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The Golden Arch

Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite NP, Napa, San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Los Angeles & More

We get asked a lot for a road trip combining California’s Yosemite National Park and Pacific Coast Highway along with Las Vegas and a visit out to the Grand Canyon. Starting with the Grand Canyon NP and finishing on Highway 1 this trip is PERFECT!


The Golden Arch 15 days

Remember, any and all of our pre packaged road trips, can be altered to meet your exact needs and wants. Do you have more or less than 15 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.

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Saguaro desert cactus'

Day 1

Arrive in Scottsdale

After touching down in Phoenix, you'll pick up your rental car at the airport and take a short drive to one of the amazing resort hotels found in Scottsdale or neighbouring Carefree to the north. Phoenix is the closest airport to the Grand Canyon and is the ideal location to start this road trip from.

  • Key location: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ

Epic Grand Canyon

Day 2

The majesty of Grand Canyon National Park

The worlds largest and most well known geological wonder is just staggering. Two billion years in the making, the Colorado River has forged a mile deep, 18 miles wide and 277-mile long gauge into Arizona. On your way to the Grand Canyon, you'll pass by the charming spa town of Sedona and funky Flagstaff. There are plenty of other interesting stopovers to detour to such as Meteor Crater near Winslow, well worth a visit - although it's best to add another overnight should all of these places appeal.

  • Key location: Grand Canyon NP
  • Grand Canyon NP
  • 237 Miles

Welcome to Vegas!

Day 3

Cruise west along Route 66 to find Las Vegas

After watching the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, you'll head south to Williams and then turn west onto Route 66. We recommend you stick to the original Route 66 route, which passes iconic Mother Road towns like Seligman, Hackberry and Oatman. You’ll also pass over the Hoover Dam which spans the divide between Arizona and Nevada, After settling into your chosen Las Vegas hotel, why not get dressed up and hit the town for a night of partying and maybe even a little gambling.

  • Key location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 298 Miles

Fountains at the Bellagio

Day 4

Vegas is so much more than Casinos

Wake up in the luxury of Las Vegas. With so many first-class hotels, cuisine and entertainment to choose from you'll have plenty to keep you busy. On everyone's list is checking out the Bellagio Fountains, you could also take a Gondola ride at the Venetian. Why not watch a world class show, Vegas is a great place to do it? Another ARTCo fave is the Neon Museum where you can experience the Las Vegas magic of a bygone age touring the Neon Boneyard.

  • Key location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV

Driving in Death Valley

Day 5

Diverse adventures

Death Valley has an extreme climate and geology. The roads here are superb, dipping and leaning around curves before straightening out as you dip to 85m below sea level in the salt flats of Badwater. You'll finish your drive on the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It's one of the longer days driving but carries with it three awesome experiences.

  • Key location: Death Valley NP
  • Death Valley NP
  • 233 Miles

Dreamy Yosemite Valley

Day 6

Yosemite beauty and grandeur await

Drive north up the scenic Highway 395, with deserts to the right and alpine mountains to the left. Once you reach the weird and wonderful Mono Lake, you can head west over the Tioga Pass (June-October) and into majestic Yosemite National Park.

  • Key location: Yosemite NP
  • Yosemite NP
  • 182 Miles

Sunsets on the lake

Day 7

A full day to explore the treasures of Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is over 1,000 square kilometres of nature at it’s very best. The most visited area of the Park is the Valley Floor where you'll find vast rock faces, abundant wildlife, staggering views and stunning waterfalls. Leave enough time to visit Glacier Point, which we believe offers the best views in all Yosemite.

  • Key location: Yosemite NP
  • Yosemite NP

Napa Valley Vineyard

Day 8

Heading west to Napa & Sonoma wine country

You don't have to like wine to enjoy this beautiful area. These two neighbouring valleys offer stunning scenery made up of perfectly manicured vineyards stretching across rolling hills which can be enjoyed by car or even by an early morning hot air balloon ride. This is a foodies’ heaven too, with places like Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and French Laundry, and if you happen to like wine then visit one of the hundreds of vineyard tours available in either Sonoma or Napa Valley.

  • Key location: Napa Valley, CA
  • Napa Valley, CA
  • 190 Miles

The Golden Gate

Day 9

Cross the Golden Gate to San Francisco

Spanning the headlands of San Fran and Marin County, one of the worlds most beautiful bridges is a delightful experience whether you walk, bike or drive across. You can also gain stunning views of the bridge and the city beyond by driving up Conzelman rd on the north side of the bridge. Once you hit town, you’ll be able to explore the cities iconic places.

  • Key location: San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 60 Miles

Lombard St

Day 10

So much to do and see in San Francisco

Once the fog lifts, one of America’s favourite cities will be revealed. Ride a cable car, climb the streets and get into the vibe that only this city can offer. Full of Victorian charm, famous movie locations and wealthy tech companies, this city has it all.

  • Key location: San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco, CA

Whales in the Bay

Day 11

Whale watching and world class aquarium in Monterey Bay

Monterey was once California’s capital of the whaling and sardine industry, however, today it's best known for the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium that presides on Cannery Row. The focus now is on marine education and preservation. Want to experience the bay area first hand? Take a whale watching trip during spring or autumn. In the early evening, cruise along the famous “17-Mile Drive” on your way to Carmel-by-the-Sea. You’ll pass millionaire mansions, Pebble Beach Golf Club and a beautiful rugged coastline along the way.

  • Key location: Monterey, CA
  • Carmel, CA
  • 124 Miles

Pristine Beaches

Day 12

Carmel-by-the-Sea 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 which can be enjoyed through the many short walks.

  • Key location: Carmel, CA
  • Carmel, CA

Bixby Bridge - Big Sur

Day 13

Take the drive of your life down the Big Sur

Big Sur is arguably the best driving experience in all America. Enjoy the winding roads, State Parks and stunning vistas. Along the way, Hearst Castle perches on “The Enchanted Hill” and overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Hearst Castle is truly the product of one man's ambition, wealth and imagination, if your keen to visit here then an overnight in Cambria is key as there's a lot to see. Onwards to Santa Barbara, built in a charming Mediterranean style - thus making it one of the Central coasts best highlights.

  • Key location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • 236 Miles

Santa Monica Pier

Day 14

Continue along Highway 1 to Malibu and LA's other beach cities

Today you’ll continue driving south down the Pacific Coast Highway passing Malibu’s beaches and coastal homes until you reach Santa Monica in Los Angeles. Santa Monica with its “Baywatch” beaches and old-fashioned Pier is a worthy stop to finish your road trip. Hire a bike and cruise the boardwalk down to Venice Beach or shop your heart out on 3rd Street Promenade.

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

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Day 15

Spend the day enjoying the iconic sights of Hollywood

Tinseltown is synonymous with glitz and glamour, it's fun to visit the home of the Oscars and walk Hollywood Boulevard looking for the handprints of your favourite movie stars. Just a short drive northeast of here lies the Griffith Observatory perched high on a hill overlooking the urban sprawl of LA. This landmark is well worth a visit and is great for views of the legendary Hollywood sign. Tomorrow you'll fly home, however If you have a few extra days to spend away, then just let us know. This trip can easily be extended to continue down Highway 1, visiting Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and San Diego.

  • Key location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA

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