The Western States
Wonder at the awe-inspiring scenery of America's national parks; bathe in the all year round California sunshine, shop with the stars on the infamous Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. If you are looking for some of the most spectacular and natural sightseeing in the world then the Western States of America has it all, the clear blue waters with a rugged coastline of California to the barren deserts of Arizona and Nevada.
In contrast visit Napa Valley and enjoy a wine tour where you will have the opportunity to sample some of California’s finest wines. If your preference is to experience the vibrancy of the cities then the cosmopolitan cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco are excellent choices, while those wanting to take in some stunning scenery should visit Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Zion, The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley or one of the many other National Parks.
San Francisco is a relatively small city of about 750,000 residents and cherished by its residents and visitors alike for the proximity of the bay with its waterside cafes and shopping area, the rows of Victorian homes clinging precariously to the hillsides, the sun setting behind the Golden Gate Bridge and the cosmopolitan and relaxed atmosphere. You wouldn't want to miss Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman’s Wharf, or a cable-car ride over Nob Hill or a trip across to Alcatraz. But a walk down the Filbert Steps or Lombard Street – the crookedest street in the world and a ride on a trolley car are must do’s in San Francisco.
Napa Valley Sonoma and Mendocino are some of the best know wine producing regions of the United States with sensational scenery, beautiful hotels and ideal climate conveniently located just a short 50 miles north of San Francisco making it easily accessible as a day trip of part of a relaxed multi centre holiday. A number of escorted car and driver tours or self-drive tours are available best experienced from May to late September.
Pacific Highway 1 officially runs along most of the Pacific Coast linking San Francisco to Los Angeles although locals believe the scenic route continues onto San Diego and the Mexican Border. The drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles can be done in a straight 11 hours although the joy of this meandering coastal route is to stop at the numerous Californian villages of Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, San Simeon and Cambria, San Luis Obispo the home of Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach and the beautifully little town of Santa Barbara before arriving at Los Angeles. Visitors spend anything from 7 nights to 2 weeks exploring this coast and its welcoming climate and numerous accommodation choices.
Los Angeles sprawls across 467 square miles making it important to decide where you’d like to be located although you’ll be surprised that a car isn’t necessary as it’s surprisingly easy to get around. Soak up the cultural Los Angeles at The Getty’s Museum or see a concert at The Walt Disney Concert Hall where the LA philharmonic Orchestra regularly perform to over 2000 people. The Hollywood district in the north Los Angeles where legends come to live and the infamous Hollywood sign resides is a great location, a walk down Hollywood boulevard commemorating the stars and a night out on Sunset boulevard popular attractions. Hop on the fabulous 45 minute tram tour through the huge back lot of Universal studios and experience the excitement of the world’s largest film and television studios. A short 10 minutes drive from Hollywood and you’ve arrived at Beverly Hills, visit the famous Rodeo drive for a stop of shopping or stay in one of the luxury hotels. If you prefer the coast then LA boasts some of the best beaches in the state, stretching 72 miles along the coast from Malibu in the north to Long Beach in the South, a beach lover’s paradise. Moving an hours drive south from Los Angeles you’ll find Anaheim – home to Disneyland a must see for families. Just below Anaheim following the coastal road the California towns of Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Dana point attract visitors looking for a more resort based location.
San Diego is California's second largest city spreading 4,200 sq. miles although more a chain of separate communities linked by freeways and water ways than a cohesive city. San Diego is renowned for its idyllic year round climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches and recreation activities such as surfing, boating, sailing and swimming and a dazzling array of world-class family attractions. Popular attractions include the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Sea World San Diego and Legoland California. In San Diego's East County, the terrain varies from gentle foothills to mile-high mountains, offering nature-conscious visitors endless opportunities to hike, camp, fish, observe wildlife and much more. In San Diego's North County, Wine growers are making a mark by growing and harvesting quality grapes that become excellent wines, which are served at some of the most elegant restaurants and resorts in the region.
Las Vegas is one of America's most visited destinations and has evolved into the world’s greatest vacation destination, and there’s no better time to experience it for yourself. It’s no wonder nearly 40 million people visit Las Vegas every year – the city has something for everyone, with unparalleled shopping, dining, pools, spas, golf, the biggest names in entertainment and a sizzling nightlife. It’s excitement that only Las Vegas can deliver! With direct flights from the UK Las Vegas has become a popular long weekend retreat for some welcome winter sun benefiting from a year round warm climate. We suggest using Las Vegas as a gateway city to enjoy the surrounding National Park of The Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Lake Powell and Monument Valley or twinning the city with Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Scottsdale Arizona is a vibrant community with some of the finest hotels in America. Phoenix is the gateway city to Arizona and thankfully a 10 hour direct flight from the UK to this wonderful mix of modern urban sophistication, historic Old west and spectacular scenery. Arizona experiences a warm and even hot climate all year round and boasts beautifully designed golf courses, fabulous hotels, wonderful food and excellent shopping. The leisure and recreation choices are endless too. Scottsdale is a vibrant community situated at the foot of Camelback Mountain and surrounded by desert; the city has a wonderful array of parks, lakes and golf courses. There are hundreds of galleries, superb restaurants and great shopping including the stylish Scottsdale fashion mall and the quaint boutiques of Old Town.
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Link to: America Holiday Destinations