Grand Canyon, Arizona trip, USA - Tourist hiking the Grand Canyon on a Southwest USA Holiday

Southwest Explorer

Visit Sedona, Grand Canyon NP, Old Route 66 section, Las Vegas, Joshua Tree NP, Palm Springs, San Diego, Laguna Beach & LA.

Luxurious resorts, epic desert landscapes and iconic cities

14 Nights from £1,699pp
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‘from’ prices are based on off peak travel, 2 people sharing a standard car, economy flights and 2-3* Hotels. All trips are completely bespoke so just tell your expert any requirements you have.

Looking for a year-round road trip adventure in the sunny Southwest of America? This all seasons road trip offers the perfect mix of high-end hotels, desert exploration and California coastal driving – all enjoyed in (almost) guaranteed sunshine? If so, then this might just be the perfect road trip holiday for you.

Key road trip highlights:

  • Enjoy luxury resort style hotels throughout from Scottsdale to Los Angeles.
  • Discover the varied and beautiful desert landscapes of Southwest USA.
  • Visit two incredible National Parks – Grand Canyon & Joshua Tree.
  • Drive some of the original Route 66 route.
  • Explore three major US cities – Las Vegas, San Diego & Los Angeles.
  • What’s included? Direct flights with a premier carrier like Virgin Atlantic, accommodation to your desired standard and length of stay, car rental and a detailed road trip pack.
Southwest Explorer route with The American Road Trip Company

Our Favourite Hotels

We’ll suggest properties to match your preferred budget, be it low-cost, mid-range or high-end luxury that you’re looking for. We can also mix it up so you’ll experience a range of standards and experiences along your road trip.

Bright Angel Lodge, Inside the Park at The Grand Canyon

Hotel:

Bright Angel Lodge

Location:

Grand Canyon National Park

Inn at Laguna Beach, 3 star

Hotel:

Inn at Laguna Beach

Location:

Laguna Beach

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Hotel:

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Location:

Las Vegas

The Garland Hotel, Los Angeles

Hotel:

The Garland Hotel

Location:

Los Angeles

L'Auberge de Sedona, Sedona

Hotel:

L'Auberge de Sedona

Location:

Sedona

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

Hotel:

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

Location:

Los Angeles

Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas

Hotel:

Bellagio Hotel

Location:

Las Vegas

Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale

Hotel:

Boulders Resort & Spa

Location:

Scottsdale

Road Trip Itinerary

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.

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Fly direct from the UK to Phoenix, Arizona

After touching down in Phoenix, you’ll pick up your sporty convertible or capable SUV and take the short drive to one of the many first-class resort hotels found in Scottsdale or neighbouring Carefree to the north of Phoenix.

Location:

Scottsdale, AZ

Drive:

10 miles

Phoenix - Sunset, desert and mountains near Phoenix, Arizona Road Trip
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Spend the day relaxing in Scottsdale

A full day to relax into the start of your road trip, spend the day by the pool or in one of Scottsdale’s numerous luxury spas. Want to start exploring already? Then, the Phoenix area has lots to offer; one of our favourite activities is to enjoy a hot air balloon ride as the sun rises over the Sonoran Desert. Remember, we’ll provide you with a fab Road Trip Pack detailing all the sightseeing options available in the area. Discover as many of these as you like, or simply stay by the pool if you prefer.

Location:

Scottsdale, AZ

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Relax in the Spa in Sedona, Arizona, USA
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Cruise north to the red rocks of Sedona

Today, you’ll swap one swanky spa town for another; beautiful Sedona lies to the north, surrounded by multi-hued red stone formations which rise from the desert floor. Once again, you have the difficult choice between relaxing in your luxury resort, or you may want to visit one of the State Parks found in the area, or you may even prefer to opt for a fantastic desert adventure tour.

Location:

Sedona, AZ

Drive:

125 miles

Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona, USA
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A full day to enjoy Sedona

A second day surrounded by the stunning scenery of Sedona, it’s easy to see why Sedona is a popular place with the rich and famous. Celebrities are often spotted here, and some even choose to make Sedona their second home.

Location:

Sedona, AZ

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Bridge in Sedona, Arizona, USA
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Visit the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon

The world’s 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. En route to Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll pass by other natural wonders that are also well worth visiting. These include Meteor Crater and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, to name just two.

Location:

Grand Canyon NP

Drive:

110 miles

Grand Canyon, Arizona trip, USA - Tourist hiking the Grand Canyon on a Southwest USA Holiday
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Cruise west along Route 66 to Las Vegas

After watching the sunrise over Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll head south to Williams and turn west onto Route 66. We recommend that you stick to the original Route 66 route, which passes through iconic “Mother Road” towns like Seligman, Hackberry and Oatman. After settling into your Las Vegas hotel, why not get dressed up and hit the Las Vegas Strip for a night of partying and gambling?

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

Drive:

279 miles

Route 66 road at Sunset
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A second day to enjoy all that Vegas offers

Wake up in the luxury of your Las Vegas hotel. With so many first-class cuisine, shopping and entertainment options, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy today. Alternatively, if you want to relax, then why not just spend the day by the hotel pool? Want to stay longer in Las Vegas or anywhere else, for that matter? Then please ask for some additional days when you contact us for a quote.

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Cruise by the Mojave Desert to Palm Springs

Palm Springs feels like a mirage in the desert as this luxury resort town is surrounded by arid mountains on all sides. Forget all your worries whilst you lay by the pool, shoot a round of golf, or cruise the streets, taking in the modernist architecture this town is famed for. Palm Springs was made famous by the Hollywood stars of yesteryear; it remains a must-do pitstop for any Southwest USA road trip.

Location:

Palm Springs, CA

Drive:

230 miles

Palm Springs in California, USA
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So much to see and do in San Diego

The drive from Palm Springs to San Diego encompasses desert, the wine area of Temecula and, of course, the spectacular coast. Why not stop to explore the coastal trails at Torrey Pines State Park en route, north of San Diego’s city limits? Other highlights in San Diego include Balboa Park, Gaslamp District and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Location:

San Diego, CA

Drive:

170 miles

Balboa Park in San Diego, California
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A second day in sunny San Diego

After a week or so of driving, maybe it’s time to relax by the hotel pool or chill out on Coronado Beach. If you want to do more, then your personalised Road Trip Pack will show you all the best San Diego attractions. These include Cabrillo National Monument, the USS Midway Museum and the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Location:

San Diego, CA

Drive:

0 miles

Sunset on the beach in San Diego, California, USA
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Cruise up the coast to Orange County

Leave San Diego and drive north along the scenic coastal road to lovely Laguna Beach in Orange County. You can also visit the exclusive town of Newport Beach and enjoy a walk in Crystal Cove State Park, which lies just a few miles north of Laguna Beach.

Location:

Laguna Beach

Drive:

80 miles

Sunsets over the pier in Orange County, California, USA
12

Time to hit the beach in this SoCal surf town

Get up early to watch the sunrise in one of the many beach coves dotted along the coast. At dawn, it’s often possible to see dolphins feeding close to shore. Later, you can enjoy the beach, shop in the town’s numerous art galleries and dine in one of Laguna’s fabulous seafood restaurants. This old Californian coastal town has such a relaxing atmosphere and abundant charm.

Location:

Laguna Beach, CA

Drive:

0 miles

Laguna Beach in Orange County, California Coast
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Los Angeles iconic sights await today

Tinseltown is synonymous with glitz and glamour, and although many of the studios have now moved onto other parts of the city, it’s still fun to visit the home of the Oscars and walk Hollywood Boulevard in search of the handprints of your favourite movie stars. Just a short drive northeast of Hollywood lies the Griffith Observatory, perched high on a hill overlooking the urban sprawl of LA; this landmark is well worth a visit as it also offers excellent views of the legendary Hollywood sign.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Drive:

56 miles

Rodeo Drive Sign in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, USA
14

A second day to enjoy Los Angeles

You may prefer to stay close to the coastline today, enjoying the attractions of Santa Monica or Venice Beach, which are best explored on foot or by bike. Alternatively, you could take the car to cruise around chi-chi Beverly Hills or visit the Getty Center in Bel-Air. Tonight, dine in downtown Los Angeles, taking in the skyscraper scenery or maybe go for drinks on Sunset Boulevard. As always with our trips, the choice is all yours.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Drive:

0 miles

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Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find answers to most of your questions right here. If you still need assistance, Feel free to get in touch, and we’ll be sure to get back to you promptly!

Can I Add Extra Nights To The Road Trips?

Not a problem. If you are lucky enough to have extra time to explore more places or add more rest days, then just let us know and we’ll adjust your trip to match your preferred timescale.

Must I Have Travel Insurance?

We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday to cover you against medical expenses, theft and other financial costs. Should you need to cancel before travelling, some insurance policies may pay out for any loss of funds that have been paid to us and which cannot be refunded under our cancellation policy.

Can I Do A One-Way Rental?

Many of our trips have a different end destination than the starting point, so this is not a problem. Please note a fee sometimes applies for one-way rentals between other regions or states, which will be paid to the supplier directly when collecting the vehicle. We’ll endeavour to inform you of this charge within your quote.

Am I Limited To Certain Hotels Or Chains?

No, far from it. We work with a range of properties from 3* to 5*, so we can adapt the trip to match most budgets. We have access to rooms in more than 800 hotels, motels, lodges and B&Bs across North America.

How Old Do I Need To Be?

The minimum age to rent a car is 21 in the United States or Canada, although, in addition, any drivers under 25 years of age will generally incur a surcharge.

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