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15 Day National Parks Explorer
15 Day National Parks Explorer
The American landscape holds many natural wonders, and on this comprehensive tour of the West Coast you will have chance to see all of the best parts as showcased in the myriad of National Parks you will have chance to visit. Not only that, but the cities and other wondrous landmarks found in between are awaiting your visit.
Tour highlights
  • Catch views of the legendary Alcatraz Island, a once world renowned prison.
  • Discover the lowest point on Earth, the arid Death Valley just outside of Las Vegas.
  • See the other-worldly rock formations that make up the landscape of the Craters of the Moon.
  • Explore the natural wonders dotted around the Yellowstone National Park.
  • Witness the grand splendour of the colourful rocks that line the rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Day 1: Arrive in San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and make your way to the hotel where your tour director will contact you in the evening.
  • Standard: Hotel Carlton, or similar
Day 2: San Francisco
Tour the beautiful city of San Fran today, seeing highlights such as Fishermans Wharf, Union Square, and the civic Centre. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps take a stroll along Sea Lions Marina to see the sea lions play, take a cable car ride to Fishermans Wharf to sample the delicacies of San Francisco. Be sure to catch sight of the legendary once-prison, Alcatraz Island upon the bay.
  • Standard: Hotel Carlton, or similar
Day 3: San Francisco - Lake Tahoe - Virginia City - Reno
Head out for Sacramento today, capital of the Golden State. Make a stop in Old Town, once a busy centre of the Gold Rush and last stop of the Pony Express. Continue to beautiful Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the afternoon take a visit to Virginia City, a 19th century mining city where the Old West comes to life. Take a short drive to Reno and your casino hotel.
  • Standard: Harrah's Reno, or similar
Day 4: Reno - Elko - Twin Falls
Traverse the Black Rock Desert and head out across the plains of northern Nevada. Head along the Humboldt River beside the route that was once used by early pioneers on the Oregon and California Trails. Stop at Elko, the formerly rough and tumble town that once sat at the end of the tracks laid from the west by the Central Pacific Railroad. Cross the state line at Jackpot to enter Twin Falls, located within Idahos Magic Valley region.
  • Standard: Shilo Inn Twin Falls, or similar
Day 5: Twin Falls - Craters of the Moon - Yellowstone National Park
Depart Twin Falls and cross Snake River before visiting the Craters of the Moon National Monument whose other-worldly, arid landscape closely resembles lunar conditions. In the afternoon you will arrive at Yellowstone National Park, the nation’s first National Park.
  • Standard: Gray Wolf Inn/Brandin Iron Inn, or similar
Day 6: Yellowstone National Park
Take an in-depth tour of the natural wonderland that is Yellowstone National Park. See such wonders as Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful and Yellowstone Canyon majestic falls.
  • Standard: Gray Wolf Inn/Brandin Iron Inn, or similar
Day 7: Yellowstone National Park - Grand Tetons - Jackson - Salt Lake City
Journey through the rugged, snowy peaked mountains as you enter Teton National Park. See the Snake River Outlook and marvel at the stunning natural landscape. The prairie lands are home to wild buffalo, elk and moose. Continue to Jackson Hole, the stylish Crown Jewel of the Rocky Mountains. Travel through southern Idaho to Salt Lake City in the Mormon State of Utah. See the State Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before heading to the hotel for the evening.
  • Standard: Little America Hotel or similar
Day 8: Salt Lake City - Moab
Discover the sights of Salt Lake City before travelling to Moab, filled with snow-capped mountain peaks and cavernous gorges.
  • Standard: Moab Valley Inn, or similar
Day 9: Moab - Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park - Moab
Today you will be treated to not one, but two stunning National Parks. See Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the breathtaking Delicate Arch. Continue on to Canyonlands National Park, where you will explore the beautiful hues of the canyons, mesas, and buttes of the sandstone landscape. This evening enjoy an optional Jet Boat Float trip on the grand Colorado River.
  • Standard: Moab Valley Inn, or similar
Day 10: Moab - Capitol Reef National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park
Capitol Reef National Park is next on the agenda, a sight of amazing beauty established in 1937. Proceed to Bryce Canyon, where the spires, hoodoos, and sandstone pinnacles create a beautifully scenic display for you to amaze at. If the weather permits, the night sky will be filled with starry constellations and the air will have the scent of pinewood campfires.
  • Standard: Bryce View Lodge, or similar
Day 11: Bryce Canyon - Lake Powell - Grand Canyon - Flagstaff
The shimmering Lake Powell’s beauty is yours to behold today as it ebbs against the red rocks of canyon walls. Cross the Colorado into the Navajo Indian Reservation, driving through the Painted Desert via Cameron Trading Post. Arrive at one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, stopping at the rim to witness the full glory of this vast, colourful canyon.
  • Standard: Days Hotel Flagstaff, or similar
Day 12: Flagstaff - Zeligman/Route 66 - Las Vegas
Descend to the high Coconino Plateau into the Mojave Desert, passing through Seligman along the way, a town built alongside the renowned Route 66. Continue on to the dazzling shine of Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World.
  • Standard: Luxor Las Vegas - Pyramid Rooms, or similar
Day 13: Las Vegas
Spend the day as you wish, exploring the activities and entertainment outlets of Las Vegas. Take an optional trip to Death Valley out in the arid desert lands, one of the lowest places on Earth.
  • Standard: Luxor Las Vegas - Pyramid Rooms, or similar
Day 14: Las Vegas - Los Angeles
Cameras at the ready as you pose for photograph opportunities at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign. Travel to Los Angeles, the City of Angels, via the Mojave Desert. Upon arrival you can embrace the local atmosphere on a tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the Sunset Strip.  Standard: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles (or similar)
Day 15: Departure Los Angeles
The tour concludes after check out of your hotel 
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
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  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown
  • Cruise the Colorado on a float trip in Moab
  • Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon
  • Fly over Lake Powell and enjoy a Monument Valley tour
  • Las Vegas by Night tour
  • All-American Picnic at a surprise destination en route
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