Ultimate California Northbound Overview

Experience the best of both worlds on this ultimate tour of California. From glitzy LA and chic San Fran to the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree and Yosemite.

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Explore the iconic sights of California, Nevada and Arizona

Embark on a road trip under the hazy Californian sun, passing through some of the USA's best national parks including the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Yosemite. Drive down the infamous Route 66 and finish up amid the cultural contradictions of captivating San Francisco. Experience the colourful fragments of American culture and much more with memories sure to be vivid long after the tour has ended.

  • Follow the trail of stardust in Hollywood
  • Visit Joshua Tree National Park
  • Hike around the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Road trip along iconic Route 66
  • See the neon lights of Las Vegas, Nevada's iconic city
  • Survey the stark landscape of Death Valley
  • Admire the granite cliffs of Yosemite National Park
  • Negotiate the steep streets of San Francisco

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Finish:

    San Francisco, United States
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 13
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with facilities) (4 nts), Hotel (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Las Vegas Strip tour, Route 66, Yosemite National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    431kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note that from May 2013 ,this trip will depart on Sundays

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Day 1 Los Angeles

Begin the Californian adventure amid the skyscrapers and stardust of Los Angeles. City lights, glittering buildings and long beaches - LA is the perfect place to start this trip.

Day 2 Joshua Tree National Park/Lake Havasu

Travel through the unique flora and rock formations of the scenic Joshua National Park then scoot across the Colorado River to camp near Lake Havasu.

Day 3 Grand Canyon

Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy an afternoon hike along the rim or down into the chasm itself. For a real treat, take an optional helicopter ride over this famous landmark before catching a spectacular Grand Canyon sunset.

Days 4-5 Las Vegas

Journey along the infamous Route 66. Travel across the Mojave Desert and head towards Las Vegas, a fast, hedonistic world where neon lights shine bright and fortunes can be won or lost with the roll of the dice.

Day 6 Sierra Nevada

Cross through Death Valley - one of the hottest deserts on the planet - and see sculpted rocks, isolated valleys and volcanic craters. Walk among gigantic sand dunes and witness the canyon and mountain walls change colour with the shifting sunlight.

Day 7 Yosemite National Park

Journey to Yosemite National Park, a larger-than-life photographer's dream. The stunning combination of granite cliffs, waterfalls and green meadows set against a blue sky makes for an unforgettable day out. Choose to follow the paved path to Mirror Lake in time for a golden sunset.

Day 8 San Francisco

Travel the final stretch to sensational San Francisco, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the United States. Why not stay on to get a taste of everything this beautiful bay city has to offer? Sample the delights of Chinatown, spend a lazy afternoon in Golden Gate Park or gawk at hundreds of sunbaking sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf.
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