Experience the incredible natural landscapes of California and Arizona.

Reawaken your senses on a trip through the national parks, deserts and beaches of California and Arizona. Breathtaking natural landscapes await, from the rolling vineyards of Napa to the rampaging waterfalls of Yosemite and the surreal colours of Monument Valley's desert. See the world’s largest trees and the highest mountain peaks in Sequoia National Park. Be mesmerised by the spectacular valley of the Grand Canyon and explore the rocky terrain of Death Valley. Along the way, there are cultural experiences to give you an appreciation for different ways of life. Learn about Najavo culture in the USA’s largest Native American settlement and make like a cowboy in historic downtown Prescott. Each stop on this trip promises incredible landscapes that make you feel like you’re in a whole different world.

San Francisco, United States
Los Angeles, United States
United States
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
652kg pp per trip


  • Explore rolling vineyards in Californian wine country
  • Hike under the cooling breeze of Nevada Falls
  • See the largest living tree in the world
  • Be mesmerised by Death Valley’s striking volcanic landscape
  • Get a cowboy experience at an Arizona ranch
  • Visit the largest Native American reservation and learn about the Najavo tribe
  • Stand in awe of the incredible Grand Canyon


This chilled out waterfront city greets you briefly, but it is as swift a kiss as the breeze off Pier 39. If you'd like extra time to explore the wonders of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and SoMa, journey to this gorgeous city a few days early.
Welcome to wine country. Explore the vast stretches of rolling vineyards, quaint farms and acres of parkland around this scenic valley. Perhaps visit the home and final resting place of author Jack London and, of course, sample some the region’s best wine and cheese.
Be dwarfed by the world’s largest living tree, the giant sequoia tree, spot bucks prancing in the wild and gaze in wonder at the 3,081 sq km that is America’s most popular national park. Yosemite is an historic emblem of California and offers visitors incredible hiking trails, impressive geological formations and jaw-dropping scenic views. Spend a few days getting in touch with nature while hiking to the Nevada Falls and serene Mirror Lake.
Welcome to the land of giants, where every huge mountain has a twin plunging canyon. The major drawcard of this region is visiting the Giant Forest, where breathtakingly tall trees stretch up to 80 metres. Perhaps climb the impressive Moro Rock, which will elevate trekkers to 2,050 m above sea level. Be sure to visit the country’s deepest canyon and then take a breather in a quiet spot to truly appreciate the spectacular surrounding scenery.
It may sound grim, yet Death Valley is anything but. Explore huge sand dunes, sculptured rocks and volcanic craters before taking a stroll on the stunning salt flats. It is bizarre, unearthly and hot – but worth every moment.
There is no greater contrast than the serene surroundings of the great outdoors and the mouth of ‘Sin City’. Play responsibly, chomp away at an all-you-can-eat buffet, see a volcano at the Mirage, meet a gladiator at Caesars and spot the Eiffel Tower and pyramids on the strip. That’s Vegas, baby.
Discover some of Utah’s most captivating sights in Zion National Park. Stare up in awe at the enormous sandstone cliffs, be mesmerised by cascading waterfalls, rock-hop across gently flowing streams on the path out to the Emerald Pools and discover the unique flora and fauna that call this park home.
Enjoy the wide open spaces and sleep overnight in a ranch hand’s bunkhouse at Lake Powell. Relax in a sandstone cave, walk around the area or get active on the lake, whether in flippers or on a kayak or boat.
Learn about the Navajo Indians, the largest Native American tribe in the US, at Monument Valley, where more than 200,000 native people live. Go for a walk past giant sandstone pillars and rock pinnacles in this truly unique and breathtaking landscape.
Taking between three and six million years to form, the incredible Grand Canyon is the US's most famous national landmark and stretches 28 km wide, 365 km long and more than 1.6 km deep. Explore this site on foot while walking the South Rim Trail or hiking to Plateau Point. Alternatively, opt to take to the skies on a scenic helicopter ride over the spectacular valley.
Once the capital of Arizona, Prescott is now a small town with a whole lot of charm. Stroll though Prescott’s historic downtown and head to Whiskey Row, a place where America’s most famous cowboys and notorious outlaws once came to drink. Perhaps head to Prescott National Forest, see the stunning Willow and Watson lakes or hang about in town and watch a true blue rodeo show.
Journey to the ‘City of Angels’ to see the Hollywood sign, shop on Rodeo Drive or laze on Venice Beach. Explore the impressive collection at the Getty Center, including the art works of Van Gogh and Monet, or chase down the city’s best food trucks before this feisty adventure ends.
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1 breakfast2 dinners
Private vehicle
Cabin (multishare) (2 nights), Hogan (1 night), Hotel (10 nights), Motel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Jeep tour & overnight experience
  • Monument Valley Tribal Park Entry Fee
  • San Francisco Dinner Urban Adventure
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park


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