Western Explorer (AZ)

14 Day Tour from Los Angeles to San Francisco

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Experience the best of the West on this grand adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, unique rock formations, and serene lakes. This National Parks tour begins in Los Angeles and ends in San Francisco with overnights along the way in Lake Havasu, Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, and Yosemite National Park.

Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can enjoy a majestic sunset; Bryce Canyon National Park, where years of erosion have carved colorful sandstone into thousands of spires, arches, and mazes; Zion National Park, with massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky; and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. You’ll also spend time in Lake Powell, where you’ll enjoy a cruise.

You’ll spend time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with sightseeing and time on your own. On this National Parks tour, Globus has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you. In Lake Powell, explore Antelope Slot Canyon with a local Navajo guide. Stand in awe as you witness and photograph this slot canyon created by erosion from rain and water. Another fun experience is a visit to San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden, where you’ll hear about the park and have time to explore its five acres.

From the exciting cities to the amazing scenery and from the desert landscapes to the sparkling lakes, this National Parks tour has it all. Grab your camera and get ready for a remarkable vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LOS ANGELES
City sightseeing
LAKE HAVASU
Orientation tour
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
LAKE POWELL
Cruise; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Antelope Slot Canyon
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
ZION NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
LAS VEGAS
Orientation tour
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour
SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Japanese Tea Garden; farewell dinner

NOTE:

  • On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in San Francisco

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Los Angeles

Welcome to the Golden State! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 Los Angeles

Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street—the oldest thoroughfare in the city—to Hollywood. Take the opportunity to step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at TCL Chinese Theatre, and also see Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive. Spend an afternoon at leisure on an optional excursion to Universal Studios or historic Hollywood.

Breakfast

Day 3 Los Angeles–Lake Havasu

Leave the “City of Angels” and travel across the Mojave Desert to Lake Havasu on the Colorado River. This lake is a playground for all sorts of water sports and is home to the historic London Bridge.

Breakfast

Day 4 Lake Havasu–Grand Canyon National Park

Depart from Lake Havasu and travel northeast through desert landscapes to Williams on historic Route 66. Arrive this afternoon at National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The breathtaking beauty of this famous attraction draws more than 5 million visitors a year from around the globe. This evening, be sure to watch the dramatic sunset.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 5 Grand Canyon National Park–Lake Powell

This morning, enjoy vistas of the Grand Canyon as you drive along the rim before entering the Navajo Indian Reservation. Arrive in Lake Powell, where sparkling blue water laps against towering, red-rock canyon walls and sandy beaches. The majestic beauty of this vast man-made lake can be truly appreciated while on your afternoon CRUISE. See gigantic Glen Canyon Dam and the “tapestry” walls of Antelope Canyon. There’s free time later for a leisurely stroll along Wahweap Marina on the shores of Lake Powell.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 6 Lake Powell

This morning, explore Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ANTELOPE SLOT CANYON with a local Navajo guide. Be mesmerized by an amazing fantasy world of stone, created by wind and water. Learn the history of this amazing canyon and be sure to bring your camera for incredible photo opportunities. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Consider joining the optional flightseeing trip over Lake Powell, including famous Rainbow Bridge and Glen Canyon Dam. Or you may just wish to sit back and relax in this magnificent setting.

Breakfast

Day 7 Lake Powell–Bryce Canyon National Park

Leave the splendid views of Lake Powell and head for Utah’s National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Drive through the park, with photo stops to capture the magnificent contrasts of bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called “hoodoos.” Years of erosion have carved colorful sandstone into thousands of spires, arches, and mazes for an unforgettable sight.

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 8 Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park–Las Vegas

Tour National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation ZION NATIONAL PARK this morning, a spectacle of massive stone formations whose colors change with the light of the day and the season. To Mormon pioneers, it was a haven of beauty that resembled natural temples and cathedrals, prompting their name for it: “Little Zion.” Continue to Las Vegas for an orientation tour of one of America’s most popular vacation destinations. Your resort hotel is located in the heart of the “Strip” for easy access to the mega-casinos and plentiful restaurants.

Breakfast

Day 9 Las Vegas

Enjoy a full day on your own to explore the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Your Tour Director will have tips and suggestions to make the most of your stay, as well as a range of optional excursions—from scenic helicopter flights to elaborate shows.

Breakfast

Day 10 Las Vegas–Mammoth Lakes

A day of striking contrast as you journey across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Overnight in Mammoth Lakes, just steps away from the base of Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 11 Mammoth Lakes–Yosemite National Park

Leave Mammoth Lakes for National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. Inside the park, you’ll descend to the valley floor for sightseeing of this wonderland of lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forest, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains.

Breakfast

Day 12 Yosemite–San Francisco

This morning’s journey takes you from mountainous beauty to the vibrant city of San Francisco. Tonight, why not join us for an optional dinner outing?

Breakfast

Day 13 San Francisco

Our included sightseeing tour takes in National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. Next, visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, or the Aquarium of the Bay. Or, discover the hippie-era bookstores and shops in the Haight-Ashbury district, ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, or visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. This evening your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 14 San Francisco

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual transfers. Transfers are provided to San Francisco International Airport.

Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

AL LEPORE

Years of Experience: 21

After more than two decades in the industry, I've been fortunate to see all aspects of touring by coach. My experiences as a tour director have proven to be my most rewarding in terms of a career. I particularly enjoy showing off America's treasures in our National Parks. I'd love to share our wonderful national parks and help you "find your park" as we travel this great land. When I am not guiding, I enjoy sports and spending time with my friends and family.

 Accommodations

Los Angeles
Grand Canyon National Park
Las Vegas
Mammoth Lakes
Yosemite National Park
San Francisco

Los Angeles

The L.A. Hotel Downtown

Deluxe

333 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA United States

Free Wifi

The L.A. Hotel Downtown, located in the financial center, is a 14 story hotel with award-winning architectural design, mirrored facade and glass-enclosed atrium. Guestroom features 300-thread-count linens, floor-to-ceiling windows with various city views, and bathroom with stone countertop and separate tub and shower, tub-shower combo or walk-in shower only.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • ATM
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker

Grand Canyon National Park

Thunderbird Lodge - Grand Canyon National Park Lod

Thunderbird Lodge
Grand Canyon, AZ United States

The Thunderbird Lodge is ideally located on the rim of the Grand Canyon and features contemporary guestrooms that are well equipped with modern amenities. The hotel has a gift shop and two restaurants. Thunderbird Lodge is part of a collection of lodges operated by the National Parks; space fills up quickly at these lodges and is therefore based on availability. In the event that space is not available at this hotel, an alternate lodge of similar category will be secured.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access

Las Vegas

Treasure Island

3300 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV United States

The hotel features an outdoor pool, hot tub, spa, fitness center, gift shops, beauty salon, business center, several restaurants, lounges, nightlife, and casino. Guestrooms are equipped with cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and Internet access.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Shoe Shine
  • ATM
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Mountain Inn

Moderate First-Class

P.O. Box 24
Mammoth Lakes, CA United States

Free Wifi

Attractive Ski Resort comprising Hotel, Motel & Condominiums, situated opposite Mammoth Mountain Ski Area main lodge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Voicemail
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Television

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite View Lodge

PO Box D
El Portal, CA United States

The hotel has three swimming pools, gift shop, two restaurants, and a lounge. Guestrooms feature cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board.

Hotel Amenities

  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite

San Francisco

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

780, Mission St
San Francisco, CA United States

Rooms have cable TV, internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, and hair dryer. The hotel features Concierge desk, gift shop, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, three restaurants, lounge, and coffee bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Shoe Shine
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning

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