Los Angeles to San Francisco Express
7 days with
Restricted to Ages 18-39
Day 1 Los Angeles
Arrive at any time. Tonight head out in La La Land and party like the stars. Get to know your fellow travel tribe in a place where the buzzing nightlife is just begging to be explored. Your only goal this evening is to sit back, relax, eat some grub, down a margarita, and get to know your newest friends as the adventure begins.
Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.
Day 2 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu
Wake up in the “City of Angels” before heading inland to the desert. Don't forget to watch for celebrities on the way out of California's most glamorous city. Gear up for your visit to Joshua Tree National Park. It might be short and sweet but no less impactful. Trek amongst the boulders and famous Joshua trees and find the unexpected beauty and serenity of such a barren landscape. Then cool off with some of your buddies in the crystal-clear waters off Lake Havasu. (D)
Day 3 Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon
Start your day by visiting London Bridge (an exact 1800s replica shipped to Arizona from London) before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park. Grab a buddy or set off on your own into one of the deepest canyons in the world. Flip a coin to decide if you should hike along the rim or down into the canyon itself (just remember if you hike down you must hike up). All that effort will be worth it because guess what? You will get to enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim while watching sun set before you. The South Rim might end up being the best spot you have ever eaten a slice of 'za!
In the morning, discover something unexpected, the London Bridge, in Lake Havasu City. Continue across vast desert landscapes to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles: the Grand Canyon. Take short hikes at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim as you view the stunning sunset. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas
Another day, another adventure! Not feeling a hike this morning? That's cool, you have the option to splurge on an unforgettable helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Get ready to feel incredibly small as the world opens up at your feet. Then cruise along historic Route 66 en route to... Vegas baby! Discover ghost towns and funky roadside attractions and bask in the fading sun as you head into “Sin City”. Explore the Las Vegas strip for a truly unforgettable evening of fun with your fellow trip mates. If you decide you want to cruise Vegas in style head out on an optional VIP party limo ride.
For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. (B)
Day 5 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas
Experience a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Visit the driest, the hottest, and the lowest places in the U.S. From Badwater Basin to Zabriskie Point and Dante's View to Furnace Creek – it is easy to fall in love with this desolate landscape. The adventure doesn't stop here you'll continue on to Bishop for a night of campfires, stories, and don't forget s'mores! (L, D)
Day 6 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park
Yosemite can best be described as out of this world. Catch a glimpse of the beauty on the drive from Bishop through the Sierra Nevadas along Tioga Pass. Once in the park itself let your mind wander as you hike past roaring waterfalls and giant sequoias. Gaze in wonder at Yosemite's magnificent peaks and granite domes before turning your attention to the tranquil nature of the valley floor. Snap photos or simply take in the splendour of one of the country's most beautiful national parks.
With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Even though the trip ends on arrival the fun doesn’t have to stop just yet. Ride a cable car, walk down winding Lombard Street, indulge in some erotic shaped treats in the Castro District, get lost at the botanical garden, chill out at Baker's Beach, and simply enjoy being in the moment.
There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you. (B, L)
All This Included
Now's the time to explore the United States on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. LA, San Francisco, Vegas, the Grand Canyon — they might as well rename this whole region The American Best. Steel yourself for seven days of 24-hour thrills as you dive headfirst into the best the West has to offer. Scour the streets of classic American cities in search of the iconic American meal — the venerable hamburger — then escape the grid to camp and explore in Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon. Add in a streetwise Chief Experience Officer (CEO) to keep you headed in the right direction, and you’re all set for a whirlwind adventure you'll never forget.
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Spring Break , Lake Havasu
Joshua Tree NP Visit
Grand Canyon NP Visit
Death Valley NP Visit
Yosemite NP Visit
Route 66 Visit
Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas
Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Hotel (1 nt)
Hostel (1 nt, multi-share with 4-6 people)
Participation camping (4 nts)
4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
Transportation: Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
Stargaze in Los Angeles
Climb over boulders in Joshua Tree National Park
Experience a Grand Canyon sunset
Roll the dice in Las Vegas
Break a sweat in Death Valley National Park
Camp under the stars
Hike in Yosemite National Park.
Hotels/hostels (2 nts, some multi-share)
Las Vegas, United States: Golden Nugget Las Vegas (or similar)
Weldon, United States: Lake Isabella Kern River KOA (or similar)
Los Angeles, United States: Hi Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel (or similar)
Participation camping (4 nts)
Yosemite National Park, United States: Indian Flats Campground (or similar)
Grand Canyon, United States: Mather Campground (or similar)
Lake Havasu, United States: River Island State Park Campground (or similar)
Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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