Fly for Free on the Coast to the Bay Tour
Go in search of the wonderfully wild and wacky as we take the scenic route from La La Land to San Francisco, inland through California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Hit the waves in sunny San Diego then make your way to the iconic Grand Canyon. Put it all on black in Las Vegas, channel Yogi Bear at Yosemite National Park and work those quads on the hills of San Francisco.
Day 1: Los Angeles, California to San Diego
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. Get acquainted on our city tour with beaches, San Diego Harbor and Downtown, oh my! Surfers froth over San Diego for its variety of breaks within (almost) paddling distance. Look out for pros like Rob Machado in the line-up. Total beginner? Try La Jolla Shores. Tonight, hit up Gaslamp Quarter or seek out rooftop bars for cocktails with a view.
-San Diego city tour
Day 2: San Diego
We suggest you keep today classy with a ride on a historic trolley, a jaunt through the Spanish-style Balboa Park and a visit to San Diego Zoo (one word: pandas). Hone your craft beer vocab with a self-guided tour through over 80 breweries and brewpubs in “America's Craft Beer Capital”. Or just get in on the sun and surf action along the 70 miles (112 km) of beaches.
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. Drive through the tree-dotted landscape of the Mojave desert to Prescott (home of the world's oldest rodeo), where cowboy hats are part of the locals' uniform and Whiskey Row is the place to be. 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 region
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've seen pictures, but nothing can prepare you for the humility that comes with standing on the precipice of something so mighty. With a day at the Grand Canyon you can see billions of years of rock history from every angle including a 360 panorama if you take the chopper.
-Grand Canyon National Park entry
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?).
-Zion National Park entry
-Las Vegas party bus
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 to Yosemite National Park region, California
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: Yosemite National Park
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 12: Yosemite to San Francisco
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.
-San Francisco sightseeing tour
Day 13: 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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