LA stopover with road trip to Palm Springs & San Diego

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Los Angeles

To: Los Angeles



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Explore Southern California on this week-long trip, taking in the bright lights of LA, desert landscape of Palm Springs and sunny beaches of San Diego. Start in Hollywood, where you can star spot on Hollywood Boulevard and hike into the hills before driving inland to Palm Springs. Explore the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park before finishing your trip with some time on the beach in San Diego - a relaxed end to any trip to California.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Hike through the Hollywood Hills for views over Los Angeles      
  • Look for your favourite stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame    
  • Relax in the desert heat of Palm Springs               
  • Explore the eerie landscape of Joshua Tree National Park
  • Visit the famous pandas at San Diego Zoo



Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Hollywood, Los Angeles        
  • 2 nights Palm Springs               
  • 2 nights San Diego    


Day 1: Arrival in Los Angeles      

On arrival in Los Angeles you will collect your car hire and drive to your first hotel. Having a car is invaluable in the huge city of Los Angeles – your hotel is in Hollywood but why not drive down to Santa Monica Pier and watch from the Ferris wheel as the sun goes down on your first day in California?

Day 2: Los Angeles    

Spend the day exploring the city, whether you head to Hollywood in search of your favourite stars on the Walk of Fame, or Venice Beach where you can people-watch to your heart’s content while cycling along the oceanfront. In the early afternoon, take a hike through the Hollywood Hills from the Griffith Observatory for 365 degree views over the twinkling city as the sun sets.

Day 3: Drive to Palm Springs       

Leaving La-la Land behind you, today you’ll make your way east, passing the Cabazon Dinosaurs; huge sculptures on the side of the road just a short distance before Palm Springs. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights.    

Day 4: Joshua Tree National Park

Today is a free day to explore the area and we recommend you visit Joshua Tree National Park, just an hour’s drive from Palm Springs. The Mojave and Colorado Deserts meet in the park, meaning there are 2 separate desert ecosystems living side by side, creating a fascinating variety of flora and fauna to spot on a trip to Joshua Tree. You might think the desert is lifeless but lizards and rattlesnakes make their home between the rocks while coyotes lurk in the shadows at dusk, so keep a lookout as you drive through the park.

Day 5: Drive to San Diego  

This morning you’ll drive out of the desert and back to the coast. You can drive via Temecula and wander through the local vineyards in the rolling green hills or head through Julian and try a slice of their famous apple pie. Either way you’ll end up on the beaches of San Diego where you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights.    

Day 6: San Diego       

Spend the day enjoying the laid-back city of San Diego. We’ve included admission to the zoo - one of the most famous in the world, where there are over 650 species here, from cuddly pandas to mysterious clouded leopards. It’s a great place to spend the morning before heading to the beach in La Jolla and filling your afternoon with snorkelling, sun bathing and volleyball.

Days 7: Depart Los Angeles     

Today is your final day in California. Take one last walk along the beach before driving back to Los Angeles Airport to return your hire car and catch your onwards flight.



Southern California enjoys mild winters with a little rain on the coast and dry cold nights inland. The summer brings a rise in heat, tourist numbers and prices but rain is rare so it’s perfect if you’re looking for consistently sunny weather.            

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

What's included: 

  • 6 nights’ accommodation with no meals
  • Car Rental
  • Guided hike of the Hollywood Hills         
  • Admission to San Diego Zoo

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Fuel      
  • Optional Excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


6 nights in 3* standard accommodation. Hotels in this category include:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles Hollywood

  • Hyatt Palm Springs

  • Catamaran Resort


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