USA Road Trip — Grand Canyon, Vegas & Death Valley

USA Road Trip — Grand Canyon, Vegas & Death Valley

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USA Road Trip — Grand Canyon, Vegas & Death Valley

10 Days Starting and ending in Los Angeles

Visiting: Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Page, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, Death Valley National Park, Ridgecrest

Tour operator:

G Adventures

Tour code:

25725

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 13

Physical rating:

3 - Average

Age range:

18-39 yrs only

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Activities:

Canoeing-Kayaking, Hiking

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Tour Overview

Picture this; you’re sitting along the rim of Horseshoe Bend staring at the mighty Colorado River flowing below. The wind is whipping through your hair, your newest friends are laughing nearby, and you don’t have a worry in the world besides getting that perfect group photo. That's exactly what's in store on this adventure through five of the most popular national parks in the American Southwest. An adventure jam packed with hiking, sightseeing, campfire talks, and epic views awaits you. Climb through the rock formations of Joshua Tree, eat some pizza along the rim of the Grand Canyon, wander amidst the famous hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, Go Glamping in Zion, and visit a land of extremes in Death Valley. It looks like you’ve found the perfect way to make some new friends and enjoy the great outdoors all in one go, and that’s a win in our book!

Highlights

  • Visit the strange rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Enjoy a drive down Route 66.

  • Hike in the Grand Canyon.

  • Visit Horseshoe Bend.

  • Camp along Lake Powell and opt for a sunset kayak ride.

  • Hike through the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Los Angeles/Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Super 8 Yucca Valley/Joshua Tree

Meals Included: Lunch

Depart Los Angeles for the desert today as you journey eastward to explore Joshua Tree National Park. Climb through the park’s famous rock formations and make sure to get some photos of the park's namesake tree as the sun lights up this desolate landscape. In the evening relax at our accommodation by taking a dip in the pool and then opt to grab some dinner with your fellow travellers.

ACTIVITY: Meet fellow travellers and learn more details about the upcoming itinerary from the CEO.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Joshua Tree National Park is home to two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. Located in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles and north of Palm Springs it is named for the distinctive trees native to the Mojave Desert. Dark night skies and surreal geological features make this park especially alluring. Explore and see for yourself what this beautiful landscape has to offer.

ACTIVITY: Hike the trails in Joshua Tree NP, get up close to the iconic trees, climb a rock outcrop and watch for desert wildlife.

Day 2 : Joshua Tree National Park/Grand Canyon National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, Grand Canyon National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Grand Canyon er Village

Meals Included: Dinner

Drive down the famed Route 66 today as we cruise further east to the Grand Canyon. Get ready to see breathtaking views with arguably the best sunset you have ever seen overlooking the Grand Canyon. Kick off those shoes, sit back, relax, and enjoy one of nature’s finest performances.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Head to the rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset. Point your camera in any direction and capture memorable shots as the shifting light plays off the layers of red, yellow, and brown rock. This is truly one of the great wonders. Enjoy the moment.

Day 3 : Grand Canyon

Location: Grand Canyon National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Grand Canyon er Village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get up close and personal with the Grand Canyon as you spend the day hiking from the South Rim. There are a variety of hikes to choose from that will take you deeper into the canyon where you can really appreciate the size and depth of this national park. Choose whichever trail you wish or do short bursts of multiple hikes, just make sure you bring plenty of water and take your time.

After a full day of hiking you will be more than ready to eat and tonight is arguably the best dinner you’ll ever have; a cheesy slice of pizza or two overlooking the Grand Canyon during sunset. Relax with your group and simply enjoy being in the great outdoors, we’re pretty sure it can’t get any better than that.

ACTIVITY: Opt to hike along the rim or down into the canyon. Experience breathtaking scenery with spectacular views. Bring lots of water, a hat and plenty of energy. Remember -- hiking down is optional, hiking back up is mandatory!

ACTIVITY: Find a spot to sit and dig in to the most scenic dinner you've ver had! Enjoy some pizza as the sun sets over the Grand Canyon offering breathtaking views while the canyon walls glow red and orange in the fading light. This is truly one of the great wonders. Enjoy the moment.

Day 4 : Grand Canyon/Page

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Page

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Wahweap RV & ground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey onwards from the Grand Canyon to Page, Arizona where you’ll visit Lake Powell. Set up camp near the lake and enjoy free time to explore the area. Choose from the available water toy rentals and get out on the water where you can float lazily on the lake in the afternoon sun. Talk about relaxing!

In the evening lace up those hiking boots for a visit to Horseshoe Bend, a geological masterpiece that has been sculpted by the Colorado River. Walk to the overlook where you can hike along the rim and stare down into the flowing river far below. Snap some photos with your friends and just enjoy the moment before the sun sets and the group heads back to Lake Powell.

ACTIVITY: Take a short hike to this spectacular horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River. Stand atop steep orange-coloured sandstone cliffs and look out at Horseshoe Bend. Peer down more than 300m (1,000 ft) at the emerald river below.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Day 5 : Page/Bryce Canyon

Location: Page, Bryce Canyon National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Ruby's Inn RV Park & ground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise and shine to pack up camp, wave good-bye to Lake Powell, and drive to Bryce Canyon National Park stopping to enjoy the lesser-known Coral Pink Sand Dunes along the way.

Once in the park, take advantage of free time to hike through the wild and weird rock formations known as hoodoos. Opt to visit Inspiration Point, hit the rim trail, horseback ride, or hike the Queen’s Garden and Navajo loop trails to see sites like Thor’s Hammer and Wall Street. At night stargaze in a park known for its night skies.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a visit to an off-the-radar expanse of photographic bliss; Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Hike through the park leaving footprints in the sand and enjoy a scenic overlook of Utah’s surrounding landscape of pink hues and vibrant blue skies on the Colorado Plateau. It’s a unique geological feature that you shouldn’t miss and the best part? The crowds don’t know about it yet!

ACTIVITY: See a sight like no other at this giant forest of stone made up of collection of massive natural amphitheaters. This park contains hundreds of thousands of eroded spires, pinnacles, and other shapes as far as the eye can see.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Spend your free time wandering this wonderful national park. Check out the Queen Garden and Navajo loop trails, walk along the rim trail, visit Sunrise point and Inspiration point and take plenty of pictures of the famed hoodoos.

Day 6 : Bryce Canyon/Zion National Park

Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Zion Glamping Adventure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy one last early morning hike before leaving Bryce and travelling with the group to Zion and our Glamping tents! Located in a private canyon away from civilization, but close to Zion National Park this location is made for outdoor enthusiasts who also like to be pampered a little.

You’ll have free time in the afternoon and evening to become acquainted with your surroundings. Maybe hike the Water Canyon trail or put on a cornhole tournament as a group. The only rule is to have a good time!

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Get ready for an experience like no other with Zion Glamping Adventure. Camp in a private canyon away from civilization, but close to some of the most beautiful areas of the American Southwest.

Stay in permanent canvas tents that provide both privacy and comfort, enjoy shared outdoor showers, outhouses, and areas with a fire-pit, grill, and picnic table. Indulge in available activities like, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs around the campfire, play games like horseshoe and cornhole, and practice your roping skills.

Enjoy the great outdoors, relax in comfort, and experience the wonder of this alluring place.

FREE TIME: Enjoy yourself in a private canyon where we'll be Glamping during our time in Zion National Park. Go on a hike, play some games, or simply relax in one of the comfortable and luxurious tents. If you are in need of more adventure opt to go off-roading or horseback riding.

Day 7 : Zion National Park

Location: Zion National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Zion Glamping Adventure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day exploring Zion National Park. In the evening enjoy leisure time back at our Glamping tents and choose from a variety of activities offered like off-roading, hiking, or horseback riding through the canyon. Once it gets dark get ready to sit around the campfire and roast some marshmallows as a group.

ACTIVITY: Admire monumental sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that tower into the sky. Experience diverse plant and animal life in this narrow slot canyon as the park transitions from desert to forest. Gaze at the awe-inspiring beauty of the high plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls.

ACTIVITY: Get ready for an experience like no other with Zion Glamping Adventure. Camp in a private canyon away from civilization, but close to some of the most beautiful areas of the American Southwest.

Stay in permanent canvas tents that provide both privacy and comfort, enjoy shared outdoor showers, outhouses, and areas with a fire-pit, grill, and picnic table. Indulge in available activities like, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs around the campfire, play games like horseshoe and cornhole, and practice your roping skills.

Enjoy the great outdoors, relax in comfort, and experience the wonder of this alluring place.

Day 8 : Zion National Park/Las Vegas

Location: Zion National Park, Las Vegas

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, take the short drive from Zion to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, enjoy free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: Enjoy some free time in Las Vegas to explore the strip, take in a glitzy show, or try you luck at a Casino. Feeling hungry? Grab a bite to eat and people watch because hey, it's Vegas, and you're bound to witness something interesting.

Day 9 : Death Valley National Park

Location: Las Vegas, Death Valley National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Quality Inn Near China Lake Naval Station

Meals Included: No Meals

Drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley and visit the country's hottest, driest, and lowest national park. Death Valley is a land of extremes and you’ll get a sense of the striking contrast of this park’s landscapes with visits to Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point, and the Devil’s Golf Course. Then, transfer to the hotel in Ridgecrest and relax this evening.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: The Death Valley is one of America’s most extreme locations – from sand dunes and desert, to badlands, towering peaks, and a basin that actually registers below sea-level, this is sure to be an unforgettable stop. Hottest. Driest. Lowest. There’s a bit of everything here on the border of California and Nevada.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Day 10 : Ridgecrest/Los Angeles

Location: Ridgecrest, Los Angeles

Meals Included: No Meals

Wake in Ridgecrest and drive southwest to Los Angeles. Tour ends on arrival to L.A.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

What's Included

  • Visit to Joshua Tree National Park

  • Drive along Route 66

  • Hike in Grand Canyon National Park

  • Grand Canyon sunset pizza dinner

  • Visit to Horseshoe Bend

  • Camping near Lake Powell

  • Zion Glamping

  • Bryce Canyon National Park visit

  • Zion National Park visit

  • Free time in Las Vegas

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nts), participation camping (6 nts).

Transport

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

Meals Included

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

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  • Safety and Security

    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit: www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

  • Solo Travellers

    We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

  • A Couple of Rules

    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

  • International Flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Minimum Age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • 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 for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. Heavy luggage is not recommended for the health of the CEO, who will take a lead in loading the storage trailer. Due to space in the trailer, we will not be able to accommodate more than one piece of main luggage per person. A good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential to carry your personal gear for the day, as access to luggage between destinations will be limited. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle. The American west is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing. It is therefore important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings - a light jacket is necessary. Seasonal temperature ranges: March - May ; September to December: -7 C to +30 C June – August: 0 C to + 35 C Additionally, a set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.

  • About our Transportation

    For this trip we use 15-passenger vans for up to 14 people plus the CEO/Driver. These vans are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each with mandatory seat belts to keep us secure and safe. No standing is permitted in these vehicles. This is not a physically demanding journey. There is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days to keep everyone more comfortable. Travelling can be difficult, with long drives and limited space in the van. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most travellers feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience!

  • Joining Instructions

    Upon landing at the airport, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi, public transportation or pre-booked shuttle bus.  Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and the tour departs from the joining hotel on Day 1. You will be greeted by your CEO and meet your fellow travellers. There will also be a welcome note in the hotel lobby should you arrive prior to Day 1. If you feel that your incoming fight will not arrive in time for the morning departure on Day 1, please consider booking pre-tour accommodation.  A G Adventures CEO will organize a short meeting, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. After this brief meeting, you will depart for your first destination of the tour. Please note that if you arrive after the welcome meeting you will need to call our support line as soon as possible so that we can assist you in making your way to meet the group.  Los Angeles Airport transportation to Fairfield Inn and Suites LAX / El Segundo: Complimentary hotel shuttle:  Your hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service, 24/7. Once you have recovered your bags, call +1 424 290-5000 Ext 0 and the hotel will send the shuttle to pick you up. Head on to the second level (departures) and exit your terminal. Shuttle stops for both hotels and privately operated off-airport parking lots are located on the Upper/Departures Level identified by RED curbside pylons that read "HOTEL & PRIVATE PARKING." The shuttle will be clearly marked with the name of the hotel.  Rideshare service or taxi: Once you have recovered your bags exit your terminal. You can only pick up taxis and rideshare cars from the LAX-it area, located next to Terminal 1. For the other 8 terminals, there are shuttles that will take you to the LAX-it area. The shuttle stops are located on the Lower/Arrivals Level and they are identified by GREEN curbside pylons that read "LAX-it. Once on your way to the LAX-it lot, use your app to schedule your ride. The ride will take about 10 minutes and it will cost around $30 (actual rates depend on peak demand times). Taxis can be found in the same lot, and the cost and drive time will be similar.

  • Tipping

    It is customary in North America to tip service providers such as waiters, bartenders and taxi drivers, at approximately 18-20%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip any local guides used. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $2-8 USD per activity depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $5-10 USD per person, per day can be used as a guide. If your CEO(s) exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.

  • Itinerary Disclaimer

    While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

  • Laundry

    Laundry can be done at least once a week while on tour. Some private campgrounds and most cities have laundromats where you can buy soap and wash your laundry in coin-operated machines. Your CEO will advise you along the trip where you will be able to do your laundry.

  • Optional Activities

    Grand Canyon - Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour (284-309USD per person) Grand Canyon National Park - Bright Angel Trail Hike (Free) Lake Powell - Lake Powell Kayaking Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop Hike - Horseback Riding Bryce Canyon (65-90USD per person) Zion National Park - The Narrows Hike Hildale - Sunset Buggy Ride Tour - Horse Trail Ride

  • My Own Room

    Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

  • Newsletter

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  • Important Notes

    1. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may continue after this tour ends. 2. An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Comfortable, self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick. 2. Proper sleeping bags are necessary for this tour. Evening temperatures can reach -9°C - 0°C. Please ensure that your sleeping bag is rated to (-17°C for spring and fall trips and 0°C for trips June - Sept). If you prefer, you can purchase a proper sleeping bag on the first day of the trip. Prices range from $60-$150USD.  3. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days. 4. All walks and hikes proposed in this itinerary are moderate to strenuous level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape. 5. The American West is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing. Please be prepared for such extreme conditions. 6. Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21. Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

  • Planeterra Foundation - the non-profit partner of G Adventures

    Planeterra International Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to turning travel into impact by helping local communities earn an income from tourism. Planeterra connects underserved local communities to the benefits of tourism by developing and supporting small community-owned businesses. These businesses support Indigenous people, empower women, grant youth access to employment opportunities, and protect the environment. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating their projects into G Adventures’ itineraries globally. G Adventures is Planeterra’s largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs, so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need. G Adventures Dollar-a-day Program - Make Every Day Count - Turn your travel into impact with Planeterra Foundation. Did you know? Most communities around the world do not benefit from tourism. Give back to the places you visit on your travels by creating opportunities for local people to earn an income, and protect the environment. Make every day count by donating $1/day for the length of your trip, and join us in empowering the communities you will visit when you travel. 100% of your donation goes directly to Planeterra projects.

  • Money Exchange

    The United States currency is the US Dollar (USD). Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in the US and can be used to purchase small and large items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card in the USA, you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases. Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Both Visa and Master Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work check with your bank before you travel. A visit to an ATM can be arranged on Day 1 and other days of the trip. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of US Dollars as cash (preferably smaller bills, 5's, 10's and 20's), traveller’s cheques and credit cards is best. Currency exchange is best obtained prior to travel or at the airport, currency exchange is very difficult to find in the USA and most banks do not accommodate. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

  • Emergency Fund

    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

  • Joining Hotel

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

  • Emergency Contact

    Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call the G Adventures Local Representative. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
 G Adventures Local Representative (Las Vegas) 
 From outside the USA: 1-707-495-9488 From within the USA: 707-495-9488 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local representative, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found here. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

  • Spending Money

    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (3 nts), participation camping (6 nts).

  • Dossier Disclaimer

    The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  • Meals Included

    6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

  • Feedback

    After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

  • Meals

    All included meals will be prepared from goods bought en route from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes.

  • Packing List

    Camping: • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season • Socks • Thermal base layer • Travel pillow • Windproof rain gear Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: For evenings out in some cities there will be a dress code. If you wish to participate, please bring a nicer outfit for these occasions. We recommend a nicer pair of shoes and a collared shirt or blouse.

  • Group Leader Description

    This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and sometimes the driver - this person is knowledgeable in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups. As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While our CEOs are trained and have resources to assist them along the way, the United States is the fourth largest country on the planet, and it is impossible for them to know everything about this massive country. We recommend local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds. Please note that specific tour guide licenses are required to guide in certain cities and regions, and as such, our CEOs will oftentimes provide brief orientation walks or drives to point out useful places like supermarkets, main squares and ATMs but for more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

  • About Accommodation

    Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Most of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds, but we will also stay in permanent canvas tent campgrounds and simple motels. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including comfortable camp mattresses. We supply dome tents that take only 5 minutes to assemble/disassemble. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard, oversized 2-person tents, each with 2 separate and convenient zip-up doors, so that each person has his/her own entrance. We use 2 types of campgrounds in North America: 1. Private campgrounds: These are privately run sites, usually with all services such as fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets & shower buildings. Some have small outdoor swimming pools and laundry facilities. These campgrounds are typically located near national park entrances or towns. 2. Public campgrounds: These are park-run sites, usually with basic facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and drinking water. In some cases, this type of campground doesn’t have showers, only pit toilets and a lake! In other locations, toilet and shower facilities may be located outside the campground, or at times in another location a drive away. Some may have shower fees for onsite facilities ($2-6/shower).

  • What's Included

    Visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Drive along Route 66. Grand Canyon sunset pizza dinner. Hike in Grand Canyon National Park. Visit to Horseshoe Bend. Camping near Lake Powell. Bryce Canyon National Park visit. Zion Glamping. Zion National Park visit. Free time in Las Vegas. Death Valley National Park visit. Entrance fees to all national parks and monuments with hiking and walking excursions. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

  • Group Size Notes

    Max 13

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No, this tour is for 18-35 year olds only

  • Highlights

    Visit the strange rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park, Enjoy a drive down Route 66, Have a pizza dinner along the rim of the Grand Canyon during sunset, Hike in the Grand Canyon, Visit Horseshoe Bend, Camp along Lake Powell and opt for a sunset kayak ride, Hike through the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Go Glamping in Zion and hike in the national park, Enjoy stargazing and nights sitting around the campfire as a group, Take advantage of free time in Las Vegas to explore the strip, Travel to a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    G Adventures was established in 1990

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Most of our trips do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and, if travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another G Adventures traveller of the same sex. Some tours have an optional single supplement. An optional service that may be available is called "My Own Room". This service allows solo travellers to request their own room.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It's extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary, please consult us before you book.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.gadventures.com/travel-with-confidence/

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    https://www.gadventures.com/about-us/core-values/

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of g adventures charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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  • Travel With Confidence Policy

    Our Travel with Confidence policy was created to highlight the measures G Adventures has taken in
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    coming out of the pandemic. This policy complements our Book with Confidence policy - which
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