National Parks & Bright Lights

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  • Trip Code: GANUNP

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From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the western US. It’s perfect for the traveller looking to breathe in the scent of the sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park and desert scenery in Death Valley – the lowest spot on the continent – before taking an optional helicopter ride above the incomparable Grand Canyon. You won’t just visit the west coast, you’ll live it.

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Day 1 San Francisco

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Arrive at any time.

Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

On the way out of San Francisco, take in some final sights

On the way out of San Francisco, take in some final sights. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, where on a clear day you can see the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge to one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Drive past some iconic attractions of the city as we head the towards the Sierra Nevadas. Stop to try some of the region's best produce en route to Yosemite National Park.

Day 3 Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.

Day 4 Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevada

Enjoy the morning to explore Yosemite's iconic features before travelling along the Sierra Nevadas southeast to our stop for the night

Enjoy the morning to explore Yosemite's iconic features before travelling along the Sierra Nevadas southeast to our stop for the night.

Day 5 Sierra Nevada to Las Vegas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley NP

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley NP. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Opt to take a VIP party limo experience or take in a show.

Day 6 Las Vegas

Enjoy a full free day to explore Las Vegas

Enjoy a full free day to explore Las Vegas. Wander the strip, do some shopping, and refuel at one of the many bars or restaurants. Opt to take in a glitzy Las Vegas show or to head out on a day trip to the Hoover Dam.

Day 7 Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit Zion, Utah's oldest national park

Visit Zion, Utah's oldest national park. Explore towering cliffs and massive canyon walls. Hike diverse and exciting trails. Head to Bryce Canyon.

Day 8 Bryce Canyon National Park/Lake Powell

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park on trails among the amphitheatres and multi-coloured rock pinnacles called hoodoos before heading to Lake Powell

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park on trails among the amphitheatres and multi-coloured rock pinnacles called hoodoos before heading to Lake Powell. Opt for a barbecue dinner and a sunset horseback ride (seasonal).

Day 9 Monument Valley

Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, shaped by the Colorado River

Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, shaped by the Colorado River. Discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. Explore on a 4x4 tour led by a Navajo guide.

Day 10 Grand Canyon National Park (1L, 1D)

Depart Monument Valley in the morning and stop for lunch just outside the Grand Canyon at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra

Depart Monument Valley in the morning and stop for lunch just outside the Grand Canyon at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra. Enter the park and drive along the south rim, stopping at Desert View to take in the grandeur of the canyon. Continue further into the park and opt to take a short hike into the canyon (weather permitting) or wander along rim trail to admire the views. Enjoy sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon watching the way the light changes the colors.

Day 11 Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City

Travel to Sedona for lunch and check out the stunning landscape with a short hike overlooking the red and orange cliffs

Travel to Sedona for lunch and check out the stunning landscape with a short hike overlooking the red and orange cliffs. Continue on and stop for dinner and to get some kicks on historic Route 66. After dinner, arrive to Lake Havasu City for the night.

Day 12 Joshua Tree National Park/San Diego

Make a quick stop to see a bit of London spanning across the Colorado River

Make a quick stop to see a bit of London spanning across the Colorado River. Then head to Joshua Tree National Park, for a hike amongst the boulders and yuccas. Continue to San Diego, where sun, sand, food, and fun all await in this beautiful beach city.

Day 13 San Diego

Enjoy free time to explore or just sit back and relax in the sun and sand

Enjoy free time to explore or just sit back and relax in the sun and sand.

Day 14 San Diego/Los Angeles

Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to Los Angeles

Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to Los Angeles. See the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation to the area. Drive through Beverly Hills and check out Rodeo Drive.

Day 15 Los Angeles

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Depart at any time.

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures

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  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Hotels (twin-share with en suite facilities, 14 nts).
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Max 14, avg 10

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