- Have a night to remember in the boiling pot of entertainment that is Las Vegas.
- Explore the one-stop location of American extremes- Death Valley.
- Check out the amazing wildlife and the designated wilderness of the Yosemite National Park.
- Enjoy the breathtaking view of the fog clad Golden Gate Bridge.
- Rocky cliffs, rolling fog along the beautiful blue coastline- a drive through California’s scenic Highway 1 is a treat for your senses!
- Soak in the dazzle of movie star glamour in the streets of Los Angeles.
For all you insatiable travelers who are always left with the want of more adventures, this coastal road trip could be your American Gap Year’s holy grail! All the way from the city of sinful indulgences called Las Vegas to the La La Land of Los Angeles, this desert to coast journey is sure gonna deliver travel-wows in spades for you. A VIP Limo party through the desert oasis, a walk through the biblical land of ‘Death Valley’ and camping out night after night is something right out of the ‘Epic Gap year Handbook’. Go photo cray-cray at the wondrous sights of Sierra Nevada or spend an afternoon kissing the bronze plaque (never mind the dirt) of your Hollywood hero at the Walk of Fame, these are the travel-memories that are gonna take you through your wrinkled years! Make your way down the picture-perfect Pacific Coast Highway and make it an experience worth remembering!
Day 1 - Kickoff from Las Vegas
Arrive in Las Vegas at any time and head out on your own to explore this grand city. Do get some pre-tour accommodation done if you really want to dig deep and explore the glorious city of Bright Lights!
Day 2 - Off to the Sierra Nevada
Get ready to experience nature’s extremes in the Death Valley National Park and mark your presence in the hottest, driest and lowest point of North America!
NOTE- Summer Itinerary- Make a halt at the town of Bishop for the night and prepare for an exciting day tomorrow through the scenic Tioga Pass
Winter Itinerary- continue on towards Lake Isabella for the night.
Day 3 - Onward to Yosemite National Park
Wave goodbye to Bishop and get ready for a fun morning trip to Mono Lake and walk among the Tufa Towers. Make your way through the scenic Tioga pass and reach the Yosemite National Park tucked into the mountains of California.
Day 4 - A free Day to explore the mighty Yosemite!
Discover the stunning landscapes of Yosemite NP by hiking its many trails or rent yourself a bike to cover most of the ground. Get out and explore!
Day 5 - Make your way to the ‘Golden City’ of San Francisco
Mark your arrival in San Francisco while catching a glimpse of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Get to exploring the sunny city and make the most of the exciting activities available.
Day 6 - Out and about exploring San Francisco
There are lots to do in San Francisco and with an open day in your hands, get ready to have a fun day out on the town. Get in touch with your trip coordinator and he/she will suggest you some great places to visit while there!
Day 7 - San Francisco to Morro Bay
Drive down the breathtaking California Coast Highway 1 and visit the rugged coastal city of Monterey. Walk along the amazing coastline and marvel at the amazing mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific Coast!
NOTE- Due to recent landslides, large portions of the Pacific Coastal Highway have been closed from damage. Until the road reopens we'll be traveling an inland route to Morro Bay.
Day 8 - Through the Pacific Coast, into Los Angeles
Pass through Santa Barbara and arrive in style in the Hollywood neighborhood. Check out the Famous pier or hit the beach in the city of Angels, Los Angeles is all for you to explore. Head out to Santa Monica where the hostel is located and have a gala time exploring its hotspots!
Day 9 - Depart from Los Angeles or embark on another adventure
Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips in the USA or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead!
For those who are leaving, Au Revoir, we’ll miss you!
Dates & Cost
- Meals included are 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 Dinners.
- Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping.
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Entrance fees to all national parks along with all hiking and walking excursions.
- Orientation to Las Vegas.
- Death Valley visit.
- Mono Lake visit.
- International/Domestic Airfare.
- Visa Fees.
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
- Cost of Vaccinations.
- Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
- Airport transfers (available at extra cost).
Accommodation - Hotels/hostels (3 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (4 nts).
Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. We use a combination of hotels and hostels, but most of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is common in the U.S. and is the way you will be spending your hostel nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavor to your trip. Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in the U.S., couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including comfortable camp mattresses. We supply dome tents that take only 5 minutes to assemble/disassemble. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard, oversized 2-person tents, each with 2 separate and convenient zip-up doors, so that each person has his/her own entrance. We use 2 types of campgrounds in North America: 1. Private campgrounds: These are privately run sites, usually with all services such as fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets & shower buildings. Some have small outdoor swimming pools and laundry facilities. These campgrounds are typically located near national park entrances or towns. 2. Public campgrounds: These are park-run sites, usually with basic facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and drinking water. In some cases, this type of campground doesn’t have showers, only pit toilets and a lake! In other locations, toilet and shower facilities may be located outside the campground, or at times in another location a drive away. Some may have shower fees for onsite facilities ($2-6/shower).
Meals Included - 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available - we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and taste the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from. All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for food will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Our CEO will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.