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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 £1,570 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £460 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

A truly iconic USA fly-drive, the Pacific Coast Highway brings you between San Francisco and Los Angeles, calling into world-class vineyards, pretty coastal towns and sweeping golden beaches.

California Classic - USA West Coast

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,100 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 15 December 2018

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

Luxury California Fly-drive: San Francisco to Big Sur

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,220 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £365 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

Explore California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway on this luxury fly-drive, taking in the icons of San Francisco and Big Sur’s coastal delights

Highlights of Northern California

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,210 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £605 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

Northern California is a region of immense nature, world-leading wines and culture-packed cities, showcased in such icons as San Francisco, Sonoma and Yosemite National Park. Take in its headline acts on this fly-drive holiday.

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Top itineraries in The West

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,570 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £460 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

A truly iconic USA fly-drive, the Pacific Coast Highway brings you between San Francisco and Los Angeles, calling into world-class vineyards, pretty coastal towns and sweeping golden beaches.

California Classic - USA West Coast

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,100 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 15 December 2018

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

Canyon Country & National Parks fly-drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,965 pp incl. flights

This fly-drive itinerary brings you right among some of the USA's most spectacular wilderness, from the Wild-West grandeur of Monument Valley to the world-wonder beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Luxury California Fly-drive: San Francisco to Big Sur

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,220 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £365 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

Explore California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway on this luxury fly-drive, taking in the icons of San Francisco and Big Sur’s coastal delights

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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.

Ventana, Big Sur

Contemporary resort

Utterly romantic and relaxing, this luxury resort by Alila is set amid 160 acres of old-growth forest in the iconic Big Sur region of California’s rugged Pacific coast. Enjoy spa treatments, fine dining and stunning ocean views.

Handlery Union Square Hotel, San Francisco

Contemporary hotel

The Handlery Union Square Hotel is a historic haven among San Francisco’s cosmopolitan buzz. An impressive, traditional interior contrasts to contemporary grey rooms, some with balconies, and the heated outdoor pool, cosy sauna and dark, intimate bar and restaurant add to the delights.

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa  

Contemporary hotel

Situated deep in Californian wine country, the Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa is a deluxe retreat whose amenities add a luxurious touch to your stay among world-class vineyards. Expect rustic-chic style rooms and suites alongside a wine bar and a spa and restaurant, both award-winning.

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Where to go in The West

California

Lining most of America’s Pacific west, California offers stunning coastal drives, vibrant cities and a veritable plethora of natural attractions all washed down with some real culinary delights.

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

  • Arizona: beyond the Grand Canyon

    Wexas USA specialist Heather Harris offers her expert advice on heading off the beaten track in Arizona.

  • Just back from: Northern California

    Wexas Travel’s Claire Benktander recently drove from San Francisco to the wine regions of Napa and Sonoma. Read her review for an insight into this spectacular road trip, taking in dramatic coastlines, redwood forests and vineyards, paired with, of course, world-class food and wine.

  • America's Best Literary Road Trips

    From Kerouac to Steinbeck, follow the routes of these classic authors for some inspiration on the USA's finest road trips.

  • 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.

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Meet our The West experts

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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.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0636 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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