Western Express Southbound

Classic, San Francisco to Los Angeles

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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

Highlights

  • 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

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/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.
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