Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - Solvang - Carmel - San Francisco (418 miles)
In the morning, guests will be picked up from the specified departure location in Los Angeles. Leaving LA, we will drive along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway, stopping in Santa Barbara and the Denmark Village of Solvang. From April 1, 2016, we will also stop by 17-Mile drive. Afterwards, we will leave for Carmel, before eventually arriving in San Francisco in the evening.
Antiquated windmills and Northern Europeans-style architecture punctuate the little village's skyline. Brilliant sunshine, boundless open country and rolling hills- these are the characteristics of what the original Danish immigrants called "Solvang" or "Sunny Field"
This small city near Santa Barbara, California is a popular California tourist spot due to its historical significance. The town was settled by Danish immigrants, and today serves as a portal to the past for curious visitors.
Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico. It was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846 the U.S. flag was raised over the Customs House, and California became part of the United States after the ensuing Mexican-American War.
This breathtaking stretch of coastline along California's Monterey Peninsula takes visitors through a maze of beautiful scenery, unique wildlife, and amazing mansions. Enjoy shopping and dining along the way in addition to taking in the vistas.
Standard Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites in Santa Clara (from 4/1/2016)
San Franscisco - Yosemite - Las Vegas (887 miles)
In the morning, we will depart from San Francisco, driving through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley until we reach Yosemite National Park, where we will see impressive natural landmarks such as El Capitan, Bridal Veil Falls, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfalls in North America. In the evening, we will drive towards Las Vegas, where we will spend the night.
In the winter, Yosemite will be replaced by Hearst Castle.
Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite National Park in central California is best known for the amazing granite cliffs of the Yosemite Valley as well as the towering Yosemite Falls and Sequoias. Millions of people every year journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The largest granite monolith in the world, El Capitan is located across from Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park. It juts up about 3,000 feet from the ground, and is a favorite of experienced rock climbers.
Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
Bridal Veil Falls
Located in the Yosemite Valley California's Yosemite National Park, Bridal Veil Falls are one of the park's most famous sites. Millions of people every year come to see the 617-foot-high waterfall, which flows year-round.
The Half Dome is one of the most recognizable formations in California's Yosemite National Park. It is known the world over as a challenging and rewarding hiking and mountain climbing location, attracting thousands of adventurers every year.
The Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California are the highest known waterfall in all of North America. The Falls are on one of the park's most famous attractions, especially in the spring when they have the most water.
Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
San Simeon, CA
San Simeon is a town on the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. Its position along State Route 1 is approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, each of those cities being roughly 230 miles (370 km) away. A key feature of the area is Hearst Castle.
Hearst Castle is a mansion located on the central coast of California that is a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1919 for William Randolph Hearst, the mansion is more than 90,000 square feet in area.
Opening Hours: May - Sep 8:00am - 6:00pm, Oct - Feb 9:00am - 5:00pm
Standard Hotel: Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch
Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Lake Powell (408 miles)
We start the day traveling South East through the desert and the through the Navajo Indian reservation before we come to the South Bank of "One of the 7 wonders of the world" the Grand Canyon. After lunch we continue along the canyon east stopping at some of the many Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts.
Grand Canyon, AZ
Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon was carved over 17 million years by the Colorado River. This breathtaking, 18-mile-long canyon has been stunning visitors for hundreds of years.
Grand Canyon South Rim
More than five million visitors per year come to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to witness the majesty of this natural wonder. The Grand Canyon Village makes this the most tourist-friendly of the canyon's rims.
Standard Hotel: Clarion Inn Page
Page - Bryce Canyon National Park - Kanab (234 miles)
We will visit Lake Powell in the morning. Then we will head to Bryce Canyon National Park, home of amazing rock formations. We will stay here to see the magnificent sunset. For the night, we will make our way to either Kanab, UT, or Cedar City, UT.
Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Page was founded in 1957 as a housing community for workers and their families during the construction of nearby Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River.
The creation of Lake Powell, the second largest man-made reservoir in the United States, was marked by controversy. It is a popular vacation spot, where visitors can fish, boat, and hike.
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Marked by unique desert geological formations - horseshoe amphitheaters and "hoodoos," tall, thin rock spires jutting from the arid ground - Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah is a popular destination for desert photographers.
Standard Hotel: Days Inn Kanab or Comfort Inn Cedar City
Kanab - Zion National Park - Las Vegas - Los Angeles (519 miles)
Today we will visit Zion National Park before returning to Los Angeles via Las Vegas. See "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
Zion National Park, UT
Zion Canyon may not be as famous as the nearby Grand Canyon, but it is certainly just as picturesque, with hoodoo spires rising from the ground, red-orange canyon walls towering around, and perhaps more vegetation than its "grand" counterpart.