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NUNNG - National Parks of the American West

Spend two weeks in the American West, discovering the beauty of many of its most iconic national parks. Encounter the crimson-striped cliffs of the Grand Canyon and hear the thundering surf at Big Sur. Stroll among the giants of Sequoia National Park and step behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour designed for National Geographic Journeys. From Yosemite to Death Valley, escape to some of the greatest natural wonders anywhere.

Inclusions

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Grand Canyon Exclusive, Grand Canyon National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lowell Observatory Experience, Flagstaff National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia NP Hike, Sequoia National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing, Sequoia National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Monterey Aquarium Exclusive, Monterey Carte Blanche: Las Vegas
All national park fees
Zion NP visit and guided hike
Bryce Canyon NP visit
Antelope Canyon guided visit
Death Valley NP visit
Yosemite NP excursion
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $6,749
Start Location
Las Vegas, United States
End Location
San Francisco, United States
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Discovery
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
12 May 201927 May 201912AUD $6,749
02 Jun 201917 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,749 
14 Jul 201929 Jul 201915AUD $7,059
04 Aug 201919 Aug 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,749 
25 Aug 201909 Sep 201915AUD $7,359
22 Sep 201907 Oct 201913AUD $7,059
13 Oct 201928 Oct 201915AUD $6,749
03 Nov 201918 Nov 201915AUD $6,749
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Las Vegas
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Las Vegas/Zion National Park
Depart early for Zion, Utah's oldest national park, and observe some of the most beautiful canyon country scenes in the United States. Catch the shuttle into the park with our CEO and hike to the Emerald Pools and hanging gardens.
Day 3 - Zion National Park
Enjoy a guided hike to the Narrows in Zion National Park. Splash and wade in the river that cuts through this stunning slot canyon. Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the high plateaus, towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls of pinks and reds.
Day 4 - Zion National Park/Page
This morning, hike through Bryce Canyon National Park, famed for its multi-coloured rock pinnacles called 'hoodoo'. Be sure to have your camera ready to snap shots of these spectacular, natural towers that cover the canyon floor. Continue on to Page, Arizona, stopping at Horsesh Bend along the way.
Day 5 - Page/Grand Canyon National Park
Start the day with a visit to the incredible Antelope Canyon with a local Navajo guide. Located on Navajo land and accessible only with an authorized guide, this landmark is considered one of the most visually stunning slot canyon formations in the world. Next, travel to the Grand Canyon.
Day 6 - Grand Canyon National Park
Spend the day exploring the Canyon with an expert from the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute. Enjoy a walk along the South Rim discussing the unique geology and botany of the Canyon, as well as human history here. After, visit the Historic Village District viewing iconic park structures then continue down the Bright Angel Trail below the canyon rim and view two-thousand-year-old rock art and 250-million-year-old fossils. Also visit the historic Kolb Studio, home to photography pioneers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, who shared with the world the first pictures of the epic Canyon.
Day 7 - Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas
This morning, visit Lowell Observatory for a tour of the giant telescopes and to learn about the study of astronomy, as well as a lecture on Mars. Continue back to Las Vegas, but not before getting your kicks on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona the birthplace of this famed highway.
Day 8 - Las Vegas
Enjoy a full free day to explore Las Vegas. Wander the Strip, do some shopping, and refuel at one of the many bars or restaurants. Opt to take in a glitzy Las Vegas show, try your luck at the gaming tables, or head out on a day trip to the Hoover Dam.
Day 9 - Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park
Leave the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas behind and travel to Death Valley the lowest, hottest, and driest place in North America. Marvel at the extremes of this landscape.
Day 10 - Death Valley National Park/Yosemite National Park
Sit back and enjoy the views on this full day drive via the mountain town of Bishop and across the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, along the famed Tioga Pass. Arrive into the Yosemite area by evening.
Day 11 - Yosemite National Park
With our CEO, explore stunning Yosemite National Park in the High Sierra. Explore on foot to view majestic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows, and walk among pristine groves in Yosemite.
Day 12 - Yosemite National Park/Sequoia National Park
Depart early and walk through California's Sequoia National Park alongside a naturalist. Learn about these impressive giant trees and enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail. Drive to Big Tree Trail for an afternoon hike and learn about how National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees in the heart of the park to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. This evening, we return to the park for an evening of stargazing with an expert from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC).
Day 13 - Sequoia National Park/Monterey
Travel to Monterey and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast.
Day 14 - Monterey
Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour specially arranged for National Geographic Journeys travellers. Get an inside look at the workings of this world-class organization and find out how the Aquarium's mission aligns with that of National Geographic. After, enjoy a free afternoon. Opt to explore the Bay, or wander historic Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row.
Day 15 - Monterey/San Francisco
Continue on a scenic coastal drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco for our final evening. Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle, or embark on a boat ride into the setting sun.
Day 16 - San Francisco
Depart at any time.