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National Parks of the American West

15 days, Las Vegas to San Francisco

15 days - Las Vegas to San Francisco

From$5349USD
Valid on May 19 2021
Trip Code: NUPNG

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 13, Avg 11.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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15 days - Las Vegas to San Francisco

From$5349USD
Valid on May 19 2021
Trip Code: NUPNG

Need a flight? We can help.

Search for the perfect flight at time of booking.

Round-trip to Las Vegas from

Looking for another airport? Search when you book. (details)

Map of the route for National Parks of the American West

Places visited

  • United States

Itinerary

Day 1Las Vegas

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Las Vegas/Zion National Park

Depart early for Zion, Utah's oldest national park, and observe some of the most beautiful canyon country scenes in the United States. Catch the shuttle into the park with our CEO and hike to the Emerald Pools and hanging gardens.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Zion National Park

Enjoy a guided hike to the Narrows in Zion National Park. Splash and wade in the river that cuts through this stunning slot canyon. Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the high plateaus, towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls of pinks and reds.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4Zion National Park/Page

This morning, hike through Bryce Canyon National Park, famed for its multi-coloured rock pinnacles called 'hoodoo'. Be sure to have your camera ready to snap shots of these spectacular, natural towers that cover the canyon floor. Continue on to Page, Arizona, home to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the beautiful Lake Powell.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Page/Grand Canyon National Park

Start the day with a visit to the incredible Antelope Canyon with a local Navajo guide. Located on Navajo land and accessible only with an authorized guide, this landmark is considered one of the most visually stunning slot canyon formations in the world. Take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, then travel to the Grand Canyon and have lunch en route at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Native Grill Food Truck - Lunch

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6Grand Canyon National Park

Spend the day exploring the Canyon with an expert from the Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute. Enjoy a walk along the South Rim discussing the unique geology and botany of the Canyon, as well as human history here. After, visit the Historic Village District viewing iconic park structures then continue down the Bright Angel Trail below the canyon rim and view two-thousand-year-old rock art and 250-million-year-old fossils. Also visit the historic Kolb Studio, home to photography pioneers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, who shared with the world the first pictures of the epic Canyon.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Grand Canyon Exclusive

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

This morning, visit Lowell Observatory for a tour of the giant telescopes and to learn about the study of astronomy, as well as a lecture on Mars. Continue back to Las Vegas, but not before getting your kicks on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona — the birthplace of this famed highway.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Lowell Observatory Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park

Leave the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas behind and travel to Death Valley National Park — the lowest, hottest, and driest place in North America. Marvel at the extremes of this landscape as you pass mountains, valleys, badlands, salt flats, dunes, and more.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Death Valley National Park/Sequoia National Park

Before leaving the park, make a final stop at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and Father Crowley Vista Point. Walk along the trail to see Rainbow Canyon to one side, Panamint Valley to the other, and if we're lucky, fighter jets practicing between the cliffs. Continue around the Sierra Nevadas to Sequoia National Park.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Sequoia National Park

Enjoy a full day to explore. Walk through California’s Sequoia National Park and learn about these impressive giant trees on the trail alongside a naturalist. Drive to Big Tree Trail for an afternoon hike and learn about how National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees in the heart of the park to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. This evening, we return to the park for an evening of stargazing with an expert from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC).

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Sequoia National Park Naturalist Hike| Your Journeys Highlight Moment Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Sequoia National Park/Kings Canyon National Park

Take a spectacular drive through the park with stops along the way from Grant Grove through Kings Canyon to Cedar Grove. Watch as the scenery changes from sequoias to one of the deepest canyons in the USA. Carved out over hundreds of thousands of year ago by glaciers and continuing to deepen with the help of the Kings River. Keep a keen eye out for the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, and the incredible wildlife that calls this place home.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Kings Canyon National Park/Yosemite National Park

Travel north through the Sierras to the south entrance of Yosemite National Park stopping at the trailhead to Sentinel Dome. Climb the trail for breathtaking 360-degree views of the park and a picnic lunch. Feel on top of the world with views of Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and the Valley floor below. Continue to Glacier Point for an even closer view of one of the most iconic sites in the park. Later watch Free Solo, a National Geographic film based on Alex Honnold and his quest to climb El Capitan without ropes or a safety net.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Yosemite National Park

Join a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist-guide for a half day in Yosemite National Park. Learn about the human, natural, and geological history of the region from a local expert. Hike through the heart of Yosemite while highlighting flora, fauna, and discovering the historical significance of the park. Take in the iconic views and the hidden wonders made of granite and carved by glaciers. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own and choose to explore the majestic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows, and walk among pristine groves in Yosemite. Keep an eye out for glacial erratics, rock climbers, and the diverse wildlife within the park. Opt to visit the Ansel Adams Studio or relax by the river with Half Dome as the backdrop.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Yosemite Naturalist Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Drive through the Central Valley of California, stopping at a local farm stand to sample some of the region's best produce. Travel over the Bay Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Settle into the hotel before heading along the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf for an optional sunset sail in the San Francisco Bay, past Alcatraz and underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15San Francisco

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Grand Canyon Exclusive, Grand Canyon National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lowell Observatory Experience, Flagstaff
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sequoia National Park Naturalist Hike, Sequoia National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing, Sequoia National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Yosemite Naturalist Experience, Yosemite National Park
  • Your G for Good Moment: Native Grill Food Truck - Lunch
  • All national park fees
  • Zion National Park visit and guided hike
  • Bryce Canyon National Park visit
  • Antelope Canyon guided visit
  • Horseshoe Bend hike
  • Grand Canyon National Park visit
  • Route 66 stop
  • Death Valley National Park visit
  • Sequoia National Park visit
  • Kings Canyon National Park visit
  • Yosemite National Park visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (14 nts).

Meals

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Allow USD770-1005 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $2009.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

National Parks of the American West

| 15 days - Las Vegas to San Francisco - from $5349 USD
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