Explore the greatest natural national treasures the United States and North America has to offer on this enchanting 10 day tour across this great land. Along with visiting these natural parks, there will also be excursions into the marvelous modern cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. Truly an unforgettable trip.
Depart from Los Angeles in the morning, traveling 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 tree and yucca plants. The group will make a stop at the Barstow outlet mall to do some shopping and have lunch, then we continue towards Las Vegas - “the entertainment capital of the world”. We will have a brief stop at the Strip to enjoy all the spectacles, then onward to Utah. Stay overnight in Richfield.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|Appletree Inn Richfield|4
Enjoy a lovely morning drive on the Colorado Plateau, and arrive at America’s 8th most visited national park, Arches National Park. It covers an area of 7300 acres and has more than 2000 arches. Over time, water, ice and erosion have endowed Arches National Park as world’s highest concentration of natural arches, including the official symbol of Utah, the Delicate Arch. You may even climb an arch yourself! Afterwards, drive across the Rockies and enjoy the scenery along the way. Arrive in Denver in the evening, where we will stay overnight.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|Hotel VQ Denver|4
Head north on I-25 this morning, paralleling the great backbone of North America, the Rockies. Pass by City of Cheyenne, state capital of Wyoming, which is the host of nation’s largest Rodeo events every year. Afterwards, travel to Crazy Horse Indian Memorial to take a look at the world’s largest mountain carving! Visit the most famous icon of America, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, look down from their stony height and remind everyone even impossible is possible! In the afternoon, continue the tour to the most famous wild animal base in the Midwest, Bear Country. Stay overnight at Gillette.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|Days Inn Gillette|4
Head west this morning, passing through the Big Horn Reservation where the famous western movie ‘Dances with Wolves’ was shot. Then cross the Rockies, which contain the continental divide. Arrive in Yellowstone National Park in the afternoon. First of its kind, Yellowstone is the home to world’s largest super volcano and over 10,000 natural landscapes. Here you will find everything you expect to see in a national park: snow covered mountains, waterfalls, lakes, meadows, herds of buffalos, elks…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 this largest Sanctuary of Wildlife in the country! Stay overnight at Yellowstone.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|Yellowstone Park Inn|4
After breakfast, continue to visit the Yellowstone National Park. Feel the impression of eruption - the symbol of Yellowstone, Old Faithful; the crown jewel of the park, Yellowstone Lake; upper and lower falls and the famous Artist Point of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone… Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive through Yellowstone Park, and travel along the Snake River to Grand Teton National Park. Polished by glaciers, Teton Range rises thousands of feet above the Snake River Valley, surrounded by lakes and forests. Enjoy this fairytale view! Next, drive to Jackson Hole, a famous cowboy town as well as a very popular vacation destination of all seasons in Wyoming. Drive to Salt Lake City in the evening and stay overnight there.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|Ramada Limited, SLC|4
This morning, visit the newly renovated State House of Utah, and the virtue kingdom of Mormons, Mormon Temple. After a friendly tour given by missionary sisters, proceed to Great Salt Lake Marina and the richest mine in the world, 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 fantasies on the strip! The tour guide will lead you to explore the World’s largest hotel Palazzo Venetian Mega Centre, neon-light show on Fremont Street, the musical water fountain at Bellagio and the volcano show at Mirage. Stay overnight at the hotel located on the strip.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|Depends on seasonal rates|4
We depart from Las Vegas in the morning, and drive towards Los Angeles, where we will stop at the Tanger Outlets Center in Barstow. You will be able to do some shopping & eat. We arrive in Los Angeles in the evening for some sightseeing and dinner.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|Pacific Palms Golf Resort, Radisson Hotel, the Westin Bonaventure, or similar|4
Santa Barbara, also known as the "American Riviera", is just 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Its natural beauty, pristine beaches, local-inspired gourmet cuisine, and nearby vineyards have been beckoning Southern Californians for years. It is sophisticated and simple, refined, yet relaxed. Santa Barbara is a Mecca of talented, intellectual, environmentally-mined and creative types. Throughout the city, Spanish Colonial architecture is fused with modern details, giving Santa Barbara a casual elegance lacking in many other California beach towns. Depart from Santa Barbara and drive along the beautiful Pacific-Coast Highway. Arrive at Denmark Village - Solvang around noon. Antiquated windmills and Northern Europeans-style architecture punctuate the little village’s skyline. Brilliant sunshine, boundless open country and rolling hills- these are the characteristics of what the original Danish immigrants called “Solvang,” or “Sunny Field.” Pour yourself a cup of aromatic coffee European coffee and nibble a piece of world famous Danish pastry. Afterwards, we will arrive in San Francisco in the evening.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|Crowne Plaza Union City|4
In the morning, visit Stanford University which is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. It was built in 1891 by the railroad tycoons - 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 a bay cruise at your own cost and sail through the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, pass by the Alcatraz Island, Angel Island and Treasure Island, and enjoy the view of east bay and the skyline of San Francisco. You will be enlightened by the fresh sea breeze and the beautiful ocean. Around 3p.m, you are welcome to either spend your free time with your friends and relatives or join the extensive San Francisco tour at your own cost (optional). 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 city hall of San Francisco. After dinner, you will head back to the hotel.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 60|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.
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