New Orleans to San Francisco Road Trip

18-to-Thirtysomethings, New Orleans to San Francisco

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Bats in Texas, aliens in Roswell, pretty much everything else in San Francisco—get off the well-worn tourist trail and really discover the South and West of the United States. After leaving fabulous New Orleans, you'll explore some of the most incredible natural wonders anywhere—the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite—then trade wildlife for nightlife in Las Vegas. It's the ultimate roadtrip. Now, let's get rolling.

What’s included

  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Orientation to Las Vegas
  • Guided tour of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde
  • Carlsbad Caverns visit
  • Death Valley visit
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Hike yosemite national park
  • Try your luck in las vegas
  • Savour a sunset at the grand canyon
  • Learn about navajo culture.

Itinerary

Day 1 New Orleans Arrive to the joining hotel at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening. Additional Notes: This tour departs New Orleans in the morning on Day 2; consider booking extra accommodation if you would like to explore this vibrant city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 New Orleans/Austin Travel day from New Orleans to Austin. Sit back and gaze at the scenery while travelling through the southern United States. Upon arrival in the 'Lonestar' state, settle in at the campsite for a night under the stars. Transport: Approximate distance to Austin: 820km (510 mi) Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 820km)
Day 3 Austin (1B) Spend a free day in Austin. Opt to visit the SoCo area for thrift shopping, take a dip in the Barton natural pool, or let loose at a local country bar in the evening.
Day 4 Austin/Carlsbad (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world. Explore a cave on self-guided trails and be fascinated by the largest underground chambers and countless formations. In the evening, witness a stunning spectacle as nearly 400,000 Mexican free-tail bats exit Carlsbad Cavern. Included Activities: Carlsbad Caverns Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 802km)
Day 5 Carlsbad/Santa Fe (1B) On the night of July 2nd in 1947 something (or someone) crashed into the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico. Was it a balloon, or really extra-terrestrial life? Find out what all the hype is about when passing through this funky town. Continue the journey back in time and explore one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe. Included Activities: Explore Roswell Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 470km)
Day 6 Santa Fe/Mesa Verde National Park (1B, 1D) Free morning to explore Santa Fe's downtown and enjoy some world-famous roasted green chilies before travelling to Mesa Verde National Park. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 7 Mesa Verde National Park/Monument Valley (1B, 1L) Hike through history while exploring Mesa Verde National Park – it offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans. In Monument Valley, opt to explore on a 4x4 tour led by a Navajo guide. Stay overnight in the Tribal Park to see the sun rise from a perspective very few ever experience! Included Activities: Mesa Verde Guided Tour Transport: Approximate Distance to Mesa Verde NP: 315 km Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Monument Valley/Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite and recapture the experiences from this memorable day! Included Activities: Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 290km)
Day 9 Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to wander throughout the park and take a hike. Hire a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter. Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today.
Day 10 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (1B) Travel Route 66 and stop at a wacky burger joint. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP party limo. Additional Notes: For the two nights in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Included Activities: Vegas Strip Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 475km)
Day 11 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 chilling poolside. In the evening, opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.
Day 12 Las Vegas/Death Valley (1L, 1D) Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley – the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America. Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,267m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the centre of an incredible area of natural beauty. Additional Notes: Note: we intend on using the Tioga Pass tomorrow; it's a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route, and will spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan 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 13 Death Valley/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers. Be in awe of the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of the most scenic drives in California: the Tioga Pass! Hike one of the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Included Activities: Mono Lake Visit Tioga Pass Drive Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)
Day 14 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Yosemite has many trails to offer. Be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape and opt to rent a bike to better explore the Yosemite Valley. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit
Day 15 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L) There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city. Speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you. Additional Notes: Please note this trip ends on arrival to San Francisco. If you are departing on arrival to San Francisco, you will not have enough time to participate in the Sunset Sailing extra. Post-tour accommodation is required to purchase this extra. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
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