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San Diego, Grand Canyon & Vegas

7 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices 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.

There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Enjoy free time today in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.

Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego
Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California's most glamorous city. Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable, San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. Once we have arrived you are free to adventure as you please. Soak up the sun on Mission Beach, hike along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, spend the day at the city’s cultural hub – Balboa Park, or immerse yourself in the military and maritime history of one of the happiest cities in the U.S. In the evening, head to the Gaslamp Quarter District for dinner and live music. As the sun sets, watch the area come alive with numerous pubs and nightclubs and get ready for a night of fun!

Day 3 San Diego/Lake Havasu City
Travel to the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park – a place that attracts everyone from stargazers to rock climbers. Stop, stare, and enjoy the scenery of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, and of course the famous Joshua trees, with their gnarled branches. The group will take a short hike amongst the boulders of this park before zooming off to cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon
Hit the road to get some kicks on Route 66. Dive into historic Americana and enjoy lunch at a famous joint and see if you can spot all the movie memorabilia. Afterwards, it’s off to the Grand Canyon to explore the massive gorges, ridges and rock formations that make even the most skeptical of travellers become awestruck. Dive into a delicious pizza dinner as you sit with your newest adventures buddies and watch the sun dip below the canyon’s south rim. (B, D)

Day 5 Grand Canyon
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. For a quieter experience rent a bike to check out the south rim or go see the IMAX Grand Canyon movie. No matter what you decide the epic views will be there. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Grand Canyon/Monument Valley
Wave goodbye to this grand park as we take one last drive along the southern rim of the canyon. Then it’s time to eat some grub at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra. With a full stomach and a happy attitude drive through the desert to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. You have the option of getting deep into the valley with a 4x4 excursion with a local Navajo guide, or simply walk around yourself and admire this vast, colourful landscape and cool rock formations. (B, L)

Day 7 Monument Valley/Las Vegas
Grab your buddies and break a sweat with a quick hike to iconic Horseshoe Bend. Stand overlooking this cool natural shape of the Colorado River and snap a few zen photos. Then, discover ghost towns, funky roadside attractions, and bask in the fading sun as you head into “Sin City”. (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. Burgers, longboards, and big-city shenanigans are the order of the day every day as you venture down Route 66. Take in the sights and sounds of L.A., San Diego, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Vegas on a zippy week-long road trip with an expert CEO (Chief Experience Officer) leading the way. If you’ve always longed to see the real American Southwest but never had the time or the money, well, now you’re fresh out of excuses.
  • Your G for Good Moment: Native Grill Food Truck Breakfast 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
  • Mission Beach Visit
  • Gaslamp Quarter District Visit
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Route 66 Visit
  • Horseshoe Bend Hike
  • Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas
  • Free time in San Diego
  • 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.
  • Hostel (1 nt, multi-share with 4-6 people)
    Participation camping (5 nts)
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
  • Transportation: Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking.
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
Highlights
  • Experience a Grand Canyon sunset
  • Stargaze in Los Angeles
  • Roll the dice in Las Vegas
  • Indulge in the attractions of San Diego
  • Get your kicks on Route 66.
Accommodations
Hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
Los Angeles, United States: Hi Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel (or similar)

Participation camping (5 nts)
Grand Canyon, United States: Mather Campground (or similar)
Monument Valley, United States: Gouldings Campground (or similar)
San Diego, United States: KOA San Diego (or similar)
Lake Havasu, United States: River Island 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.
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