1. United States
  2. Nevada
  3. San Francisco
  4. Yosemite National Park

San Francisco: 9-Day West Coast Road Trip

Product ID: 182033
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See why the west coast is the best coast, on a road trip through the most visited cities in the Western US. Cruise down highway 1, traverse the Mojave Desert, and wind through mountain passes as you check off your must-see United States check-list!
About this activity
Duration 9 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a 50% refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the city life in San Francisco, Monterey, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and more
  • Enjoy 9 days exploring the Western United States with a full-time professional guide
  • Hike in Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and along the California Coast
Full description
Day 1: San Francisco to Big Sur (camping)

Head south along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Cruz to Monterey. Check out what's beneath the water at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and visit historic Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. That evening, you'll sleep under the stars near Big Sur.

Day 2: Big Sur to Santa Barbara/SLO (camping)

Enjoy stunning views of Pebble Beach on a hike through Point Lobos State Reserve before heading south into Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. See one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Pacific Coast, McWay Falls. Next, head down to San Simeon to see the sea lions, before setting up camp near SLO.

Day 3: Santa Barbara/SLO to LA (hostel)

Rent a stand up paddleboard or just relax at the beach on the American Riviera, Santa Barbara. Stroll through the many boutiques along State Street, or visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Finally, get ready for the City of Angels and a tour of Hollywood before heading to your hostel in LA.

Day 4: Los Angeles to Las Vegas (hotel)

See the Los Angeles sights before heading off to "Sin City". Drive into the Mojave desert and into the Silver State, Nevada. Enjoy a driving tour of the famous Las Vegas Strip, and then dance the night away in one of Vegas’ epic clubs, or try to win big at one of the Strip’s mega casinos.

Day 5: Full Day Las Vegas (hotel)

Explore what Las Vegas has to offer. If gambling's not your thing, check out the Neon Museum,  or the world-famous Gangster Museum. If you’re looking for further adventure, check out the amazing Grand Canyon on an optional partner tour.

Day 6: Las Vegas to Sierras via Death Valley (camping)

Death Valley is a rift valley and home to the United States’ lowest point, the scorching Badwater Basin. After traversing the valley, you’ll head off to the eastern side of the magnificent Sierra Mountains and our campsite.

Day 7: Eastern Sierras to Yosemite (camping)

Get a view of Mono Lake before climbing to the top of the Tioga Pass and Yosemite National Park. Hike in high country, dip your toes in Tenaya Lake, or check out the backside of Half Dome at Olmsted Point before heading down nearly 6,000 feet of elevation to your campsite.

Day 8: Full Day Yosemite (camping)

Whether you’re biking through the valley, hiking from Glacier Point, following the Mist Trail and its many waterfalls, or strolling through meadows searching for wildlife, you're sure to have an amazing day in Yosemite National Park.

Day 9: Yosemite to San Francisco

Head through California gold country and the Central Valley to San Francisco. Join your group on an optional sunset sail under the Golden Gate Bridge before saying farewell to your travel family.
Includes
  • Central San Francisco hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Narrated guided tour
  • Park entrance fees
  • Campsite (5 nights) and hotel/hostel (3 nights) accommodation: double occupancy same-sex or couple share (single occupancy supplement required for “my own room” bookings)
  • Camping gear provided; sleeping bags available for a $20 rental fee
  • Camp meals on camping nights
What’s Not Included
  • Meals on lodging nights
  • Optional activity entrance/rentals
  • Guide gratuity (optional, recommended)

When you get there

Meeting point

Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel (333 O'Farrell St - Meet on Mason St side)

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Know before you go
• Hotel accommodations are double occupancy, same sex or couple shared. A Single supplement must be paid for one person in your own room
• Aquarium, paddleboard, Grand Canyon tour, sunset sail and museums are available at an extra cost
• Camping gear is supplied using quality tents, camping and cooking equipment (you will need a sleeping bag, they are available for rent)
• Everybody is expected to participate in the set-up and breakdown of camp, and professional guides are there to ensure a positive camping experience
• Bring a camera, comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing (California’s weather can be unpredictable), a bathing suit and towel, sunscreen and insect repellent, small day pack and a water bottle