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San Francisco to Los Angeles Express

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

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive at any time Gear up and get ready for a night out with your CEO and group in San Francisco. Wander through Union Square and along Market Street in search of some fun. Use this time to mingle, get comfortable with your new travel buddies, and indulge in some lively nightlife at the best bars, live music venues, and food joints that San Francisco has to offer.

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. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and the city's famous cable cars all await.

Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park
Today, let the scenery guide you out of San Francisco across the Bay Bridge and onwards through California's Central Valley. Stop, nestled between the Coastal Range and Sierra Nevadas to stretch your legs and sample some of the freshest produce in the country. Then tip your head back and relax as you continue to wind through looming mountains to reach Yosemite National Park... your next destination.

Travel through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park. (D)

Day 3 Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevadas
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 Sierra Nevadas/Las Vegas
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! Continue on to 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. (B, L)

Day 5 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon
Cruise along historic Route 66 en route to the magnificent Grand Canyon. Leave ghost towns and funky roadside attractions behind and bask in the fading sun at the canyon's edge. Get ready to feel incredibly small as the world opens up at your feet.

Considered to be among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite, huddle around the campfire and recapture the experiences from this memorable day! (D)

Day 6 Grand Canyon/Lake Havasu
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). Not feeling a hike? That's cool, you have the option to splurge on an unforgettable helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Then head onwards to Lake Havasu where you can dip a toe or dive right in to the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Lake Havasu/Los Angeles
Your visit to Joshua Tree National Park will 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. Don't forget to watch for celebrities as you pass by some iconic sites into California's most glamorous city. Now, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and hugs before you head on your way.

Enjoy free time this afternoon in Santa Monica, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. (B, L)
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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. Las Vegas, San Francisco, LA, and the quest for the perfect burger – all that’s missing from this quintessentially American experience is a ballgame and Mom’s apple pie. Promising unfiltered fun from dawn to dusk in some of the West’s best locales, this trip mixes downtown excitement with all-natural, full-contact thrills exploring the Grand Canyon and camping under the stars in Yosemite National Park. All this in just one reasonably priced week? This is America, the land of opportunity! Believe in the impossible.
  • 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
  • Yosemite NP Visit
  • Death Valley NP Visit
  • Grand Canyon NP Visit
  • Joshua Tree NP Visit
  • Orientation to Las Vegas
  • Death Valley visit
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Route 66 Visit
  • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • 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.
Highlights
  • Experience the bright lights of Las Vegas
  • Hike Yosemite and the Grand Canyon
  • Stargaze in Los Angeles
  • Drive along Route 66
  • Camp in nature under the stars.
Accommodations
Hotel (1 nt) / Hostel (1 nt, multi-share with 4-6 people)
Las Vegas, United States: Golden Nugget Las Vegas (or similar)
Weldon, United States: Lake Isabella Kern River KOA (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)
Grand Canyon, United States: Mather Campground (or similar)
Lake Havasu, United States: River Island State Park Campground (or similar)
Notes
  • 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.
Terms and Conditions
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