Rockies to Pacific
19 Day Self Drive - from £2,168
Discover some of America’s most magnificent scenery on this self drive adventure. Beginning with the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains, travel through the heart of the West towards the ‘City by the Bay’, San Francisco.
- Experience the Rocky Mountain National Park
- Visit the first National Park, Yellowstone
- See the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip
- Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon
- Cross the Tioga-Pass into Yosemite
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Your Self Drive Adventure
Day 1 & 2: Arrive in Denver
Arrive in Denver and settle in for a two-night stay in the ‘Mile High City’. Visit one of the many museums or the Colorado State Capitol, where you can enjoy a magnificent view or you can take a trip to the Red Rock Amphitheatre.
Hotels: (Standard & Budget) Holiday Inn Denver Cherry Creek or similar (2 nights)
Day 3: Denver - Rocky Mountain N.P. - Casper (391 miles)
Today you are leaving for Casper. Allow enough time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park before you drive via Cheyenne to Casper.
Hotels: (Standard) Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center Casper or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Quality Inn & Suites Casper or similar (1 night)
Day 4: Casper - Cody (214 miles)
Through the Bighorn Mountains, you make your way to Cody. Its most famous inhabitant was Buffalo Bill Cody. He was a buffalo hunter, scout and a Pony-Express rider before he took his Wild West Show on tour.
Hotels: (Standard) Holiday Inn Cody or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village or similar (1 night)
Day 5: Cody - Yellowstone N.P. (87 miles)
The huge Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park. It has a few hundred geysers and about 10,000 hot springs in a beautiful mountain panorama.
Hotels: (Standard & Budget) Yellowstone National Park or similar (2 nights)
Day 6: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is largely a part of the 640,000 year old caldera of the Yellowstone Volcano. It is over the magma chamber which lays about 8 km under the surface.
Day 7: Yellowstone N.P. - Jackson Hole (106 miles)
Through the mountain chain of the Grand Tetons with its snow-covered peaks you go on to Jackson Hole. The city was named after a trapper and offers a Wild West experience in the city centre, the Jackson Town Square.
Hotels:(Standard) The Lodge at Jackson Hole or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Virginian Lodge or similar (1 night)
Day 8: Jackson Hole - Salt Lake City (280 miles)
The idyllic scenery changes into desert until you reach Salt Lake City in the big salt desert. The Mormon city and Capital City of Utah is a charming city with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir whose songs are broadcast from the famous Tabernacle.
Hotels: (Standard) Hotel RL Salt Lake City or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites or similar (1 night)
Day 9: Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon N.P. (277 miles)
The drive goes from the desert into the red rock landscape and finally into Bryce Canyon National Park. Hike along the Queens Gardens Trail between pointy sandstone pillars and admire the spectacle of nature.
Hotels: (Standard & Budget) Bryce Canyon National Park Area or similar (1 night)
Day 10: Bryce Canyon N.P. - Page (162 miles)
Today your journey takes you to Lake Powell. The red sandstone rocks and islets form a beautiful contrast to the blue water of the lake. Enjoy a relaxing boat trip.
Hotels: (Standard) Lake Powell Resort and Marina or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Courtyard by Marriott Lake Powell or similar (1 night)
Day 11: Page - Grand Canyon N.P. (143 miles)
Over the course of centuries, the Colorado River has milled a huge gap into the Grand Canyon. At the rim of the canyon you can enjoy a spectacular view of the steep cliffs and plateaus.
Hotels: (Standard & Budget) Grand Canyon National Park Area or similar (1 night)
Day 12: Grand Canyon N.P. - Las Vegas (286 miles)
From the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon into the gambling city of Las Vegas! With lots of neon signs, plastic attractions, gambling dens and gigantic shows. Stroll along the Strip and immerse yourself into a world of its own.
Hotels:(Standard) Tropicana Las Vegas or similar (2 nights)
(Budget) Gold Coast Hotel & Casino or similar (2 nights)
Day 13: Las Vegas
Enjoy today in glitter and glamour. The mega hotels are coming up with the most fascinating attractions. Visit Paris, New York or Venice. Or try your luck in the casinos.
Day 14: Las Vegas - Death Valley N.P./ Ridgecrest (124 miles)
The desert is alive! You will experience this during your drive through the Death Valley. The Mojave-Desert is the deepest point in the Western Hemisphere.
Hotels: (Standard) The Ranch at Death Valley or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Quality Inn near China Lake Naval Station or similar (1 night)
Day 15: Death Valley N.P./Ridgecrest - Mammoth Lakes (217 miles)
For nature lovers especially, there is a lot to see and do around the Mammoth Lakes. In total there are more than 100 large and small, crystal clear lakes in the surrounding area.
Hotels:(Standard & Budget) Mammoth Mountain Inn or similar (1 night)
Day 16: Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite N.P. (155 miles)
Over the Tioga-Pass you reach Yosemite National Park. High waterfalls, huge sequoia trees and alpine landscapes with blue mountain lakes are characteristics of the Park.
Hotels: (Standard) Yosemite View Lodge or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Comfort Inn Yosemite Area Oakhurst or similar (1 night)
Day 17: Yosemite N.P. - San Francisco (196 miles)
Perhaps you want to plan a stop to Sacramento on the way to San Francisco. On arrival in San Francisco, great attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman's Wharf, await you.
Hotels: (Standard)Carriage Inn or similar (1 night)
(Budget) The Good Hotel or similar (1 night)
Day 18: San Francisco
Start the day with a stroll in the bustling Union Square or walk up the hill to Chinatown. A ride on the famous Cable Car or a trip to the prison island of Alcatraz is highly recommended.
Day 19: Depart San Francisco
Your trip ends with the rental car return and flight back home.
19 Day Self Drive - from £2,168
with flights from £2,682
Our Budget option includes all the benefits of our standard but offers a lower category of accommodation for the more budget conscious.
- Budget accommodation – from £1,719
FREE Car Upgrade until 28th February 2019
*SPECIAL OFFER - Free car upgrade on selected self drive holidays until 28th February 2019. Valid on new bookings only. Vehicles are subject to availability, seasonal variations may apply.
Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.
Self Drive Touring
Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.
Your self drive includes:
- Well planned, easy to follow route
- Travel guide and maps
- 18 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
- The choice of standard or budget hotels
- Modern air-conditioned car
- Unlimited mileage
- Roadside assistance
- Car upgrades available upon request