Camping America's West
Slutdestination: San Francisco
Think every trail in the Great American West has been blazed by now? Think again, partner. Spread across 22 glorious days, this trip takes you on an incredible loop from beautiful San Francisco and back again with stops in LA, San Diego, Scottsdale, and Vegas along the way. In between, you'll have the chance to take a dip in the Pacific, raft the Colorado River, hike the Grand Canyon, and stretch out under star-filled skies in the region's top national parks. Three weeks of your life, a memory forever.
Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (16 nts)
Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Death Valley visit. Orientation to Las Vegas. Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Learn about Navajo culture, hike through stunning national parks, stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon, try your luck in Las Vegas, drive California's scenic Highway 1.
Day 22 San Francisco
Depart at any time.
Day 21 Big Sur/San Francisco (1B)
Follow the winding roads of the coast out of Big Sur to a stop in Santa Cruz. Later, catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Trip ends upon arrival to San Francisco. Opt to explore by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.
Day 20 Lake Cachuma/Big Sur (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel along Highway 1, which offers breathtaking views of the classic Californian coast. Explore Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and the impressive coastline of Big Sur.
Day 19 Los Angeles/Lake Cachuma (1D)
Enjoy a free morning in LA. Later, travel up the coast to camp out at Cachuma Lake.
Day 18 San Diego/Los Angeles (1B)
Cruise along the incredible Pacific coastline then through Orange County to Los Angeles. Be on the lookout for celebrities while passing a few popular sites on the way into California's most glamorous city.
Day 17 San Diego (1B)
Enjoy free time in San Diego. Try the fish tacos the city is famous for, and check out the Old Town.
Day 16 Lake Havasu City/San Diego (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Joshua Tree NP, then head to San Diego. Sun, sand, food, and fun all await in this beautiful beach city.
Day 15 Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City (1B, 1D)
Say farewell to the Grand Canyon and continue to Lake Havasu. Check out the famous London Bridge or cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River.
Day 14 Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy free time in Grand Canyon National Park.
Day 13 Lake Powell/Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.
Day 12 Monument Valley/Lake Powell (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Lake Powell and enjoy its deep blue water surrounded by orange-red cliff walls. Take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, which is shaped by the Colorado River. Opt for a tour of Antelope Canyon.
Day 11 Moab/Monument Valley (1B, 1L)
Magnificent views await in Canyonlands National Park. Opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley.
Day 10 Moab (1B)
Hike through the surreal rock formations of Arches National Park. Opt to go rafting, mountain biking or on a Hummer tour. Catch a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park.
Day 9 Bryce Canyon National Park/Moab (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore Bryce Canyon and see its famous hoodoos before driving along isolated Scenic Byway 12 to Moab.
Day 8 Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park (1L, 1D)
Travel past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls in Zion National Park, and hike diverse and exciting trails (weather permitting).
Day 6 Sierra Nevadas/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)
Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Opt to take a VIP party limo experience.
Day 5 Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevadas (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a final morning in Yosemite. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows. Afternoon trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers.
Day 4 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Use free time to explore by foot, bike or shuttle.
Day 3 Napa Valley/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Leave the Napa Valley behind, and head to beautiful Yosemite. Drive through the park to discover peaks, granite domes, giant sequoias, and majestic waterfalls before setting up camp.
Day 2 San Francisco/Napa Valley (1D)
Enjoy a free morning in San Francisco. Opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills, check out Haight-Ashbury, or wander the streets. Later, trade in the city for the vineyards of beautiful Napa Valley and opt for a wine tasting.
Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive at any time.
Day 6 Sierra Nevadas/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)
Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park before travelling to Las Vegas. Spend the afternoon exploring the city, stroll along the famous Vegas Strip, or opt to take a VIP party limo experience.