Mardi Gras - 8 Days (One Way) or 13 Days (Round Trip).
Enjoy the adventure on the way to New Orleans and get ready for America's biggest party in the Big Easy! Part one of our Southern Road Trip, this one-way trip from San Francisco highlights some of the best stops along the way including Joshua Tree, Las Vegas, Big Bend, and Grand Canyon National Park.
Day 1 - Joshua Tree National Park / Las Vegas:
Our first overnight drive leads to a morning arrival in Joshua Tree National Park. Trek this otherworldly landscape and test your rock-hopping skills while keeping an eye out for the whimsical trees for which the park was named. Later we travel north on Historic Route 66 across the Mojave Desert to watch a very different kind of wildlife with a night out in glitzy Las Vegas!
Day 2 - Grand Canyon National Park:
At Arizona's awe-inspiring park, stroll along the Rim Trail and behold the canyon's wonder from the many overlooks, or go for the gusto and descend into the canyon on one of the routes on Bright Angel or South Kaibab trails. Whichever you choose, enjoy the mind-blowing panorama.
Day 3 - Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument:
Absorb the nature of this rustic desert terrain of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument on a tour of the natural caves -- inhabited more than 700 years ago by ancestral Pueblo people. Reflect on ancient times while soaking in a natural hot springs under the starry skies of a cool desert night.
Day 4 - White Sands National Monument:
Traverse the largest gypsum sand dunes in the world and try to capture photos of African Onyx, or just roll around in the sparkling White Sands National Monument for your own playful photographic opportunities. Round-em up, we'll head out toward the "Lone Star State" after a desert sunset.
Days 5 & 6 - Big Bend National Park:
Our journey continues through Texas and magical Big Bend National Park. Hike wild Chisos Basin, a perfect window to this giant desert park. Get close to this wild and diverse land and keep watch for the Mule Ears as we head to Santa Elena Canyon for a hike along the Rio Grande. Next, we bid good-bye to the West at one of our favorite watering holes, then head for the hills!
Day 7 - Austin:
Hit the big city with your friends and jam to a concert in Austin, take a plunge in the 1,000-foot long natural spring-fed pool at Barton Springs, or explore the trendy cafes of the South Congress district. Later share your stories onboard the bus as we roll into the deep south.
Days 8, 9 & 10 - New Orleans:
It's time for Mardi Gras! For the next four days, let this world-famous festival take you on a ride of sensory overload as bead-adorned bodies and voodoo magic fill the parades that float by. Feast on Cajun food while listening to the sweet sounds of sidewalk Zydeco, Dixieland jazz, or soft Delta blues that beat from every corner!
Days 11,12 & 13 - Return to San Francisco:
Join us for the return trip back to San francisco! Final Itinerary is TBD, please check back with us at a later date for more details on the return journey.
Hostel accommodations now available through us for the nights in New Orleans :
Hostel accommodations available with booking the Mardi Gras, Florida Sun Escape or Southern Road Trip adventures. Limited availability, please confirm and reserve at time of booking to secure hostel stay nights.
The party doesn't have to end when Mardi Gras is over! Join us on the Florida Sun Escape; southern hospitality, Disney World, and the Everglades are featured on our adventure camping trip to Miami.
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