Stroll the streets of San Francisco, stargaze in Los Angeles, marvel at cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle, peer over the Grand Canyon rim, hike the best of the West's national parks.
Speckled with national parks, bustling cities, natural treasures and must-see monuments, the Southwest—America’s great wide open—is a living postcard. On this trip, you’ll venture inland from the Pacific Coast of California to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, camping outdoors and reconnecting with a side of this great country most rarely see. Paired up with an attentive and knowledgeable CEO, this trip is perfect for nature-minded travellers eager to see the best of the Southwest in a short period of time.
- Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation to Las Vegas. Drive California's scenic Highway 1 including Monterey and Big Sur. Entrance fee to Montezuma Castle. Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon.
- 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners. (Allow USD200-250 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (4 nts), participation camping (11 nts)
- Air-conditioned private touring van
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
- Small group experience; Max 13, avg 10.
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Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-3 San Francisco/Big Sur (1B, 1L, 2D)
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way out of one of America's most popular cities. Wind the roads of the coast, checking out Big Sur and Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP. Enjoy a campfire at Cachuma Lake.
Day 4-6 Los Angeles/San Diego (2B, 1L, 2D)
Be on the lookout for celebrities as you pass by a few popular sites on your way into one of California's most glamourous city, Los Angeles. Opt to check out Universal Studies before continuing on to San Diego. Try the fish tacos the city is famous for, and check out the Old Town.
Day 7 Scottsdale (1B, 1L)
Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California. Travel to Scottsdale for a real southwest cowboy town experience.
Day 8-9 Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 2L, 2D)
Visit Montezuma Castle. Enjoy a pizza dinner at the Grand Canyon rim at sunset. Hike and explore this natural wonder, and take an optional helicopter flight for a bird's-eye view.
Day 10-11 Lake Powell/Monument Valley (2B, 2L, 1D)
Visit the Glen Canyon Dam. Take an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Learn about Navajo culture at Monument Valley and opt for a 4x4 excursion with a Navajo guide.
Day 12-13 Moab (2B, 1L, 1D)
Hike in Canyonlands NP, take in sunset at Dead Horse Point and visit the rock formations of Arches NP. Opt to go rafting or mountain biking.
Day 14 Bryce Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12. Learn about the Fremont culture and view petroglyphs at Capitol Reef NP. See how it's done on an optional rodeo visit (seasonal).
Day 15 Zion National Park/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)
Get your legs moving while hiking in Zion NP. Explore Las Vegas after a brief orientation walk with your CEO along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP limo ride.
Day 16 Las Vegas
Depart at any time.
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