California and Canyons

At a glance

  • 19 day independent tour
  • Independent tours May to October 2018/19
  • Prices start from £3,335pp
  • Return international flights from the UK
  • Choose to travel by car or by motorhome

Days 1 – 3: San Francisco and Santa Barbara

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Day 1: San Francisco

Fly from the UK to San Francisco, arriving in the early evening, and spend the night at a 4-star hotel prior to starting your motorhome adventure on Day 2. Would you prefer to spend longer in San Francisco before collecting your motorhome? Not a problem, you can extend your stay in The Beautiful City on the Bay.

Day 2: Monterey, California

Distance: 118 miles

You'll be collected from your hotel and transferred to the motorhome depot on Pacific Coast Highway mid-morning. After the friendly staff at the depot have shown you around the vehicle and answered any queries you may have, it's time to hit the open road and head south along one of the USA's most scenic drives - Highway 1, The Pacific Coast Highway.

Your campsite for this evening is located across from the Pacific Ocean and just minutes from famous Pebble Beach and the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. A must-do in this region is the 17 Mile Drive, as no motorhomes are allowed along this scenic route - we can pre-book you a tour on push bike!

Day 3: Santa Barbara, California

Distance: 255 miles

Continue along scenic Highway 1 today. Take the whole day to enjoy this part of the California Coast. From the comfort of your motorhome you'll view dramatic, rugged scenery and sweeping ocean vistas.

There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way to soak up the views and take photos. Look for sea otters in Point Lobos, take a short hike to the cascading waterfall at McWay Falls, or enjoy a picnic at Morro Rock whilst watching the sea lions at play. Your trip documentation for this holiday provides day-by-day driving instructions for roads and highways suitable for motorhomes along with a comprehensive list of things to see and do along the Pacific Coast Highway.

From your campsite on the outskirts of Santa Barbara you can enjoy hiking trails, a refreshing dip in the pool, ocean kayaking, surf lessons and horseback rides.

Days 4 – 7: Anaheim and Lake Havasu

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Days 4 - 5: Anaheim, Los Angeles

Distance: 131 miles

Your campsite base for the next two nights is in Anaheim, Los Angeles.

From here you can visit Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive, Universal Studios, Knotts' Berry Farm, and of course, Disneyland. Your trip documentation will provide a full list of fun things to see and do in this lively part of California. There’s so much to choose from; do you visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, do a spot of shopping in Beverly Hills, head for the beach or enjoy the theme parks?

Day 6: Barstow, California

Distance: 158 miles

Leave the big city behind and head east and inland on your motorhome adventure towards the Mojave Desert. Your overnight campsite stop is near the Ghost Town of Calico.

En route be sure to visit Peggy Sue's Diner, Old Woman Meteorite (the largest meteorite found in California), the California Route 66 Museum at Victorville and The Mother Road Museum in historic Barstow. There are some rather splendid Factory Outlet stores near Barstow where you may wish to stock up on designer bargains. For a glimpse into the Wild West, a stroll around Calico Ghost Town is a must-do.

Day 7: Lake Havasu, Arizona

Distance: 186 miles

Enjoy a bit of nostalgia today with a cruise in your motorhome along historic Route 66 and through the towns of Ludlow, Amboy and Essex en route to your next overnight stop in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Lake Havasu was one of the first "planned communities" in the USA and is also home to London Bridge. Not THE London Bridge, but a 130-year-old bridge purchased in error by Robert P McCulloch who thought he was getting the real deal!

Spend time at your campsite relaxing by the brilliant blue waters of the lake, in the Lake Havasu Wildlife Refuge or by the campsite's swimming pool set in beautifully landscaped grounds.

Days 8 – 13: Grand Canyon and Las Vegas

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Days 8 - 9: Grand Canyon National Park

Distance: 312 miles

Over the next two days you'll get to experience the granddaddy of all national parks - The mighty Grand Canyon! Averaging 10 miles wide and over a mile deep, you can view nearly half of the Earth's 4.6 billion year history in its exposed rocks. A geologist's dream!

You'll spend two nights in a campsite located right inside Grand Canyon National Park, giving you as much time as possible to explore the canyon. Shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from dawn to dusk to the village and along the rim. Ranger talks, walks and star-gazing programmes are available.

Days 10 - 11: Zion National Park

Distance: 255 miles

Today you'll say farewell to Arizona and hello to Utah! You'll cruise to your next stop, Zion National Park, via Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the USA.

Stop for a picnic and a dip in the lake before heading to the Zion - Mt. Carmel Highway. This beautiful drive drops 2,400 ft. by way of a series of switchbacks, so take this drive slowly - you won't want to miss a thing. Your campsite for the next two nights is located inside the national park.

From here you can hop on the shuttle to explore the park, stroll to the Emerald Pools, or enjoy a challenging hike along Angel's Landing. Your trip documentation will detail the best places to visit during your stay in Zion National Park.

Days 12 - 13: Las Vegas

Distance: 158 miles

Leave behind quiet and peaceful Utah today and head into Nevada and the totally over the top city that is Las Vegas!

Try your luck in the casinos, sample the many shops and designer outlets or just take in the weird & wonderful hotel designs.

If the neon lights of Vegas aren't your cup of tea, jump into your motorhome and explore nearby Lake Mead, Hoover Dam or Valley of the Fire. Alternatively, spend time by the pool topping up your tan.

Days 14 – 19: Yosemite and San Francisco

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Days 14 - 15: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Distance: 425 miles

It's a long but rewarding drive as you head back into California to visit the towering Sequoia trees of Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. During your two night stay here you'll be able to explore alpine high-country lakes, bathe in mountain streams and view the grandeur of the Giant Sequoia’s as you hike easy trails through the woody groves.

Days 16 - 17: Yosemite National Park

Distance: 175 miles

It's a scenic drive today to your next Californian national park, Yosemite. This World Heritage Site is the crown jewel of the USA National Park system, which is internationally recognised for its breath-taking granite cliffs, waterfalls, sprawling meadows and crystal clear lakes.

This 12,000 square-mile park contains thousands of lakes and ponds, 1,600 miles of streams and 800 miles of hiking trails. Your campsite here for the next two nights is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, and is one of the closest campgrounds to Yosemite National Park on Highway 140.

For a fabulous overview of the park, consider parking up your motorhome and hopping on a leisurely two-hour guided tram tour of the valley floor. Bike rentals are also available in the park. A must-do drive within the park is the Tioga Pass which is normally open late May to mid-October.

Days 18 - 19: Oakland & San Francisco

Distance: 193 miles

It's time to head back to San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge but before returning your motorhome back to the depot, you have one more relaxing night at the Anthony Chabot Regional Park which is located on 3,330 acres of parkland just 30 miles east of San Francisco.

Overlooking Lake Chabot and set in a shady eucalyptus grove, the park offers kayaking, fishing, hiking, trail rides, golfing and nature programmes. Public transportation is available into San Francisco; please enquire for full details on this.

Return your motorhome to the depot on the morning of day 19 before you board your flight to the UK.

Would you like to spend longer in San Francisco? This tour can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Please call us and we can discuss your pre and post motorhome holiday options.

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