bright blue waters of Lake Powell that lap against the tall red walls of the canyon. The extraordinary scenery is appreciated best from atop the dam, which is the second highest concrete arch-dam in America.

See the spires of Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon

See the spires of Bryce Canyon

Within the Mormon State of Utah is this multi-coloured spectacle of protruding sandstone pinnacles that gather along the edges and deep inside Bryce Canyon. The canyon is set beside dense pine woods that are popular for walks and camping.

Explore Zion National Park
Zion National Park

Explore Zion National Park

Visit Zion National Park with its towering rock formations that have been carved over time with the help of the mighty Virgin River. Walk along the forest trails that line the river, alongside the Emerald Pools to admire their waterfalls, and to the deep chasms of Zion Narrows.

Casinos and nightlife

From California to the Canadian border, Western USA is the place to experience America’s great outdoors. The west coast sprawls over more than 1,000 miles of pristine coastline, with surfing, sailing and swimming all on offer. Inland, the Western USA is home to some awe-inspiring national parks, including geysers at Yellowstone, rock-climbing and mountaineering in the Rocky Mountains, and the vast landscapes of the Grand Canyon.

The cities of Western USA offer travellers distinct personas. There’s brash, celebrity-filled Los Angeles; the boho-tech bro-filled San Franciso; arty, home-spun Seattle; the make-believe neon playground of Las Vegas and everything in-between. However, there are also tiny seafront villages offering spectacular seafood and mountain hideouts with views to die for. Western USA experiences come in many guises.

Wherever you end up, you’re guaranteed some of the best food in the entire USA. From fish tacos and Mexican specialities in California to wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest, food in Western USA is as diverse as its landscapes. And that’s before you even think about the world-famous wines of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and the plentiful microbreweries that are popping up.

So head out to America’s wild west for a taste of the everything the USA has to offer – you’ll have a whale of a time.

Live it large in Las Vegas
Western USA

Live it large in Las Vegas

Spend a day or two discovering the grandeur of Las Vegas and its famously flamboyant attractions. Stroll along the Strip, visit casinos, enjoy a Broadway-type, and relax at one of the popular restaurants and bars with city-scape views, such as Top of the World at The Stratosphere or Skybar at the Waldorf Astoria.

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes

Journey through Death Valley and ascend the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort of Mammoth Lakes, famous for its skiing and hiking trails. It was a successful gold mining town in the 19th century and you can take a tour of the ruins, mining equipment, and mine shafts.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

There are 800 miles of trails through the mountains and woodlands of Yosemite, where you can spot black bears, coyotes, bobcats and mule deer among other wildlife. Get up close to the famous El Captan, Half Dome, Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls which plunges a dramatic 739m.

Enjoy the coastline of San Fran
San Francisco

Enjoy the coastline of San Fran

Take a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf, explore the Marina District before experiencing the lively city at night. Stop at the spectacular Golden Gate bridge that connects San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean to enjoy a classic view of the skyline. Perhaps even take a boat to the infamous Alcatraz.

Tour California’s scenic central coast
Monterey Peninsula

Tour California’s scenic central coast

After exploring Monterey Peninsula, take a drive to the pretty resort of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Continue along Big Sur to San Simeon and Solvang. After a drive of 350 miles, enjoy the bakeries, wineries and boutique shops in this quaint town which was founded by Danish immigrants. You could then continue driving to Malibu and the bright lights of L.A.

Unwind on the beaches of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

Unwind on the beaches of Santa Barbara

Backed by the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara, is a hot-spot for white-sand beaches and palm-lined promenades. Look out for A-class celebrities, many of which have extravagant homes here.

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