Canyon Country & Coasts

16 days,San Francisco to Las Vegas

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, drive California's scenic Highway 1.

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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.

What's Included

Free Wi-FiThis adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.
  • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation walk in Las Vegas. Entrance fee to Montezuma Castle. Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners. (Allow USD200-250 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (11 nts)
  • Air-conditioned private touring van
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO) throughout
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
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 the 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. Camp out at Cachuma Lake.

Day 4-6 Los Angeles/San Diego (2B, 1L, 2D)

Be on the lookout for celebrities while passing a few popular sites on the way into 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 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 the cave-dwellings at 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, 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)

Go hiking in Zion NP. Explore Las Vegas after a brief orientation walk with the CEO along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP limo ride.

Day 16 Las Vegas

Depart at any time.

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