San Francisco to New Orleans Road Trip

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16 days,San Francisco to New Orleans
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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.

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.)
  • Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
  • Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (11 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!

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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

Itinerary

Day 1San Francisco

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

Day 2San Francisco/Yosemite National Park(1D)

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of one of America's most popular cities. Drive into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and set up camp.

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

Enjoy a free day in Yosemite National Park.

Day 4Yosemite National Park/Bishop(1B, 1L, 1D)

Awe at the spectacular scenery along Tioga Pass. Marvel at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake. Opt to soak in secluded natural hot springs.

Day 5Bishop/Las Vegas(1B, 1L)

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP party limo.

Day 6Las Vegas

Free time in Las Vegas.

Day 7Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park(1D)

Travel Route 66, then arrive at the beautiful Grand Canyon. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight, then enjoy a sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon.

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

Enjoy free time in Grand Canyon NP.

Day 9Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley(1B, 1L)

Drive along the southern rim of the canyon, then opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley, on an optional overnight excursion.

Day 10Monument Valley/Durango(1B, 1L, 1D)

Wind up the side of a mountain through Mesa Verde NP's rocky slopes and inspiring vistas. Hike to ancient cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde before continuing on to Durango.

Day 11Durango/Santa Fe(1B, 1L)

Continue to Santa Fe and dive into the Southwest culture in this historic city.

Day 12Santa Fe/Carlsbad(1B, 1L, 1D)

Stop off at infamous Roswell en route to explore the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

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

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

Day 14San Antonio/Houston(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the Alamo in historic San Antonio, deep in the heart of Texas, then continue on to Houston in the afternoon.

Day 15Houston/New Orleans(1B)

Crank up the jazz and drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, and join the revellers on Bourbon Street 'til the early hours.

Day 16New Orleans(1B)

Depart at any time.

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