This expansive tour takes us to some of the most beautiful locations North America has to offer, an experience like no other! We will explore and experience the great American metropolises of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City. We will also journey through the United States most treasured national parks: Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. A trip that explores the modern marvels and natural beauty of the American West, truly an unforgettable experience!
Fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Our tour guide will be waiting at the gate to guide us to the hotel. Depending on arrival, there will be free time to explore the city or to relax at the hotel.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|CitiGarden Hotel SFO|4
In the morning, we visit Stanford University, which is recognized as one of the world's leading research and learning institutions. It was built in 1891 by the railroad tycoon Leland Stanford. The quiet campus is the home to a rich collection of historical and contemporary buildings as well as various plants and works of art. It covers an area of 35 square kilometers. It is the second largest university in the U.S. Afterwards, you will cross the Bay Bridge to the enchanting San Francisco and explore the magnitude of Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman Wharf, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts and more. You may take an optional bay cruise and sail through the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, pass by Alcatraz Island, Angel Island and Treasure Island, enjoy the view of east bay and the skyline of San Francisco. You will be enchanted by the fresh sea breeze and the beautiful ocean. In the afternoon, you are welcome to either spend your free time with your friends and relatives or join the optional extensive San Francisco tour. The extensive tour will cover St. Mary Cathedral - the principal catholic church of San Francisco, Twin Peaks, the Civic Center and Castro District – “the gay capital of the world”, Painted Ladies and the City Hall of San Francisco. After dinner, we return to the hotel.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|Crowne Plaza Union City|4
In the morning, you will visit California’s best known National Park, Yosemite, one of the wonders of nature. Yosemite is located near the geographical center of the Nevada mountain range. Towering granite rocks, mighty waterfalls and placid valleys give Yosemite all the aspects of a “land of the gods”. Giant trees, water gushing from the mountains, huge rocks and cliffs carved to create a land of fantasy. There is little doubt that water – in both its liquid and solid form – was the chief architect of Yosemite’s landscapes. Here you will see the biggest granite rock in the world-El Captain, the fifth waterfall in the world-Yosemite Waterfall, and Half Dome at the Tunnel View Point. We will return to Los Angeles in the evening.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|Pacific Palms Golf Resort, Radisson Hotel Whittier, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, DoubleTree By Hilton|4
Depart from Los Angeles in the morning, and travel through the San Bernardino Mountains to enter the Mojave Desert, the largest continental desert in North America. This boundless land is decorated by bizarre-shaped Joshua trees and yucca plants. The group will make a stop at the Barstow outlet mall to do some shopping and have lunch, then we head to Las Vegas - “the entertainment capital of the world”. You may have a brief stop at The Strip to enjoy all the spectacles and fanfare this city has to offer! Afterwards, we continue on to Utah, with an overnight stay in St. George.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|American Best Value Inn|4
We start our day taking a scenic morning drive on the Colorado Plateau and arrive at the Lake Powell National Recreation Area. Upstream to Grand Canyon, Lake Powell is surrounded by the 96 side canyons of Glen Canyon. Cruise on this 1,969-mile shoreline lake (Optional) Next, travel through Red Rock Canyon and arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park, an amphitheatre of hoodoos. Pinnacles, spires, bridges, mesas all preserved in the beautiful reddish-orange colored sandstones, which are located over 8,000 feet above sea level! Then, drive to Salt Lake City, where we will dine and stay overnight.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|Comfort Inn SLC|4
This morning, enjoy a lovely ride to ‘The Cowboy State’, Wyoming. Vast prairies are bounded by the snow covered Rockies, herds of cows and sheep feed on the soft grass! After lunch in the famous western town of Jackson, we enter Grand Teton National Park. Polished by glaciers, the Teton Range rises thousands of feet above the Snake River Valley, surrounded by lakes and forests. Enjoy this fairytale view! In the afternoon, we arrive at Yellowstone National Park. The first park of its kind, Yellowstone is home to world’s largest super volcano and is home to over 10,000 natural wonders. Here you will find everything you expect to see in a national park: snow covered mountains, waterfalls, lakes, meadows, herds of buffalo, elk, and on top of that, the geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots. Try to spot a bear or a bald eagle from your luxury coach in the largest Sanctuary of Wildlife in the country! We stay overnight in Yellowstone.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|Yellowstone Park Inn|4
After breakfast, we continue our visit through Yellowstone National Park. Experience the majesty and power of this still active super volcano as we visit the symbol of Yellowstone: Old Faithful, the crown jewel of the park. We will also visit Yellowstone Lake; the upper and lower falls and the famous Artist Point of Yellowstone. Enjoy the natural terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs and afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive through the park, as we had to Utah to stay overnight in Salt Lake City.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|Ramada Limited SLC|4
This morning, visit the newly renovated State House of Utah, and travel to the spiritual heart of the Mormon faith: the Mormon Temple of Salt Lake City. After an informative and friendly tour given by missionary sisters, we proceed to the Great Salt Lake Marina and the richest mine in the world: the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine. After lunch, head to Las Vegas, “the entertainment capital of the world”. Arrive in Las Vegas in the evening. You may take an optional night tour to explore the prosperity of night life in Las Vegas, enjoy all the spectacles and fanfare of The Strip! The tour guide will lead you to explore the world’s largest hotel: Palazzo Venetian Mega Centre. Gaze in awe at the neon-light show on Fremont Street, the Music Fountain at Bellagio and the volcano show at Mirage. Stay overnight at a hotel located on the strip.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|Depends on seasonal pricing|4
In the morning we drive to the Hoover Dam in the morning, to see the largest and tallest concrete structure of it’s time. Visit the dam and overlook North America's largest artificial lake - Lake Mead. Then, travel to one of the most famous 7 natural wonders in the world - the Grand Canyon! Over eons, the Colorado River and erosion have sculpted this amazing landscape. Grand Canyon west rim belongs to Indian Reservation (Mandatory Admission to Grand Canyon West Rim). The group will take the designated park shuttle to enter the canyon. Upon arriving in the terminal, you may take the helicopter ride and sightseeing boat tour (Optional), in order to feel the canyon and Colorado River from different perspective and explore the true beauty of the Grand Canyon. Afterwards, you may take the park shuttle to the next sightseeing spots, Eagle Point and Guano Point. At Eagle Point, you may take an optional visit to the "Skywalk", which is the new G gigantic construction built on the very edge of the Grand Canyon West Rim. The Skywalk is suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. This $60 million dollars bridge can withstand the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 74 airplanes (more than 71 million pounds). It is the tallest man-made structure in the world. From the bridge, you can step out onto the glass floor for a 720 degree view of the Canyon. The group will return to Las Vegas in the evening. You may watch the world’s renowned show at your own cost (optional). (Notes: All customers are required to pay admission fee to Grand Canyon West Rim upon arrival. This is the requirement to join this tour.)
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 75|Depends on seasonal pricing|4
In the morning, visit Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens outside of The Strip. You can see chocolates being made, sample gourmet treats and meander through the maze of paths at the Botanical Cactus Gardens at no charge. Be sure to sample a piece of fresh made chocolate! After having lunch in Las Vegas, the group heads back to Los Angeles. Stop by Barstow Outlet for short rest before continuing to Los Angeles. We will arrive in Los Angeles in the evening. (Notes: You may leave the tour group from Las Vegas instead of Los Angeles. But, you are responsible to arrange your own ground transportation to LAS airport. In addition, please schedule your flight departure from Las Vegas after 2:00p.m in the afternoon. If you leave from LAX airport, please schedule your departure flight after 9:30p.m for U.S domestic flight or after 10:30p.m for International flight.)
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