LA to San Fran: Ultimate National Parks

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On this 17-day trip, you’ll explore the ultimate national parks in the USA – starting from the home of movie stars in Los Angeles and ending in artsy San Francisco. Walk through Joshua Tree National Park, the epic Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, glitzy Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, th...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy

Highlights

    • Hike through sequoia forests, granite cliff faces and cascading waterfalls in Yosemite National Park – one of the best places for hiking, walking and wildlife spotting. 
    • Enjoy a full day exploring California’s coastal parks near Monterey, kick back on the gorgeous white sands of secrets coves and end with an evening of wine tastings at dinner at a local winery. 
    • Witness the Grand Canyon’s steep red-rock escarpments and gorges. Learn about Indigenous history and geology with a naturalist guide from the Grand Canyon Conservancy. 
    • Ride a jeep through Utah's iconic Monument Valley, and then share stories and a meal by the campfire with members of the Navajo Nation. 
    • At Lower Antelope Canyon, descend into the mystical interior with a Navajo guide. Learn the local history and discover the iconic sandstone walls shaped by years and years of water and wind.
    • Discover Zion National Park on a guided hike – then immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.

What's this trip about?

    On this 17-day trip, you’ll explore the ultimate national parks in the USA – starting from the home of movie stars in Los Angeles and ending in artsy San Francisco. Walk through Joshua Tree National Park, the epic Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, glitzy Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, the coastal parks of California and some bustling city hubs with so much to see and do you’ll get dizzy (in a good way). See giant sequoias, colossal sand dunes, granite cliffs, and chilled-out beaches and enjoy all the local insights with a local leader who knows all the best spots to eat, drink and explore your way through the country.

Details

Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeIntimate group - max of 12 people
Age range15 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityLos Angeles
End CitySan Francisco

Travel Themes

  • High Adventure

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Attractions

  • Bryce Canyon
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • California
  • Death Valley
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Grand Canyon
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Venice
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park

Trip includes

    • Los Angeles - Leader-led Venice canals walk
    • Joshua Tree National Park - Entrance Fee
    • Palm Springs - Aerial Tramway
    • Grand Canyon National Park - Entrance Fee
    • Route 66 - Retro Diner Lunch
    • Grand Canyon National Park - Sunset Walk
    • Grand Canyon - Conservancy Naturalist guided tour and hike
    • Monument Valley Tribal Park - Entrance
    • Monument Valley - Jeep Tour and Navajo Dinner
    • Horseshoe Bend
    • Page - Antelope Canyon Tour
    • Zion National Park - Entrance Fee
    • Bryce Canyon National Park - Entrance Fee
    • Zion National Park - Leader - Led hike
    • Las Vegas - Leader-led Fremont Street Walking Tour
    • Snow Canyon State Park
    • Yosemite National Park - Entrance Fee
    • Yosemite National Park - Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
    • Yosemite - Pizza Picnic Dinner
    • Yosemite National Park - Leader-led hike
    • Yosemite National Park - Glacier Point
    • Monterey - Leader-led orientation
    • Carmel - Winery Tasting & Dinner
    • Monterey - Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    • Monterey - California Coastal Highway 1
    • San Francisco - Leader-led city tour
    • San Francisco - Sunset catamaran cruise

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Travel Map

Day 1 Los Angeles

Welcome to Los Angeles, California! Spend an afternoon exploring the home of movie stars – stroll Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach or Rodeo Drive for a bit of people-watching or amp up the culture with a trip to the Getty Centre or a tour of the Beverly Hills mansions....

Day 2 Joshua Tree National Park / Twentynine Palms

Depart LA after breakfast and take the scenic drive to Palm Springs, famous for its mid-century modern architecture and desert resorts. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to the top of Mt. Jacinto for a refreshingly cool picnic lunch with expansive views over Chino Can...

Day 3 Route 66 / Grand Canyon National Park

This morning, enjoy breakfast and then head on a Route 66 road trip. You’ll spend some time driving the famous Route 66 from California through Nevada and into Arizona, stopping by the eccentric community of Seligman for lunch. There’s even a historic retro diner wher...

Day 4 Grand Canyon National Park

Today, a naturalist guide from the Grand Canyon Conservancy will join your group for a guided tour and hike (approximately 3 hours) on a section of the Bright Angel Trail. Your guide will teach the group about the park’s history, geology and the Indigenous connections...

Day 5 Monument Valley / Kayenta

This morning is a perfect chance to get up early and catch the sunrise. Depart Grand Canyon via the eastern entrance, stopping at the Desert View Watchtower. When you reach the town of Cameron, visit the Navajo trading post and take some free time for lunch before con...

Day 6 Antelope Canyon / Bryce Canyon

Get ready for another day full of incredible desert scenery. After breakfast, you’ll hit the road again, passing through the little city of Page, set on the shores of Lake Powell. You’ll join a Navajo guide as you descend into mystical Lower Antelope Canyon via series...

Day 7 Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park

You’ll wake up early today to catch the best light for your journey into Bryce Canyon National Park, famous for its orange hoodoos – uniquely shaped rock spires rising out of the desert, formed by millions of years of erosion. Drive the park road, stopping at some sce...

Day 8 Zion National Park

After breakfast, visit Zion National Park with your leader. Based on the group's interests and abilities, you might hike the Emerald Pools or Watchman trail. There may also be an option to take on a challenge like The Narrows, which is probably the most popular hike i...

Day 9 Las Vegas

You’ll leave Zion National Park today and hit the road again for the last time. Check out Snow Canyon State Park along the way, where many American movies have been filmed, and then continue to Las Vegas, Nevada. Once a western outpost in the desert, Las Vegas is now ...

Day 10 Las Vegas

Today is free to explore Las Vegas. The city may be the gambling capital of the world, but there's plenty to do if gambling isn't your thing. Hit the shops, feel your stomach drop on a rooftop roller coaster or simply stroll along the Strip, soaking up the glitz and g...

Day 11 Las Vegas to Fresno

This morning, depart Las Vegas and begin your road trip. This is a long driving day and a great opportunity to experience the dramatic change in landscape from the desert to the mountains of California. You'll have plenty of stops to stretch your legs and take photos....

Day 12 Yosemite National Park

This morning, head north to the world-famous Yosemite National Park – featuring colossal granite cliff faces, cascading waterfalls (depending on the season), and sequoia forests, the scenery in Yosemite attracts travellers from all over the globe. When you arrive, wan...

Day 13 Yosemite National Park

Enjoy a full day to explore the spectacular scenery of Yosemite National Park. The breathtaking landscapes have made Yosemite a favourite among hikers for generations, and there are plenty of trekking routes on offer with varying degrees of difficulty. Your leader wil...

Day 14 Monterey

After breakfast this morning, depart Yosemite for coastal California and the haven of Monterey. Your leader will take the group on an orientation walk when you arrive to get your bearings. The rest of the day is free to explore at your own pace – maybe head to the Mon...

Day 15 California Coast / Monterey

Today you’ll head out on a full-day exploration of the glittering coast and the surrounding villages and parks with your group. Make the most of the scenic parks along California Highway 1 and check out Sea Lion Point. Check out the gorgeous local beaches in Point Lob...

Day 16 San Francisco

This morning after breakfast, you’ll follow the coast to Santa Cruz, stopping at the famous pier for some free time to grab lunch, sit on the beach and enjoy the vibes. Visit Half Moon Bay for a short beach walk and then carry on to San Fran. When you arrive, head out...

Day 17 San Francisco

With no activities planned today, your adventure ends this morning. If you’d like to stay longer, just speak to your booking agent.

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Last Updated: 6/5/2024
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Intrepid Travel has come a long way since its beginnings in 1989. From two university friends, a typewriter and a kitchen desk, it is now a proud member of The Intrepid Group, taking over 100,000 travelers every year.

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Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights),Lodge (2 nights),

Transportation & Flights

Private vehicle,

Transportation & flights

Private vehicle
Guides
All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leader or local representative. The aim of the group leader or local representative is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced group leader or local representative however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your group leader or local representative is new to a particular region or training other group leader or local representative. Your group leader or local representative will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you are interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your group leader or local representative can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip. NORTH AMERICAN LEADERS Our leaders in the US and Canada are also responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country. The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures our drivers are well rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads. It's strictly forbidden for non-qualified rangers to present any information about some National Parks in North America, therefore we adopt a system (as requested by the park rangers) where our leader will encourage travellers to visit the information centres in the National Parks for details about the site.
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your group leader or local representative. If you have credit card insurance your group leader or local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. For travellers who reside within the European Union, Switzerland or USA the requirement to purchase travel insurance cannot be compulsory. However the purchase of travel insurance is still highly recommended, and travellers from these regions who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting, recognizing personal responsibility for emergency medical and repatriation costs should they arise. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-resources/our-services
Visa requirements
PASSPORT You’ll need a valid passport to travel internationally and most countries require your passport to have a minimum of 6 months validity, so remember to check the expiry date. We need your passport information to get everything ready for your trip so it’s important that the information on your booking matches your passport exactly. Please take care to provide the correct details. We recommend carrying a copy of the photo page of your passport while travelling and leaving a copy at home with family or friends. VISAS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Many countries require a visa and obtaining the correct visa for your trip and any countries you may transit through is your responsibility. We recommend you check your visa requirements as soon as you have booked your trip. This will ensure you have time to prepare your documents and for your visa application to be processed. You can check the entry requirements for your nationality on your government's foreign travel advisories, consular websites or on our page here:  www.intrepidtravel.com/visa-entry-requirements
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Most national governments provide regularly updated foreign travel advice on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all destinations and activities on your trip. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trips here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/travel-alerts We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Your group leader or local representative will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy. While your group leader or local representative will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader or local representative has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Intrepid's operational safety policies can be viewed on our website at the link below. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how safety is being managed on our trips. https://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety-guidelines
Age Requirements
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Finish point

  • Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
  • 1300 Columbus Ave
  • San Francisco
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Alternate Finish point

  • For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
  • 01 Sep 2024 (SSKUC240901)
  • Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
  • 2500 Mason St, San Francisco CA,United States.
  • San Francisco
  • 94133
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • Phone: +1 415 362 5500
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