|2. Santa Maria - Carmel – 17 Mile Drive - Monterey - San Francisco
Travel north to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a town known for its former Mayor, Clint Eastwood. Drive along the California Coast on the 17 Mile Drive. This is of the most scenic drives in the United States. You will see striking vistas of the Pacific Ocean, beautiful beaches, golf courses, and numerous mansions. After a stop in Monterey, continue north and we'll end our day on our arrival to San Francisco, "The City by the Bay".
3. San Francisco
San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking metropolis. On our morning sightseeing tour of this beautiful city we'll pass Union Square, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. This afternoon is at leisure to discover the variety of sites, shops, and restaurants that reflect the City's great ethnic and cultural diversity. Overnight San Francisco.
4. San Francisco - Yosemite - Fresno
We travel to Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada, with spectacular panoramas and mountain vistas. Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, its high cliffs and waterfalls and the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias, the world's largest living things. The area was home to American Indians for as long as 8,000 years. Overnight Fresno / Bakersfield
5. Fresno - Calico Ghost Town - Las Vegas
Today travel south through the great farmlands of the fertile San Joaquin Valley. It is the state's top agricultural producing region, sometimes called "the nation's salad bowl" for the great array of fruits and vegetables grown in its fertile soil. Calico Ghost Town will carry us back in time to an authentic silver mining town of the Old West. Carefully reconstructed to recreate the spirit of Calico's Old West past. Walk the streets and examine the lives of the period miners and townspeople. We leave California and travel to Las Vegas, Nevada " the entertainment capital of the world." Overnight Las Vegas
6. Las Vegas - Grand Canyon
Leave the glitter of Las Vegas behind and we head to Arizona, " the Grand Canyon State ". It is the World's Seventh Natural Wonder. Carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau, It is more than an awe-inspiring view. As you gaze out from the rim, you're viewing 2 billion years of geologic history. Millions of people each year stand in awe at the canyon and leave with a sense of fulfillment and realization that they have witnessed nature at her finest. By arrival to the Grand Canyon Village, we will have free time to enjoy the views.
For a different perspective, take an optional helicopter flightseeing tour for an amazing view of the Grand Canyon. Ask your tour guide who will assist with arranging it. Flight is subject to availability. Overnight Grand Canyon National Park Area Accommodations
7. Grand Canyon - Monument Valley - Page
Travel east along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the Painted Desert. We're crossing the largest Navajo Indian Reservation. Continue to the Arizona / Utah border. We'll arrive at Monument Valley and we will enjoy a local sightseeing tour with a native Navajo Indian guide. The isolated 1,000 foot high stark red cliffs and buttes surrounded by empty, sandy desert have been filmed and photographed countless times over the years for movies starring John Wayne. Overnight in Page
8. Lake Powell - Bryce Canyon
This morning, cross Glen Canyon Dam, the last of the major dams built on the Colorado River. View Lake Powell from the lookout point. It is the second largest man-made lake in the United States. Awesome in its dimensions and complexity, its desolate beauty makes it an experience never to be forgotten. We cross back to enter the Mormon State of Utah, to Bryce Canyon National Park. View thousands of delicately carved spires that rise in brilliant colors of red, yellow and orange, from the amphitheaters, along with towering cliffs, and rainbow-striped rock formations. Hotel: Bryce Canyon Area Accommodations
9. Bryce Canyon - Zion National Park - Las Vegas
We travel south towards Zion National Park. The dramatic white, pink and red rocks of the sculptured canyon and soaring cliffs, is a creation of the Virgin River thousands of years ago. After our visit, we'll continue to Las Vegas where we will say good-bye to our traveling companions ending in Las Vegas.