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.

Start
Los Angeles, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Overland
Code
SSOW
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
431kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (4 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Las Vegas Strip tour
  • Route 66
  • Yosemite National Park

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Important notes

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

Trip notes

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