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 Golden Triangle

14 night self-drive holiday enjoying the Golden Triangle of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Begin in San Francisco where you can enjoy the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, experience Alcatraz Prison and the lively Pier 39. You’ll head down the Pacific Coast Highway through Monterey, Big Sur and Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. You’ll then head east to Las Vegas for a couple of nights before overnight stops in Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite.

This exact trip is only available between mid June and mid September due to the Winter and Spring closure of Tioga Pass.  Outside of these months we may be able to build a modified version of this trip for you.

Remember - All our holidays can be shortened or extra nights added or modified with upgraded hotels, car etc. We love building tailor made road trip holidays!

Fly into and out of San Francisco

1400 miles

Includes flights, car & accommodation

golden triangle holiday

Our 14 Night Golden Triangle holiday starts and ends in San Francisco: San Francisco (3 nights), Monterey (1 night), Cambria (1 night), Santa Barbara (1 night), Los Angeles (2 night), Las Vegas (2 nights), Death Valley National Park (1 night), Mammoth Lakes (1 night), Yosemite National Park (2 nights)

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Your Itinerary

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Days 1 - 3:
San Francisco (3 nights)

You’ll start your road trip in San Francisco. Pick up your hire car and then enjoy the first three nights in “Fog City”. Cycle or drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, travel on the cable cars, visit Alcatraz and spend an evening at Pier 39.


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Day 4:
Monterey & Carmel

Jump in your car and head south to Monterey. Visit Pebble Beach, the famous golf links which also hosts concourse car shows and is home to the Lone Cypress Tree. You’ll also want to visit downtown Monterey and Carmel while you’re here.



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Day 5:
Big Sur

Get an early start today, you’ve got a great day ahead. You’ll drive along the winding roads of iconic Highway 1 stopping at outstanding vista points along the way. You’ll visit Big Sur, Pfeiffer Falls and drive over famous Bixby Bridge. Don’t rush this drive - take it easy and enjoy this section of the Pacific Coast Highway




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Day 6:
Solvang & Santa Barbara

We recommend you start your day with a visit to historic Hearst Castle, a huge property with magificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Then, after lunch you’ll continue your drive south taking a small, but worthwhile detour through the Danish influenced city of Solvang and finally onto Santa Barbara.


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Days 7 & 8:
Los Angeles (2 nights)

You’ll drive through Los Angeles to arrive at Santa Monica Pier which is also the symbolic end of Route 66. You’ll stay in Los Angeles for three nights so enjoy visiting attractions such as the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and of course seeing the famous Hollywood sign!


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Days 9 & 10:
Las Vegas (2 nights)

Head east to Las Vegas for a couple of days relaxing. There’s so much more to see than just the casinos. Head into downtown Las Vegas and you’ll find Fremont Street with famous hotels such as the Golden Nugget, street performers and attractions such as the Neon and Mob Museums


Las Vegas,

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Day 11:
Death Valley National Park

One of the hottest places in the world is Death Valley. It’s the largest US National Park outside of Alaska at 3.4 million acres. Our itinerary takes you into the park where you’ll stay the night in The Ranch.


Death Valley

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Day 12:
Mammoth Lakes

On your way to Yosemite, you’ll stop a night at Mammoth Lakes, a town in California's Sierra Nevada mountains known for the Mammoth Mountain, Rainbow Falls and Devils Postpile National Monument, a formation of basalt columns.


Lakes, CA

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Days 13 & 14:
Yosemite Nat. Park (2 nights)

Your final stop on this trip is two nights in Yosemite National Park. Known for it’s waterfalls, giant Sequoias and deep valleys, Yosemite covers nearly 1200 square miles. You’ll be staying overnight in the park giving you a full day tomorrow to explore!




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Days 15 & 16:
San Francisco & Fly Home

Spend the morning in Yosemite enjoying the breathtaking views of this wonderful National Park before heading west to San Francisco. This evening you’ll catch your overnight flight back to the UK.




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Helicopter Flight

Take a helicopter flight over the Las Vegas Strip's bright lights, capture a new perspective of the Vegas Valley plus see Red Rock Canyon, or journey out to the natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon. We have a selection of different trips and durations available which can be incorporated into your trip or purchased separately.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes and is named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees. Hiking trails weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley.  We suggest staying in nearby Palm Springs; previously a desert retreat for Hollywood stars which also became an occasional home of Elvis and now an art-deco resort city with golf courses and wonderful hotels. 

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San Diego

We can add a few nights at the end of your holiday so that you can visit San Diego at the southern end of California. Enjoy the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo and maybe take a day trip into nearby Mexico from here.

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