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Highlights of America's West Coast

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14 days From £3,395 £3,195 per person
4.5 stars(2 reviews)

Experience the highlights of America’s Golden Coast.

Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys

Mobility Rating 2

2024 Tour code: WES24

About the tour

Explore the captivating West Coast of America. This holiday takes us on a circular tour from bohemian San Francisco and back, via Yosemite National Park, fabulous Las Vegas, the incredible Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, and iconic Los Angeles.


What’s included


Day 1 - To San Francisco

We fly to San Francisco, our base for the next two nights. After checking into our hotel, there's some free time for you to settle in or perhaps to begin sightseeing. San Francisco is a famously bohemian city, and is packed with fantastic bars and eateries from modern restaurants to historic speakeasies, as well as iconic landmarks and sights.

Day 2 - Yosemite National Park

We journey by rail from Oakland to Merced, travelling along the San Joaquin route through California's Central Valley. Arriving at Merced, we transfer by coach into the incredible Yosemite National Park. Here, we enjoy a tour of the dramatic valley floor with a local expert who takes us to Half Dome, standing 4,000 feet above the eastern part of the valley, as well as the world-famous El Capitan and thundering Bridalveil Falls, which sends water cascading down a 617-feet drop. We spend the night in Merced.

Day 3 - Las Vegas

Today we head by rail to Bakersfield then by coach to the glamorous and glittering sights of Las Vegas for two nights.

Day 4 - Las Vegas

You are free to discover Las Vegas for yourself. With no end of entertainment, Vegas is a favourite city for tourists, with an incredible selection of resorts, casinos, and shows to enjoy as well as fantastic spas and restaurants at many of the vibrantly themed hotels.

Day 5 - Hoover Dam, Kayenta

This morning we leave Las Vegas, continuing by coach through scenic Arizona and Utah to Kayenta. Enroute we stop in Kanab, Utah, a classic American West city, surrounded by a dramatic landscape of red rocks. Here there's a great choice of dining options, and you have free time for lunch before continuing to Kayenta, Monument Valley, where we spend the night.

Day 6 - Monument Valley, Flagstaff

After a buffet breakfast we travel by coach to spend the morning in the stunning Monument Valley, with entrance to the Visitor Centre included. In this iconic location - which has been featured in many films set in the American West - we learn about the history of the valley and enjoy awesome views from the centre. The gift shop sells authentic Navajo crafts such as dolls, blankets and jewellery. After our Monument Valley excursion, we drive to our legendary Route 66 destination - Flagstaff - where we spend two nights.

Day 7 - The Grand Canyon

Today is an undoubted highlight of our holiday, as we visit the Grand Canyon. With free time here you could take one of the short walks to the South Rim from the Visitor Centre. From this viewpoint, it's possible to see across all the peaks and valleys of this incredible canyon, forged by the powerful Colorado River over millions of years.

Day 8 - Grand Canyon Railway, Lake Havasu

This morning we board the fabulous Grand Canyon Railway, travelling in fully-restored vintage-style carriages as we return to the South Rim of one of the world's most breathtaking natural wonders. After a brief last chance to admire, we make our way by coach to Lake Havasu City for the night. The city is home to an unusual attraction; just a short walk from our hotel you'll find the Georgian-era London Bridge, that once spanned the River Thames but was relocated to Arizona in the 1960s. Overlooking the Colorado River, the city has miles of coastline with 27 replica lighthouses along the river's edge.

Day 9 - Los Angeles

We travel by coach from Lake Havasu to Los Angeles for two nights. On arrival we have a half-day guided tour of famous landmarks including the Hollywood Boulevard, home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the TCL Chinese Theatre, where the Oscars are held each year. After our tour we check into our hotel and your evening is free.

Day 10 - Los Angeles

Today, you have a chance to explore Los Angeles under your own steam. Perhaps visit one of the famous beaches, or Beverly Hills. You could even take a studio tour at Universal Studios or Warner Brothers, or take a tour to view the homes of the Hollywood stars.

Day 11 - San Francisco

Today, we travel by Amtrak rail to Emeryville. We then transfer by coach to our first hotel in San Fran-cisco, Hotel Zephyr, where we check in for two nights.

Day 12 - San Francisco

We start today with a half-day city tour that takes us to the Golden Gate Bridge, spanning a mile over the Pacific Ocean, where we see the outstanding views across the bay, and Fisherman's Wharf, home to a colony of sealions. The rest of your day and evening is free in San Francisco. You might like to arrange to visit the nearby island of Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, or maybe walk up incredibly steep Lombardy Street, featured in innumerable movies.

Day 13 - San Francisco to London

After a leisurely day with free time to do any last minute shopping or sightseeing, we head to the airport for our overnight flight to London Heathrow.

Day 14 - London

We land back in London today, where your tour comes to end.

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

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Hampton Inn and Suites Lake Havasu City

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MGM Park Hotel, Las Vegas

MGM Park Hotel, Las Vegas

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Hyatt Place Glendale, Los Angeles

Hyatt Place Glendale, Los Angeles

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El Capitan Hotel, Merced

El Capitan Hotel, Merced

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Hampton Inn Kayenta Monument Valley, Monument Valley

Hampton Inn Kayenta Monument Valley, Monument Valley

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Zephyr Hotel, San Francisco

Zephyr Hotel, San Francisco

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Coast Starlight
Grand Canyon Railroad
Southwest Chief

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 2 reviews

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Mr N Edwards

4 stars

Submitted 26 Oct 2019

Whilst we did and saw a lot on the tour, we always seemed to be under time pressure. This was the only slightly negative aspect of an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable tour.

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Mr S Vercammen

5 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2019

Hectic holiday but crammed a lot in. Excellent tour manager in Carol Woods. Los Angeles was all about films and studios. Unless you like this kind of thing it was boring. Drop this tour of LA and have two days in Monteray instead. The rest of the trip was amazing.

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