San Fran to Vegas: Parks, Canyons, Valleys

9 Days | Explore the wild west coast on this nine-day adventure through California and Nevada.

4.5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews submitted.
AUD $5,705
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Fall in love with the rugged and diverse American West on this nine-day adventure, from the granite peaks and pine forests of Yosemite National Park to the sun-baked dunes and canyons of Death Valley. This itinerary packs in the highlights of the wild west coast and will see you kayaking the clear waters of Lake Tahoe, traversing the wilderness of Hetch Hetchy Valley and strolling neon-lit boulevards in Las Vegas.

Trip overview

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San Francisco, United States
Las Vegas, United States
United States
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 25.72 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Beginning in the eccentric city of San Francisco, explore the sights of the bay on a sunset catamaran cruise, sailing around the infamous Alcatraz Island and beneath the legendary Golden Gate Bridge.
  • From shimmering blue waters in summer to snow-dusted pine forest in winter – enjoy a full day of optional activities to suit every adventurer, in every season, during your 2-night stay in Lake Tahoe.
  • Featuring sequoia forests, granite cliff faces and cascading waterfalls – get the most out of your Yosemite experience by spending three nights in the park, meaning two full days of exploration.
  • With undulating sand dunes, water-sculpted canyons, extinct volcanic craters and fields of wildflowers that blossom in the spring: Death Valley is a geological paradise.
  • Wrap up your west coast adventure on the glitzy Strip of Las Vegas – hit the town for a dose of bright lights and the chance to win big!

Is this trip right for you?
  • Less time spent in a vehicle; more time to explore each destination. This trip has been carefully designed to give you the best experience of a region by reducing the number of one-night-only stops, giving you extra time in the places that matter.
  • Death Valley in the summer is extremely hot and dry. It does hold the record as the hottest place on earth after all. Hiking at this time of year isn't recommended. Although our private vehicles do have air conditioning, it has to work pretty hard to keep a full group cool. Expect to feel hot during summer and cold at other times of the year, especially at night. Please consider the season and research the weather conditions to determine the best time to travel for you. Remember to come prepared with adequate clothing.
  • Some of the best scenery in Yosemite 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.
  • 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.
  • If you wish to spend more time in San Francisco or Las Vegas, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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4 breakfasts, 2 dinners


Private vehicle


Hotel (5 nights), Lodge (3 nights)

  • San Francisco - Sunset catamaran cruise
  • San Francisco - Driving tour & Golden Gate Bridge
  • Lake Tahoe - Kayak/Stand-up Paddleboard Rental
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Yosemite National Park - Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
  • Yosemite - Pizza Picnic Dinner
  • Yosemite National Park - Leader-led hike
  • Death Valley National Park
Add on activities
  • Yosemite - Cycling in Yosemite Valley - USD12
  • Yosemite National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Yosemite - Raft Rental (seasonal) - USD30
  • Lone Pine - Museum of Western Film History - USD5
  • Las Vegas - Helicopter Tour of The Strip - USD104
  • Las Vegas - Limo (per group) - USD300
  • Las Vegas - Big Apple Express roller coaster - USD15
  • Las Vegas - Eiffel Tower - USD22
  • Las Vegas - Neon Museum Tour - USD28
  • Las Vegas - Neon Museum - USD20

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 3:00 PM on Day 1 in San Francisco. This trip ends on the morning of Day 9 in Las Vegas.
2. Please note that the legal drinking age in the US is 21 and in some parts of Canada it's 19.
3. During the months from November to June the Tioga Pass can sometimes be closed due to snow. During these months we will need to find an alternative route of the pass is closed which means we will be unable to pass through the Eastern Sierras. The alternative route will be to go around the West Side of the mountains through Fresno visiting Death Valley on the way to Las Vegas.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews submitted.
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Rodney · Traveled September 2023
Throughly enjoyed hiking through the differing environments offered in each park
Review submitted 09 Oct 2023

Jane · Traveled July 2023
We loved our tour and all the places we went. We shared stories and enjoyed all friendships made with other tour people and our excellent guide Claire. We have made friends and great memories forever
Review submitted 26 Jul 2023

Jennifer · Traveled November 2022
Excellent trip, a great mix of cities and nature, highlights were two full days in Yosemite, walking the salt flat in Death Valley, evening cruise on San Francisco Bay, and a night out in Las Vegas to finish, fantastic leader.
Review submitted 21 Nov 2022

Lisa · Traveled October 2022
Tour leader Emily Hoff really made the tour worthwhile
Review submitted 10 Nov 2022

Nichole · Traveled September 2022
Highly recommend Intrepid as a safe and stress-free way to explore the world! Our tour guide Charlie made the trip truly memorable, and our group had a lot of fun - I might just have made some friends for life!
Review submitted 30 Sep 2022
San Fran to Vegas: Parks, Canyons, Valleys
AUD $5,705