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National Parks of the American West

16 days, Las Vegas to San Francisco

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Spend two weeks in the American West, discovering the beauty of many of its most iconic national parks. Encounter the crimson-striped cliffs of the Grand Canyon and hear the thundering surf at Big Sur. Stroll among the giants of Sequoia National Park and step behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour designed for National Geographic Journeys. From Yosemite to Death Valley, escape to some of the greatest natural wonders anywhere.

16 days - Las Vegas to San Francisco

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Spend two weeks in the American West, discovering the beauty of many of its most iconic national parks. Encounter the crimson-striped cliffs of the Grand Canyon and hear the thundering surf at Big Sur. Stroll among the giants of Sequoia National Park and step behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour designed for National Geographic Journeys. From Yosemite to Death Valley, escape to some of the greatest natural wonders anywhere.

Is this tour for me?

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 16, Avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

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

Visa Requirements

16 days - Las Vegas to San Francisco

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Trip Code: NUNNG

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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 Experience

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

Enjoy a full free day to explore Las Vegas. Wander the Strip, do some shopping, and refuel at one of the many bars or restaurants. Opt to take in a glitzy Las Vegas show, try your luck at the gaming tables, or head out on a day trip to the Hoover Dam.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Las 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 10Death Valley National Park/Yosemite National Park

Before leaving the park, make a final stop at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Then sit back and enjoy the views on this full day drive via the mountain town of Bishop and across the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, along the famed Tioga Pass and through Yosemite Valley in the National Park.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11Yosemite National Park

With our CEO, explore stunning Yosemite National Park in the High Sierra. Explore on foot to view majestic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows, and walk among pristine groves in Yosemite. Keep and eye out for glacial erratics, rock climbers and the diverse wildlife, including black bears, within the park.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Yosemite National Park/Sequoia National Park

Depart early and walk through California’s Sequoia National Park alongside a naturalist. Learn about these impressive giant trees and opt to enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail. 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 13Sequoia National Park/Monterey

Depart the Sierra Nevadas and travel from one of California's mountain ranges to the other. Reaching the waters edge, stop to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery before driving north on the PCH, the famous Pacific Coast Highway.

Stop along the way for lunch in a little seaside town. Marvel at the dramatic vistas as the waves crash into where the cliffs meet the shore. Continue through Big Sur, past famous bridges and lighthouses, get out and stretch and even opt to feel the sand between your toes. Enjoy the day soaking in part of the most beautiful coastline this National Scenic Byway has to offer en route to Monterey.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 14Monterey

Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour specially arranged for National Geographic Journeys travellers. Get an inside look at the workings of this world-class organization and find out how the Aquarium’s mission aligns with that of National Geographic. After, enjoy a free afternoon. Opt to go whale watching, try the famous clam chowder, walk or bike the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail or wander historic Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Monterey Aquarium Exclusive

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Monterey/San Francisco

Continue on a scenic coastal drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco for our final evening. Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills or explore the city by bicycle.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16San 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: Monterey Aquarium Exclusive, Monterey
  • Your G for Good Moment: Native Grill Food Truck Experience
  • Your Discover Moment: Las Vegas
  • All national park fees
  • Zion NP visit and guided hike
  • Bryce Canyon NP visit
  • Antelope Canyon guided visit
  • Death Valley NP visit
  • Yosemite NP excursion
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (15 nts).

Meals

15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD815-1060 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Departures

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National Parks of the American West

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