If you're looking for an authentic American experience with the perfect balance of stunning natural scenery, bustling city vibes and epic nights of revelry, you've come to the right place! Watch the sunset from Pacific Beach, admire the desert landscape while cruising Route 66, and party like there’s no tomorrow under the neon glow of the Strip in Vegas. This is one trip you won’t forget!
What better way to start the adventure than with a scenic coastal cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway. We kick off the adventure with an early departure, and hit the road towards our destination of San Diego. This route is pure Southern California coastal beauty, and you’ll have a front row seat to the stunning views of surf and sand! After a stop in Orange County, we make our arrival around lunchtime. Considered by many to have the best climate in the United States, San Diego is overflowing with laid-back vibes. We’ll start by exploring Downtown, the vibrant cultural hub of the city where you’ll see a mix of historic Spanish architecture, and gleaming modern high rises. There’s a tonne of attractions to see, like Little Italy, the Museum of Man, and the USS Midway Museum. Later we’ll explore the Gaslamp Quarter, which is a Victorian-style area and host to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city! There’s something for every type of partygoer here.
The day is yours to get out and experience San Diego however you choose. If you’re wanting to check out some key attractions, head to Balboa Park - this 1,200-acre park is the site of the San Diego Zoo, sunken butterfly garden and the California Tower. If you want to wander around some shops and galleries, then North Park is the area for you. You’ll also find a lot of craft beer breweries and cocktail lounges here. For the ultimate American experience, try and catch a San Diego Padres baseball game at PetCo Park in Downtown! Later this afternoon we’ll hit the beaches. Pacific Beach is the perfect spot to sit in the sand and enjoy the coastal views and we’ll watch the sun sink beneath the waves along this picturesque stretch of coastline, before grabbing some dinner and enjoying the local bars.
Settle into the comfy coach, we get back on the road this morning. Admire the rugged dry landscape and the Joshua trees of the Mojave Desert as we make our way towards Arizona. We’ll have a break along the way at the Algodones Dunes, and stop to take some photos. This afternoon we’ll arrive into Prescott. More of a small city than a town, it is set amongst the gorgeous landscape in Northern Arizona, surrounded by gorgeous granite mountains, ponderosa pine forests and lakes. This is a great place for adventure seekers and culture lovers alike! Here we’ll get a chance to discover many historic landmarks and highlights, including the Phippen Museum, an art space specialising in Western art. Later on we’ll visit Whiskey Row, which used to be home to over 40 saloons. Now it makes up the vibrant downtown area, brimming with shops and restaurants.
This morning we climb back aboard the coach and say farewell to Prescott. We have a short drive to our first stop in Jerome, a charming National Historic Landmark on Cleopatra Hill. Meander around the hilly, winding streets and you’ll discover countless galleries and art studios! After another short stint on the coach we’ll arrive in Sedona, arguably one of the most beautiful places in the United States, this is the Arizona’s desert gem. With over 1.8 million acres of national pine forest, red-rock mountains and steep canyons, these sacred lands of ‘healing and spiritual renewal’ make for the perfect escape. While we’re here you can take an optional Jeep tour of Sedona, showing you the countryside over a 2-hour trip! Grab some lunch from one of many restaurant options before we head to Williams for a mid-afternoon arrival.
Get ready to tick off a major bucket list location: the Grand Canyon! You’ll be glad you have the entire day to explore this jaw-dropping sight. On arrival you can decide how to best spend your time here. There are plenty of scenic hikes if you feel like getting active but for those who want to see the views from a bird's-eye perspective, there are optional helicopter flights available. After an epic day we’ll climb aboard the coach and head back to Williams, where you can compare your experiences and snaps from the day. Tonight you can spend the evening as you wish, so catch up on some rest or get out and see more of the city. There are various choices for restaurants, so why not head out with your travel comrades and try some of the local food?
It’s time to join the famous Route 66! We’ll depart from Williams and make our way along this iconic highway. The first stop is Seligman, the legendary town which makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. Then it’s back on the road until we stop for a lunch break in Kingman - this place has the Route 66 Museum, and an In-N-Out Burger, if you haven’t yet tried one! Later we’ll make it to the ghost town of Santa Claus, where we’ll take a group photo. This afternoon you’ll get to marvel at the engineering feat of the Hoover Dam, make sure you’ve saved some battery on your phone for pics! Next stop, Las Vegas. We’ll check out the famous Fremont Street and give you some free time to explore, then we’ll go for a unique dining experience at the Heart Attack Grill, where the wait staff are dressed as medical staff, and you get spanked if you don’t finish your meal. Afterwards we’ll hit the Strip, and visit a rooftop bar to take it all in.
The City of Sin awaits! You have free time today, so hit the Strip in the daylight and marvel at the famous hotels like The Bellagio, MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay. For shopping visit Downtown Container Park, and for museum fans the Mob Museum and the Neon Museum are must-sees! If you want to experience the great outdoors and see the stunning scenery, it’s only a short drive to Red Rock Conservation Park. This place has 19 walking trails, so you can take in the crimson rock formations and vibrant desert colours. We’ll meet in the early evening, and start the night off in style with an included party bus! If you’re up for it, tonight there’s an optional trip to see a Cirque du Soleil show. Then it’s time to continue the party on the famous Strip, and see where the night takes us!
The time has come to part ways. Enjoy some breakfast and say farewell to your new travel buddies, as the adventure wraps up this morning. We hope to see you again!
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Trip Name: LA to The Strip
Duration: 8 Days
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