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From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the Western US. Its perfect for the traveller looking to breathe in the scent of the sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park and the desert scenery in Death Valley the lowest spot on the continent before taking an optional helicopter ride above the incomparable Grand Canyon. You wont just visit the West Coast, youll live it.

North America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 127026
  • Starts: San Francisco,
  • Finishes: Los Angeles,
You will Visit
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary

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Day 1: San Francisco

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

Head out on an orientation of one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco.

Discover some of the city's most iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge.

In the afternoon, drive to Yosemite National Park.

Transport:
Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 225km)

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Day 3: Yosemite National Park

Head to the Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park.

If lucky, spot black bears, deer or coyotes with a keen eye.


Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit
Yosemite National Park Hike

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Day 4: Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevadas

Head into the Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,593m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the centre of an incredible area of natural beauty.

Travel via the Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers on the way.


Additional Notes:
We intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit
Tioga Pass Drive

Transport:
Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)

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Day 5: Death Valley/Las Vegas

Travel to one of the country's most rugged landscapes — the legendary Death Valley, California. Soak in the dramatic landscape.

In the afternoon, drive to Las Vegas, Nevada, the 'city of lights'. Explore the famous Vegas Strip and opt for a VIP limo experience.

Included Activities:
Death Valley National Park Visit

Transport:
Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 585km)

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Day 6: Las Vegas

Enjoy a full free day to explore Las Vegas. Wander the strip, do some shopping, and refuel at one of the many bars or restaurants. Opt to take in a glitzy Las Vegas show or to head out on a day trip to the Hoover Dam.

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Day 7: Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park

Arrive in Bryce Canyon just in time to witness one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Southwest.


Additional Notes:
Zion National Park/Bryce Canyon National Park

Included Activities:
Zion National Park Visit
Bryce Canyon National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Van with Wi-fi (5.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 8: Bryce Canyon National Park/Lake Powell

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park on trails (weather permitting) among the amphitheatres and multi-coloured rock pinnacles called hoodoos before heading to Lake Powell. Opt for a cowboy steak dinner and a sunset horseback ride (seasonal).

Included Activities:
Bryce Canyon National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Van with Wi-fi (3.00 hour(s), 265km)

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Day 9: Monument Valley

Take an optional tour to Antelope Canyon, the second largest of its kind in North America.

Included Activities:
Glen Canyon Dam Visit
Horseshoe Bend Hike
Off-Road 4x4 Tour

Transport:
Private Van with Wi-fi (2.50 hour(s), 210km)

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Day 10: Grand Canyon National Park (1D)

Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face while admiring awe-inspiring views. Or sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows.

In the afternoon, opt to watch the most spectacular IMAX Adventure of all, the Grand Canyon Movie.


Included Activities:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit

Transport:
Private Van with Wi-fi (3.50 hour(s), 290km)

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Day 11: Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City

Opt to get a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Travel to Sedona and check out the stunning landscape and vibrant spiritual community. Continue on to Lake Havasu City for the evening and visit the famous London Bridge.

Additional Notes:
Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today.

Included Activities:
Sedona Visit

Transport:
Private Van with Wi-fi (3.50-4.50 hours, 380km)

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Day 12: Joshua Tree National Park/San Diego

When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs.

Included Activities:
Joshua Tree NP Visit

Transport:
Private Van with Wi-fi (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)
Private Van with Wi-fi (2.50-3.50 hours, 260km)

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Day 13: San Diego

San Diego is a great city to experience where life is lived outdoors.

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Day 14: San Diego/Los Angeles

Discover why Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach are highlights of Los Angeles. Opt to rent a bike.

Included Activities:
Orientation Drive

Transport:
Private Van with Wi-fi (2.00 hour(s), 190km)

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Day 15: Los Angeles

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • All national park and national monument fees
    • Orientation to San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles
    • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
    • Death Valley visit
    • Zion NP visit
    • Bryce Canyon NP visit
    • Glen Canyon Dam visit with Horseshoe Bend stop
    • Jeep tour with local Navajo guide (Monument Valley)
    • Grand Canyon visit with sunset dinner on the rim
    • Sedona visit
    • Joshua Tree NP visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts)
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Meet the Navajo in stunning Monument Valley
  • Marvel at the Grand Canyon
  • Hike in the beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks
  • Roll the dice in Las Vegas
  • Search for stars in Los Angeles