Experience the bright lights of Las Vegas, hike Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, stargaze in Los Angeles, drive along Route 66, camp in nature under the stars.
Tour description provided by G Adventures
Las Vegas, San Francisco, LA and the quest for the perfect burger—all that’s missing from this quintessentially American experience is a ballgame and mom’s apple pie. Promising unfiltered fun from dawn to dusk in some of the West’s best locales, this trip mixes downtown excitement with all-natural, full-contact thrills exploring the Grand Canyon and camping under the stars in Yosemite National Park. All this in just one reasonably-priced week? This is America, the land of opportunity! Believe in the impossible.
Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive to our joining hotel any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.
There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you.
Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite NP (1D)
Your CEO will point out some popular San Francisco sites on the drive out of town–perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and deco design. Travel through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park.
Approximate Distance: 225 km
Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)
Day 3 Yosemite NP/Bishop (1B,1L,1D)
Take short hikes 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. Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of most scenic areas in California. Surrounded by peaks which soar to over 14,000 feet in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the center of an incredible area of natural beauty. Enjoy secluded hot springs where star gazing is amazing.
Note that we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Yosemite NP with Bishop. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route south, and will spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.
Approximate Distance: 305 km
Estimated Travel Time: 9 hrs (including stops in Yosemite Valley and Tioga Pass)
Day 4 Death Valley NP/Las Vegas (1B,1L)
Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot and home to the lowest point in North America. Explore the city of lights, Las Vegas, while strolling along the famous "Vegas Strip". Optional VIP limo experience in Vegas.
For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city center.
Approximate Distance: 590 km
Estimated Travel Time: 9 hrs (including multiple stops)
Day 5 Grand Canyon NP (1D)
Get your kicks on Route 66 and stop at the "Snow Cap-Drive In", one of the wackiest, off beat burger joints around. Then onto one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles: the Grand Canyon! Take short hikes at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim as you view the stunning sunset. Enjoy a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight or experience the world's best IMAX movie around the world.
Note: If you have pre booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today.
Approximate Distance: 450 km
Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)
Day 6 Lake Havasu (1B,1L,1D)
In the morning, hike on the rim and take a last look back at one of the seven wonders in the world, the Grand Canyon! Get back on Route 66 to continue our road trip. Discover a piece of London in Lake Havasu City, the London Bridge. At Lake Havasu, cool off and enjoy the crystal clear water of the Colorado River.
Approximate Distance: 400 km
Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops along Route 66)
Day 7 Joshua Tree NP/Los Angeles (1B,1L)
Witness some of the world's natural wonders in Joshua Tree National Park, home to numerous varieties of plants and animals that brave the climatic extremes. Explore the beauty of the desert and hike amongst the famous Joshua Trees in the national park.
Be on the lookout for celebrities as you pass by a few popular sites on your way into California's most glamourous city. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighborhoods and landmarks on the drive into town.
For our night in Los Angeles, we give up camping in favour of a hotel.
Approximate Distance: 500 km
Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)
Day 8 Los Angeles
Depart at any time.
There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.