Ultimate California Southbound

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

An epic road trip through California's best cities and sights

Embark on an epic road trip under the hazy Californian sun. Travel through some of the country's best national parks, including Yosemite, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon. Dance with Lady Luck in Las Vegas and wind up amid the cultural contradictions of captivating Los Angeles, an exciting whirlwind of stardust and desert rocks. Experience these colourful fragments of American culture and much more, with memories sure to be vivid long after the Ultimate California tour has ended.

  • Sip lattes overlooking San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
  • Admire the granite cliffs in Yosemite park
  • Camp under a canopy of stars in the Sierra Nevada
  • Stay cool in Death Valley
  • Dance with Lady Luck in Las Vegas
  • Enjoy a spot of hiking in the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon
  • Experience a western sunset over the Colorado River
  • Follow a trail of stardust through the stirring city of Los Angeles

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Day 1 San Francisco

As a truly multicultural city, San Francisco has a wealth of cuisines, cultures, artistic events and eclectic scenes over every hill and around every corner.

Day 2 Yosemite National Park

If heaven descended to Earth, it would probably look like Yosemite. One of America's most popular national parks, its waterfalls, dramatic cliffs and wilderness areas are breathtaking.

Day 3 Sierra Nevada

A mountain range that runs for 640 km through California and Nevada, the Sierra Nevada is host to stunning mountain peaks, alpine lakes and beautiful wilderness areas.

Days 4-5 Death Valley/Las Vegas

Located within the Mojave Desert, Death Valley is one of North America's hottest places. Despite its grim name, the area is beautiful and full of life. To witness the roll of the dice, the brightness of the lights and the general ostentatiousness of Las Vegas is a quintessential American experience.

Day 6 Grand Canyon

Words don't do justice to the Grand Canyon, a stunning 1.5 km deep gorge formed by over six million years of erosion from the Colorado River.

Day 7 Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu is actually a reservoir on the Colorado River created in the 1930s. It's a popular place known for fishing, boating and hiking.

Day 8 Joshua Tree National Park/Los Angeles

Owing its worldwide fame to U2, the Joshua Tree National Park lies within the Mojave and Colorado deserts and is striking for its rock formations and incredible night skies. Stars, surf, superficiality and sunshine - Los Angeles is a bold, sprawling city with a pronounced swagger and a surprising amount of charm.