National Parks & Bright Lights

From$3299USD
15 days,San Francisco to Los Angeles
NUNP

Search for stars in Los Angeles, meet the Navajo in stunning Monument Valley, marvel at the Grand Canyon, hike in the beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, roll the dice in Las Vegas.

From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the Western US. It’s perfect for the traveller looking to breathe in the scent of the sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly ‘hoodoos’ in Bryce Canyon National Park and the desert scenery in Death Valley—the lowest spot on the continent—before taking an optional helicopter ride above the incomparable Grand Canyon. You won’t just visit the West Coast—you’ll live 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.
  • All national park and national monument fees
  • Orientation to San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles
  • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
  • Death Valley visit
  • Zion NP visit
  • Glen Canyon Dam visit with Horseshoe Bend stop
  • Jeep tour with local Navajo guide (Monument Valley)
  • Grand Canyon visit and stay with pizza dinner on the rim
  • Slide Rock State Park visit
  • Sedona stop
  • Montezuma Castle stop
  • Imperial Sand Dunes visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 1 dinner. (Allow USD375-400 for meals not included.)
  • Air-con private touring van, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 14, avg 10
  • Hotels (twin-share with en suite facilities, 14 nts).

Add to Your Experience

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

The Grand Canyon helicopter ride is a must! Enjoy a bird's-eye view as you fly over the canyon, taking in the stark contrast of the the blue-green Colorado River against the thousand shades of red rock found in the canyon. From above you can fully appreciate the greatness of the gorge and see why it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Muir Woods & Sonoma Wine Country Tour

Make the most of your time on the West Coast and be blown away by the tallest trees in the world, the Coastal Redwoods. Wander through the paths between the trees and marvel at their size, then head to Sonoma wine country and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tasting some of California’s famous wine.

Napa & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

Wine enthusiasts shouldn't miss this tour that includes visits to both the famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. On this educational tour, you'll walk through the vineyards, view the wine caves, and watch a wine-making demonstration. There'll also be plenty of time to taste the nectar of the gods!

Itinerary Notes

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.

Itinerary

Jun 16 - Oct 31

Day 1San Francisco

Arrive at any time.

Day 2San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

See some sights like Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of town. Drive to Yosemite National Park.

Day 3Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.

Day 4Yosemite National Park/Bishop

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 5Bishop/Las Vegas

Head to desolate Death Valley — the hottest, driest, and lowest spot in North America.

Day 6Las Vegas

Enjoy a full free day to explore Las Vegas. Wander the strip, do some shopping, and refuel at one of the many bars or restaurants. Opt to take in a glitzy Las Vegas show or to head out on a day trip to the Hoover Dam.

Day 7Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit Zion, Utah's oldest national park. Explore towering cliffs and massive canyon walls. Hike diverse and exciting trails (weather permitting). Head to Bryce Canyon.

Day 8Bryce Canyon National Park/Lake Powell

Explore Bryce Canyon NP on trails (weather permitting) among the amphitheaters and multi-coloured rock pinnacles called hoodoos before heading to Lake Powell. Opt for a cowboy steak dinner and a sunset horseback ride (seasonal).

Day 9Lake Powell/Monument Valley

Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, shaped by the Colorado River. Discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. Explore on a 4x4 tour led by a Navajo guide.

Day 10Monument Valley/Grand Canyon National Park(1D)

Travel to the Grand Canyon and wander along trails. Admire the views and have a pizza dinner at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Opt to take a helicopter flight or watch the IMAX Grand Canyon movie.

Day 11Grand Canyon National Park/Scottsdale

Enjoy a picnic and cool off at Slide Rock SP. Stop in stunning Sedona on the way to the 'Valley of the Sun'. Visit Montezuma Castle. In the evening, enjoy a night out in old town Scottsdale.

Day 12Scottsdale/San Diego

Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, then head to San Diego. Sun, sand, food, and fun all await in this beautiful beach city.

Day 13San Diego

Use free time to explore or just sit back and relax in the sun and sand.

Day 14San Diego/Los Angeles

Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to Los Angeles. See the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation to the area. Drive through Beverly Hills and check out Rodeo Drive.

Day 15Los Angeles

Depart at any time.

Nov 1 - Jun 15

Day 1San Francisco

Arrive at any time.

Day 2San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

See some sights like Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of town. Drive to Yosemite National Park.

Day 3Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.

Day 4Yosemite National Park/Bakersfield

Hike (weather permitting) past Yosemite's waterfalls and amongst the giant sequoias while keeping a keen eye out for wildlife.

Day 5Bakersfield/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 to take a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots.

Day 6Las Vegas

Enjoy a full free day to explore Las Vegas. Wander the strip, do some shopping, and refuel at one of the many bars or restaurants. Opt to take in a glitzy Las Vegas show or to head out on a day trip to the Hoover Dam.

Day 7Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit Zion, Utah's oldest national park. Explore towering cliffs and massive canyon walls. Hike diverse and exciting trails (weather permitting). Head to Bryce Canyon.

Day 8Bryce Canyon National Park/Lake Powell

Explore Bryce Canyon NP on trails (weather permitting) among the amphitheaters and multi-coloured rock pinnacles called hoodoos before heading to Lake Powell. Opt for a cowboy steak dinner and a sunset horseback ride (seasonal).

Day 9Lake Powell/Monument Valley

Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, shaped by the Colorado River. Discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. Explore on a 4x4 tour led by a Navajo guide.

Day 10Monument Valley/Grand Canyon National Park(1D)

Travel to the Grand Canyon and wander along trails. Admire the views and have a pizza dinner at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Opt to take a helicopter flight or watch the IMAX Grand Canyon movie.

Day 11Grand Canyon National Park/Scottsdale

Enjoy a picnic and cool off at Slide Rock SP. Stop in stunning Sedona on the way to the 'Valley of the Sun'. Visit Montezuma Castle. In the evening, enjoy a night out in old town Scottsdale.

Day 12Scottsdale/San Diego

Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, then head to San Diego. Sun, sand, food, and fun all await in this beautiful beach city.

Day 13San Diego

Use free time to explore or just sit back and relax in the sun and sand.

Day 14San Diego/Los Angeles

Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to Los Angeles. See the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation to the area. Drive through Beverly Hills and check out Rodeo Drive.

Day 15Los Angeles

Depart at any time.

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