Best of the West

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Los Angeles to Los Angeles

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Skyscrapers, sequoias, and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 14-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 and hostels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and the giant sequoias of Yosemite before diving into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the West like you’ve never seen it before.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Las Vegas Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park Your Discover Moment: San Francisco
  • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Orientation to Las Vegas
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Death Valley visit
  • Mono Lake visit and walk amongst tufas
  • Drive along California's scenic Highway 1 including Santa Cruz and Big Sur
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
  • Transportation between destinations and included activities

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Los Angeles 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, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Enjoy free time today in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego (1D) Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods 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. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs. Included Activities: Coronado Island Visit Mission Beach Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (3.00-4.00 hours, 220km)
Day 3 San Diego/Lake Havasu City (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the desert scenery and hundreds of Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu. Included Activities: Joshua Tree NP Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 250km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)
Day 4 Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) Charge up your camera batteries in time for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon. Included Activities: Grand Canyon Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)
Day 5 Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter. Included Activities: Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
Day 6 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (1B) Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride. Included Activities: Vegas Strip Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 480km)
Day 7 Las 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. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.
Day 8 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas (1L, 1D) Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park, one of the country's most rugged landscapes; the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America. Pass mountains, valleys, badlands, salt flats, dunes, as we drive through the spectacular landscape of this region. Stop at Zabriskie Point and hike the short distance to the vista, one of the most photographed spots in the park. Take in the views of diverse geological features as far as the eye can see. Next, descend into Badwater Basin, that sits 282 feet below sea level. Continue past Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes en route to Panamint Valley before ending the day surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. Additional Notes: Summer itinerary: Travel to Bishop via Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the tufa towers on the way. Winter itinerary: Continue on to Lake Isabella, where we stay the night. Note that on Day 3, we intend to use the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. October through May, there's a chance the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In this case, we use an alternate route, and spend the night in Lake Isabella (instead of Bishop). The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plans for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 430km)
Day 9 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers (seasonal). Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows. Keep and eye out for glacial erratics, rock climbers and the diverse wildlife, including black bears, within the park. Included Activities: Mono Lake Visit Tioga Pass Drive Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)
Day 10 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Full day to explore Yosemite NP. Use free time to explore Yosemite by foot, bike or shuttle. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this stunning landscape. Opt to rent a bike and cycle in Yosemite Valley. Carved by glaciers, Yosemite National Park became the first protected state park in the US in 1864. It took until 1890 to gain National Park status, with the work of John Muir. Spend the day hiking amongst Giant Sequoias, granite cliffs, and rushing waterfalls and understand why around 4 million people come to the park each year. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit
Day 11 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L) Cross over the Bay Bridge to arrive on the peninsula of one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Stop on Treasure Island to catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco's skyline. Your CEO will point out some popular sites during the drive into town. On arrival, opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills or explore by bicycle. Additional Notes: For our nights in San Francisco, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Opt to pre-book the "Sunset Sailing – San Francisco" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 12 San Francisco Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.
Day 13 Santa Cruz/Morro Bay (1D) Visit Santa Cruz and go for a stroll along the boardwalk. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Stop to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery before catching the sunset on Morro Bay. Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coastal Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Included Activities: Santa Cruz Visit Elephant Seal Rookery Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50 hour(s), 390km)
Day 14 Morro Bay/Los Angeles (1B) Travel along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Pass by Santa Barbara as we make our way to Santa Monica. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighborhoods and landmarks on the drive into the City of Angels. Trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles. Additional Notes: Please note this trip ends on arrival to Los Angeles. 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. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (5.50-6.00 hours, 350km)
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