American Gold Rush Overview

A thrilling adventure tour through the national parks of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, including visits to San Francisco, Vegas and Los Angeles.

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A thrilling adventure tour through California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona

From the steep streets of San Francisco to the exhilarating buzz of Vegas, this is a thrilling tour through California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. We take the excitement of some of the country's best cities, add a huge dollop of spectacular, natural wonders and throw in plenty of optional activities - and free time to enjoy them - for good measure. Stride out on a Yosemite trail, stare down into the depths of the Grand Canyon and visit the largest Indian reservation in America. Travel across the scenic Nevada Desert, sleep on the shores of Lake Powell and stroll the diamond-studded streets of downtown Los Angeles. For memories that will last a lifetime, jump on board this invigorating jaunt.

  • Be awed by the indescribable beauty of Bryce Canyon
  • Delight in the excesses of Sin City, aka Vegas
  • Enjoy a picturesque road trip en route to the Nevada Desert
  • Explore hiking trails in Yosemite
  • Gaze out over the emerald San Francisco Bay
  • Hike beneath giant sandstone domes in Capitol Reef
  • Learn about Navajo culture
  • Live it up in lively Los Angeles city

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    San Francisco, United States
  • Finish:

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 13
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with facilities) (11 nts), Hostel (1 nt), Hotel (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas Strip tour, Monument Valley National Tribal Park, Route 66, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    941kg pp per trip
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Day 1 San Francisco

Discover the steep streets of San Francisco - a perfect opportunity to give the legs a workout before tackling the USA's famous national parks.

Days 2-3 Yosemite National Park

Leave urban life behind for the great outdoors. Home to El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park is vast and full of iconic vistas.

Day 4 Cathedral Gorge State Park

Be enveloped by the Eastern Sierra Nevada and travel past breathtaking mountain scenery and tranquil lakes en route to the Nevada Desert.

Day 5 Zion National Park

With a spectacular gorge snaking through dramatic desert and canyon country, Zion National Park will leave a lasting impression. In free time, head out to explore some of Zion's many hiking trails.

Day 6 Bryce Canyon National Park

Stop off for a hike in Red Canyon on the way to Bryce Canyon. Known for its stunning, sculpted rock formations, this area is best explored on foot. In the evening, watch the famous Bryce hoodoos (tall, thin rock spires) showcase a kaleidoscope of colour changes as the sun sets.

Days 7-8 Moab

Discover prehistoric cliffs capped by white sandstone in the Capitol Reef National Park. Journey on through the craggy Moab mountains and take the opportunity to hike, bike or raft through this outdoor playground.

Day 9 Monument Valley

Part of the biggest Native American reservation in the United States, Monument Valley is a marvel of giant sandstone formations strewn across the desert. Experience Navajo culture, watch as the sun paints the landscape with golden hues and sleep under the vast desert sky.

Day 10 Lake Powell/Western Ranch Camp

With a dramatic backdrop of blood-red rock, Lake Powell's canyons and waterways offer stunning vistas and idyllic hidden wonders. Cross the Glen Canyon Dam and head to the high country for a memorable night at a western ranch camp.

Days 11-12 Grand Canyon

Be spellbound by the sheer scale of this natural wonder. Twisting its way across the Arizona landscape for more than 400 km, Grand Canyon will leave you breathless.

Days 13-14 Las Vegas

Drive through the Kaibab National Forest and Mojave Desert en route to 'Sin City'. Soak up the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, one of the USA's most frequented holiday destinations.

Day 15 Los Angeles

As the 'City of Angels' and a repository of dreams, this is the glittering epicentre of California. Los Angeles is packed with attractions and iconic sights - it's worth spending an extra day or two if time permits.
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