Best of California's National Parks

6 Days | Get among the grandeur of the Golden State’s best national parks

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Bookended by stops in two bustling cities, this 6-day adventure takes you through some of the incredibly diverse landscapes California’s national parks have to offer. There’ll be booming sand dunes that’ll make you feel a world away, soaring Sequoias that’ll make your jaw drop and dramatic waterfalls that’ll leave you awe-inspired – all within the same state! As you take in the big sites, you’ll have a local leader filling you in on all the small details, with no story going untold as you leave no stone unturned on this naturally epic escapade.

Trip overview

Map of Best Of California's National Parks including United States Of America
Start
Las Vegas, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
United States
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
SSSG
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience the world-famous Yosemite National Park, taking in the breathtaking scenery as well as the pristine night sky as you go on leader-led walks both day and night.
  • Walk among the towering timber of Sequoia National Park and see General Sherman, the world’s largest tree by volume, along with the other soaring sequoias that make up the Giant Forest.
  • Find yourself on another planet at the Kelso Dunes, hearing the otherworldly booming sound of the sand as the vibrations run through your body.
  • Cap off your Yosemite National Park experience with a pizza picnic in the park, breaking bread and sharing stories with your fellow travellers as the sun begins to set.
  • Where better to end your adventure than in San Francisco, the eclectic and multicultural 'City by the Bay', swapping natural wonders for one that’s man-made as you walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Grand Canyon Conservancy. Donations help them protect Grand Canyon National Park and support trail restoration, conservation of native plants and wildlife, and educational programs.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Some of the best scenery in Yosemite and Sequoia is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities. You’ll also need to be prepared with hiking shoes, a water bottle and a day pack.
  • You’ll be travelling to desert and mountainous regions where the temperature can vary greatly from day to night. Make sure you pack the appropriate clothing for all weather.
  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
  • You may also want to check out our Best of Western USA if you have a longer time to explore the region:
  • https://www.intrepidtravel.com/united-states/best-western-usa-152105

Itinerary

Map of Best Of California's National Parks including United States Of America

Inclusions

Meals

2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Activities
  • Mojave National Preserve - Kelso Dunes hike
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park - Stargazing with Yosemite Conservancy Naturalist
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Yosemite National Park - Leader-led hike
  • Yosemite - Pizza Picnic Dinner
  • San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge walk

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 in Las Vegas. Please make your own way to the Joining Point listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. On the final day, this trip finishes at approximately 3 pm on arrival in San Francisco. You will be dropped at the location listed in the Essential Trip Information. If departing this day, please do not book any flights before 8 pm.
3. There is no accommodation included in San Francisco on this trip. If you wish to spend more time in San Francisco, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.
4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Best of California's National Parks
From
AUD $3,260