Two nights in Los Angeles, one night in Sequoia National Park, one night in Yosemite National Park, one night in Mammoth Lakes, one night in Death Valley, and three nights in Las Vegas; six days' car hire from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and return transfers in Las Vegas are also included.
Your nine-night National Parks Self Drive holiday starts with your flight from the UK to Los Angeles. Pick up your hire car and drive to Los Angeles for two nights; explore the film industry of Hollywood, take pictures next to the Hollywood sign, and admire the Walk of Fame. Drive onwards to Sequoia National Park for one night amongst sequoia trees and beautiful mountains.
Yosemite National Park is your next stop; where you can take in the iconic granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, as well as the towering mountainside and waters of Yosemite Falls for picture-perfect views. Make your way to Mammoth Lakes for brilliant nearby trails; all of different abilities to suit a range of visitors.
Death Valley is up next, known as one of the hottest places in the world. This location is home to Telescope Peak Trail, Devil's Golf Course, and Zabriskie Point, and perfect for hikes through the canyon of Natural Bridge. Spend your final three nights in the 'Entertainment Capital of the World', Las Vegas, to check out vibrant casinos, restaurants, and after-dark venues.
On Day 10, transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to the UK.
|Day 1-2||Los Angeles - Knotts Berry Farm Hotel|
|Day 3||Sequoia National Park - Wuksachi Lodge|
|Day 4||Yosemite National Park - Tenya Lodge|
|Day 5||Mammoth Lakes - Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa|
|Day 6||Death Valley - Cielo hotel Bishop|
|Day 7-9||Las Vegas - Excalibur Hotel & Casino|
|Day 10||Las Vegas - UK|
Your National Parks Self Drive holiday starts with your flight from the UK to the USA city of Los Angeles. Pick up your hire car and drive to your chosen hotel where you'll stay for two nights.
Famous for its important role in the film industry; Los Angeles is particularly iconic for the Hollywood area. Capture a photo with the perfect backdrop of the world-famous Hollywood sign, take a walk along Hollywood Boulevard, and spot your favourite names on the Walk of Fame. Discover behind the scenes of movie sets at Universal Studios Hollywood or experience an action-packed adventure of Disneyland Resort's rides.
Take time to admire over 2000 works of spectacular art at The Broad or visit the vast collections of Asian, Islamic, and Latin American art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Head to Griffith Park for the chance to see the range of animals in Los Angeles Zoo or explore the moon and planets at Griffith Observatory. Make an escape from the busy city and relax in Santa Monica; a chic and laid-back beachfront location.
Drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia National Park and enjoy an overnight stay here in your chosen hotel.
Adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park in California's southern Sierra Nevada mountains; discover the beauty of Sequoia National Park. Known for its giant sequoia trees; the beautiful underground Crystal Cave features streams and striking rock formations which are sure to captivate you. The giant redwood trees are one of the most exciting things to see or visit the General Sherman Tree or General Grant by taking a short walk from the main road.
Here you can simply step out of the car to explore a cave, walk amongst a grove of giant trees, or stroll through a meadow. Perhaps camp out and spend time exploring Moro Rock, the sub-alpine valley of Mineral King, the Giant Forest Museum, and head up to Buck Rock Lookout to observe unobstructed views across the park. Make sure you take plenty of photos next to the Tunnel Tree and the Auto Log.
Make your way from Sequoia National Park to reach Yosemite National Park where you'll stay for one night in your chosen hotel.
Nestled in California's Sierra Nevada mountains; discover the mesmerising Yosemite National Park famous for its ancient sequoia trees, Tunnel View vistas, and the iconic granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. You'll find many shops, restaurants, and the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite Village, as well as the Ansel Adams Gallery showing photographer's artistic black-and-white prints of the area's landscape.
Spend time near the famed towering mountainside and waters of Yosemite Falls for picture-perfect views or Glacier Point is rich in sweeping top-town vistas all across the park. Perhaps prepare a picnic and relax in Tuolumne Meadows to breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the peaceful surroundings or Tioga Pass, California's highest vehicle crossing, is a great place to check out. Before you leave, don't miss out on the beauty of Mariposa Grove.
Next carry on to the Californian town of Mammoth Lakes where you'll have an overnight stay in your chosen hotel.
World-famous for its Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain ski areas, Mammoth Lakes' nearby trails are also amongst many of the reasons this location is a must-visit. The town is a base for the basalt columns of Devils Postpile National Monument and the soaring Rainbow Falls. To the north you'll spot the saltwater Mono Lake dotted with limestone towers. Pack your rucksack and head out to walk the John Muir Trail as you enjoy the wilderness and stunning lakes.
The cracked and jagged ribs of the great Sierra Nevada run through it all; perhaps try your hand at kayaking, boating, and paddle boarding or catch some unique fish species in the nearby glistening lakes. There are numerous short, easy, and family-friendly hikes to enjoy here. Ambitious hikers and backpackers can discover trails from Mammoth Lakes that link to the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail.
Drive onwards to discover Death Valley; where you'll stay at your chosen hotel in the surrounding area for one night.
A pretty desert valley set in Eastern California; Death Valley is in the northern Mojave Desert bordering the Great Basin Desert. Known for being one of the hottest places in the world, this park is a ghost town full of colourful rocks and Badwater Basin's salt flats. You'll see that Telescope Peak Trail weaves past pine trees, just north of the spiky salt mounds known as the Devil's Golf Course. Discover rattlesnakes in the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes here.
Noted for its erosional landscape; Zabriskie Point is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake which dried up to 5 million years ago, long before Death Valley came into existence. An easy walk can be had with a two-mile hike through the canyon of Natural Bridge or spend time at Furnace Creek to shop for souvenirs and sample the best Hiker's Pasta to be had for miles around. Nestled along the Black Mountains, look out at panoramic views of Death Valley.
For your final three nights make your way from Death Valley to Las Vegas to enjoy a three-night stay in your chosen hotel.
Las Vegas, often titled 'Vegas' or the 'Entertainment Capital of the World', is the most populated city in the state of Nevada. Offering world-class shows, designer shopping, award-winning restaurants, and extravagant nightclubs; this city offers it all. The Las Vegas Strip is one of the most iconic attractions, lined with flashy casinos, restaurants, and after-dark venues. You'll also find MGM Grand, the huge casino resort with bright lights and delicious eateries serving American cuisine.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a short distance away and Nevada's natural wonder; its red rocks attract hikers, climbers, and those seeking a scenic drive. The Freemont Street Experience is not to be missed with its 24-hour mall, LED canopy, and complimentary entertainment display. Get a glimpse of Vegas' famous signage with a guided tour of Neon Museum or visit Shark Reef Aquarium for up-close encounters with sharks, rays, turtles, and other sea life species.
After check out, make your way to the airport for your flight home.