Explore the wild West Coast on this nine-day trip through California and Nevada
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 sipping wine among the rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley, kayaking the clear waters of Lake Tahoe and strolling neon-lit boulevards in Las Vegas.
This trip embraces the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort, which means you’ll be tackling those long stretches of American highway in a private, air-conditioned vehicle for the entire trip.
Immerse yourself in the grand, natural beauty of Yosemite National Park. While other tour groups breeze through in a day, you'll enjoy two nights in the park – allowing for a full day of hiking and exploring.
Parched earth as far as the eye can see is the image many people associate with Death Valley, but the landscape is also home to undulating sand dunes, water-sculpted canyons, extinct volcanic craters and fields of wildflowers that blossom in the spring.
Sample crisp cuvee, inventive pinot noirs and fruit-forward chardonnays while gazing out over an evergreen vineyard during a visit to a Sonoma Valley winery.
Explore Jack London State Historic Park, where the eponymous author lived the last years of his life surrounded by the rugged California wilderness that inspired his novels The Abysmal Brute, The Valley of the Moon and White Fang.
Lake Tahoe is breathtaking vision no matter the season. In summer you can explore the blue waters by kayak, and in winter you can lace up and ice skate while surrounded by snow-dusted pine and fir forest.
“A most amazing adventure,” “A fantastic way to see the country,” “The best of both worlds” – read the reviews and discover why Intrepid travellers rate this trip so highly.
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 vans do have air conditioning, it has to work pretty hard to keep a full group cool so expect to be hot. At other times of the year, it might be quite cold, 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.
The USA is a big country. Distances between destinations may be longer than what you're used to, especially if you're coming from Europe. There are some long days of driving, so expect to spend a lot of time in the van. Conditions can feel a little cramped, but the passing scenery and your new friends in the van will keep you occupied.
Some travellers have reported feeling unsafe in San Francisco due to the large number of homeless people. Unfortunately homelessness is a fact of life in San Francisco and the problem is widespread throughout the city. It is very likely that you will see homeless people on the street during your time in the city, and while it can appear intimidating, they are mostly harmless.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 26 December 2018
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Our San Fran to Vegas: Parks, Canyons, Valleys trips score an average of 4.82 out of 5 based on 78 reviews in the last year.
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Review submitted 21 Sep 2018
It was a great trip. We visited interesting places with a variety of activities. The highlights were the hiking in Yosemite and the magical Death Valley.
Review submitted 20 Sep 2018