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From ghost towns and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sights like the atmospheric mining town of Laughlin youll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what youre seeing. Best of all, national park entrances are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

North America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 127028
  • Starts: Los Angeles,
  • Finishes: San Francisco,
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco



Day 1: Los Angeles

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Notes:
We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Los Angeles/Laughlin

Pack up the van in the morning and check out the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation tour. Drive through Beverly Hills and be dazzled by one of the world's most exclusive three-block district: Rodeo Drive.

In the late morning, capture the Old West spirit in one of the best-preserved silver mining towns in California.

In late afternoon, continue on to Laughlin, Nevada, for the night.

Included Activities:
Orientation Drive
Hollywood Visit

Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 465km)


Day 3: Laughlin/Grand Canyon National Park (1D)

Drive to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles, the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike (weather permitting) at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim while watching a stunning sunset.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit

Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 332km)


Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon and enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. After, hit the road and head towards Las Vegas, Nevada.

Get your kicks on Route 66 and stop at one of the wackiest, off-beat burger joints around. Continue on to explore the 'city of lights', Las Vegas, along the famous Vegas Strip.

Opt to try the VIP limo experience.

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:
Route 66 Drive

Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)


Day 5: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Travel to one of the country's most rugged landscapes — the legendary Death Valley, California. Soak in the dramatic landscape.

Later, travel to Bishop. Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (3,962m) 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 stargazing is amazing.

Included Activities:
Death Valley National Park Visit

Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 450km)


Day 6: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Head out of town towards Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias. If lucky, spot black bears, deer or coyotes with a keen eye.

Spend the night just outside the national park.

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:
Tioga Pass Drive
Yosemite National Park Visit

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


Day 7: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Depart in the morning for one of the greatest cities in the world: San Francisco.

Discover some of the iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and Art Deco design.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

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


Day 8: San Francisco

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

    • All national park and national monument fees
    • Orientations to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco
    • Calico Ghost Town visit
    • Route 66 drive
    • Grand Canyon visit with sunset pizza dinner on the rim
    • Death Valley visit
    • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
    • Yosemite stay
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 1 dinner
    • Air-conitioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bask in the big city lights of Los Angeles and Las Vegas
  • Wind through the streets of San Francisco
  • Hike through Yosemite
  • Feel the heat in Death Valley
  • Get your kicks on Route 66