Bask in big city lights of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, wind through the streets of San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, feel the heat in Death Valley, get your kicks on Route 66
Tour description provided by G Adventures
From ghost towns and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sights—like the atmospheric mining town of Laughlin—you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.
Day 1 Los Angeles
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Los Angeles/Laughlin
Keep your eyes peeled as you head out if town.
Pack up the van in the morning and check out the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation tour. Drive through Beverly Hills and be dazzled by one of the world's most exclusive three-block district: Rodeo Drive! Late morning we'll capture the Old West spirit in one of the best preserved silver mining towns in California. In late afternoon, we'll continue on to Laughlin, Nevada for the night.
Approximate Distance: 289mi/465 km
Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Day 3 Grand Canyon National Park (1D)
Take a short hike (weather permitting) along the rim of the Grand Canyon or opt for a helicopter tour. Sunset pizza dinner at the rim.
This morning we'll drive to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles, the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike (weather permitting) 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. It can be cold here in the winter but short hikes during the day should be possible in most instances.
Note: If you have pre booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today.
Approximate Distance: 206 mi/332 km
Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)
Day 4 Las Vegas
Travel to Sin City, stopping at a traditional roadside burger joint along the way. Enjoy exploring the Vegas strip, then opt for a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots.
Spending the morning at the Grand Canyon then around 11am we continue driving towards Las Vegas, Nevada. Get your kicks on Route 66 and stop at one of the wackiest, off-beat burger joints around. Continue on to explore the 'city of lights', Las Vegas, along the famous Vegas Strip. Optional VIP limo experience.
Approximate Distance: 297mi/460 km
Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (with stops)
Day 5 Death Valley/Bishop (summer)/Bakersfield (winter)
Head to desolate Death Valley—the hottest, driest and lowest spot in North America.
This morning, load the van and visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley, California. In the afternoon, we'll continue on to Bakersfield, where we stay the night.
Summer itinerary: 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 natural hot springs where star gazing is amazing.
Approximate Distance: 365mi/585 kms (Summer: 280mi/450 kms)
Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (with stops)
Day 6 Yosemite National Park
In summer, travel via Tioga Pass and enjoy and the view of Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers. In winter or inclement weather, follow an alternate route through the Sierras. Arrive in Yosemite for trekking (weather permitting) amongst the giant sequoias.
This morning, head out of town towards Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Spend the night just outside the national park.
Note on the summer itinerary we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. 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 today, same as the winter itinerary. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.
Approximate Distance: 200mi/322km
Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (with stops)
Day 7 San Francisco
Enjoy an orientation walk of San Francisco, including attractions like Fisherman's Wharf and the stately Golden Gate Bridge.
Depart this morning for one of the greatest cities in the world: San Francisco! Discover some of the most iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and deco design. Go back in time and take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills. In the evening, enjoy an optional sunset sailing.
Approximate Distance: 140mi/225 km
Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (with stops)
Day 8 San Francisco
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking pre- and post-accommodation to fully experience these famous cities.