Explore America's West Coast on a fly drive holiday

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 1:00 AM

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage

If you're seeking a dream holiday, it's likely it will involve visiting a wide range of memorable destinations in a single trip - and a fly drive tour of America's West Coast surely fits the bill.

Fly drive USA holidays offer a unique opportunity to explore one of the most geographically diverse and fascinating countries in the world, enabling you to hop on a plane to America before getting behind the wheel of a car to go to the places you want to see.

With fly drive holidays to the West Coast, you can expect to take in a host of different sights, whether it's the glamorous cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and San Francisco or the impressive national parks of Death Valley and Yosemite.

Seeing the stark contrast between the west's urban, cutting-edge metropolises and the almost eerie landscapes that lie a matter of miles from them will surely make for the holiday of a lifetime.

So when it comes to USA holidays on the West Coast, where do you begin and what should your itinerary include?

California is probably the best place to start, as it has excellent transport links that make fly drive USA holidays easy to plan.

Once you've booked a fly drive to California and travelled to the Golden State, it's likely your first stop will be in glittering Los Angeles.

Here, you'll be able to go celebrity-spotting, relax on one of the city's beaches, go shopping on Rodeo Drive and tour Universal Studios - as well as hit the bars and clubs for even more mingling with the stars come nightfall.

After you've had your fill of Los Angeles's many attractions, your next stop could be another Californian city - San Diego.

This metropolis is the oldest in the state and therefore has a host of sights relating to California's history that are well worth exploring.

Among these is the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where you'll find a host of buildings from the Victorian era, along with attractions such as the William Heath Davis Historical House Museum.

You might also enjoy the San Francisco Zoo and SeaWorld for some wildlife-themed fun.

Of course, there'll be ample opportunities to hit the beach while in San Diego - but be aware that there's much more to the city than its sunbathing potential!

After San Diego, you may want to see more of California's gorgeous scenery by driving to Palm Springs. This popular holiday destination combines mountain and canyon terrain with great shopping and a host of cultural attractions, providing the perfect mix of rugged outdoors activities and less taxing entertainment.

Away from Palm Springs, a natural choice for your next stop may well be Las Vegas in Nevada. As well as having the chance to gamble away your hard-earned cash at one of the many casinos along the famous Strip, you'll be able to use Sin City as a base from which to visit the Grand Canyon National Park.

Moving on from Las Vegas, you'll likely want to see even more national parks - why not drive through Death Valley (another national park) and head into the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevadas towards the Mammoth Lakes?

Keen skiers and snowboarders will be in their element here, while nature lovers will find much to appreciate once the snow has disappeared from the majestic peaks that can be found in the region.

From the Mammoth Lakes, a natural stop is the nearby Yosemite National Park, where massive sights seem to be the order of the day - whether it's huge waterfalls, giant redwood trees or impressive lakes.

Finally, why not round off your fly drive tour of the West Coast with a trip back to city life and head to San Francisco? There's much to see and do here, ensuring that you'll be kept busy until it's time to fly home again.

As you can see, there are endless possibilities when it comes to using California holidays as a base for a West Coast tour of the US.

You can see pretty much whatever you want in whichever order you like - and because you'll be at the steering wheel, you can enjoy complete freedom as you explore this fascinating corner of the planet.