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Camping America's West
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Think every trail in the Great American West has been blazed by now? Think again, partner. Spread across 22 glorious days, this trip takes you on an incredible loop from beautiful San Francisco and back again with stops in LA, San Diego, Scottsdale, and Vegas along the way. In between, youll have the chance to take a dip in the Pacific, raft the Colorado River, hike the Grand Canyon, and stretch out under star-filled skies in the regions top national parks. Three weeks of your life, a memory forever.

North America

Duration: 22 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127014
Starts: San Francisco, USA Finishes: San Francisco, USA
You will visit
  • San Francisco
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

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Day 1: San Francisco

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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: San Francisco/Big Sur (1D)

Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs make this journey down California's Coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur.

Included Activities:
Monterey Visit

Transport:
Approximate distance to Monterey: 185km (115 mi) ; approximate distance from Monterey to Big Sur: 50km (31 mi)
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Big Sur/Lake Cachuma (1B, 1L, 1D)

Witness a waterfall cascading from granite cliffs into the ocean at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Included Activities:
Elephant Seal Rookery

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 380km)

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Day 4: Lake Cachuma/Los Angeles (1B)

The CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive into town.

Additional Notes:
For our night in Los Angeles, we give up camping in favour of a more comfortable experience in a hotel.

Included Activities:
Hollywood Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 195km)

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Day 5: Los Angeles/San Diego (1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free morning in LA. Cruise through Orange County then along the incredible Pacific coastline to San Diego.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)

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Day 6: San Diego (1B, 1D)

Enjoy free time in San Diego. Try the fish tacos the city is famous for, and check out the Old Town.

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Day 7: San Diego/Scottsdale (1B, 1L)

In the evening, enjoy a night out in historic downtown Scottsdale. Inspired by America's famous country music, opt to experience a real Western town.

Included Activities:
Imperial Sand Dunes Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 600km)

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Day 8: Scottsdale/Grand Canyon National Park (1L, 1D)

Get out the camera for this next breathtaking experience while taking in Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon to the Grand Canyon.

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

Included Activities:
Slide Rock State Park Visit
Grand Canyon Sunset

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 9: Grand Canyon National Park (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.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit

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Day 10: Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Powell (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to take a tour to Antelope Canyon and wander through this breathtaking cave to see beams of light, flowing rock walls, and and spiral arches created by flash flooding, wind, and rain.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 240km)

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Day 11: Lake Powell/Monument Valley (1B, 1L)

Explore Monument Valley on an optional 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:
Horseshoe Bend Hike

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 225km)

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Day 12: Monument Valley/Moab (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel amid spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Take a break and escape to one of the many trails, providing an unforgettable Canyon Country experience that will last a lifetime.

Included Activities:
Canyonlands National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 255km)

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Day 13: Moab (1B)

Explore Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. It contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore the park's viewpoints and hike to sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, and soaring pinnacles.

Included Activities:
Arches National Park Visit

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Day 14: Moab/Bryce Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12 into the heart of the American West before reaching Bryce Canyon National Park.

Included Activities:
Capitol Reef National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 445km)

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Day 15: Bryce Canyon National Park/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)

Boasting endless hiking possibilities, the region that the Virgin River has sculpted into a profound landscape masterpiece is a great setting to spend the afternoon. High plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls surround visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty.

For the night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel either at the end of or just a few blocks off the Strip.

Included Activities:
Zion National Park Visit
Vegas Strip Visit

Transport:
Approximate distance to Zion: 144km (89 mi); approximate distance from Zion to Las Vegas: 270km (168 mi)
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 16: 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 poolside. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

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Day 17: Las Vegas/Bishop (1L, 1D)

Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot 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.

Included Activities:
Death Valley National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 430km)

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Day 18: Bishop/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.

Additional Notes:
Note: we intend on using the Tioga Pass, 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 will 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:
Mono Lake Visit
Tioga Pass Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 236km)

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Day 19: Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Opt to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley.

Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit

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Day 20: Yosemite National Park/Petaluma (1B, 1L, 1D)

Venture out to world-famous wineries in beautiful Napa Valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch, then opt to taste delicious wine and leave the driving to us or opt to kayak on the scenic Napa River.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 21: Petaluma/San Francisco (1B)

Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 75km)

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Day 22: San Francisco

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.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
    • Orientation to Las Vegas
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (15 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private touring van
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about Navajo culture
  • Hike through the best of the West's parks
  • Stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Try your luck in Las Vegas
  • Drive California's scenic Highway 1.