Western United States & Los Angeles Guided Tour - Cosmos®

Golden West Adventure with Los Angeles (8505)

17 Day Tour from Los Angeles to Los Angeles

2018 Tour Details

Experience the best of the West on this thrilling adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, scenic drives, and unique rock formations. This western U.S. tour begins and ends in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Fresno, Turlock, San Francisco, Monterey, and Solvang.

Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can stroll the rim and witness truly breathtaking landscapes, and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. More beautiful scenery awaits you on the drive between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon. Witness stunning Oak Creek Canyon, one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., and stop in Sedona, a thriving center of New Age set in massive red-rock formations. In contrast to the desert landscapes, enjoy 17-Mile Drive along the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll witness views of waves, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and million-dollar homes.

On this western U.S. tour, spend time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles (including two extra nights), San Francisco, and Las Vegas with plenty of time on your own to explore. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars, enjoy an optional outing to see a Las Vegas show, and stroll down Los Angeles’ Olvera Street—the choice is yours! In San Francisco, you’ll visit captivating Alcatraz Prison, where you can see where famous criminals once lived. Other tour highlights are time in Carmel, a quaint and picturesque town; Monterey, where you’ll visit Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row, the famous street that runs parallel to Monterey Bay’s coastline; Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with scenic buildings and windmills; and Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission.

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

In Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in Los Angeles, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.

Scenic Highlights:

Palm Springs, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Route 66, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, Sausalito, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, Carmel, Solvang, coastal Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica.

Notes:

On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 breakfast, 3 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 LOS ANGELES

Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 LOS ANGELES

Begin with a sightseeing tour of the world’s “Capital of Glamour,” including a drive through Hollywood and the famous TCL Chinese Theatre. The remainder of your day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions so you can further explore the city. Stroll down Olvera Street, or the heart of the original Spanish Mission. This evening, plenty of suggestions for dining and shopping will be available.

Day 3 LOS ANGELES–PALM SPRINGS

Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs, just 120 miles east of Los Angeles. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930s, laying claim to ranch-style estates and holing up in elite hotels, the clean, dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible.

Day 4 PALM SPRINGS–SCOTTSDALE

Travel through cacti-covered desert toward Old Town Scottsdale, where Western storefronts create an aura of the past. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore a taste of the Old West, with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats abundant, you will feel like you have traveled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons.

Day 5 SCOTTSDALE–SEDONA–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–WILLIAMS

First stop today is a visit to Sedona, a center for Southwestern and New Age arts. Climb through Oak Creek Canyon with its weather-sculpted formations of dramatic, color-tinted crags. Then pass by the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the GRAND CANYON. For a once in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional helicopter flightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 7,000 feet into the Colorado River. Stay overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the main street.

Day 6 WILLIAMS–LAS VEGAS

Cross the old Mojave gold-strike country, that still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in the natural desert beauty. Look out for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to 40 feet high and can live for more than 300 years. Today’s destination is the man-made phenomenon in the Nevada desert that is Las Vegas, a fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows.

Day 7 LAS VEGAS

The day is free for exploring on your own. Your Tour Director will have plenty of activities to choose from and will recommend favorite restaurants and shopping areas.

Day 8 LAS VEGAS–TULARE

Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. See the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.

Day 9 TULARE–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–MODESTO

Enter YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains rising more than 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Afterward, drive to Modesto.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 MODESTO–SAUSALITO–SAN FRANCISCO

This morning, we continue west to the “Golden Gate City” of San Francisco, famous for its cable cars. Lunch in the pristine waterfront community of Sausalito. Free time to explore this quaint, Mediterranean-style village’s shops, galleries, and breathtaking views. Afterward, included sightseeing takes in the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 11 SAN FRANCISCO

The day is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city. Perhaps visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterward, the day is yours to explore the “City by the Bay.” Choose from a variety of optional excursions.

NOTE:
Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.

Day 12 SAN FRANCISCO

Another day at leisure to explore this most beautiful city. Perhaps ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach, or shop for bargains in Union Square.

Day 13 SAN FRANCISCO–MONTEREY

Today, you travel south to picturesque Monterey, which was once Spain’s Californian capital, and visit historic Fisherman’s Wharf, where you may spot sea lions and otters. Visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. The rest of the day is free, so why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium, known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life?

Day 14 MONTEREY–17-MILE DRIVE–CARMEL–SOLVANG

Today, you’ll take in spectacular 17-MILE DRIVE. Watch Pacific Ocean waves en route to Carmel on Carmel Bay. Nestled in a pine forest, the one-square-mile village of Carmel is incredibly dynamic, yet still quaint and picturesque. Afterward, on to Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. There’s time to walk the flower-lined village streets and enjoy the “Old World” architecture. Tasty bakery treats and perhaps a Danish smorgasbord for dinner all add to the unique experience.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 15 SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–SANTA MONICA–LOS ANGELES

From Solvang, it’s a short drive south to coastal Santa Barbara. Sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission and a visit to the pier. There’s time to wander along the bustling waterfront or do some shopping in some of the most talked-about boutiques in downtown Santa Barbara. Next, we make our way to the Santa Monica Pier and the ultimate Southern California beach. Afterward, head to Los Angeles. Check into your Los Angeles hotel, the L.A. Hotel Downtown, for the next two nights.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 16 LOS ANGELES

The capital of glamour, which epitomizes the American Dream, is where the fantasy worlds of Hollywood come to life. A full day at leisure, with plenty of activities to choose from.

Day 17 LOS ANGELES

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided to Los Angeles International Airport.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

KEN HARTFORD

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

The West has been my home since I was born, and its incredible diversity has kept me engaged since my earliest memories. It is a world of iconic places and undiscovered gems waiting to be explored. Experience the bustle of its cities and the serenity of its open spaces, hear the stories of its people, and embrace the wonder of its beauty. No matter who you are or where you come from, there is something about the West that will never leave you.

Tour Director - KEN HARTFORD

 Accommodations

LOS ANGELES The L.A. Hotel Downtown (SF)
PALM SPRINGS Palm Springs Courtyard (F)
SCOTTSDALE Saguaro Scottsdale (F)
WILLIAMS Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F)
LAS VEGAS SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (MD)
TULARE Best Western Town and Country Lodge (ST)
MODESTO Best Western Palm Court Inn (ST)
SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Carlton (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Scottsdale
Flagstaff
Las Vegas
San Francisco
Monterey
Los Angeles

Scottsdale

Western Dinner at Rustler's Rooste

Western Dinner at Rustler's Rooste

Tonight you'll experience Rustler's Rooste, Arizona's Legendary Cowboy Steakhouse, where legend goes that the original site, atop a butte in the foothills of South Mountain, was a hideout for cattle rustlers. Today they're serving up great cowboy cookin' and a emorable western experience.

Price Range: $$

Flagstaff

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

There may be no better way to uncover the sheer splendor of the incredible Grand Canyon than from the air! Choose from two helicopter tours with awe-inspiring views, a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Price Range: $$$$

Las Vegas

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Choose from a variety of helicopter flightseeing tours to discover the sites of Las Vegas and beyond!

Price Range: $$$$

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Choose from several tours to the Hoover Dam, ranked as one of the top ten architectural wonders of the world and very worthy of a visit!

Price Range: $$$$

"Vegas! The Show"

"VEGAS! THE SHOW" is all that you love about the old days of Vegas.

Price Range: $$$

Black Canyon Raft Trip

Black Canyon Raft Trip

This unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted inflatable raft takes you through spectacular Black Canyon - the natural gorge of the Colorado River immediately below Hoover Dam.

Price Range: $$$$

The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories of organized crime and its impact on Las Vegas history.

Price Range: $

San Francisco

Muir Woods Tower Tours

Muir Woods Tower Tours

Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument.

Price Range: $$

Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Tour

Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Tour

Napa and Sonoma are world-famous for their fine wine and beautiful scenery and this full day tour introduces you to California's premier wine country.

Price Range: $$

Bay Cruise

Bay Cruise

This fully narrated one-hour cruise sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves.

Price Range: $

Monterey

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Explore the wonders of our ocean planet in the nearly 200 galleries and exhibits at one of the world's finest aquariums.

Price Range: $

Los Angeles

Warner Brothers' Studio & Movie  Star Homes Tour

Warner Brothers' Studio & Movie Star Homes Tour

Enjoy a visit to Warner Brothers' Studios followed by a narrated tour of breath-taking stars' homes in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Los Angeles as well as introducing you to some of Hollywood's iconic sites like the Walk of Fame, West Hollywood's glittering Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills's glamorous Rodeo Drive!

Price Range: $$$$

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