Western Express Southbound

Classic, San Francisco to Los Angeles

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From Joshua trees 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 any of the sights 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
  • Joshua Tree NP visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Bask in the big city lights of los angeles and san francisco
  • Live it up in vegas
  • Hike through yosemite
  • Check out death valley
  • Drive along route 66
  • Snap pics of joshua tree national park's iconic vegetation


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 On the way out of San Francisco, take in some final sights. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, where on a clear day you can see the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge to one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Drive past some iconic attractions of the city as we head the towards the Sierra Nevadas. Stop to try some of the region's best produce en route to Yosemite National Park. Included Activities: Golden Gate Bridge Visit California Produce Tasting Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 225km)
Day 3 Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevadas Head into the Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) 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. Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,593m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the centre of an incredible area of natural beauty. Travel via the Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the tufa towers on the way. Additional Notes: We intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Tioga Pass Drive Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 360km)
Day 4 Death Valley/Las Vegas Travel to one of the country's most rugged landscapes — the legendary Death Valley, California. Soak in the dramatic landscape. In the afternoon, drive to Las Vegas, Nevada, the 'city of lights'. Explore the famous Vegas Strip and opt for a VIP limo experience. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 430km)
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: Seligman (Route 66) Visit Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Grand Canyon Hiking Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)
Day 6 Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon before continuing the drive towards Lake Havasu City. Opt to go for a dip in the Colorado River or check out the famous London Bridge. 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: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 400km)
Day 7 Lake Havasu City/Los Angeles Depart Lake Havasu City and head towards Los Angeles. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park. 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: Joshua Tree NP Visit Orientation Drive Hollywood Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 210km)
Day 8 Los Angeles We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.