Your day-by-day itinerary
LA: Hollywood Hills & Beaches
Los Angeles, an iconic city with lots on offer which is sure to keep the whole family entertained. You’ll stay in Marina del Rey, a port with a bohemian vibe, that’s only a stone’s thrown from Venice beach. During your time here you’ll hop on bikes and cycle along Venice Beach to Santa Monica. Afterwards, you’ll have plenty of time to explore so strap on your hiking boots to navigate the trails dotted along the coast or get a taste of Tinseltown on Hollywood Boulevard.
Coasting Down Highway 1
First up you’ll visit the quaint coastal town of Pismo Beach, known for its many seafood spots and stunning sea views! From here, you’ll wind along the famous Pacific coast road, Highway 1, ending in Monterey for an unforgettable whale watching adventure for all the family. Watch the little one’s eyes light up as you spot these gentle giants from your boat, at one of the best locations in the whole of North America.
Sights & Seals of San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the must-visits for any family heading to the West Coast. The city boasts a huge array of highlights to enjoy and is famous for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge! You’ll stay in a European-style hotel in the heart of Downtown and embark on an interactive treasure hunt that is not only lots of fun but a great way to get your bearings and learn more about life in The City by the Bay.
Pine Forests & Peaks of Yosemite
One of America’s greatest national parks, Yosemite will spark the imagination of young and old and makes for a wonderful wilderness adventure for the whole family. Rugged landscape, roaring waterfalls, soaring trees and panoramic vistas will welcome you and by the time you’ve been, you won’t want to leave. You’ll stay in a lodge close to the entrance of the park and during your visit, have the freedom to roam at your own pace. Just make sure the camera is charged and the picnic is packed!
Towering Trees of Sequoia
From giant trees to ghost towns, the route from Yosemite to Vegas is an incredible journey through the desert and one which shouldn’t be too rushed. The next few days will see you walk amongst the soaring trees of Sequoia National Park, pan for gold in an abandoned mining town, and soak up the Old Western lifestyle still in place across the Sierra Nevada.
Viva Las Vegas
Viva, Las Vegas! Take a rest from the long car drives and national park adventures to spend a few days enjoying the crazy, wacky world of America’s entertainment capital. From endlessly entertaining theme parks to flashing lights, Elvis doubles and pyramid-shaped hotels, Vegas offers a great opportunity to break for some carefree family fun before disappearing in to the desert. You’ll stay in a family-friendly hotel on the famous Strip itself.
Journey through the Grand Canyon
Up to 18 miles wide, 277 river miles long and over a mile deep – the Grand Canyon is one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. Spend a whole day exploring the South Rim, easily accessed and great for families, with easy trails to hike and mesmeric views of the vast gorge. If you fancy taking to the sky, helicopter rides are also available – giving you a bird’s eye view of this truly magical place.
From Joshua Tree to Palm Springs
This alien landscape, home to skull-shaped rock formations, fan-palm oases and, of course, the bizarrely shaped Joshua Trees, makes the ideal location for the next stop on your family road-trip. Based in the nearby town of Palm Springs, you’ll explore this fascinating area from the comfort of your modern hotel with a swimming pool where you can cool off from the desert heat.