a woman walking on a scenic road at sunset during a national park guided vacation

California Coast and the Parks: Hike the American Southwest

This guided vacation takes you from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and San Francisco, with hiking every day in some of the most scenic trails of the West's best National Parks. You will also drive down the Pacific Coast through Big Sur.

Why you will love this tour

Tour duration

14 days / 13 nights

Group size

2 - 12 travelers

Accommodation

Double room (single supplement available)

Departures

2 departures in August and September 2022

san francisco at night

Highlights

  • Explore six national parks with time to hike in each one: Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Death Valley, and Yosemite.

  • Enjoy three nights in San Francisco in a centrally located hotel in the heart of city, close to Union Square. You will feel right at home in the City by the Bay, and will love discovering its eclectic neighborhoods, with the famous Victorian houses and views over the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.

  • Discover the Big Sur coastline on the scenic Highway 1, where the majestic Santa Lucia range towers above dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

  • Spend a whole day visiting Los Angeles, from the hills of Hollywood to the shores of the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

Itinerary of your National Parks Vacation

Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrival in Los Angeles. Take the complimentary shuttle to your hotel located near the airport. You’ll meet your guide and your traveling companions over a complimentary drink this evening during our Meet and Greet (if your arrival time permits). Your local tour director can answer any questions you have about the tour. You’ll also receive a travel kit including a reusable water bottle and an insulated bag. They’ll both come in handy during your planned picnics.

Accommodation: Hotel June

 

Day 2: Los Angeles

Guided tour of Los Angeles. You will visit historic Olvera Street, Hollywood, stop at the Los Angeles Original Farmer’s Market for lunch (not included), then continue on to Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, and end at Santa Monica for a scenic walk along the Pacific Ocean to Venice Beach. 

Accommodation: Hotel June

 

Day 3: Los Angeles – Las Vegas

This morning, journey to Joshua Tree National Park and walk on one of the scenic trails. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. (A stop will be planned before arrival into the park to purchase picnic items.) In the afternoon, drive to Las Vegas.

Accommodation: Luxor Hotel

 

Day 4: Las Vegas - Grand Canyon

Head towards the South Rim of the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and hike along the edge. This will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip. 

Accommodation: Yavapai West Lodge

 

Day 5: Grand Canyon - Monument Valley – Page

Depart the Grand Canyon rim on scenic Desert View Drive and head to Monument Valley. At Monument Valley you’ll take a Jeep tour where you’ll see the famous sandstone buttes and colossal mesas the area is known for. Then you’ll sit down for an authentic Navajo lunch. After your visit, you'll head to Page, where you’ll have the chance to go for a swim in famous Lake Powell.

Accommodation: Best Western View of Lake Powell

 

Day 6: Page – Horseshoe Bend – Bryce

You’ll start the day with a visit to Horseshoe Bend, where the river has carved a canyon 1000 feet deep in the sandstone and go on a short hike before continuing to Bryce Canyon, one of the jewels of the National Parks system.  At Bryce, you’ll get a chance to hike down the canyon and get closer to the thin spires of rock known as hoodoos.

Accommodation: Best Western Ruby’s Inn  

 

Day 7: Bryce Canyon – Zion – Las Vegas

Head to Zion National Park to marvel at the drama of Zion Canyon before returning to Las Vegas. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; try your luck gambling, do some shopping, or enjoy on of the many world class entertainment options the city has to offer.

Optional add-on: join your guide on a tour of Las Vegas by night.

Accommodation: Luxor Hotel

 

Day 8: Las Vegas - Death Valley – Mammoth Lakes

Drive through the Nevada desert to reach Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth. Discover Furnace Creek and the sand dunes of Stovepipe Wells before driving to Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Accommodation: Mammoth Mountain Inn

 

Day 9: Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite – San Francisco

Enjoy a scenic drive on the Tioga pass to enter Yosemite National Park, with its Alpine landscape, pine forests, waterfalls, and rivers, all with the silhouette of great white monoliths in the background. Continue towards San Francisco for a three night stay.

Accommodation: Edwardian Hotel

 

Day 10: San Francisco

Take a guided tour of the city by the bay, San Francisco is a tantalizing mix of history, modern sophistication, and stunning natural beauty. Enjoy a panoramic view from Twin Peaks walk through Golden Gate Park, see Alamo Square and its “Painted Ladies,” then visit Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf.  

 

Day 11: San Francisco - Sausalito - San Francisco

Today we’re crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for a short hike to Muir Beach, before visiting the charming Sausalito, famous for its waterfront cafés, art galleries, and house boats. Take a ferry ride back to San Francisco and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

 

Day 12: San Francisco - Monterey - Carmel – San Luis Obispo

Explore Monterey and Carmel, charming coastal towns with pristine beaches, amazing art galleries and notable artisanal food and wine producers. Enjoy the stunning coastline and towering redwoods on your drive south along the Big Sur coastline to San Luis Obispo.

Accommodation: Apple Farm Inn

 

Day 13: San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

This morning we explore Santa Barbara and its beautiful mission before stopping in Malibu to visit the Adamson House, a National Historic Site and California Historic Landmark. Situated near the Malibu Lagoon, the house boasts an exotic mix of Spanish and Moorish influences with dazzling displays of decorative tiles. End your trip at the Griffith Observatory for some of the best views of Downtown L.A. and the Hollywood sign.

Accommodation: Hotel June

 

Day 14: Departure

Enjoy the day on your own and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.

 

* Accommodations may vary based on departure date. The final hotel list will be sent to you 15 days before your departure.

* This tour has several hikes that require a moderate level of fitness. Expect up to six hours of driving between each location.

* Airport transfers: please give us your flight number and arrival time no later than 31 days before your travel date.

Package information

What is included

  • Shared ride shuttle transfers to/from the airport on the arrival/departure days.

  • Meet and greet at the hotel on arrival with welcome drink

  • Transportation in a modern, air-conditioned bus from days 2 to 13

  • Services of an English speaking tour guide throughout the trip

  • Double occupancy per hotel room

  • Daily American or deluxe continental breakfast included

  • Mandatory luggage handling (in Mammoth Lakes, San Francisco and downtown Los Angeles only, 1 bag per person, roundtrip)

  • Entrance fees to the following parks and attractions: Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley with Jeep tour and Navajo lunch, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Death Valley, Yosemite, Mission Santa Barbara, Adamson House

  • Sausalito/San Francisco ferry

  • Taxes, service, resort fees and tips for the above mentioned services (but not for the driver and guide).

  • 24/7 hotline

Not included

  • Air fare

  • Insurance

  • Transfers or transportation other than the ones listed

  • Services of a guide other than the ones listed

  • Tips for the drivers and guide

  • Personal expenses

  • Beverages and meals

  • Any other visits, excursions, or entrance fees

Price: $4,499.00

Per person in a double room

Single room available for a supplement

  • Friday, August 12, 2022

  • Friday, September 23, 2022

Travel with Teebsi

This California vacation supports and provides exposure to local businesses and promotes sustainable visits to the National Parks and other nature preserves by focusing on hiking and other outdoor nature experiences.

 

Upon your arrival, we provide you with a travel kit, including a reusable water bottle and an insulated bag. This allows you to avoid plastic bottles and bags both on the tour and when you bring them home with you.


You will meet a Navajo guide in Monument Valley and have a chance to learn about their local community. During the tours and free time, you will have opportunities to support the local community by shopping at farmers' markets, local stores and galleries. 

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to the terms outlined below:

  • Full refund if cancellation is received 32 days or more from the departure date, minus the deposit ($200 per room)

  • 50% of the tour per person cancelled will be due for cancellation received between 31 and 8 days of the departure date

  • No refund will be provided for cancellation received between 8 days of departure and the departure date

The tour requires a minimum number of people. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Please refer to the full terms & conditions

Who is Teebsi

Teebsi creates mindful US Tours and Vacation Packages for conscious travelers, that provide a unique travel experience and positively impact local communities.

Our tours focus on conscious travel, meaningful moments with the local communities, and travel experiences that you won't find anywhere else. As part of our commitment for the local communities we travel to, we donate 1% of our sales to local nonprofits who work for the well-being of their community.

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