Western Express Southbound

Classic, San Francisco to Los Angeles

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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, the San Francisco to Los Angeles itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sites – 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 fees are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

What’s included

  • All national park and national monument fees
  • Orientations to San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles
  • Yosemite stay
  • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
  • Death Valley visit
  • Grand Canyon visit with sunset at the rim
  • Route 66 drive
  • Calico Ghost Town visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Basking in big city lights in los angeles and san francisco)
  • Living it up in vegas
  • Hiking through yosemite
  • Sweating buckets in death valley
  • Driving route 66
  • Reliving the wild west at the ghost town of calico

Itinerary

Day 1 San Francisco There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this famous city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park Head out on an orientation tour of 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. In the afternoon, drive to Yosemite National Park. Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 225km)
Day 3 Yosemite National Park/Bakersfield Head to the Yosemite Valley. 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. Drive to Bakersfield for the night. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)
Day 4 Bakersfield/Las Vegas Visit desolate Death Valley — the hottest, driest, and lowest spot on the continent. Carry on to Las Vegas and explore the famous Vegas strip. Opt to take a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 585km)
Day 5 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park (1D) Travel Route 66 from Vegas, stopping at a wacky burger joint along the way. Continue the 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 while watching a stunning sunset. Included Activities: Route 66 Drive Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Hiking Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)
Day 6 Grand Canyon National Park/Laughlin Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon before continuing the drive towards Laughlin. Reach the historic mining town of Laughlin, located by the Colorado River. Didn't have enough time to gamble in Las Vegas? Try it again here. Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today. Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 360km)
Day 7 Laughlin/Los Angeles Depart Laughlin and head towards Los Angeles. Capture the Old West spirit in one of the best-preserved silver mining towns in Calico, California. In the afternoon, see the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on a drive through the city. Pass Beverly Hills and view one of the world's most exclusive 3-block districts, Rodeo Drive. Included Activities: Orientation Drive Hollywood Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 465km)
Day 8 Los Angeles We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.
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