Basking in big city lights in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, hiking through Yosemite, sweating buckets in Death Valley, driving Route 66, reliving the Wild West at the ghost town of Calico
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, the San Francisco to Los Angeles itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sites—like the atmospheric mining town of Laughlin—you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances fees are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.
- All national park and national monument fees. San Francisco orientation walk. Yosemite stay. Tioga Pass drive (seasonal). Death Valley visit. Las Vegas orientation walk. Grand Canyon visit and stay with pizza dinner on the rim. Route 66 drive. Los Angeles orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 1 dinner. (Allow USD200-225 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (7 nts).
- Air conditioned private touring van, walking
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
- Small group experience; Max 13, avg 10
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This trip also runs in reverse from Los Angeles to San Francisco. See Western Express Northbound
This tour runs year round with slight variations in summer and winter. If you are travelling mid-June through October, you will be on the summer itinerary. If you are travelling from Nov 1 to mid-June, you will be follow the winter itinerary. Additionally, we may revert to the winter itinerary in the shoulder seasons in the event of inclement weather.
Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.
Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite NP
See some sights like Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of town. Drive to Yosemite National Park.
Day 3 Yosemite NP/Bishop (summer)/Bakersfield (winter)
Hike (weather permitting) past Yosemite's waterfalls and amongst the giant sequoias while keeping a keen eye out for wildlife. In the summer, travel via the Tioga Pass.
Day 4 Death Valley/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 for a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots.
Day 5 Grand Canyon NP (1D)
Hike (weather permitting) along the gorge of the Grand Canyon. Opt to take a helicopter tour. Enjoy a sunset dinner at the rim.
Day 6 Laughlin
Take a final morning at this world wonder, then drive Route 66. We'll stop at a traditional burger joint before arriving in Laughlin.
Day 7 Los Angeles
Drive to Los Angeles and go stargazing on an orientation walk. Drive along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills before spending a night on the town.
Day 8 Los Angeles
Depart at any time.
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