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Natural Highlights of California

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Natural Highlights of California

Hiking
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Start: Las Vegas
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End: San Francisco

Set out on a nine-day quest through some of California’s greatest national parks.

Activity
Hiking
LocationUSA
Duration9 days
Start / EndLas Vegas / San Francisco
Tour operatorG Adventures

USA

Natural Highlights of California

Hiking·
9 days·G Adventures
Start: Las Vegas
·
End: San Francisco

Description

Set out on a nine-day quest through some of California’s greatest national parks. From the arid, sun-scorched landscapes of Death Valley to the astonishing giant redwoods of Sequoia National Park and Yosemite's awe-inspiring panorama of granite domes, this adventure covers a lot of ground – and almost every type of terrain imaginable.


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Itinerary

Day 1Las Vegas

Arrive at any time. 

There are no planned activities today until the evening welcome meeting, so check out the strip or get tickets to a show for this evening.

Day 2Las 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.

Drive through the spectacular landscape of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest, hottest, driest point in North America that sits 282 feet below sea level.

Day 3Death 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.


Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,593m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns." Travel via the Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers on the way.

Day 4Yosemite 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 5Yosemite 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 6Sequoia National Park/Monterey

Time and conditions permitting, we will try to make a stop to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery.


Travel to Monterey and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. 

Day 7Monterey

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 8Monterey/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 9San Francisco

Depart at any time.

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Accommodation

Hotels (8 nts).

What's Included

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sequoia NP Hike, Sequoia National Park Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing, Sequoia National Park Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Monterey Aquarium Exclusive, Monterey. All national park fees. Yosemite NP excursion. Death Valley NP visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

8 breakfasts, 2 dinners

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet. We recommend using a backpack fo... Read more
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