Destinations Destinations
Los Angeles, San Diego, Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Monterey Peninsula
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

A popular self-drive route through California, calling at some popular and lesser-known locations. Explore the scenic towns that dot the Pacific coast, including Monterey, Carmel, Solvang and San Luis Obispo. Continue south through Malibu and Santa Monica (marking the end of the famous Historic Route 66, which is well worth following for part of your journey), not forgetting to enjoy some gorgeous beaches, before arriving in Los Angeles. Spend a couple of days enjoying the city before heading inland to experience flamboyant Las Vegas. Finish your trip off with a day or two enjoying the entertainment parks and beaches of San Diego.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

The famous coastal city
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.

Explore the central coastline
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.

Experience Hollywood
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.

Through the desert to Las Vegas
Enroute from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
Western USA

Enroute from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Travel 280 miles east through the Mojave Desert until you reach the gambling capital of the world--once a quiet Mormon settlement in the desert. A little off route, but well worth a visit, is the ghost town of Calico.

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.

The world's most famous canyon
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.

Journey to San Diego
Enjoy the ride from Las Vegas to San Diego
San Diego

Enjoy the ride from Las Vegas to San Diego

Driving south past Lake Elsinore you will reach the town of Temecula with its rolling hills and vineyards before ending your 336 mile drive in San Diego—the perfect place to relax in the sunshine.

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.

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