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 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.
Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park
On the way out of San Francisco, take in some final sights. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, where on a clear day you can see the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge to one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
Drive past some iconic attractions of the city as we head the towards the Sierra Nevadas. Stop to try some of the region’s best produce en route to Yosemite National Park.
Day 3 Yosemite National Park
Discover Yosemite’s peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.
Day 4 Yosemite National Park/Bakersfield
Hike past Yosemite’s waterfalls and amongst the giant sequoias while keeping a keen eye out for wildlife.
Day 5 Bakersfield/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 6 Las 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 7 Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park
Visit Zion, Utah’s oldest national park. Explore towering cliffs and massive canyon walls. Hike diverse and exciting trails. Head to Bryce Canyon.
Day 8 Bryce Canyon National Park/Lake Powell
Explore Bryce Canyon National Park on trails among the amphitheatres and multi-coloured rock pinnacles called hoodoos before heading to Lake Powell. Opt for a barbecue dinner and a sunset horseback ride (seasonal).
Day 9 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 10 Grand Canyon National Park (1L, 1D)
Depart Monument Valley in the morning and stop for lunch just outside the Grand Canyon at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra. Enter the park and drive along the south rim, stopping at Desert View to take in the grandeur of the canyon. Continue further into the park and opt to take a short hike into the canyon (weather permitting) or wander along rim trail to admire the views. Enjoy sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon watching the way the light changes the colors.
Day 11 Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City
Pre-book a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Travel to Sedona for lunch and check out the stunning landscape with a short hike overlooking the red and orange cliffs. Continue on and stop for dinner and to get some kicks on historic Route 66. After dinner, arrive to Lake Havasu City for the night.
Day 12 Joshua Tree National Park/San Diego
Make a quick stop to see a bit of London spanning€ross the Colorado River. Then head to Joshua Tree National Park, for a hike amongst the boulders and yuccas. Continue to San Diego, where sun, sand, food, and fun all await in this beautiful beach city.
Day 13 San Diego
Enjoy free time to explore or just sit back and relax in the sun and sand.
Day 14 San 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 15 Los Angeles
Depart at any time.
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