Highlights
  • Stargaze in los angeles
  • Experience a grand canyon sunset
  • Roll the dice in las vegas
  • Camp under the stars
  • Hike in yosemite national park

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 classic 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.

Trip Description
Los Angeles to San Francisco Express
 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Los Angeles

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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu (1D)

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of California's most glamourous city. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu. Included Activities: Joshua Tree NP Hike Transport: Includes stops Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 435km)

Day 3 Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)

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. Included Activities: London Bridge Visit Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Hiking Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (9.00 hour(s))

Day 4 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (1B)

For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Included Activities: Vegas Strip Visit Transport: Includes stops along Route 66. Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 480km)

Day 5 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas (1L, 1D)

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 450km)

Day 6 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Additional Notes: We intend to use the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In this case, we use an alternate route, and spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Includes stops Private Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 305km)

Day 7 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L)

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. Additional Notes: If you are departing on arrival to San Francisco, you will not have enough time to participate in the Sunset Sailing extra. Post-tour accommodation is required to purchase this extra. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Includes stops Private Van with Wi-fi (6.00 hour(s), 225km)

Dates & Pricing
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Apr-06-2019Apr-12-2019$ 1,049Yes8 spots left Reserve
Apr-20-2019Apr-26-2019$ 1,399Yes8 spots left Reserve
May-04-2019May-10-2019$ 1,119Yes13 spots left Reserve
May-11-2019May-17-2019$ 1,119Yes17 spots left Reserve
May-18-2019May-24-2019$ 1,479Yes13 spots left Reserve
May-25-2019May-31-2019$ 1,183Yes17 spots left Reserve
Jun-01-2019Jun-07-2019$ 1,479Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jun-15-2019Jun-21-2019$ 1,183Yes14 spots left Reserve
Jun-22-2019Jun-28-2019$ 1,479Yes6 spots left Reserve
Jun-29-2019Jul-05-2019$ 1,479Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jul-13-2019Jul-19-2019$ 1,479YesSold Out Reserve
Jul-27-2019Aug-02-2019$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
Aug-03-2019Aug-09-2019$ 1,549Yes13 spots left Reserve
Aug-10-2019Aug-16-2019$ 1,549Yes18 spots left Reserve
Aug-18-2019Aug-24-2019$ 1,549Yes22 spots left Reserve
Aug-24-2019Aug-30-2019$ 1,549Yes19 spots left Reserve
Sep-01-2019Sep-07-2019$ 1,549Yes21 spots left Reserve
Sep-07-2019Sep-13-2019$ 1,549Yes21 spots left Reserve
Sep-14-2019Sep-20-2019$ 1,479Yes14 spots left Reserve
Sep-21-2019Sep-27-2019$ 1,479Yes22 spots left Reserve
Sep-29-2019Oct-05-2019$ 1,479Yes18 spots left Reserve
Oct-05-2019Oct-11-2019$ 1,399Yes21 spots left Reserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Death Valley visit
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportAir-conditioned private vehicle, walkingWe use 25-passenger vehicles perfect for cross-country road trips on our 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours in the United States. Our new fleet of more cushy vehicles give travellers all the comfort of a big coach bus, but with a small-group experience. They put rider wellbeing first and foremost, with high-backed bucket seats and built-in headrests for all seats on board, huge 92cm-tall (36 in) windows that make every seat a window seat, an aisle way with enough headroom for most of stand upright, sliding seats that free up more shoulder room while on the road, A/C, charging stations, wi-fi, and loads of other features. We use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. This is not a physically demanding journey. However, please take note of the travel times and distances in the itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most clients feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience! A typical day of driving will include about six hours driving by one of the CEOs and two to five hours of stops along the way. Keep in mind that North America is a really big place – New York to New Orleans alone is the equivalent of driving across most of Europe, and we cover that much ground in a single week. Driving time is the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep, relax, and swap stories with your fellow travellers. While we try to travel into and out of cities during non-rush hour times, heavy traffic is a reality of some of the places we visit. As a result, some drives may be a bit longer than listed in the day-to-day itineraries. Bring your patience and a smile, and we'll get through it!
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Max 22, avg 16.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels/hostels (2 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (4 nts).
Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. We use a combination of hotels and hostels, but most of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is common in the U.S. and is the way you will be spending your hostel nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavor to your trip. Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in the U.S., couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including comfortable camp mattresses. We supply dome tents that take only 5 minutes to assemble/disassemble. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard, oversized 2-person tents, each with 2 separate and convenient zip-up doors, so that each person has his/her own entrance. We use 2 types of campgrounds in North America: 1. Private campgrounds: These are privately run sites, usually with all services such as fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets & shower buildings. Some have small outdoor swimming pools and laundry facilities. These campgrounds are typically located near national park entrances or towns. 2. Public campgrounds: These are park-run sites, usually with basic facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and drinking water. In some cases, this type of campground doesn’t have showers, only pit toilets and a lake! In other locations, toilet and shower facilities may be located outside the campground, or at times in another location a drive away. Some may have shower fees for onsite facilities ($2-6/shower).
Start City
Los Angeles
End City
San Francisco
Guides 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Comfortable, self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick. 2. Proper sleeping bags are necessary for this tour. Evening temperatures can reach -9°C - 0°C. Please ensure that your sleeping bag is rated to (-17°C for spring and fall trips and 0°C for trips June - Sept). If you prefer you can purchase a proper sleeping bag on the first day of the trip. Prices range from $60-$150USD.  3. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days. 4. All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape. 5. Tioga Pass is a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, and we travel through the pass en route. In the the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. 6. Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments. 7. The American west is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing. Please be prepared for such extreme conditions. 8. Regarding our wi-fi equipped vehicles: we have limited bandwidth, and in the interests of allowing all travellers to access the wi-fi, travellers should limit their access to reasonable levels. Please note that wi-fi is not always available due to areas with limited or no cell phone service (e.g. in parts of national parks). 9. Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

Meals

Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available - we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and taste the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from. All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for food will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Our CEO will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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