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The West

USA West Coast tailor-made holidays

Introduction

The American West has long seized the imagination of people around the world, thanks to region's association with the silver screen, from early days of Wild West cinema to the stars that today grace the red carpets of Hollywood premieres.

The 'Golden State' of California best sums up the American dream with its glitz and glamour, vast wilderness areas and beautiful coastline, while Nevada's Las Vegas draws pleasure seekers the world over.

The wide desert vistas of Arizona and Utah are full of natural wonders and Native American heritage, while in Texas and New Mexico, everything is bigger and better.

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Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,545 pp

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– Save up to £350 pp
Book by: 30 November 2017

One of the most impressive self-drives in the USA, the Pacific Coast Highway takes in San Francisco, Los Angeles and everything in between. Incredible mountain and ocean scenery vies for your attention with world-class vineyards, towns and beaches.

Southern California Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,420 pp

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– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 November 2017

There's no better way to explore the USA than by car. The driving is easy with inexpensive fuel and excellent roads that link vibrant cities with wide-open spaces, spectacular countryside and breathtaking coastlines.

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,995 pp

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Last minute offer – Save up to £335 pp
Book by: 30 November 2017

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this definitive road trip.

Silversea World Cruise 2019

132-day world-cruise from £53,800 pp incl. flights

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2019 World Cruise Fares

See the world in style, taking four months to traverse five continents in the utmost style, enjoying open bars and all-inclusive fine dining throughout. Along the way, you’ll compare Tokyo’s futurism, Sydney’s icons and Europe’s belles to paradise islands, Africa’s wilds and Sri Lanka’s lost cities.

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Top itineraries in The West

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,545 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £350 pp
Book by: 30 November 2017

One of the most impressive self-drives in the USA, the Pacific Coast Highway takes in San Francisco, Los Angeles and everything in between. Incredible mountain and ocean scenery vies for your attention with world-class vineyards, towns and beaches.

Southern California Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,420 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 November 2017

There's no better way to explore the USA than by car. The driving is easy with inexpensive fuel and excellent roads that link vibrant cities with wide-open spaces, spectacular countryside and breathtaking coastlines.

Historic Route 66 – Great American Road Trip

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,085 pp incl. flights

Take a trip along Route 66, America’s most celebrated highway. inspired countless films, books and songs, from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to Woody Guthrie’s 'The Ballad of Tom Joad' and Bobby Troup’s classic '(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66'.

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,995 pp

Special
offer

Last minute offer – Save up to £335 pp
Book by: 30 November 2017

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this definitive road trip.

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Top places to stay in The West

The Argonaut, San Francisco

Contemporary hotel

This early 20th century red-brick and wood-beamed fruit cannery warehouse has been skilfully transformed into a boutique, nautically themed hotel that offers a waterfront location, seafood specialities and complimentary wine tasting every evening at five.

Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

Contemporary hotel

Perfect for those who like to be near the action but not deafened by it, Shutters on the Beach is a stylish yet quiet hideaway in sassy Santa Monica, and a highly regarded member of The Leading Hotels of the World group.

Amangiri, Canyon Point

Designer hotel

A remote, bijou hideaway tucked away in a protected valley, Amangiri offers pampered guests views out over dunes and plateaus to mountain ridges from its private outdoor lounges and spa, a slice of luxury in the wild.

Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, Fort Worth

Traditional hotel

Fort Worth is where the West begins, and Hyatt Place, with its spacious guest rooms and atmospheric Stockyards district location, is the perfect introduction to the region’s famed hospitality.

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Where to go in The West

California

California holidays sum up the best of the American dream. The Golden State is one of scorching deserts, snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains, vast wilderness areas and national parks, celebrated wineries, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, and the seaside cities of San Francisco and San Diego.

New Mexico

With the oldest state capital in North America, in Santa Fe, and a rich cultural heritage of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo American, New Mexico is a fascinating place to visit.

Utah

Utah is blessed with some of the most remarkable landscapes in the USA. prime among them a series of beautiful canyons, national parks, forests and monuments that cover the southern half of the state.

Texas

By any stretch Texas is big. By far the largest of the 'lower states', it stretches 1000 miles across and even longer north to south. Its past as an independent nation has given Texans a sense of pride and freedom, evident by the state flag that still bears the Lone Star, emblem of the Republic.

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When to go to The West

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The coastal weather of California is superlative in summer, with a total lack of humidity and a fresh ocean breeze resulting in an all-day-all-night feel good vibe. Similarly for Texas, the beaches are pleasant, but in land the air becomes hot and thick throughout those summer months. Travel just before or after summer around Texas to enjoy a more comfortable climate. Come winter, Texas can become noticeably cold, while The West's deserts come into a life of their own, thanks to relatively temperate conditions.

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The West articles

  • California Dreaming

    Wexas USA specialist Patrick Griffin brings us off the beaten track of California to give his expert recommendations on the Golden State's wines and desert enclaves.

  • British Airways to launch flights between Gatwick and Canada

    In an airline first, British Airways has announced a new route between London Gatwick and Toronto, Canada's largest city. It comes amid a raft of a new transatlantic services announced by the airline.

  • A holiday on Route 66

    With nearly 2,500 miles to choose from, we’ve put together the must-see stops along Route 66 – America’s original road trip. Along with the big-city highlights, there’s plenty of off-the-beaten-track intrigue, including national parks and forgotten railroad towns.

  • Vintage travel posters that have stood the test of time

    We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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