Uncover California’s extraordinary beauty on an adventure you’ll never forget.
Embark on the road trip of a lifetime through the United States from the laidback and star-packed Los Angeles to the vibrant and multicultural ‘City by the Bay’, San Francisco. Leave the glitz, the glamour, and the incredible food of LA behind and hit the open road on your way to experience the mesmerizing landscapes of some of the best national parks in the world. From deep canyons, golden deserts, and sparkling lakes to alpine forests and granite mountains - the wilderness has it all, and so do our Los Angeles to San Francisco tours and vacations.
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Everyone traveling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travelers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
There are a number of ways to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco but as we've outlined above, road-trippin' your way from city to city is the best way to see as much as possible. The drive will only take around 6 hours but be mindful of peak traveling times when driving through more populated areas as this could add time to your journey. You can also fly between the two cities with the flight only taking 1 and a half hours.
California enjoys a very Mediterranean climate with hot, relatively dry summers and mild winters making it perfect for lazy beach days and weekends spent hiking through national parks. This kind of weather pattern is mostly true for the majority of areas in California but there are some exceptions such as San Francisco experiencing fog in spring, the Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges experiencing snow, and Palm Springs experiencing extreme heat.
Embarking on a road trip from LA to San Francisco is a fun and exciting process but there are a few things you should pack to make your journey a great one. Make sure to pack appropriate clothing with you for the season you're traveling in and an extra bag so you can separate your dirty clothes from your clean ones. This extra suitcase also doubles as extra room for any must-have purchases you make during your trip. It's also important to have an epic playlist for when those games of Eye-Spy simply aren't cutting it. You should also pack a GPS (and portable chargers) so you always know exactly where you're going.
California has a whopping 28 national parks, all located in different regions of the state. Redwood National Park is the largest national park in California and is located on the Northern Coast however, the most popular national park is Yosemite thanks to its stunning natural landscapes, gushing waterfalls, and other geological features. Some of the best national parks in California are below:
- Yosemite National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Sequoia National Park
- Point Reyes National Seashore
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. Accessibility depends on whereabouts in California you're traveling to but in general, the state is relatively well equipped to deal with any disabilities in many areas such as mobility, transportation, and communication. However, we’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.