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The Best of the West, a Self Drive holiday

The USA remains a huge draw for UK family holidays, with the constant renewal of the theme parks and the Pound remaining strong against the dollar there is no reason to expect it to be any different in the near future. In Fact the USA has something for everyone, its stunning natural wonders are every bit as captivating as any of the man made attractions, from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite and Yellowstone Park to Cape Cod there is more than enough to keep you enthralled on your annual holiday.
At Amity World Travel we find one of the most popular self drive holidays to be to the Canyon lands and National Parks in the Western States before driving down the Californian Coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Amity World Travel have been tailoring such holidays to suite your own personal requirements for many years and can not only save you time and money but take away all the stress of arranging complicated itineraries.
With so much to see it is difficult to know where to start, for many the bright lights of Las Vegas are a fun filled introduction to the Wild West before heading off to the awe inspiring Grand Canyon National Park, the unique Bryce Canyon (Forest of Stone) is also well worth visiting and for many clients it turns out to be a surprise highlight. If time permits, Zion National Park, where you may catch site of a Skunk or ring tailed cat as well as Peregrine Falcons and Eagles is well worth considering. Whilst for something more unusual Death Valley, on the border of Nevada & California with its desert of streaming sand dunes, multi coloured rocks and water fluted canyons will make for some great photo opportunities, there is also the chance to join a ranger on a tour of the historic mining sites and sun drenched salt flats. Before arriving at the Pacific Coast, Yosemite National Park and the legendary Giant Sequoias should not be missed. Yosemite is one of the best known parks and there is something for everyone here from stargazing and moonlight wildlife tours to rock climbing and rafting as well as Yosemite Mule Ride Adventures where you can enjoy the breath-taking views and majestic scenery of this incredible national park. The Pacific Coast line has much to offer, starting with San Francisco; this is unquestionably one of the best loved cities for a stopover. Home to the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Pier 39 and Chinatown, it is one of the most recognisable cities in the world, Alcatraz is a major highlight for many and advance booking is recommended. The drive south from San Francisco along state highway 1, taking in Monterey and Carmel whilst enjoying the stunning views of the Pacific coastal road known as the Big Sur is a great way to end your time, maybe with a possible stop at a winery or two along the way before arriving in Los Angeles.
You may well be thinking that such a full on itinerary is not going to be cheap, but it does not have to cost an arm and a leg either, with some great deals on flights outside of the school holidays and with a mixture of 4 star city hotels, National park lodges and motel accommodation it can work out very reasonable indeed.
For the best of the west and all self drive holidays as well as ideas on east coast itineraries, USA Rail holidays, ranching holidays, not to forget Florida, call the Tailor made experts at Amity World Travel today.