National Parks & Bright Lights
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From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the Western US. Its perfect for the traveller looking to breathe in the scent of the sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park and the desert scenery in Death Valley the lowest spot on the continent before taking an optional helicopter ride above the incomparable Grand Canyon. You wont just visit the West Coast, youll live it.

North America

Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127026
Starts: San Francisco, USA Finishes: Los Angeles, USA
You will visit
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles



Day 1: San Francisco

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

Head out on an orientation of one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco.

Discover some of the city's most iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge.

In the afternoon, drive to Yosemite National Park.

Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Van (7.00 hour(s), 225km)


Day 3: Yosemite National Park

Head to the Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park.

If lucky, spot black bears, deer or coyotes with a keen eye.

Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit
Yosemite National Park Hike


Day 4: Yosemite National Park/Bishop

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. Enjoy secluded natural hot springs where the star gazing is amazing.

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

Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)


Day 5: Bishop/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

Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 585km)


Day 6: Las Vegas

Enjoy a full free day to explore Las Vegas. Wander the strip, do some shopping, and refuel at one of the many bars or restaurants. Opt to take in a glitzy Las Vegas show or to head out on a day trip to the Hoover Dam.


Day 7: Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park

Arrive in Bryce Canyon just in time to witness one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Southwest.

Included Activities:
Zion National Park Visit
Bryce Canyon National Park Visit

Private Van (5.00 hour(s), 400km)


Day 8: Bryce Canyon National Park/Lake Powell

Explore Bryce Canyon NP on trails (weather permitting) among the amphitheaters and multi-coloured rock pinnacles called hoodoos before heading to Lake Powell. Opt for a cowboy steak dinner and a sunset horseback ride (seasonal).

Included Activities:
Bryce Canyon National Park Visit

Private Van (3.00 hour(s), 265km)


Day 9: Lake Powell/Monument Valley

Take an optional tour to Antelope Canyon, the second largest of its kind in North America.

Included Activities:
Glen Canyon Dam Visit
Horseshoe Bend Hike
Off-Road 4x4 Tour

Private Van (2.50 hour(s), 210km)


Day 10: Monument Valley/Grand Canyon National Park (1D)

Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face while admiring awe-inspiring views. Or sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows.

In the afternoon, enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight or watch the most spectacular IMAX Adventure of all, the Grand Canyon Movie.

Additional Notes:
Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today or tomorrow.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit

Private Van (3.50 hour(s), 290km)


Day 11: Grand Canyon National Park/Scottsdale

Get out the camera for this next breathtaking experience. Take Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon towards Scottsdale.

Included Activities:
Slide Rock State Park Visit

Private Van (5.00 hour(s), 360km)


Day 12: Scottsdale/San Diego

When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs.

Included Activities:
Imperial Sand Dunes Visit

Private Van (6.00 hour(s), 600km)


Day 13: San Diego

San Diego is a great city to experience where life is lived outdoors.


Day 14: San Diego/Los Angeles

Discover why Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach are highlights of Los Angeles. Opt to rent a bike.

Included Activities:
Orientation Drive

Private Van (2.00 hour(s), 190km)


Day 15: Los Angeles

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.

    • All national park and national monument fees
    • Orientation to San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles
    • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
    • Death Valley visit
    • Zion NP visit
    • Glen Canyon Dam visit with Horseshoe Bend stop
    • Jeep tour with local Navajo guide (Monument Valley)
    • Grand Canyon visit and stay with pizza dinner on the rim
    • Slide Rock State Park visit
    • Sedona stop
    • Imperial Sand Dunes visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (twin-share with en suite facilities, 14 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 0 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 1 dinner
    • Air-con private touring van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for stars in Los Angeles
  • Meet the Navajo in stunning Monument Valley
  • Marvel at the Grand Canyon
  • Hike in the beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks
  • Roll the dice in Las Vegas.