Best of the West

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  • Duration
    15
    Days
  • Camping
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Highlights

Stargaze in Los Angeles, marvel at a Grand Canyon sunset, get your kicks on Route 66, take a chance in Las Vegas, camp under the stars, hike in Yosemite.

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll traverse the concrete jungle by day with an expert CEO and overnight in centrally located hotels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and bike in the Yosemite Valley before tucking into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the West like you’ve never seen it before.

Itinerary

Day 1 Los Angeles
Arrive to our joining hotel any time. Welcome meeting in the evening. There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here before or after your tour 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.
Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego (1D)
Be on the lookout for celebrities as you pass by a few popular sites on your way out of California's most glamourous city. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighborhoods and landmarks on the drive out of town. Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego. History, food and fun awaits us in beautiful historic Old Town. When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs. Approximate Distance: 190 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)
Day 3 Scottsdale (1B,1L)
Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California. In the evening enjoy a night out in historic downtown of Scottsdale. Inspired by Americas famous Country music, opt to experience a real Cowboy town. To better experience the city, for our night in Scottsdale, we give up camping in favour of hotel accommodation. Approximate Distance: 660 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including multiple stops)
Day 4-5 Grand Canyon (1B,2L,2D)
Gaze through the windows of the past and discover one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, Montezuma Castle. Get out the camera for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona's famous scenic drive: Oak Creek Canyon. While admiring beautiful rock formations, enjoy a picnic under an open sky. In the afternoon cool off at Slide Rock State Park. Continue to 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. 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 4 or 5, this will be determined by your CEO. Approximate Distance: 400 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including multiple stops)
Day 6-7 Las Vegas (1B,1L)
Get your kicks on Route 66. Stop at the "Snow Cap-Drive In", one of the wackiest, off beat burger joints around. 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", Las Vegas, 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: 480 km Estimated Travel Time: 9 hrs (including multiple stops)
Day 8 Death Valley NP/Bishop (1L,1D)
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. 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. Note that on Day 10, 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, 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: 490 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including multiple stops)
Day 9-10 Yosemite NP (2B,2L,2D)
In the morning visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers. Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of most scenic drives in California: the Tioga Pass! 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. Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley. Approximate Distance: 230 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops on Day 9), 2 hrs (including stops on Day 10)
Day 11-12 San Francisco (1B,1L)
Arrive to one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Your CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town–perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of 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 or rent bikes and explore the city on wheels. In the evening, take an optional sunset sailing trip. Approximate Distance: 225 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)
Day 13 Pismo Beach (1L,1D)
Crashing waves, rolling fog and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coast Highway Nr.1 an unforgettable experience. Visit one of the most historic cities in California, Monterey. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur. In the evening end the day with a colorful sunset over the ocean. Approximate Distance: 336 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)
Day 14 Los Angeles (1B)
Travel the coast back to where the tour began. Opt to check out Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach for a last bit of California beach time. For our night in Los Angeles, we give up camping in favour of a more comfortable experience in a hotel. Approximate Distance: 376 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Day 15 Los Angeles
Depart at any time. If you would like to spend more time exploring LA we recommend booking post-night accommodation, you can do this at the time of booking.