San Francisco to New Orleans Road Trip

San Francisco to New Orleans Road Trip information and booking

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$2199
  • Duration
    16
    Days
  • Camping
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Highlights

Stroll the hills of San Francisco, catch a sunset at the Grand Canyon, marvel at cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, feel the heat in Death Valley, roll the dice in Las Vegas, search for wildlife in Yosemite.

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Bridging two iconic cities, this is a road trip that features amazing national parks, quirky landmarks and the spirit of America. Learn about Navajo culture, play the odds in Vegas, bask in genuine Southern hospitality and get your cowboy on in Texas. Centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are. With so much heart and soul and so much to see and do on the road to New Orleans, don’t leave your heart in San Francisco - because you’re going to need it.

Itinerary

Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive to our joining hotel at 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 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. Arrive in Yosemite National Park to set up camp for the night and get ready for a full day of exploring tomorrow. Approximate Distance: 225 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)
Day 3 Yosemite NP (1B,1L,1D)
Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Yosemite has many trails to offer, be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape and opt to rent a bike to better explore the Yosemite Valley. Estimated travel time in park: 3 hrs
Day 4 Bishop (1B,1L,1D)
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: 330 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (including stops on Tioga Pass)
Day 5-6 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. Arrive to Las Vegas in the evening. Your CEO will introduce you to the famous Vegas Strip on a brief orientation walk, then you're free to explore the "City of Lights" as you please. Try your hand with gambling at giant mega-casinos or visit one of the numerous shows offered on the strip. Optional VIP limo ride in Vegas. Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. For our nights in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel either at the end of or just a few blocks off the Strip. Approximate Distance: 590 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (including stops)
Day 7-8 Grand Canyon NP (1B,2L,2D)
Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for you to explore. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face as you admire awe-inspiring views. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. With numerous viewpoints, the Grand Canyon will never look the same! In the afternoon enjoy a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight or watch the most spectacular IMAX Adventure of all, the Grand Canyon Movie. Return to your campsite and enjoy a BBQ around the campfire to recapture the experiences from this memorable day! Note: If you have pre booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon on either Day 7 or 8, this will be determined by your CEO. Approximate Distance: 475 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)
Day 9 Monument Valley (1B,1L)
Discover one of the most majestic places on earth: Monument Valley! Magnificent colors, miles of mesas, buttes and pinnacles make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience. Learn about the Navajo culture that has been passed on through generations in order to keep the sacred traditions, beliefs and ceremonies alive. Take an optional jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley and be inspired by a night under the stars as you camp in this magnificent atmosphere. See the sun rise from a perspective very few ever experience! Approximate Distance: 290 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops)
Day 10 Mesa Verde NP/Durango (1B,1L,1D)
Drive to Mesa Verde National Park which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo-ans. Take a guided hike through history as you explore the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, some of the most notable and best preserved in North America. Approximate Distance to Durango: 315 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops in Mesa Verde National Park)
Day 11 Santa Fe (1B,1L)
Continue your journey back in time and explore one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe. Take a stroll downtown and visit art galeries, or enjoy some world famous roasted green chilies. Approximate Distance: 350 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)
Day 12 Roswell/Carlsbad (1B,1D)
On the night of July 2, 1947 something (or someone) crashed into the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico. Was it a balloon, or really extra-terrestrial life? Find out what all the hype is about as we pass through this funky town. Then visit Carlsbad Caverns, one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world. Explore the cave on a guided tour and be fascinated by the largest underground chambers and countless formations. In the evening witness the stunning spectacle as nearly 400,000 Mexican free-tail bats exit Carlsbad Cavern. Approximate Distance: 470 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Day 13 San Antonio (1B,1L,1D)
Cross into the state of Texas, birthplace of Tex-Mex food, 10-gallon hats, and Western movies. Continue to our campsite in San Antonio for the evening. One of the US's largest cities, San Antonio is vibrant and full of culture. Famous due of its proximity to the Alamo, the city holds its own in terms of attractions and experiences available. Approximate Distance: 744 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (including stops)
Day 14 The Alamo/Houston (1B,1L,1D)
Visit historic San Antonio, deep in the heart of Texas. Discover the battle of Alamo in the 18th century while you walk amongst the largest concentration of missions remaining in North America. Continue your journey back in time on the San Antonio River Walk, winding along the San Antonio River. Continue on to Houston in the afternoon. Approximate Distance to Houston: 375 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops at the Alamo)
Day 15 New Orleans (1B)
Crank up the jazz as you drive into the home of Mardi Gras. You CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best. Party in the French Quarter till the early hours, dance to great jazz bands and try out delicious Creole food. Enjoy a last dinner our with the group before it's time to say goodbye. For our night in New Orleans, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre (multi-share accommodation). Approximate Distance to New Orleans: 535 km Estimated Travel Time to New Orleans: 7 hrs (including stops)
Day 16 New Orleans
Depart at any time. Please contact your sales agent to book extra nights in New Orleans if you would like more time to explore this city.