Western Express Northbound

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Was $1699  — Savings of 20% on Jun. 13, 2015
8 days,Los Angeles to San Francisco
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Bask in big city lights of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, wind through the streets of San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, feel the heat in Death Valley, get your kicks on Route 66

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, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sights—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 are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

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
  • Orientations to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco
  • Route 66 drive
  • Grand Canyon visit and stay with pizza dinner on the rim
  • Death Valley visit
  • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
  • Yosemite stay
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 1 dinner. (Allow USD200-225 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, 7 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 San Francisco to Los Angeles. See Western Express Southbound

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 1Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Los Angeles/Laughlin

Keep eyes peeled for celebs while heading out of town. Get familiar with the city before driving to Laughlin, Nevada.

Day 3Laughlin/Grand Canyon National Park(1D)

Travel to the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike (weather permitting) along the rim of the Grand Canyon or opt for a helicopter tour. Sunset pizza dinner at the rim.

Day 4Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

Travel to Sin City, stopping at a traditional roadside burger joint along the way. Enjoy exploring the Vegas strip, opt for a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots.

Day 5Las Vegas/Bishop

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

Day 6Bishop/Yosemite National Park

Travel via Tioga Pass and enjoy the view of Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers. Arrive in Yosemite for trekking (weather permitting) amongst the giant sequoias.

Day 7Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Enjoy an orientation of San Francisco, including attractions like Fisherman's Wharf and the stately Golden Gate Bridge. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills or set sail into the setting sun.

Day 8San Francisco

Depart at any time.

Nov 1 - Jun 15

Day 1Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Los Angeles/Laughlin

Keep eyes peeled for celebs while heading out of town. Get familiar with the city before driving to Laughlin, Nevada.

Day 3Laughlin/Grand Canyon National Park(1D)

Travel to the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike (weather permitting) along the rim of the Grand Canyon or opt for a helicopter tour. Sunset pizza dinner at the rim.

Day 4Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

Travel to Sin City, stopping at a traditional roadside burger joint along the way. Enjoy exploring the Vegas strip, opt for a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots.

Day 5Las Vegas/Bakersfield

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

Day 6Bakersfield/Yosemite National Park

Travel to Yosemite for some trekking (weather permitting) among the giant sequoias.

Day 7Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Enjoy an orientation of San Francisco, including attractions like Fisherman's Wharf and the stately Golden Gate Bridge. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills or set sail into the setting sun.

Day 8San Francisco

Depart at any time.

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