Las Vegas to San Fran: Parks, Canyons, Valleys

8 Days | Explore the wild west coast on this adventure through Nevada and California

4.3 out of 5 based on 12 reviews submitted.
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Fall in love with the rugged and diverse American West on this eight-day adventure, from the sun-baked dunes and canyons of Death Valley to Yosemite National Park's granite peaks and pine forests. Explore the highlights of the wild west coast and stroll the neon-lit boulevards of Las Vegas, walk through giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove, take scenic drives and hikes to natural wonders like Yosemite Falls, spend some free time to explore Monterey Bay at your own pace, check out coastal parks in California, enjoy dinner at a local winery and end it all with a catamaran cruise in the bay of San Francisco, taking in all the iconic sites from the water during sunset.

Trip overview

Map of Las Vegas To San Fran:  Parks, Canyons, Valleys 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
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
SSKG
This trip generates 26 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
  • Start 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!
  • Explore the undulating sand dunes and striking landscapes of the Nevada desert before crossing into California and heading up into the Sierras.
  • Hike through sequoia forests, granite cliff faces and cascading waterfalls in Yosemite National Park – one of the best places for hiking, walking and wildlife spotting.
  • Enjoy a full day exploring California’s coastal parks, kick back on the gorgeous white sands of secrets coves and end with an evening of wine tastings at dinner at a local winery.
  • End your trip in eccentric San Francisco, exploring the sights of the bay on a sunset catamaran cruise and sailing around the infamous Alcatraz Island and beneath the legendary 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?
  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private 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.
  • This trip involves a fair amount of walking. To make the most of the trip, at least a moderate fitness level is needed.
  • You may also want to check out our Ultimate National Parks trip if you have a longer time to explore the region:
  • https://www.intrepidtravel.com/united-states/la-san-fran-ultimate-national-parks-150417

Itinerary

Map of Las Vegas To San Fran:  Parks, Canyons, Valleys including United States Of America

Inclusions

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Activities
  • Death Valley National Park Entrance Fee (Seasonal)
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Yosemite National Park - Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
  • Yosemite - Pizza Picnic Dinner
  • Yosemite National Park - Leader-led hike
  • Yosemite National Park - Glacier Point
  • Monterey - Leader-led orientation
  • Carmel - Winery Tasting & Dinner
  • Monterey - Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
  • Monterey - California Coastal Highway 1
  • San Francisco - Leader-led city tour
  • San Francisco - Sunset catamaran cruise
Add on activities
  • Las Vegas - Neon Museum - USD20
  • Las Vegas - Mob Museum - USD27
  • Yosemite National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Yosemite - Cycling in Yosemite Valley - USD12
  • Monterey - Monterey Bay Aquarium - USD65

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00 PM on Day 1 in Las Vegas. This trip ends on the morning of Day 8 in San Francisco.
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 summer months (May to September) it’s often too hot for vehicles and people to safely enter Death Valley. When heat prevents you from visiting, you’ll take an alternative route through Mojave National Preserve, where you’ll visit the Kelso Dunes and the Kelso Depot Visitor Center.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.3 out of 5 based on 12 reviews submitted.
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William · Traveled September 2023
It felt like an overpriced taxi. There was absolutely and unequivocally zero extra value from having a tour guide. No effort taken to educate the group, missed itinerary events and poor substitutions. 0/5
Review submitted 28 Jan 2024

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
Las Vegas to San Fran: Parks, Canyons, Valleys
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