🇨🇦WESTERN CANADA

Lake Louise, CanadaIn a country as big as this driving distances can be huge, luckily in Western Canada there is plenty to see and so you’ll only be on the road (or rails) for a few hours before you arrive at yet another breathtaking destination. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Western Canada itinerary:

Luxury Whistler, Canada
1 ✈To Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Rosewood Hotel Georgia (Book >) All hotels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 🚗Vancouver to Whistler drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 🏨Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 🚗Whistler to Clearwater drive Dep: 13:30 Arr: 19:00 🏨Alpine Meadows Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Make the most of the clear mountains air before the drive to Clearwater. You may want to plan in frequent stops to take in the view along the road.
5 🚗Clearwater to Jasper drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 🏨Alpine Village Jasper (Book >) All hotels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Fill up on fuel before leaving town – distances between gas stations can be large.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just driving through then you don’t need to pay.
7 🚗Jasper to Banff drive Dep: 08:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 14:30
🏨Hotel Fairmont Banff Springs
(Book >)
All hotels >
Another wonderful drive (one of the top drives in the world by Condé Nast Traveller) and another fantastic destination. On the way stop off at the magnificent Athabasca Glacier for a tour of the ice sheet and skywalk. Banff is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Had enough of driving? Banff has a good local bus system which can take you to many trailheads and sights.
8 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
9 🚗Banff to Lake Louise drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:40 🏨Post Hotel & Spa
(Book >)
All hotels >
Plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You may want to set off earlier and arrive before 9 if you want to avoid coach trippers at Lake Louise.
10 🚗Lake Louise to Field drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨Cathedral Mountain Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
Just down the road from Lake Louise, Field is in Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse valley (which you’d have already visited if you went rafting from Banff. Points of interest include Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls and Lake O’Hara Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here.
11 🚗Field to Kamloops drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:30 🏨Campbell Hills Guest Ranch (Book >) All hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. Here you can enjoy horseriding, mountain biking or, at certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Accommodation tonight is in a working ranch. Check the weather the night before – you may need more time if it starts snowing. HERE
12 Today you can ride horses, take a kayak out onto the lake, drive ATVs or hike in and around the ranch. Your stay at the ranch includes all meals.
13 🚗Kamloops to Victoria drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Abigail’s Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Have a relaxed afternoon enjoying the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
14 Drive the two hours over to Port Renfrew and enjoy the incredible scenery in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you want to extend your trip then a visit to the Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is an experience you won’t forget.
15 🚗Victoria to Vancouver drive
✈Vancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Western Canada itinerary with the USA (California & Nevada)
Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.
Mid-range Vancouver Island, Canada
1 ✈To Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨O Canada House (Book >) All hotels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 🚗Vancouver to Whistler drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 🏨First Tracks Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 🚗Whistler to Clearwater drive Dep: 13:30 Arr: 19:00 🏨Alpine Meadows Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Make the most of the clear mountains air before the drive to Clearwater. You may want to plan in frequent stops to take in the view along the road.
5 🚗Clearwater to Jasper drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 🏨Alpine Village Jasper (Book >) All hotels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Fill up on fuel before leaving town – distances between gas stations can be large.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just driving through then you don’t need to pay.
7 🚗Jasper to Banff drive Dep: 08:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 14:30
🏨The Rimrock Resort
(Book >)
All hotels >
Another wonderful drive (one of the top drives in the world by Condé Nast Traveller) and another fantastic destination. On the way stop off at the magnificent Athabasca Glacier for a tour of the ice sheet and skywalk. Banff is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Had enough of driving? Banff has a good local bus system which can take you to many trailheads and sights.
8 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
9 🚗Banff to Lake Louise drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:40 🏨Baker Creek Mountain Resort
(Book >)
All hotels >
Plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You may want to set off earlier and arrive before 9 if you want to avoid coach trippers at Lake Louise.
10 🚗Lake Louise to Field drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨Emerald Lake Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
Just down the road from Lake Louise, Field is in Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse valley (which you’d have already visited if you went rafting from Banff. Points of interest include Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls and Lake O’Hara Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here.
11 🚗Field to Kamloops drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 🏨Wingate By Wyndham Kamloops (Book >) All hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. Here you can enjoy horseriding, mountain biking or, at certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Check the weather the night before – you may need more time if it starts snowing.
12 🚗Kamloops to Victoria drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨The Oswego Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Have a relaxed afternoon enjoying the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
13 Drive the two hours over to Port Renfrew and enjoy the incredible scenery in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you go on a whale watching trip then you may want to take motion sickness tablets as the sea can be rough.
14 🚗Victoria to Vancouver drive
✈Vancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Western Canada itinerary with the USA (California & Nevada)
Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.
Budget Vancouver, Canada
1 ✈To Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨YWCA Vancouver (Book >) All hotels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Take the Canada Line from the airport to Yaletown-Roundhouse station.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 🚌Vancouver to Whistler bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:00 🏨Fireside Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 🚌Whistler to Vancouver bus (Book >)
🚄Vancouver to Jasper train (Book >)
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:00 🏨Train
A couple more hours this morning to enjoy Whistler before departing for Vancouver and your train to Jasper. You are in for a treat; the views on your train journey are spectacular! This bus departure time is only available Fri-Sun, if travelling on other days then take the 10:00.
5 🚄Vancouver to Jasper train (Book >) Arr: 11:00 🏨HI Athabasca Falls (Book >) All hotels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Jasper is one hour ahead of Vancouver.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just passing through then you don’t need to pay.
7 🚌Jasper to Lake Louise bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 10:45 🏨HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre
(Book >)
All hotels >
Journey along the famous Icefield Parkway. There is plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You can also travel to Lake Louise via the Athabasca Glacier on a tour (which is much more expensive!)
8 Another day for hiking in the Lake Louise area. Consider a Hostelling International membership if you plan to stay in their hostels (it also gets you a discount on the bus from Jasper).
9 🚌Lake Louise to Banff bus (Info >) Dep: 09:35 Arr: 10:20 🏨HI Banff Alpine Centre
(Book >)
All hotels >
Take the bus to the transport hub in Banff, which is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here. HERE
10 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
11 🚌Banff to Kamloops bus (Book >) Dep: 10:05 Arr: 16:15 🏨Pacific Inn & Suites (Book >) All hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. At certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Consider adding another day here if you enjoy horse riding – Kamloops has excellent ranches.
12 🚌Kamloops to Vancouver bus (Book >)
🚌Vancouver to Victoria bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:15
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 12:45
Arr: 17:20
🏨HI Victoria(Book >) All hotels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Enjoy the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
13 Get up early for the 06:45 bus to Port Renfrew and visit Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (returning at 17:45). Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you go on a whale watching trip then you may want to take motion sickness tablets as the sea can be rough.
14 🚌Victoria to Vancouver Airport bus (Book >)
✈Vancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 07:45
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:25
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Western Canada itinerary with the USA (California & Nevada)
Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.

🇺🇸USA (CALIFORNIA & NEVADA)

Yosemite, CaliforniaNothing quite beats the majesty of the national parks you’ll see on this trip, which is also a real pleaser for city slickers with Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco on the itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your USA (California & Nevada) itinerary:

Luxury Grand Canyon, USA
1 ✈To Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Kimpton La Peer (Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. If you’re eligible you can apply for your ESTA visa waiver here.
3 🚗Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 🏨Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace. Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 🚗Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 🏨The Inn (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on to Rainbow Canyon, Badwater Basin and Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 🚗Death Valley to Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Wuksachi Village & Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree. Fill up on fuel before entering the national park.
7 🚗Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 🏨The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
(Book >)
All hotels >
En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation a long way ahead.
9 🚗Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨The Landing Resort & Spa
(Book >)
All hotels >
The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
10 🚗Lake Tahoe to Napa Valley drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Rancho Caymus Inn
(Book >)
All hotels >
Arrive in plenty of time to sample the wine in Napa’s numerous vineyards.
11 🚗Napa Valley to San Francisco drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:30 🏨Fairmont Heritage Place (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve dropped the car off head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12 Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 ✈San Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.
Mid-range Las Vegas, Nevada
1 ✈To Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨The Orlando Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. If you’re eligible you can apply for your ESTA visa waiver here.
3 🚗Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 🏨Signature at MGM Grand (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace. Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 🚗Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 🏨Stovepipe Wells Village (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on to Rainbow Canyon, Badwater Basin and Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 🚗Death Valley to Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Comfort Inn Three Rivers (Book >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree. Fill up on fuel before entering the national park.
7 🚗Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 🏨Big Tree Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation a long way ahead.
9 🚗Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Grand Residences by Marriott
(Book >)
All hotels >
The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
10 🚗Lake Tahoe to Napa Valley drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Mount View Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in plenty of time to sample the wine in Napa’s numerous vineyards.
11 🚗Napa Valley to San Francisco drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:30 🏨The Orchard Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve dropped the car off head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12 Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 ✈San Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.
Budget San Francisco, USA
1 ✈To Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨USA Hostels Hollywood(Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Don’t forget to pack your camping gear!
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. Because it’s so cheap to drive in the USA (and because of the lack of public transport) we’ve used car hire as a means of travel, however, this tour is a good alternative.
3 🚗Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 🏨Bally’s (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace. Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 🚗Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 🏨Cynthia’s (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on to Rainbow Canyon, Badwater Basin and Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 🚗Death Valley to Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Upper Peppermint campground (Details >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree.  It isn’t possible to reserve the campground, but other options are available nearby if full.
7 🚗Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 🏨North Pines campground
(Book >)
All hotels >
En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation a long way ahead.
9 🚗Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Mellow Mountain Hostel
(Book >)
All hotels >
The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
11 🚗Lake Tahoe to San Francisco drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:30 🏨Fairmont Heritage Place (Book >) All hotels >
Stop off in Napa Valley on the way to San Francisco (the timings above allow for roughly 4 hours in the valley). San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12-13 Explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 ✈San Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.

🇺🇸EASTERN USA

New York, USAFour incredible cities in 11 days. You’ll see historic sights, fascinating museums and places familiar from the silver screen. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Eastern USA itinerary:

Luxury Boston, USA
1 ✈To Boston (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Inter-Continental Boston (Book >) All hotels >
Best way to beat jetlag? Have a quick stroll in the city centre – the Theatre District is always buzzing. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Take a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, browse Quincy Market, see the daily re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. Into beer? The Sam Adams brewery tour is a must, just as Fenway Park is for sports fans. If you’re eligible for an ESTA visa waiver you can apply for one here.
3 See the New England coast on a day trip that takes in seaside villages, historic Kennebunkport and Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Newbury Street is where the locals hang out in Boston and is home to boutique shops and great restaurants.
4 🚄Boston South to New York (Grand Central) train (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:30 🏨The Pierre (Book >) All hotels >
What a way to arrive! Grand Central Station is a sight to behold, once you’ve taken it in leave your bags at the hotel and start your sightseeing. Book theatre tickets in advance.
5 Our top 6 things to do in NYC are:
1. Stroll through Central Park (no need to go north of the reservoir)
2. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
3. Take a return trip on the free Staten Island ferry
4. Visit MOMA
5. Go up the One World Observatory
6. Walk the length of the High Line
Chelsea Market is towards the start/end of the High Line and is a superb place to get lunch.
6 What else to do? Take a boat trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, walk through the Financial District to South Street Seaport, visit the Museum of Natural History. If you’ve time then Brooklyn and Williamsburg are also exciting neighbourhoods.
7 🚄New York (Penn) to Philadelphia train(Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 15:55 🏨The Rittenhouse (Book >) All hotels >
More time this morning to soak up the NYC sights. In Philadelphia plan day 8 with a visit to the Independence Visitor Center. The Philly PHLASH is a good (and cheap) way to get between the sights.
8 Spend most of today looking at the many historic sights in Independence National Historical Park. Find lunch at the famous Reading Terminal Market. If you’ve time journey out to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
9 🚄Philadelphia to Washington DC  train (Book >) Dep: 10:12 Arr: 12:01 🏨Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
The United States Capitol and Capitol Hill, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National Air and Space Museum…there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Washington.
10 The National Gallery of Art is one of the world’s best art museums and the National Museum of American History is also well worth a visit. Have a relaxing stroll around the Jefferson Memorial. Georgetown Historic District dates back to the early 1700s and is easy to get to. Decide what you want to see before setting out – you could spend months exploring the various attractions that DC has to offer.
11 ✈Washington DC to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Eastern USA itinerary with the USA (California and Nevada) itinerary 
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 9 and 10.
Mid-range Philadelphia, USA
1 ✈To Boston (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨The Lenox (Book >) All hotels >
Best way to beat jetlag? Have a quick stroll in the city centre – the Theatre District is always buzzing. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Take a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, browse Quincy Market, see the daily re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. Into beer? The Sam Adams brewery tour is a must, just as Fenway Park is for sports fans. If you’re eligible for an ESTA visa waiver you can apply for one here.
3 See the New England coast on a day trip that takes in seaside villages, historic Kennebunkport and Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Newbury Street is where the locals hang out in Boston and is home to boutique shops and great restaurants.
4 🚄Boston South to New York (Grand Central) train (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:30 🏨Hotel 50 Bowery (Book >) All hotels >
What a way to arrive! Grand Central Station is a sight to behold, once you’ve taken it in leave your bags at the hotel and start your sightseeing. Book theatre tickets in advance.
5 Our top 6 things to do in NYC are:
1. Stroll through Central Park (no need to go north of the reservoir)
2. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
3. Take a return trip on the free Staten Island ferry
4. Visit MOMA
5. Go up the One World Observatory
6. Walk the length of the High Line
Chelsea Market is towards the start/end of the High Line and is a superb place to get lunch.
6 What else to do? Take a boat trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, walk through the Financial District to South Street Seaport, visit the Museum of Natural History. If you’ve time then Brooklyn and Williamsburg are also exciting neighbourhoods.
7 🚄New York (Penn) to Philadelphia train(Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 15:55 🏨Morris House (Book >) All hotels >
More time this morning to soak up the NYC sights. In Philadelphia plan day 8 with a visit to the Independence Visitor Center. The Philly PHLASH is a good (and cheap) way to get between the sights.
8 Spend most of today looking at the many historic sights in Independence National Historical Park. Find lunch at the famous Reading Terminal Market. If you’ve time journey out to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
9 🚄Philadelphia to Washington DC train (Book >) Dep: 10:12 Arr: 12:01 🏨Hotel Hive (Book >) All hotels >
The United States Capitol and Capitol Hill, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National Air and Space Museum…there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Washington.
10 The National Gallery of Art is one of the world’s best art museums and the National Museum of American History is also well worth a visit. Have a relaxing stroll around the Jefferson Memorial. Georgetown Historic District dates back to the early 1700s and is easy to get to. Decide what you want to see before setting out – you could spend months exploring the various attractions that DC has to offer.
11 ✈Washington DC to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Eastern USA itinerary with the USA (California and Nevada) itinerary 
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 9 and 10.
Budget Washington DC, USA
1 ✈To Boston (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨HI Boston (Book >) All hotels >
Best way to beat jetlag? Have a quick stroll in the city centre – the Theatre District is always buzzing. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Take a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, browse Quincy Market, see the daily re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. Into beer? The Sam Adams brewery tour is a must, just as Fenway Park is for sports fans. If you’re eligible for an ESTA visa waiver you can apply for one here.
3 See the New England coast on a day trip that takes in seaside villages, historic Kennebunkport and Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Newbury Street is where the locals hang out in Boston and is home to boutique shops and great restaurants.
4 🚄Boston South to New York (Grand Central) train (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:30 🏨HI New York (Book >) All hotels >
What a way to arrive! Grand Central Station is a sight to behold, once you’ve taken it in leave your bags at the hotel and start your sightseeing. Book theatre tickets in advance.
5 Our top 6 things to do in NYC are:
1. Stroll through Central Park (no need to go north of the reservoir)
2. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
3. Take a return trip on the free Staten Island ferry
4. Visit MOMA
5. Go up the One World Observatory
6. Walk the length of the High Line
Chelsea Market is towards the start/end of the High Line and is a superb place to get lunch.
6 What else to do? Take a boat trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, walk through the Financial District to South Street Seaport, visit the Museum of Natural History. If you’ve time then Brooklyn and Williamsburg are also exciting neighbourhoods.
7 🚄New York (Penn) to Philadelphia train (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 15:55 🏨Apple Hostels (Book >) All hotels >
More time this morning to soak up the NYC sights. In Philadelphia plan day 8 with a visit to the Independence Visitor Center. The Philly PHLASH is a good (and cheap) way to get between the sights.
8 Spend most of today looking at the many historic sights in Independence National Historical Park. Find lunch at the famous Reading Terminal Market. If you’ve time journey out to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
9 🚄Philadelphia to Washington DC train (Book >) Dep: 10:12 Arr: 12:01 🏨Highroad Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
The United States Capitol and Capitol Hill, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National Air and Space Museum…there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Washington.
10 The National Gallery of Art is one of the world’s best art museums and the National Museum of American History is also well worth a visit. Have a relaxing stroll around the Jefferson Memorial. Georgetown Historic District dates back to the early 1700s and is easy to get to. Decide what you want to see before setting out – you could spend months exploring the various attractions that DC has to offer.
11 ✈Washington DC to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Eastern USA itinerary with the USA (California and Nevada) itinerary 
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 9 and 10.