Food/Park payment required £50
*Begin your trip from the San Fransisco Bay area, or the Los Angeles area !
Days 1 - 3
We'll stop at the coastal town of Half Moon Bay to savor a latte, sample a pastry or just stroll through the picturesque village. Later, hit the beach in Santa Cruz, or check out the Surfing Museum. In Monterey, stroll along John Steinbeck's beloved Cannery Row, spend time at Fisherman's Wharf, or visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium to marvel at the wonders of the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy some time at San Simeon State Park and discover the beaches of majestic Pacific Ocean. Take a tour of opulent Hearst Castle or hike through the surrounding wetlands. Later, we head to our campsite just north of Malibu, where you have the option of a short hike through the chaparral to the ridge line overlooking the Pacific.
Scope out the surfers and cliff side mansions along the Pacific Coast Highway as we make our way into Los Angeles. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities on the way to the Hollywood sign and during your time at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame, and the Kodak Theatre.
Days 4 - 7
Socialize your way out of the city and through the Mojave Desert to Joshua Tree National Park. At camp, explore the rocks more, or relax under the stars after a delicious meal and share your adventure stories with new friends.
After our campout, we make our way through the desert on parts of Historic Route 66 to Native American lands. Our visit to the Grand Canyon West Rim, owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe, offers several exciting options: Stroll above the plummeting depths of the famous glass Skywalk, hire a pilot and see the canyon via helicopter, take a Pontoon boat tour of the Colorado River or learn about tribal dance and other Native American culture.
Later, the glittering lights of Las Vegas welcome our evening arrival in time for a night out on the town! For a taste of old Vegas, admire the spectacle of lights at the legendary Fremont Street Experience and try not to lose too much money testing your luck at one of the casinos.
The dramatic landscape of Zion National Park, Utah is our next destination. Stretch your legs with an exhilarating hike to Angel’s Landing and be rewarded with sweeping views of Zion, or take a short walk to witness the miracle of raindrops cascading directly from the sandstone arch of Weeping Rock. Cool your heels, splash around in the beautiful Virgin River and enjoy the scenery before saying goodbye to some of our new friends, and beginning our trek back to Las Vegas, Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Soak up the incredible views on the most beautiful coastline that California has to offer as we cruise south on the legendary Pacific Coast Highway. We'll stop along the way to stretch our legs and stroll through some quaint coastal communities. Later, hit the beach in Santa Cruz while surfers challenge the waves in Steamer Lane, or check out the Surfing Museum housed in the Mark Abbott Memorial lighthouse.
In Monterey, discover John Steinbeck's beloved Cannery Row, spend time at Fisherman's Wharf spotting sea otters, or pay a visit to the world-famous aquarium for a glimpse of the world theta lies beneath he crashing waves. Afterwards, we'll head for our campsite under the towering coastal redwood trees of Big Sur.
The beautiful rolling hills of California meet the majestic Pacific Ocean in few places as picturesque as San Simeon State Park. Take an optional tour of opulent Hearst Castle, hike through the surrounding wetlands, or just relax on the beach. Other activities include kayaking. (Discount for groups, minimum of 4 people.)
Spot cliffside mansions in Malibu before finding your favorite Santa Monica, Venice Beach or Hollywood hang out. Recuperate from a night on the town with a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Hike the Wonderland of Rocks Trail or go bouldering, keeping an eye out for the whimsical trees for which the park was named.
Walk above the the plummeting depths of the Grand Canyon West Rim on the famous glass Skywalk, take an optional helicopter tour, have your photo taken on a point with dramatic panoramic views of the canyon, or learn about Native American culture at a Hualapai village.
After all this nature, glittering Las Vegas is sure to please. Take a limousine tour of the strip, catch the show of a superstar, or ride the mind-blowing roller coasters on top of the Stratosphere. The sky's the limit in Vegas!
The following day, spend extra time in Vegas or head for Zion National Park. Hike to Angel's Landing for breathtaking views of Zion Canyon's sheer sandstone cliffs, then go for a swim or take an optional inner tube ride on the Virgin River.
Enjoy a few more hours with your new friends before we drop you off in Los Angeles* or ride with us to beautiful San Francisco.
*Please note: this is a combination trip, and it is possible to be dropped off and picked up at different points along this route.
Round trip transportation from San Francisco or Los Angeles, most meals, all camping fees, all National Park entrance fees.
Additional optional activities such as Kayaking, Hearst Castle guided tour, Helicopter/boat tour,
Grand Canyon West entrance or Skywalk fees, hostel stays in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, additional meals, driver/guide or server tips*.
*NOTE: It is customary in the United States to include a tip when paying for restaurants, bars, taxis, and for most activities involving service. In most situations, the tip should be about 15% of your bill. (Speaking of gratuities, Green Tortoise drivers have never been known to turn them down!)
*NOTE: Cost from Los Angeles - Fare: ₤190 + Food/Parks: ₤31 - Please contact us if you wish to begin your trip from Los Angeles
We both had a wonderful time and came back feeling as if we'd been gone only for a day. Besides the great drivers, food, organization, and sight-seeing, the people on the trip were wonderful. It was a real treat to meet people of so many different backgrounds.
Seeing such a variety of places: beach, big city, desert. I think the best part of this trip was the people we met and the friendships we developed. Simply going somewhere new is fun, but sharing it with a bunch of new friends made this trip truly memorable.
"Perfect for solo-travellers, hoping to take another trip next time I pop by the States! Everybody should try the Green Tortoise at least once in their life!"