This is a day by day itinerary for your fly drive tour!
Day 1 | 2 | ARRIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO
Arrive in San Francisco, where you will spend two nights. Plenty of time to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in America.
Day 3 | ARRIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO – Santa Maria
Time for brief stops in Monterey and Carmel. Then drive along the rugged California coast with scenic vista points, Big Sur and state parks with trails leading to waterfalls and redwoods. By late afternoon you’ll drop down to sea level where you can stop to see the elephant seal nursery on Piedras Blancas Beach and view Hearst Castle. 300 Miles | 480 Km
Day 4 | 5 | SANTA MARIA – LOS ANGELES/ANAHEIM AREA
Continue to Los Angeles. On the way visit the Danish village of Solvang and stop in Santa Barbara which offers delightful historic Spanish-colonial architecture, lots of shopping, restaurants and an inviting beach. Stay two nights in Disneyland area. 210 Miles | 336 Km
Day 6 | ANAHEIM – FLAGSTAFF
Continue through the Mojave Desert to Flagstaff, the largest town in Northern Arizona. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and discover the lovely downtown with excellent restaurants and colorful night spots.
462 Miles | 744 Km
Day 7 | FLAGSTAFF – GRAND CANYON – FLAGSTAFF
A full day to spend exploring the Majestic Grand Canyon National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Day 8 | FLAGSTAFF – MESA VERDE
A scenic day of dramatic scenery. As you drive through Kayenta you have the opportunity to make a side trip to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park where you can book a guided tour through the cluster of vast sandstone buttes. Continue to Mesa Verde known best for its fabulous cliff dwellings – whole towns built into protected alcoves. 280 Miles | 448 Km
Day 9 | MESA VERDE – MOAB
Take a morning tour of Mesa Verde and enjoy the afternoon around Moab, the starting point for excursions into Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Many tour companies provide hiking, rafting, bicycling, boating, four-wheel drive tours and scenic flights. 160 Miles | 256 Km
Day 10 | MOAB – VERNAL
Continue to Vernal near Dinosaur National Monument. Here, millions of years of prehistoric life unfold before your eyes. A jumble of over 2000 fossilized bones, some as small as a hand, others longer than a man, have been exposed and preserved in the rock walls. 160 Miles | 225 Km
Day 11 | 12 | VERNAL – YELLOWSTONE
Yellowstone is an amazing park: it preserves the largest concentration of geothermal activity anywhere in the world and it protects enormous herds of bison, elk, and other animals. Two days will give you time to enjoy many of Yellowstone’s many natural wonders. 370 Miles | 595 Km
Day 13 | YELLOWSTONE – SALT LAKE CITY
After a scenic drive you will reach Salt Lake City – the headquarters of the Mormon religion. Visit the Temple Square and see the imposing Mormon Temple. The Tabernacle is home to the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 380 Miles | 611 Km
Day 14 | SALT LAKE CITY – CAPITOL REEF
Travel to Capitol Reef National Park which is named for the enormous rock ridge that runs through it for more than 150 Km. Several trails and drives provide scenic views of the park.
200 Miles | 320 Km
Day 15 | CAPITOL REEF – BRYCE CANYON
On your way to Bryce Canyon you will be travelling through some of the most beautiful landscape in America. The pinnacles and spires of Bryce Canyon appear almost fragile. You can drive to different overlooks, walk along the rim or take one of the loop trails through the colorful rock formations called “Hoo-Doos.” 120 Miles | 192 Km
Day 16 | BRYCE CANYON – ZION
After a short drive reach Zion National Park where desert terrain and huge, sculpted rock formations coexist with waterfalls and hanging gardens. Enjoy the Zion Canyon, a spectacular gorge carved through strangely colored sandstone by the Virgin River. 84 Miles | 134 Km
Day 17 | 18 | ZION – LAS VEGAS
Arrival in Las Vegas. Las Vegas has become the entertainment capital of the country, with casino gambling, fabulous shows, a great night-life scene, and world-class restaurants. 135 Miles | 216 Km
Day 19 | LAS VEGAS – DEATH VALLEY/RIDGECREST
The relatively short drive gives you plenty of time to explore Death Valley, a place of unexpected contrasts. See large sand dune formations, sculpted rocks, isolated valleys and volcanic craters.
140 Miles | 225 Km
Day 20 | RIDGECREST/DEATH VALLEY – YOSEMITE
Today you will be driving from one of the hottest regions in the world to the cool mountains that surround Yosemite National Park, a region of unusual beauty.
Tioga Pass Road is closed in winter. (Tioga Pass Road is normally open June – October weather conditions permitting.)
May 1– June 10, 2016: 452 Miles | 728 Km
June 11 – October 4, 2016 (via Tioga Pass): 320 Miles | 515 Km
Day 21 | YOSEMITE – SAN FRANCISCO
Return to San Francisco area where a memorable trip comes to an end. 200 Miles | 320 Km