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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 nights

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-May through late 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 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...

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

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

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

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 Los Angeles - 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

Rodeo Dr - Beverly Hills

Day 8

LA glitz and glamour

Universal and Disney both have theme parks dedicated to the entertainment industry in the city. For a more authentic behind the scenes tour; Warner Bros and Paramount still offer guided studio visits too.The Getty Center is a favourite of the team at The American Road Trip Company - your Itinerary Pack will help explain how to visit this essential LA destination.

  • Key location: Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles

Vegas Baby!

Day 9

Beautiful deserts, Palm Springs and Vegas

On the way to Las Vegas, we recommend swinging by Palm Springs for brunch, before discovering Joshua Tree National Park on your way to Las Vegas. Once you’ve checked into your Las Vegas hotel, get dressed up and hit the tables, bars and restaurants - it’s time to paint the town red.

  • Key location: Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas
  • 276 Miles

Beautiful Las Vegas

Day 10

Fun in Sin City

If your head hurts after a big night out, you can always relax by the amazing pools adorning nearly every hotel. Stretch your legs with a walk along the legendary 'strip', book tickets to one of the incredible shows or take some retail therapy. We recommend visiting one of the over the top buffets in the hotels. Just make sure you are hungry when you go, the range and quality of the food is amazing value!

  • Key location: Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas

Death Valley driving

Day 11

Leaving Las Vegas for Death Valley NP

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 day's driving but carries with it three awesome experiences.

  • Key location: Death Valley NP
  • Highway 395
  • 233 Miles

Yosemite NP

Day 12

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

Yosemite Valley

Day 13

Astonishing views in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is nature at its best. The most visited area of the park is the valley floor area with vast rock faces, crystal clear waters, staggering views and stunning waterfalls. Ask us about add-on experiences here to make your stay even more unforgettable.

  • Key location: Yosemite NP
  • Yosemite NP

Napa Valley Vineyards

Day 14

California’s premier wine region

Leave Yosemite for the Napa Valley wine region today as you head west. This area is beautifully manicured and offers fine wine and dining as well as the chance to relax before your flight home the following day.

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

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