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Southwest Explorer

Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon NP, Old Route 66, Las Vegas, Joshua Tree NP, Palm Springs, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles & more

Looking for the perfect mix of desert exploring and California coastal driving, combined with almost guaranteed sunshine? This might be the holiday for you.

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Southwest Explorer 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.

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Desert Sunsets

Day 1

Fly direct from London to Phoenix

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.

  • Key location: Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ

Relax in style...

Day 2

Spend the day exploring Scottsdale

A full day to relax into the start of your trip at your leisure, spend the day by the pool or in one of the numerous spas located in Scottsdale. Want to start exploring already? Then the greater Phoenix area has lots to offer, one of our favourite activities is to take a hot air balloon ride as the sun rises over the Sonoran Desert. Remember, you'll be supplied with a detailed Road Trip Pack which will inform you of all the sight-seeing options available in the area. Do as many or as few as you like, or just stay by the pool if you prefer.

  • Key location: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ

Sedona's Red Rocks

Day 3

Next Stop - Sedona!

Today you'll swap one swanky spa town for another, beautiful Sedona lies to the north and it's surrounded by multi-hued red stone formations which rise up from the desert floor. Once again, you have the super difficult choice between relaxing in your luxury resort or you might choose to visit one of the many State Parks found in the area or maybe you'll even opt to take an adventure tour.

  • Key location: Sedona, AZ
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 125 Miles

Stunning Sedona!

Day 4

A full day to enjoy all that Sedona has to offer

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

  • Key location: Sedona, AZ
  • Sedona, AZ

Hellooo Grand Canyon!!

Day 5

The awe inspiring Grand Canyon National Park

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 gouge into Arizona. On your way to the Grand Canyon, you'll pass by additional natural wonders that are well worth visiting, these include Meteor Crater and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument to name just two.

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

Historic Route 66

Day 6

Cruise west along Route 66 to find Las Vegas

After watching the sun rise 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. 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

Viva Las Vegas!

Day 7

Waking up in Vegas!

Wake up in the luxury of your Las Vegas hotel. With so many first-class cuisine, shopping and entertainment options to chose from, you'll have plenty to keep you busy today. Alternatively if you just want to relax, then why not just spend the day by the pool.

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

Perfect Palm Springs

Day 8

Arrive in beautiful Palm Springs

Palm Springs feels like a mirage in the desert as this luxurious 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 all the modernist architecture. Palm Springs was made famous by the Hollywood stars of yesteryear, it remains a wonderful pitstop for any California road trip.

  • Key location: Palm Springs, CA
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • 227 Miles

Sunsets in San Diego

Day 9

So much to see in San Diego

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

  • Key location: San Diego, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • 172 Miles

Balboa Park

Day 10

More sight-seeing or just relax in the wonderful Californian climate

After a week or so of driving, maybe its time to just relax by the hotel pool or chill on Coronado Beach? If you're looking to do more, your personalised Road Trip Pack has more on the local attractions such as Cabrillo National Monument, USS Midway Museum and the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

  • Key location: San Diego, CA
  • San Diego, CA

Orange County

Day 11

Off to Orange County!

Leave San Diego and take the scenic Highway 1 drive north 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.

  • Key location: Orange County, CA
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • 72 Miles

Lovely Laguna Beach

Day 12

Time to hit the beach in this SoCal surf town!

Get up early and you’ll be rewarded with watching the sunrise in one of the many coves that are found along the coast. At dawn, it’s often possible to see dolphins feeding close to shore. Later, you can just enjoy the beach, shop in the town's galleries and dine in one of Laguna’s many top restaurants. This old Californian coastal town has such a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of charm, you’ll wish you had longer in Laguna, so feel free to request additional days here or at any point along the route.

  • Key location: Orange County, CA
  • Laguna Beach, CA

Rodeo Drive

Day 13

Follow the Pacific Coast Highway to the beach cities of L.A

Tinseltown is synonymous with glitz and glamour, and although many of the studios have now moved on to other parts of the city, it's still 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 it also offers great views of the legendary Hollywood sign.

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

Venice Beach

Day 14

Spend the day enjoying the iconic Hollywood sights

You may want to stay close to the coastline today, sampling the attractions of Santa Monica or Venice Beach which are both best explored on foot or by bike. Alternatively, you could take the car to explore chi-chi Beverly Hills or visit the amazing Getty Center which is located in Bel-Air. Tonight, dinner in downtown Los Angeles perhaps, taking in the skyscraper scenery or maybe go for drinks on the legendary Sunset Boulevard. As always, the choice is all yours. Tomorrow you'll fly home, we normally have you fly home on a late flight to get a bonus day in LA tomorrow.

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

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