Western Express Northbound

Classic, Los Angeles to San Francisco

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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, this Los Angeles to San Francisco 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 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 Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco
  • Joshua Tree NP visit
  • Route 66 drive
  • Grand Canyon visit with sunset at the rim
  • Death Valley visit
  • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
  • Yosemite stay
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Bask in the big-city lights of los angeles and las vegas
  • Wind through the streets of san francisco
  • Hike through yosemite
  • Feel the heat in death valley
  • Get your kicks on route 66
  • Marvel at the twisted trees in joshua tree national park


Day 1 Los Angeles There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu City Pack up the van in the morning and check out the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation tour. Drive through Beverly Hills and be dazzled by one of the world's most exclusive three-block district: Rodeo Drive. In the late morning, take in the iconic trees of Joshua Tree National Park. In late afternoon, continue on to Lake Havasu City, for the night. Included Activities: Orientation Drive Hollywood Visit Joshua Tree NP Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 435km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)
Day 3 Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon National Park (1D) 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 dinner at the rim while watching a stunning sunset. Included Activities: Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Hiking Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)
Day 4 Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon and enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. After, hit the road and head towards Las Vegas, Nevada. Get your kicks on Route 66 and stop at one of the wackiest, off-beat burger joints around. Continue on to explore the 'city of lights', Las Vegas, along the famous Vegas Strip. Opt to try the VIP limo experience. Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today. Included Activities: Route 66 Drive Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)
Day 5 Las Vegas/Bakersfield Travel to one of the country's most rugged landscapes — the legendary Death Valley, California. Soak in the dramatic landscape. In the afternoon, continue on to Bakersfield for the night. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 585km)
Day 6 Bakersfield/Yosemite National Park Head out of town towards Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk among giant sequoias. If lucky, spot black bears, deer or coyotes with a keen eye. Spend the night just outside the national park. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)
Day 7 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco Depart in the morning for one of the greatest cities in the world: San Francisco. Discover some of the iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and Art Deco design. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 8 San Francisco We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.