Vegas to San Fran

6 Days | Hit the road in search of California’s best

4.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
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City, coast, hot springs, national parks and a whole load of wide-open roads – take on Vegas to San Fran in just six days. Stop in the Sierra Nevada mountains to soak in local hot springs and pass by Mono and Tenaya lakes on your way to the extraordinary Yosemite National Park. With two full days spent here, marvel at Half Dome and hike the Hetch Hetchy Valley with your small group, plus reap the benefits of the freedom to explore at your own pace. Once you wind up along the culture-filled harbourside of San Francisco, you’ll have found your calling. The Western USA is a place for dreamers – let one be you.

Trip overview

Map of Vegas To San Fran including United States Of America
Start
Las Vegas, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
United States
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Spending three nights in Yosemite National Park means two full days of exploration. With so many options on what to do, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
  • Discover another side to Yosemite’s towering granite cliffs, sequoia forests and epic night skies by hiking one of its lesser-known trails – Hetch Hetchy – with your local leader.
  • Soak up the scenery on a relaxing visit to a natural hot spring near the township of Bishop. It’s the perfect way to relax and get to know your travel pals.
  • With a knowledgeable leader getting you from place to place, all you’ve got to worry about is snapping the best photo and getting the most out of your Californian road trip.
  • Where better to end your adventure than in San Francisco, the eclectic, multicultural 'City by the Bay'. With the option to extend your visit a couple of days, you won’t be wanting to go home just yet.
  • 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 is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you’re part of a team! You know the phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Well that’s extra true on this trip. 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 – everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
  • That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately USD 10 per day, run to cover the cost of meals. This kitty saves you worrying about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is and helps keep your costs down. Instead of paying individually as you go, it means we can bulk purchase items and cook our own food – though there’s always the chance to use it for the occasional pizza night! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out and purchase (and cook) your own food.
  • From the steep hiking trails of Yosemite to the towering hills of 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.
  • 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 travelling friends will keep you occupied.

Itinerary

Map of Vegas To San Fran including United States Of America

Inclusions

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Camping with facilities (4 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Activities
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Visit to Mono Lake
Add on activities
  • Las Vegas - Big Apple Express roller coaster - USD15
  • Las Vegas - Mob Museum - USD27
  • Las Vegas - Monorail - USD5
  • Las Vegas - Fremont Street Zip Line - Free
  • Las Vegas - Bellagio Fountains - Free
  • Las Vegas - Eiffel Tower - USD22
  • Yosemite - Cycling in Yosemite Valley - USD12
  • Yosemite National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Yosemite - Raft Rental (seasonal) - USD30
  • 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 Las Vegas and finishes on arrival into San Francisco at approximately 5pm on Day 6.
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 on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. As this is a camping trip please bring with you a sleeping bag, pillow and towel.
4. 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

4.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
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Sarah · Traveled October 2023
This trip was beyond my expectations. The itinerary was great and our guide Steve was so knowledgeable. He was able to take us to places you simply would have trouble finding if you were getting there yourself. We were very lucky with the weather, hot during the day, but we needed hats and warm clothes in the evening. I was glad I took a woolly hat!. The camping was great fun and the group itself aging from twenties to seventies got on so well together. I could not recommend this trip more highly.
Review submitted 10 Oct 2023

Eduardo · Traveled September 2023
Fantastic itinerary, wonderful tour leader (Chris went above and beyond making sure we experienced not only all the inclusions in the itinerary but plenty of bonus stops, he was approachable, friendly and knowledgeable -an ace!-) and truly incredible sights and hikes at Yosemite. The impromptu San Fran drive in tour was great as well.
Review submitted 03 Nov 2023

sophie · Traveled June 2023
Intrepid's inclement weather plan included no activities days 1-3 and camping in parking lots. Drove 19 hours total. I only enjoyed the cumulative 16 hours we spent in Yosemite. Would not recommend.
Review submitted 13 Jul 2023

Niklas · Traveled July 2022
I always associated big cities and big money with the US. This trip showed me the unexpected and beautiful sides of the country in the national parks!
Review submitted 14 Aug 2022

Barbara · Traveled August 2021
If you like camping and hiking this is a great trip especially for young people. I feel I got an intensive look at Yosemite. Lisa really knew the park well and shared it with us
Review submitted 28 Aug 2021
Vegas to San Fran
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