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LA to Vegas: Grand National Parks

10 Days | Explore desert hot spots from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, with the Grand Canyon in between

4.9 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
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From the City of Angels to Sin City – this 10-day road trip takes you through some of the best national parks in the United States. Explore unique vegetation and landscapes in Joshua Tree National Park, gaze in awe at the immense Grand Canyon, sit by a Navajo campfire in Monument Valley and walk amid the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Finish this desert adventure with a day and night in Vegas, where you can celebrate a path well-travelled. This trip takes you deep into the Utah and Arizona deserts for incredibly diverse scenery, easy-to-moderate hiking trails, expansive views and Indigenous history, giving you lots of free time to explore and many included activities to gain local insights into famed areas around the country.

Trip overview

Map of LA To Vegas: Grand National Parks including United States Of America
Start
Los Angeles, United States
Finish
Las Vegas, 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
SSKH
This trip generates 30 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
  • From flashy Los Angeles to the arid desert of Zion National Park and the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, discover a range of incredible American landscapes.
  • Take in desert views from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway before exploring Joshua Tree National Park's rock formations and cactus gardens at golden hour.
  • Witness the Grand Canyon’s steep red-rock escarpments and gorges. Learn about Indigenous history and geology with a naturalist guide from the Grand Canyon Conservancy.
  • Ride a jeep through Utah's iconic Monument Valley, and then share stories and a meal by the campfire with members of the Navajo Nation.
  • At Lower Antelope Canyon, descend into the mystical interior with a Navajo guide. Learn the local history and discover the iconic sandstone walls shaped by years and years of water and wind.
  • Discover Zion National Park on a guided hike – then immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.
  • 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.
  • The regions visited on this trip can experience extremes in weather and temperature. Bryce Canyon is deceptively unpredictable and can drop in temperature to the point of snow flurries, while Zion National Park down the road is generally hot and sunny. Please be prepared for all weather conditions, especially if travelling outside of the July/August summer months. Bring layers of warm clothing and sun protection and ensure you drink plenty of water.
  • 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 LA To Vegas: Grand National Parks including United States Of America

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights)

Activities
  • Los Angeles - Leader-led Venice canals walk
  • Joshua Tree National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Palm Springs - Aerial Tramway
  • Grand Canyon National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Route 66 - Retro Diner Lunch
  • Grand Canyon National Park - Sunset Walk
  • Grand Canyon - Conservancy Naturalist guided tour and hike
  • Monument Valley Tribal Park - Entrance
  • Monument Valley - Jeep Tour and Navajo Dinner
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Page - Antelope Canyon Tour
  • Zion National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Bryce Canyon National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Zion National Park - Leader - Led hike
  • Las Vegas - Leader-led Fremont Street Walking Tour
  • Snow Canyon State Park
Add on activities
  • Grand Canyon - IMAX Movie - USD15
  • Grand Canyon - Half Day bike rental - USD35
  • Bryce Canyon National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Zion - Narrows Hiking Gear Rental - USD30
  • Zion National Park - Walks - Free
  • Las Vegas - Neon Museum - USD20
  • Las Vegas - Mob Museum - USD27

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Important notes

1. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 in Los Angeles. This trip ends on Day 10 in Las Vegas.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please note that the legal drinking age in the US is 21 and in some parts of Canada it's 19.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
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Michelle · Traveled November 2023
The trip of a lifetime. We were shown some amazing National Parks between Vegas and L.A and got to experience some beautiful sights I’d never imagined. Tour leader was great; knowledgeable, fun but never once compromised our safety. Highly recommend to anyone that appreciate’s nature at its best.
Review submitted 19 Dec 2023

Connor · Traveled October 2023
Thanks to intrepid and my guide Andrew for a great first overseas adventure. All the locations we explored were amazing, even including most of what we travelled through on the way to them. We had plenty of time at each location to explore and take it all in and the places we stayed along the way were nice.
Review submitted 26 Oct 2023

Evelyn · Traveled September 2023
The NP Tour from Las Vegas to L.A was great fun from the beginning and thanks to Andrew, our knowledgable and very well experienced tourleader with so many excellent talents every day was easy going and enriched by wonderful moments, encounters and sights. It was great pleasure to share this unforgettable trip including some of the most important and divers nationalpark s of the SW with my 4 travelfriends and above all, thanks to Andrew K. being full of "contageous" enthousiasm&em- pathy . Besides, he is a great &reliable driver. Not to forget, the weather was most of the time full of sun- shine. However, September is still the monsoon period and we got 2 rainy days too. It did not really matter. I can strongly recommend this tour !
Review submitted 25 Sep 2023

Margaret · Traveled September 2023
A wonderful trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Our group leader Andrew was exceptional and we enjoyed superb walks in the National Parks of Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree. An unforgettable holiday!
Review submitted 25 Sep 2023

Rodney · Traveled September 2023
Grand National Parks adventure beyond expectations. Each park has unique environments to experience. Fabulous hikes available in each park. Very entertaining Navajo dinner experience in Monument Valley.
Review submitted 25 Sep 2023
LA to Vegas: Grand National Parks
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USD $3,689