Coast to the Bay

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Coast to the Bay

from £1,577
Duration: 14 days
Countries: United States of America
Take the scenic route from LA to San Francisco on our Coast to the Bay! Head inland through California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada on a memorable USA road trip.

Coast to the Bay


Day 1: Los Angeles, California to San Diego

Know much about San Diego besides Ron Burgundy and Sea World? Nope? That’s okay. With a coastline position that’s close enough to high-five Mexico, it’s all about how many fish tacos you can consume in the next 48 hours anyway. Tonight, hit up Gaslamp Quarter or seek out rooftop bars for cocktails with a view.

Day 2: San Diego

Keep today classy with a ride on a historic trolley, a jaunt through the Spanish-style Balboa Park, or, you know, head to San Diego Zoo. Later you could always hone your craft beer vocab with a self-guided tour through over 80 breweries and brewpubs in “America’s Craft Beer Capital”.

Day 3: San Diego to Prescott, Arizona

Joshua trees are like a mutant cactus-cross-pandanus and you’ll only spot them in Southwest USA. See how many you count on our trip to Prescott – where you can go bar hopping on Whiskey Row and soak up some of the lingering history from the notorious strip of gun-slinging saloons that once stood there.

Day 4: Prescott to Grand Canyon

On our way to that big hole in the ground, we make a stop in Arizona's 'little Hollywood', Sedona - a spiritual mecca in the desert (and set of many a John Wayne film). Say a few 'oms' and find some zen amongst the red sandstone on the optional jeep tour before we travel towards the Grand Canyon.

Day 5: Grand Canyon

Ready to “go big or go home”? You may have seen pictures but nothing can prepare you for the humility that comes with standing on the precipice of something so mighty. Whether it’s six million or two billion years old we don’t know (jury’s still out) but this? Is #lifechanging stuff.

Day 6: Grand Canyon to Zion National Park region, Utah

Urban hippies rejoice! A stop at the Cameron Native American Trading Post will soothe twitching shopping withdrawals with drums and silver jewellery. Continue the journey with stops at Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River and Glen Canyon Dam - one of the largest dams in the United States, and the reason for Lake Powell's existence.

Day 7: Zion National Park to Las Vegas, Nevada

Zion means the kingdom of heaven - once you arrive, you'll see why. Millions-year-old sweeping sandstone canyons, iridescent waterfalls and ethereal landscapes make this a hiker and photographer's utopia. Strap on your boots and walk along the canyon floor or heed the challenge up to Angel's Landing. The views are so worth it. Then we'll make like a condor and soar across the desert to a little town called Las Vegas. Tonight: a nightclub on wheels (and pockets full of casino chips?).

Day 8: Las Vegas

Gamble your time in Vegas away on the roulette of activities available at your doorstep: bet high with indoor skydiving, put everything on black or take your winnings straight to the skies with a helicopter flight. Whichever way you choose, you're winning.

Day 9: Las Vegas

G-rated Vegas sounds like an oxymoron, but there's plenty of family-friendly options from indoor skydiving to rollercoasters atop needle-point buildings. Circle the globe without leaving the strip (Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Pyramids of Giza), take a leave pass to tour Hoover Dam or Death Valley, or go white-water rafting. Today, Vegas is your oyster, and there's a good chance it will be battered and deep fried.

Day 10: Las Vegas

Lost track of time last night? Swap stories of your Vegas antics as we drive from the desert to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and our gateway to Yosemite National Park.

Day 11: Las Vegas to Mariposa/Yosemite NP, California

There's not enough flowery adjectives to describe the beauty of Yosemite Valley. It doesn't have honey badgers, but it does have bears, coyotes and golden eagles that are badass in their own right. Hike, ride or take the free shuttle to explore the real-world equivalent of Narnia.

Day 12: Mariposa/Yosemite NP

The colour orange is associated with extroverts and the unconventional - so apt for San Fran. Add a bit of 'International Orange' to your life when we tick off SF's best with Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, the Painted Ladies and a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge. Then: sail into the sunset on our optional cruise.

Day 13: Mariposa to San Francisco

Today, you're free to roam. Trolley rides, honking sea lions at Pier 39 and pitting yourself against the incline of Lombard Street would be our picks. NOTE: If you want a “get into jail” pass to visit Alcatraz, do the crime (of booking) BEFORE you come on tour.

Day 14: San Francisco

Our time together might be over, but we're betting you're not ready to say goodbye. Stick around in the “Frisco” and explore the city deeper with a flower in your hair.

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Grand Canyon National Park
Las Vegas party bus
Monument Valley with Navajo guide

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9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
12 nights in hotels, motels & lodges
Modern air-conditioned coach/mini-coach
Sightseeing tours of all major cities
Entrance fees to national parks
Awesome Trip Leader

Group Size

Maximum 50 people


Air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people) or spacious mini-coach (maximum 20 people)

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