Set out on a nine-day quest through some of California’s greatest national parks. From the arid, sun-scorched landscapes of Death Valley to the astonishing giant redwoods of Sequoia National Park and Yosemite’s awe-inspiring panorama of granite domes, this adventure covers a lot of ground – and almost every type of terrain imaginable.
Day 1 Las Vegas
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park (1B)
Leave the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas behind and travel to Death Valley — the lowest, hottest, and driest place in North America. Marvel at the extremes of this landscape.
Day 3 Death Valley National Park/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1D)
Sit back and enjoy the views on this full day drive via the mountain town of Bishop and€ross the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, along the famed Tioga Pass. Arrive into the Yosemite area by evening.
Day 4 Yosemite National Park (1B)
With our CEO, explore stunning Yosemite National Park in the High Sierra. Explore on foot to view majestic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows, and walk among pristine groves in Yosemite.
Day 5 Yosemite National Park/Sequoia National Park (1B)
Depart early and walk through California’s Sequoia National Park alongside a naturalist. Learn about these impressive giant trees and enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail. Drive to Big Tree Trail for an afternoon hike and learn about how National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees in the heart of the park to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. This evening, we return to the park for an evening of stargazing with an expert from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC).
Day 6 Sequoia National Park/Monterey (1B, 1D)
Travel to Monterey and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast.
Day 7 Monterey (1B)
Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour specially arranged for National Geographic Journeys travellers. Get an inside look at the workings of this world-class organization and find out how the Aquarium’s mission aligns with that of National Geographic. After, enjoy a free afternoon. Opt to explore the Bay, or wander historic Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row.
Day 8 Monterey/San Francisco (1B)
Continue on a scenic coastal drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco for our final evening. Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America’s most popular cities. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle, or embark on a boat ride into the setting sun.
Day 9 San Francisco (1B)
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