Real LA to San Francisco

11 Days | Take an adventure through California, Arizona and Nevada, with the right mix of city and country, desert and coast.

4.8 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
18 to 29s
EUR €2,395
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This trip is for the 18 to 29 year olds

Los Angeles and San Francisco are two of the most well-known locations in the USA. But what’s in between? The Real LA to San Francisco tour takes you from the bustling vibes of La La Land to the shores of San Francisco, via Arizona and Nevada. See desert landscapes, beautiful national parks and the extravagance of Las Vegas. If you want to experience the buzz of the big city mixed with the adventure of forest and national park, this trip has all your bases covered. Journey through the west coast on a classic North American road trip with the flexibility to go with the flow.

Trip overview

Map of Real LA To San Francisco including United States Of America
Santa Monica, United States
San Francisco, United States
18 to 29s, Explorer
United States
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Min 18 - Max 29
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • No great west coast road trip is complete without some time in Los Angeles. Fulfil your dreams of strolling the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or people watching down at Santa Monica.
  • Vegas is a spectacle by night, but what happens before dark? Appreciate the neon-filled city at all hours of the day with time and flexibility to do as you please.
  • Get your fill of incredible landscapes when you explore the desert terrain of Joshua Tree National Park and discover the winding gorges and desolate rock formations of the Grand Canyon.
  • Cover Yosemite’s many trails over two full days and three nights dedicated to the park. You will be able to hike and explore until your heart (and camera) is content.
  • San Francisco is an ideal destination to spend some extra time in, exploring its vibrant heart and the diverse scenery of its surrounds. Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Silicon Valley, Napa… they’re all at your fingertips!

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This trip involves either a partial or full camping experience, giving you access to more remote destinations at close proximity, and the joy of camping under the night skies and beside a campfire. This is a participatory trip – a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride, but you are part of a team! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand, and everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
  • From the steep hiking trails of the various national parks to the hilly San Francisco, this trip can involve a lot of walking. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.


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

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1 breakfast


Private vehicle


Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Hostel (1 night)

  • Joshua Tree National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Grand Canyon National Park - Entrance
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Visit to Mono Lake
Add on activities
  • Colorado River - Swimming - Free
  • Joshua Tree National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Grand Canyon - Hiking - Free
  • Grand Canyon - IMAX Movie - USD15
  • Las Vegas - Big Apple Express roller coaster - USD15
  • Las Vegas - Fremont Street Zip Line - Free
  • Las Vegas - Bellagio Fountains - Free
  • Las Vegas - Monorail - USD5
  • Las Vegas - Eiffel Tower - USD22
  • Las Vegas - Mob Museum - USD27
  • Las Vegas - Neon Museum - USD20
  • Las Vegas - Limo (per group) - USD300
  • Las Vegas - Helicopter Tour of The Strip - USD104
  • Yosemite - Raft Rental (seasonal) - USD30
  • Yosemite - Cycling in Yosemite Valley - USD12
  • Yosemite National Park - Hiking - Free
  • San Francisco - Sunset catamaran cruise - USD45

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1 in Los Angeles and finishes on arrival into San Francisco at approximately 5pm on Day 11.
2. In Los Angeles the group will be in 8 and 6 person dorms, with shared bathrooms. The hostel will do their best to separate the group by gender, but it's not guaranteed.
3. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes night 1 (Los Angeles) where you will be in shared accommodation.
4. On the last day of the trip: The arrival time back into San Francisco on the last day depends on each group, but if you decide to fly out on this day, please don't book a flight before 9 pm.
5. A sleeping bag is required for this trip.
6. 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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4.8 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
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Alice · Traveled September 2023
Highly recommend this trip if you enjoy the outdoors! You will see some amazing natural wonders and get to hike some great trails. Also great to do as a solo traveller as you’ll meet like-minded people!
Review submitted 10 Oct 2023

Lydia · Traveled August 2023
Justin was a fantastic guide, this was my first Intrepid trip and he far exceeded expectations and made it the best trip I have ever been on. Justin was very knowledgable and his passion for adventure made the trip as amazing as it was, he joined us for all activities and was always relaxed and organised. I will be recommending to others and will be booking another trip very soon.
Review submitted 17 Aug 2023

Laura · Traveled May 2023
If Yosemite and Grand Canyon are on your list. This trip is the way to discover and explore them! Amazing experience with lovely likeminded people. Camped under the stars one night and a quick stop in vegas the next to see the madness there!
Review submitted 27 May 2023

Isabel · Traveled August 2022
I loved this trip! It allowed me to see so many amazing places and do so many things in a relatively short amount of time. You form a great sense of community with the other people on the trip, and it’s a great opportunity to meet likeminded people from different backgrounds to you. The camping element helps form those group bonds because you have to work together as a team. This was my first intrepid trip (/any form of group tour) and I would do it all over again :)
Review submitted 13 Sep 2022

Katherine · Traveled August 2022
Great itinerary and Ellen was a great guide. Highlights were the days spent hiking at the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Only choose the trip if you are outdoorsy and can cope with heat. If you dont like camping or hiking, this is not for you!
Review submitted 03 Sep 2022
Real LA to San Francisco
EUR €2,395