San Francisco to New Orleans Road Trip

16 days,San Francisco to New Orleans

Stroll the hills of San Francisco, catch a sunset at the Grand Canyon, marvel at cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, feel the heat in Death Valley, roll the dice in Las Vegas, search for wildlife in Yosemite.

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Bridging two iconic cities, this is a road trip that features amazing national parks, quirky landmarks and the spirit of America. Learn about Navajo culture, play the odds in Vegas, bask in genuine Southern hospitality and get your cowboy on in Texas. Centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are. With so much heart and soul and so much to see and do on the road to New Orleans, don’t leave your heart in San Francisco - because you’re going to need it.

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 with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation walk in Las Vegas. Guided tour of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. Sunset at the Grand Canyon. Self-guided cave tour in Carlsbad. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 12 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, walking
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO) throughout
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from New Orleans to San Francisco. See New Orleans to San Francisco Road Trip

Day 1 San Francisco

Arrive at any time. We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.

Day 2-3 Yosemite National Park (1B,1L,2D)

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way out of one of America's most popular cities. Marvel at spectacular views of Yosemite's peaks and granite domes. Hike to majestic waterfalls, lakes, meadows and amongst giant sequoias.

Day 4 Bishop (1B,1L,1D)

Awe at the spectacular scenery along Tioga Pass. Marvel at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake. Soak it up in secluded natural hot springs.

Day 5-6 Death Valley National Park/Las Vegas (1B,1L)

Visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America: Death Valley. Explore Las Vegas after a brief orientation walk with your CEO along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP limo ride.

Day 7-8 Grand Canyon National Park (1B,2L,2D)

Trek surrounded by awe-inspiring views, taking in this natural wonder, and opt to take a helicopter flight for a bird's-eye view of the canyon.

Day 9 Monument Valley (1B,1L)

Learn about Navajo culture and consider an optional Navajo-led 4x4 excursion tour.

Day 10 Mesa Verde National Park/Durango (1B,1L,1D)

Explore the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people on a guided hike to cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde.

Day 11 Santa Fe (1B,1L)

Take in Southwest culture in Santa Fe.

Day 12 Carlsbad (1B,1D)

Explore Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

Day 13 San Antonio (1B,1L,1D)

Cross into the state of Texas, birthplace of Tex-Mex food, 10-gallon hats, and Western movies.

Day 14 Houston (1B,1L,1D)

Check out historic San Antonio and the Alamo.

Day 15 New Orleans (1B)

Crank up the jazz and drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, and join the revelers on Bourbon Street.

Day 16 New Orleans (1B)

Depart at any time.

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