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The Golden Triangle

San Fran, Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, LA, Las Vegas, Yosemite NP & Napa Valley

Taking in some of America’s greatest natural & manmade wonders – There is so much to see and experience on this outstanding journey – coastal drives, deserts, mountains and three of America’s best cities. This road trip offers one life-changing experience after another.


The Golden Triangle 14 days

All of our American road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 14 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

Please be aware that this road trip is only normally available from mid-June through October due to snow affected roads in Yosemite. Please get in touch to discuss the other options available if travelling outside of this period.

So much to see on just one trip, in a word - WOW!


Golden Gate Bridge

Day 1

Arrive in the San Francisco

Once you’ve settled into your first hotel, why not step out on the streets of San Francisco and enjoy a meal at one of the city's amazing restaurants.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • San Francisco

The Painted Ladies

Day 2

So much to see and do in San Francisco

After the fog lifts, one of our favourite cities will be revealed. Ride a cable car, climb the streets and get into the vibe that only San Francisco can offer. Full of Victorian charm, famous movie locations and wealthy tech companies, there is something for everyone in this characterful and cosmopolitan city.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • San Francisco

Alcatraz Island

Day 3

A third day to enjoy San Francisco

Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown are just some of the incredible must-see destinations available to you today. Your Road Trip Pack will help you prioritise all of San Francisco’s visitor attractions, whilst giving you all the information you’ll require to enjoy them.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • San Francisco

Monterey Bay

Day 4

Take Highway 1 to Monterey Bay

Monterey was once famous for its whaling and sardine industry, it now focuses on marine education and preservation at the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium. Want to experience the bay area first hand? Take a whale watching trip during spring or autumn. Afterwards, drive the famous “17 Mile Drive” to Carmel-by-the-Sea, this scenic toll road takes you on a short tour past rugged beaches, millionaire homes and wind-blown cypress trees. Seals bask in the sun on offshore rocks and sea otters bob up and down in the waves.

  • Key location: Monterey
  • Carmel
  • 124 Miles

Carmel Beach

Day 5

Charming Carmel and beautiful Point Lobos

Carmel-by-the-Sea has two world-class beaches backed by a gorgeous small town made up of beautiful homes, restaurants and quaint streets. To the north is the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and to the south is Big Sur starting with the wild and wonderful Point Lobos.

  • Key location: Monterey
  • Monterey

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

Day 6

Big Sur - The drive of your life

Cruise the classic All-American drive down California’s Highway 1 through the dramatic 90 miles of coastal road that is the Big Sur. Twisting roads curve around the steep cliff faces, gorgeous State Parks and spectacular vista lay-bys that offer views over the vast Pacific Ocean. Get an early start and you’ll have the time to explore along the way.

  • Key location: Big Sur
  • Santa Barbara
  • 236 Miles

Griffith Observatory

Day 7

The City of Angels - Los Angeles

Santa Barbara is an ideal stop off for anyone touring the Pacific Coast Highway. So before leaving, spend the morning in this affluent town, built in a charming Mediterranean style. Then onto LA - Tinseltown is synonymous with glitz and glamour, and although many of the studios have now moved onto to other parts of town it's still fun to visit the home of the Oscars and walk Hollywood Boulevard looking for the handprints of your favourite movie stars.

  • Key location: Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles
  • 94 Miles

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