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Sin, Surf & Sierras

8 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget
Restricted to Ages 18-39

Itinerary
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Day 1 Las Vegas
Arrive at any time. It’s time to make some memories! Join your group for a night out in Las Vegas. Head to Fremont Street where you will check out open air restaurants, shops, and nightlife.The choice is yours, just make sure you take loads of pictures because you’ll definitely want to remember this special night.

Please note, Day 1 is an arrival day and there are no planned activities. This tour leaves Las Vegas in the morning on Day 2; if you would like to spend any additional time here, we recommend booking pre-tour accommodation.

Day 2 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas
Experience a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Visit the driest, 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! Continue past Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes as the group heads to Panamint Valley. Finish your night together around a campfire and gaze at the night sky in the Sierra Nevadas. (L, D)

Day 3 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park
Get ready to feel like you are on Mars as the group arrives at Mono lake for a morning walk among the tufa tours. The strange towers are created by underground springs in the lake. Just be aware that this visit is seasonal. Then, 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. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Yosemite National Park
Wake up surrounded by nature and fresh air! Breathe it in, maybe do some meditation, write in your travel journal, or talk a walk alone. This free day is a wonderful way to start things slow and really immerse yourself in Yosemite’s atmosphere. Keep an eye out for rock climbers and diverse wildlife within the park and consider renting bikes with some friends to better explore Yosemite Valley. There’s plenty of hiking trails that will take you loads of cool places from rushing waterfalls to the tops of sheer granite cliffs you’ll find yourself stopping often to simply admire the beauty. Just a tip; some of the best views in the park are at Glacier and Taft Points! (B, L, D)

Day 5 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. 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. (B, L)

Day 6 San Francisco
Explore San Francisco the way you always dreamed—any way you want! After finding your bearings the day before try completely different things today. Maybe hike up to Coit Tower via the secret steps, or try your luck at finding the most scenic swing in the city. If Alcatraz is on your bucket-list we suggest pre-booking to make sure you get to go. For more of a relaxing day stroll along the waterfront and grab oysters along Fisherman’s Wharf. From beaches to crazy hills and eclectic neighbourhoods you’re bound to come across something interesting.

Day 7 Santa Cruz/Morro Bay
Hang out for a bit at the ultra-mellow beach town of Santa Cruz; stroll along the boardwalk or enjoy the trendy shops of downtown. Then, travel down the famous Pacific Coast Highway and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur. Have your cameras handy as you will be making multiple stops along the way at places you won't want to miss having a photo of. Take in the crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs that make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Arrive in time to enjoy sunset on Morro Bay. (D)

Day 8 Morro Bay/Los Angeles
Journey along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Stop in Santa Barbara for lunch in this famous coastal city on our way to LA. Maybe sneak in a volleyball game on the beach if you have time. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive. And even though the trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles you can certainly book some post accommodation and continue enjoying one of the most geographically diverse states in America. (B)

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All This Included
Now's the time to explore the United States on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. If you're the kind of traveller who wants to cram in as many experiences you can, this seven-day desert-to-coast journey will get you your fill. Throw caution to the wind in Las Vegas, then cleanse those chakras with pristine national park hiking. You’ll drive down the legendary Pacific Coast Highway for views that are postcard-perfect and finish in Los Angeles for a final burst of movie star glamour. Throw in private vehicle transport, participation camping, and some ace travel mates and you've got yourself the affordable, and flexible, road trip of a lifetime.
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Americana Party , Bishop Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park Your Discover Moment: San Francisco
  • Death Valley NP Visit
  • Yosemite NP Visit
  • Santa Cruz Visit
  • Pacific Coast Highway Drive
  • Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon
  • Free time in San Francisco
  • 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)
    Hostels (2 nts, 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.
Highlights
  • Hike in Yosemite National Park
  • Revel in the glitz of Las Vegas
  • Break a sweat in Death Valley
  • Stargaze in Los Angeles
  • Drive California's scenic Highway 1
Accommodations
Hotel (1 nt) / Hostels (2 nts, multi-share with 4-6 people)
Las Vegas, United States: Golden Nugget Las Vegas (or similar)
Weldon, United States: Lake Isabella Kern River KOA Campground (or similar)
San Francisco, United States: HI San Francisco City Center Hostel (or similar)

Participation camping (4 nts)
Yosemite National Park, United States: Indian Flats Campground (or similar)
Morro Bay, United States: Morro Bay State Park Campground (or similar)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 18.
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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