Venture into the USA's wild western heartlands on this remarkable two-week adventure from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Experience the brazen brashness of the world's most famous gambling city, then take in the dramatic desert landscapes of the Canyonlands and Arches national parks. Marvel at the surreal rock formations of Monument Valley, take a refreshing dip in the winding waterways of Lake Powell and brave a walk across the scorching plains of Death Valley. A corner of the world replete with astounding natural wonders, this jam-packed journey will leave an indelible impression of the United States' sheer beauty.

Start
Las Vegas, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Explorer
Code
SSRTC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
715kg pp per trip

Travel from Las Vegas through Utah to San Francisco and visit the region’s fabulous natural attracti


Highlights

  • Live to tell the tale of a night out in raucous Las Vegas
  • Discover Zion National Park’s hidden freshwater pools
  • Wander among the mysterious hoodoos in Bryce Canyon
  • See the famous Delicate Arch of Arches National Park
  • Learn about Navajo culture in Monument Valley
  • Enjoy a swim in massive Lake Powell
  • Take a hike through Yosemite National Park
  • Be romanced by San Francisco’s beautiful Bay Area

Itinerary

Discover Nevada's one and only 'Sin City' – Las Vegas. Perhaps arrive early and soak up the sights and sounds of this fantasy land of brightly lit casinos, booty-shaking nightspots and all-you-can-eat buffets.
Blaze a trail through the gorges and canyons of Zion National Park, a spectacular collection of sandstone cliffs and rocky ridges that conceal hanging gardens and tranquil pools. With plenty of free time to seek out Zion's hidden treasures, strap on some hiking boots and get ready to explore.
Head deeper into central Utah and make a beeline for the spindly rock spires of Bryce Canyon National Park. Branch out on foot and follow the many hiking trails through this unique setting and watch as the park's stunning, sculpted rock formations – known as hoodoos – are gradually turned into a kaleidoscope of colours by the setting sun.
This mecca for hikers, mountain bikers and rafters isn’t short on activities. Seek out an adrenaline hit or join a hike out to Arches National Park.
Be welcomed to one of the largest Native American reservations in the United States by the sandstone Goliath's of Monument Valley, and see why so many movie directors have chosen this lunar landscape as a stand-in for alien worlds. Spend some time learning about Navajo culture, watch as the sun paints the landscape with shades of gold and sleep under the vast desert sky.
With a dramatic backdrop of blood-red rock, Lake Powell's canyons and waterways are perfect for discovering idyllic hidden coves.
Head back to Las Vegas. Enjoy an optional limo ride or head out to explore the many delights of this bizarre desert city.
Brave the scolding desert heat of Death Valley and, after sweating it out a little, come to terms with one of the United States' most unique ecosystems. If the conditions are favourable, take a small walk onto the sand to see how life manages to survive among the inhospitable terrain.
It might be a little tough to pronounce at first, but Yosemite is arguably the United States' premier national park. From the giant granite domes to the gushing waterfalls that feed the stunning forests and lakes below, Yosemite will take your breath away at every turn. Enjoy free time in the park to tackle some of the hiking trails, hire bikes or just bliss out at the tranquil surrounds of Mirror Lake.
Be romanced by the incredible Bay Area, including its crown jewel – the progressive and popular city of San Francisco. Time-permitting, consider sticking around for a few days after the trip's end to check out some of this great city's other attractions.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (9 nights), Hostel (1 night), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce National Park
  • Dead Horse Point
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Monument Valley National Tribal Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park

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