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Canyons & Coast

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Canyons & Coast Adventure 2015 Departures (3 Days):

Round Trip from San Francisco:

  • Fri, Aug 21 - Sun, Sep 13

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Canyons & Coast - 23 Days

Get ready for an experience in contrast as we explore the spectacular national parks and other special sites of Northern California and Southern Oregon. Then shift gears as we visit the famous parks of the American Southwest, culminating in two days at the Grand Canyon.

Our journey starts with a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. Redwood National Park is next, and a hike to the coast amongst these virgin giants, some over 100 meters tall, will make you feel small!

A beautiful drive along famous Highway 1 leads to a cookout dinner and camp in the mountains, and an optional whitewater rafting trip the following day.

At Crater Lake National Park, walk along the rim of this giant, blue mountain gem, or hike down to the lake shore. Reflect on all you have seen so far, as we visit a local mountain hot spring set deep in the Oregon countryside.

Take an afternoon to explore Ashland, a beautiful town surrounded by the Siskiyou and Cascades mountain ranges. Back in California, the peaks and valleys of Lassen Volcanic National Park are great for hiking. Scale Mt. Lassen, an ancient volcano, or explore the steam vents, mud pots, and other geothermal features of Bumpass Hell.

Go caving in Lava Beds National Monument or learn the story behind Captain Jack's Stronghold. A night drive leads us to an early morning arrival in San Francisco, where you'll have the day to explore the city. Hop back on the bus that same night, where we return to San Francisco for a few days and nights to enjoy and explore what the City By The Bay has to offer.

After an additional pickup in San Francisco, we will head to the Ruby Mountains of Northern Nevada, where you can hike to the glacier-carved lakes of Lamoille Canyon. Spend a relaxing evening unwinding in one of our favorite hot springs, then enjoy a gourmet Green Tortoise dinner. In Jackson Hole, you'll have the option to raft the class III rapids of Snake River, or take a self-guided hike beneath some of the most distinctive mountain peaks on earth.

At Grand Teton National Park, hike the Paintbrush Canyon, or stroll to the base of Hidden Falls. In Yellowstone, discover a wilderness so incredible it was named the world's first National Park in order to preserve it. Catch the spectacular eruptions of Old Faithful and other geysers, view Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point, and watch for bison grazing in the surrounding meadows.

Take a rest from this active tour to revive yourself in relaxing hot springs and explore a bit of the Great Salt Lake, before we head to the Southwest's glorious Grand Circle.

Hike Angel's Landing Trail for breathtaking views of Zion Canyon's sheer sandstone cliffs, then take an optional inner tube ride down the Virgin River. At Bryce Canyon, take the Rim Trail or the Fairyland Trail to view the bizarre wind-sculpted hoodoos of Bryce Amphitheater.

Traveling on to Arches National Park, hike the Devil's Garden trail past eight of the park's best known features, including Landscape Arch. For the ultimate Western experience, take a horseback ride or a jeep tour through the rugged desert-and-mesa landscape of Monument Valley.

Escape the desert heat with a cool plunge into Lake Powell. From Mather Point, you'll have two full days to explore the Grand Canyon. Hike a vertical mile to the bottom of the canyon and camp beside the Colorado River, or walk along the South Rim to Hermit's Rest for a taste of wilderness solitude.

Check out a classic slice of small-town America on legendary Route 66, and finish your adventure in style with a night out on the Las Vegas Strip. End your trip there or keep the fun going and ride with us for an early morning drop off in Los Angeles* or beautiful San Francisco later that day.

* Subject to Availability, additional fees may apply.

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