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Western Express Northbound tour
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Western Express Northbound

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,399 $ 175 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Bask in the big-city lights of los angeles and las vegas
  • Wind through the streets of san francisco
  • Hike through yosemite
  • Feel the heat in death valley
  • Get your kicks on route 66
  • Snap pics of joshua tree national park's iconic twisted trees

Short Description

From Joshua trees and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At any of the sights you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Los Angeles
End City San Francisco

Destinations

United States

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • All national park fees
  • Orientations to Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • and San Francisco
  • Joshua Tree National Park visit
  • Route 66 drive
  • Grand Canyon National Park visit with sunset at the rim
  • Death Valley National Park visit
  • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
  • Yosemite National Park visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Los Angeles

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city. Included Activities: Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu City

Pack up the van in the morning and check out the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation tour. Drive through Beverly Hills and be dazzled by one of the world's most exclusive three-block district: Rodeo Drive. In the late morning, take in the iconic trees of Joshua Tree National Park. In late afternoon, continue on to Lake Havasu City, for the night. Included Activities: Orientation Drive Hollywood Visit Joshua Tree NP Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 435km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)

Day 3 Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon National Park (1D)

Drive to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles, the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike (weather permitting) at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy dinner at the rim while watching a stunning sunset. Included Activities: Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Grand Canyon Hiking Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)

Day 4 Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon. After, get your kicks on Route 66 and stop at one of the wackiest, roadside burger joints around. Continue towards Sin City to enjoy exploring the Vegas Strip. Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today. Opt to book a VIP Vegas Limo Bus experience as well on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Seligman (Route 66) Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)

Day 5 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Travel to one of the country's most rugged landscapes — the legendary Death Valley, California. Soak in the dramatic landscape. Later, travel to Bishop. Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (3,962m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns," sits directly in the centre of an incredible area of natural beauty. Enjoy secluded natural hot springs where stargazing is amazing. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 430km)

Day 6 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Head out of town towards Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias. If lucky, spot black bears, deer or coyotes with a keen eye. Spend the night just outside the national park. Additional Notes: We intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Included Activities: Tioga Pass Drive Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)

Day 7 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Depart in the morning for one of the greatest cities in the world: San Francisco. Discover some of the iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and Art Deco design. Additional Notes: Opt to pre-book the "Sunset Sailing – San Francisco" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Golden Gate Bridge Visit California Produce Tasting Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)

Day 8 San Francisco

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking. We use 15-passenger vans for up to 14 people plus the CEO/Driver for all our of our trips in North America. For groups of 8 and more travellers, we also use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These vans are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each. No standing is permitted in these vehicles, but there is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days and mandatory seat belts to us secure and safe. This is not a physically demanding journey. However, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and limited space in the van. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above 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!

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Max 14, avg 10

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 (7 nts).

This trip uses 2-3 star hotels and motels in cities and near park entrances. Our chosen hotels vary in size, character, and amenities, but are of a good standard, and the rooms are double occupancy with a private bathroom.

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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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Meals Included:

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