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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.

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  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 127014
  • Starts: San Francisco,
  • Finishes: San Francisco,
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  • 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. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: San Francisco/Napa Valley (1D)

Enjoy a free morning in San Francisco. Opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills, check out Haight-Ashbury, or wander the streets. Later, trade in the city for the vineyards of beautiful Napa Valley and opt for a wine tasting.

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

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Day 3: Napa Valley/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave the Napa Valley behind, and head to beautiful Yosemite. Drive through the park to discover peaks, granite domes, giant sequoias, and majestic waterfalls before setting up camp.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 4: 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 5: Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevadas (1B, 1L, 1D)

Hike one of the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. 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!

In the afternoon, visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers. Arrive in Bishop, surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,267m) in elevation.

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:
Tioga Pass Drive
Mono Lake Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 120km)

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Day 6: Sierra Nevadas/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Death Valley National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 430km)

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Day 7: 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 8: Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park (1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Vegas Strip Visit
Zion National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 270km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.50 hours, 144km)

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Day 9: Bryce Canyon National Park/Moab (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Bryce Canyon and see its famous hoodoos before driving along isolated Scenic Byway 12 to Moab.

Included Activities:
Bryce Canyon National Park Visit
Capitol Reef National Park Visit

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

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Day 10: 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 11: Moab/Monument Valley (1B, 1L)

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. Later, 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:
Canyonlands National Park Visit

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

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Day 12: Monument Valley/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.

Included Activities:
Horseshoe Bend Hike

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

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Day 13: Lake Powell/Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon Sunset

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

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Day 14: 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.

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:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit

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Day 15: Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City (1B, 1L, 1D)

Say farewell to the Grand Canyon and continue to Lake Havasu. Check out the famous London Bridge or cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 400km)

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Day 16: Lake Havasu City/San Diego (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Joshua Tree NP Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 250km)

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Day 17: 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 18: San Diego/Los Angeles (1B, 1L)

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

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.

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

Included Activities:
Hollywood Visit

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

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Day 19: Los Angeles/Lake Cachuma (1D)

Enjoy a free morning in LA. Later, travel up the coast to camp out at Cachuma Lake.

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

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Day 20: Lake Cachuma/Big Sur (1B, 1L, 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. Later, witness a waterfall cascading from granite cliffs into the ocean at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Additional Notes:
Due to recent landslides, large portions of the Pacific Coastal Highway have been closed from damage. For departures through 2017, we'll be travelling on an inland route from Lake Cachuma, and visiting Pinnacles National Park instead of Big Sur.

Included Activities:
Elephant Seal Rookery

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

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Day 21: Big Sur/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.

Additional Notes:
Due to road closures on the Pacific Coastal Highway from recent landslides, for departure through 2017 we'll be travelling directly from Pinnacles National Park to Monterey today, before continuing on to San Francisco.

Included Activities:
Monterey Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 185km)

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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
    • Death Valley visit
    • Orientation to Las Vegas
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (5 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (16 nts)
    • 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    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.