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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. 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.

North America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUNP.B/201706
  • Starts: San Francisco, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
You will Visit
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Bakersfield
  • Las Vegas
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Lake Powell
  • Monument Valley
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Lake Havasu City
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary

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Day 1: San Francisco

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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

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Day 2: San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

See some sights like Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of town. Drive to 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.

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Day 3: Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.
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.

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Day 4: Yosemite National Park/Bakersfield

Hike (weather permitting) past Yosemite's waterfalls and amongst the giant sequoias while keeping a keen eye out for wildlife.
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. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

Drive to Bakersfield for the night.

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Day 5: Bakersfield/Las Vegas

Visit desolate Death Valley — the hottest, driest, and lowest spot on the continent. Carry on to Las Vegas and explore the famous Vegas strip. Opt to take a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots.

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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.

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Day 7: Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit Zion, Utah's oldest national park. Explore towering cliffs and massive canyon walls. Hike diverse and exciting trails (weather permitting). Head to Bryce Canyon.
Arrive in Bryce Canyon just in time to witness one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Southwest.

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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).

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Day 9: Monument Valley

Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, shaped by the Colorado River. Discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. Explore on a 4x4 tour led by a Navajo guide.
Take an optional tour to Antelope Canyon, the second largest of its kind in North America.

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Day 10: Grand Canyon National Park

Travel to the Grand Canyon and wander along trails. Admire the views and enjoy sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Opt to watch the IMAX Grand Canyon movie.
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.

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Day 11: Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City

Opt to get a bird's-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.

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Day 12: Joshua Tree National Park/San Diego

Visit Joshua Tree National Park, then head to San Diego. Sun, sand, food, and fun all await in this beautiful beach city.
When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs.

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Day 13: San Diego

Enjoy free time to explore or just sit back and relax in the sun and sand.
San Diego is a great city to experience where life is lived outdoors.

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Day 14: San Diego/Los Angeles

Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to Los Angeles. See the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation to the area. Drive through Beverly Hills and check out Rodeo Drive.
Discover why Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach are highlights of Los Angeles. Opt to rent a bike.

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Day 15: Los Angeles

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    • Bryce Canyon NP visit
    • Glen Canyon Dam visit
    • Horseshoe Bend scenic viewpoint stop
    • Jeep tour with local Navajo guide (Monument Valley)
    • Grand Canyon visit with sunset at the rim
    • Sedona visit
    • Joshua Tree NP visit
    • Free time in Las Vegas and San Diego
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts)
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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