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Canyon Country & Coasts

  • 16 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GANUFV

Speckled with national parks, bustling cities, natural treasures and must-see monuments, the Southwest-America's great wide open-is a living postcard. On this trip, you'll venture inland from the Pacific Coast of California to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, camping outdoors and reconnecting with a side of this great country most rarely see. Paired up with an attentive and knowledgeable CEO, this trip is perfect for nature-minded travellers eager to see the best of the Southwest in a short period of time.

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Day 1 San Francisco

Arrive at any time.

Arrive to our joining hotel at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening. 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.

Day 2-3 San Francisco/Big Sur (1B, 1L, 2D)

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way out of one of America's most popular cities. Wind the roads of the coast, checking out Big Sur and Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP. Camp out at Cachuma Lake.

Explore 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, a marvel of engineering and deco design. Crashing waves, rolling fog and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's Coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Visit one of the most historic cities in California, Monterey. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur. Approximate Distance to Monterey: 185 km ; Approximate Distance Monterey to Big Sur: 50 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)

Day 4-6 Los Angeles/San Diego (2B, 1L, 2D)

Be on the lookout for celebrities as you pass by a few popular sites on your way into one of California's most glamourous city, Los Angeles. Opt to check out Universal Studies before continuing on to San Diego. Try the fish tacos the city is famous for, a

At Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park witness a waterfall dropping from granite cliffs into the ocean. The journey along Highway 1 continues to impress, offering breath-taking views of the classic California coast. See the wonders of the night sky at Cachuma Lake while enjoying the warmth of the campfire. Approximate Distance: 380 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including multiple stops)

Day 7 Scottsdale (1B, 1L)

Visit the the largest mass of sand dunes in California. Travel to Scottsdale for a real southwest cowboy town experience.

Be on the lookout for celebrities as you pass by a few popular sites on your way into one of California's most glamourous city. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighborhoods and landmarks on the drive into town. Opt to spend the afternoon visiting one of the most exciting amusement parks - Universal Studios. It is the largest movie studio in Hollywood and the workplace for numerous Hollywood stars. With a little luck you might come across the Simpsons or Steven Spielberg! For our night in Los Angeles, we give up camping in favour of a more comfortable experience in a hotel. Approximate Distance: 195 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)

Day 8-9 Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 2L, 2D)

Visit the cave-dwellings at Montezuma Castle. Enjoy a pizza dinner at the Grand Canyon rim at sunset. Hike and explore this natural wonder, and take an optional helicopter flight for a bird's-eye view.

Take in any remaining sites in LA like Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier before heading out of town. In the afternoon, cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego! History, food and fun await us in beautiful historic Old Town. San Diego is a great city to experience where life is lived outdoors. Check out world-famous Coronado Island. Afterwards experience optional attractions like Sea World, the amazing San Diego Zoo, take surf lessons and rent boogie boards or opt to relax on Mission beach. When the sun sets experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs. Our campsite is within the city limits and a taxi ride away form the Gaslamp Quarter District. Approximate Distance: 190 km Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs (including stops)

Day 10-11 Lake Powell/Monument Valley (2B, 2L, 1D)

Visit the Glen Canyon Dam. Take an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Learn about Navajo culture at Monument Valley and opt for a 4x4 excursion with a Navajo guide.

Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California. In the evening enjoy a night out in historic downtown Scottsdale. Inspired by Americas famous Country music, opt to experience a real Cowboy bar. To better experience the city, for our night in Scottsdale, we give up camping in favour of hotel accommodation. Approximate Distance: 600 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)

Day 12-13 Moab (2B, 1L, 1D)

Hike in Canyonlands NP, and visit the rock formations of Arches NP. Opt to go rafting or mountain biking.

Gaze through the windows of the past and discover one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, Montezuma Castle. Get out the camera for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona's famous scenic drive: Oak Creek Canyon. In the afternoon cool off at Slide Rock State Park. Continue 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. Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for you to explore. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face as you admire awe-inspiring views. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. With numerous viewpoints, the Grand Canyon will never look the same! In the afternoon enjoy a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight or watch the most spectacular IMAX Adventure of all, the Grand Canyon Movie. Return to your campsite and enjoy a BBQ around the campfire to recapture the experiences from this memorable day. Note: If you have pre booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon on either Day 8 or 9, this will be determined by your CEO. Approximate Distance: 400 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including multiple stops)

Day 14 Bryce Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12. Learn about the Fremont culture and view petroglyphs at Capitol Reef NP. See how it's done on an optional rodeo visit (seasonal).

Enjoy famous Lake Powell with its deep blue water surrounded by orange-red cliff walls. View the Glen Canyon Dam, the second largest of its kind in North America. Be in awe as you reach the overlook after a short hike to the famous Horseshoe Bend, shaped by the emerald green Colorado River. In the afternoon take time and relax on the beach. Optional Antelope Canyon tour is available. Approximate Distance: 240 km Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs (including stops)

Day 15 Zion National Park/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)

Go hiking in Zion NP. Explore Las Vegas after a brief orientation walk with your CEO along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP limo ride.

Discover one of the most majestic places on earth: Monument Valley! Magnificent colors, miles of mesas, buttes and pinnacles make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience. Learn about the Navajo culture that has been passed on through generations in order to keep the sacred traditions, beliefs and ceremonies alive. Take an optional jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley and be inspired by a night under the stars as you camp in this magnificent atmosphere. See the sun rise from a perspective very few ever experience! Approximate Distance: 225 km Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs (including stops)

Day 16 Las Vegas

Depart at any time.

Breathtaking views await us in the largest national park in Utah, Canyonlands. It offers many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Take a break and escape on to one of the many trails, providing an unforgettable Canyon Country experience that will last a lifetime! In the evening enjoy a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park before we continue to Moab. In the morning of the second day, visit Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. It contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore the park's viewpoints and hike to sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks and soaring pinnacles. The afternoon is free to explore Moab or for optional activities such as rafting on the Colorado River, mountain biking or take an adventure on a Hummer tour. Approximate Distance: 255 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures, 18-35s
  • Comfort Level: Camping
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

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Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation walk in Las Vegas. Entrance fee to Montezuma Castle. Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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