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From the vast landscapes of Yosemite and Zion National Parks to the lively cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas, this is a journey through some of the many highlights of America’s southwest.
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13 nights hotel accommodation, sightseeing and transportation as specified and services of an Explore! tour leader.
13 Apr, 27 Jul, 14 & 28 Sep, 19 Oct '19
The American dream comes alive in this southwest corner of the USA, as epic landscapes follow one after the other. From staring down into the depths of the Grand Canyon to being on top of the world looking over Yosemite National Park, each day on this trip brings mindblowing scenery. If two-weeks aren't enough, longer itineraries are available that include the ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, and watching the sun set over Arches National Park.
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Explore the colourful neighbourhood of Haight-Ashbury and the Victorian architecture of Alamo Square. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge or book a fascinating tour of Alcatraz.
See Day 1.
Hike, cycle or explore Yosemite Valley on foot or by shuttle. Photograph Half Dome and El Capitan, hike to stunning waterfalls and watch for wildlife.
See Day 3.
Cross the scenic Tioga Pass, pass Toulumne Meadows and Mono Lake en route to Bishop.
Descend into Death Valley, one of the lowest and hottest places on earth, where the marbled rocks, salt pans and black mountains provide an incredible backdrop. Continue east to Las Vegas.
Discover the spectacular scenery of Zion National Park, perhaps with a walk along the Watchman’s Trail or visit the Emerald Pools. Hike to Angels Landing, or the Narrows for a unique experience.
See Day 7.
Bryce Canyon is one of the natural highlights of the journey, a world of surreal formations of multi-coloured sandstone at sunrise.
Travel via Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon to Monument Valley, a Navajo Tribal Park.
Visit iconic viewpoints to gaze across a landscape over two billion years in the making. A full day at leisure to explore the highlights of this natural wonder before a spectacular sunset.
See Day 11.
Drive along a section of the famous historic Route 66. Arrive into Las Vegas for a final night to enjoy the flamboyant excess of this desert city.
Finish your trip today in Las Vegas.
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