Classic: National Parks & Bright Lights (NUNP)
Countries Visited: United States Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 14, avg 10
Meals Included: 1 dinner
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Meet the Navajo in stunning Monument Valley, marvel at the Grand Canyon, hike in beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion NPs, roll the dice in Las Vegas, search for stars in Los Angeles
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. It's 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 desert scenery in Death Valley - the lowest spot on the continent - before taking an optional helicopter ride above the incomparable Grand Canyon. You won't just visit the West Coast, you'll live it.
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|Day 1||San Francisco||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||Yosemite National Park||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 citys most iconic attractions such as bustling Fishermans Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge. In the afternoon, drive to Yosemite National Park. Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 225km)
|Day 3||Yosemite National Park||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||Sierra Nevadas||Day 4 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 "Americas 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), 322km)
|Day 5||Las Vegas||Day 5 Death Valley/Las Vegas|
Travel to one of the countrys 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 (9.00 hour(s), 585km)
|Day 6||Las Vegas||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||Bryce Canyon National Park||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. Additional Notes: Zion National Park/Bryce Canyon National Park Included Activities: Zion National Park Visit Bryce Canyon National Park Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (5.00 hour(s), 400km)
|Day 8||Lake Powell||Day 8 Bryce Canyon National Park/Lake Powell|
Explore Bryce Canyon National Park on trails (weather permitting) among the amphitheatres 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 Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (3.00 hour(s), 265km)
|Day 9||Monument Valley||Day 9 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 Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (2.50 hour(s), 210km)
|Day 10||Grand Canyon National Park||Day 10 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, opt to watch the most spectacular IMAX Adventure of all, the Grand Canyon Movie. Included Activities: Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (3.50 hour(s), 290km)
|Day 11||Lake Havasu City||Day 11 Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City|
Opt to get a birds-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Travel to Sedona and check out the stunning landscape and vibrant spiritual community. Continue on to Lake Havasu City for the evening and visit 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. Included Activities: Sedona Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (3.50-4.50 hours, 380km)
|Day 12||San Diego||Day 12 Joshua Tree National Park/San Diego|
When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs. Included Activities: Joshua Tree NP Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km) Private Van with Wi-fi (2.50-3.50 hours, 260km)
|Day 13||San Diego||Day 13 San Diego|
San Diego is a great city to experience where life is lived outdoors.
|Day 14||Los Angeles||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 Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (2.00 hour(s), 190km)
|Day 15||Los Angeles||Day 15 Los Angeles|
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.
Local Flights: N/A
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