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From ghost towns 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, the San Francisco to Los Angeles itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sites – like the atmospheric mining town of Laughlin – you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances fees are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

North America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUPS.B/201714
  • Starts: San Francisco, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
You will Visit
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Bakersfield
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Laughlin
  • Los Angeles



Day 1: San Francisco

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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


Day 2: San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

See some sights like Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of town. Drive to Yosemite National Park.
Head out on an orientation tour of one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco.

Discover some of the most iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge.

In the afternoon, drive to Yosemite National Park.


Day 3: Yosemite National Park/Bakersfield

Hike (weather permitting) past Yosemite's waterfalls and amongst the giant sequoias while keeping a keen eye out for wildlife.
Head to the Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

Drive to Bakersfield for the night.


Day 4: Bakersfield/Las Vegas

Visit desolate Death Valley — the hottest, driest, and lowest spot on the continent. Carry on to Las Vegas and explore the famous Vegas strip. Opt to take a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots.


Day 5: Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park

Travel to the Grand Canyon via Route 66. Take a short hike (weather permitting) along the rim of the Grand Canyon before sunset at the rim.
Travel Route 66 from Vegas, stopping at a wacky burger joint along the way. Continue the 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 a pizza dinner at the rim while watching a stunning sunset.


Day 6: Grand Canyon National Park/Laughlin

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Take a final morning at this world wonder before heading to Laughlin.
Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon before continuing the drive towards Laughlin.

Reach the historic mining town of Laughlin, located by the Colorado River. Didn't have enough time to gamble in Las Vegas? Try it again here.


Day 7: Laughlin/Los Angeles

Visit Calico Ghost Town en route to the City of Angels. Enjoy an orientation of Los Angeles. Drive along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills before spending a night on the town.
Depart Laughlin and head towards Los Angeles. Capture the Old West spirit in one of the best-preserved silver mining towns in Calico, California.

In the afternoon, see the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on a drive through the city. Pass Beverly Hills and view one of the world's most exclusive 3-block districts, Rodeo Drive.


Day 8: Los Angeles

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.

    • All national park and national monument fees
    • Orientations to San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles
    • Yosemite stay
    • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
    • Death Valley visit
    • Grand Canyon visit with sunset at the rim
    • Route 66 drive
    • Calico Ghost Town visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (7 nts, twin-share with en suite facilities)
    • 1 dinner
    • Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Basking in big city lights in Los Angeles and San Francisco)
  • Living it up in Vegas
  • Hiking through Yosemite
  • Sweating buckets in Death Valley
  • Driving Route 66
  • Reliving the Wild West at the ghost town of Calico