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  • Hotels: Camping

  • 07/03/2021 - 07/18/2021

  • Max Participants: 14

  • 16 Days / 15 Nights

Overview

On a mission to visit as many of the west coast's stunning national parks as you can? This 16-day tour will get you most of the way there with plenty of challenging but rewarding hikes along the way. Embark on a steep climb out of the valley on the Mist Trail and embark on a jaw-dropping narrow climb to the top of Angels Landing. You'll have plenty of time to catch your breath in between, whether it's stargazing in Capitol Reef's designated gold-tier International Dark Sky Park or enjoying some evening s'mores at Bryce Canyon National Park to recharge for the next adventure.

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What's Included::
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park
  • Stargazing in a Dark Sky Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park Visit
  • Waterpocket Fold to Cassidy Arch Hike
  • Dead Horse Point State Park Sunset
  • Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument Visit
  • Canyonlands National Park Visit
  • Joint Trail and Chesler Park Hike
  • Arches National Park Visit
  • Devils Garden Hike
  • Lower Calf Creek Falls Hike
  • Bryce Canyon National Park Visit
  • Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop Hike
  • Zion National Park Visit
  • Angels Landing Hike
  • Observation Point Hike
  • The Narrows Hike
  • Sequoia Stargazing
  • Sequoia National Park Visit
  • General Sherman Giant Forest Hike
  • Buena Vista Peak Hike
  • Kings Canyon National Park Visit
  • Mist Falls Hike
  • Little Baldy Hike
  • Grizzly Giant Loop Hike
  • Yosemite National Park Visit
  • Mist Trail Hike
  • Snow Creek Trail Hike
  • 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 by private vehicle
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners – allow $190-$250 USD for meals not included
  • Hotel (2 nts), participation camping (13 nts)
What's Not Included::
  • Air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admissions
  • Airport transfers

Itinerary Download PDF

Arrive at any time today. This tour leaves Las Vegas in the morning on Day 2. If you would like to spend any additional time here, we recommend booking pre-tour accommodation. There are no planned activities today until the evening welcome meeting, so check out the strip or Fremont Street. Upon arrival at the hotel, please check the notice board for information about the group meeting. During the group meeting, the leader will outline the trip itinerary and answer questions.

We leave Las Vegas for a seven-hour drive to Capitol Reef National Park. Known for its geologic monocline, discover the cliffs, canyons, petroglyphs, and orchards that make up the park. At night gaze up at the starry, starry night in this designated gold-tier International Dark Sky Park. Far away from city lights, surrounded by the vastness of Capitol Reef's majestic peaks and valleys, you'll never see the Milky Way (or the night sky) in quite the same way. Approximate travel time: 7 hrs by private vehicle

Set off in the morning to hike through the Waterpocket Fold, an 87-mile "wrinkle" in the earth's surface. Formed by a dramatic warp in the earth's crust (known as a monocline), Waterpocket Fold is Capitol Reef's defining geologic feature. Hike through narrow canyons before reaching the trailhead to Cassidy Arch - a dramatic rock formation with incredible views of the valley. With plentiful nooks and crannies carved into the red rock, it's easy to see why the infamous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid once chose to make the Arch their hideaway. (Hiking distance: 3.4 miles, Elevation change: 670 ft., Duration: 4 hours) We'll stop to look at petroglyphs etched in rock walls (keep an eye for bighorn sheep) dating back to 1300 C.E. when native people of the Fremont Culture made their home at Capitol Reef. You will learn about the geology and the ancient inhabitants who created the petroglyphs. Please note several of the trails we use do not have water accessible. Please bring a bottle/bladder with a capacity of 3 liters. Unexpected trail or road closures may prevent hiking on some of the listed routes. Should this event arise, we will substitute with an alternative hike. In the afternoon, continue to Moab, an adventure capital of the southwest and the gateway to both Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. In the evening, if you still have energy, head to Dead Horse State Park to watch the sunset from one of the most photographed spots in the region. Approximate travel time: 7.5 hrs by private vehicle

The next day we drive two hours from Moab to Canyonlands National Park. Uncover a wilderness of endless canyons and striking buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Four distinct districts make up this National Park, preserving a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their tributaries. We'll start with a stop at Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument. With over 650 petroglyphs in a single area, think of a visit to Newspaper Rock as flipping through the news pages of generations past. Created by ancestral Puebloan people who lived, farmed, and hunted along a nearby ancient river, examine the intricate carvings they made to document their way of life. We'll then trek through the desert grasslands of Chesler Park and admire towering sandstone pinnacles that give this area its name: the Needles District. Follow the Joint Trail into deep, sometimes very narrow slot canyons, before emerging back into open space. Now you understand why it's called the Canyonlands. (Hiking distance: 11 miles, Elevation change: 1,750 ft, Duration: 5.5 hours) Return to Moab for a night in the town. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle

Rise early for sunrise from Delicate Arch Viewpoint. Enjoy breakfast in the park before exploring the densest concentration of arches in the world. Stand in awe at the over 2,000 sandstone arches ranging in size and shape that make up this park. Explore the Arches that make up this national park along the Devil's Garden Trail. Arches form as narrow rock walls (called "fins") erode over time, causing sections of the rockface to fall. Visit Landscape Arch, the longest in North America, with an opening of 306 ft. Continue to Double O Arch, a challenging, steep section that requires hikers to scramble over rocks. Be rewarded with incredible views at the top, before heading back to the trailhead. (Hiking distance: 4.2 miles, Elevation change: 800 ft., Duration: 4 hours) Pass by the famous Balanced Rock, The Windows, and Double Arches before heading west to camp for the night. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by private vehicle

Hit the road again, to travel along the scenic highway through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Take in the mesas, canyons, and arches that make up this diverse geological region. Enjoy an easy hike through relatively flat terrain to get to Lower Calf Creek Falls. While you may see a few more hikers than on previous days, this trek is no less spectacular - especially once you sight the clear waters of Calf Creek and its 38m (126 ft) drop into a deep pool. Named for the natural "pen" where early pioneers and ranchers herded their calves for a much-needed drink, today visitors can opt to swim in this cool oasis. (Hiking distance: 6 miles, Elevation change: 200 ft., Duration: 4 hours) Continue to Bryce Canyon National Park for the night. After the sun goes down, don't forget to look up to check out this renowned night sky while enjoying s'mores around the fire. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle

Set off early in Bryce Canyon National Park. See a sight like no other at this giant forest of stone made up of a collection of massive natural amphitheaters. We'll trek through the most popular trail in Bryce Canyon to see its famous hoodoos - tall, thin spires of rock that seem to magically balance upon their dusty, red rock base. Begin your hike at Sunrise Point and make your way toward Queen Victoria, the trail's namesake rock formation. Continue through the amphitheater on Navajo Loop past Wall Street or Thor's Hammer, depending on trail conditions. Exit at Sunset Point before walking the Rim Trail back to our starting point. Soak in the views one last time - you'll want to take it all in. (Hiking distance: 2.9 miles, Elevation change: 600 ft., Duration: 2.5 hours) After the hike we drive to Zion National Park, traveling past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls, stopping at several viewpoints along the way. Once we arrive in Zion, we'll start off for Angels Landing, an unforgettable hike that makes it to many peoples' bucket lists for a reason. Start your trek on the West Rim Trail and follow the river before sneaking through the scenic canyon. Head up a series of 21 switchbacks called Walter's Wiggles, to arrive at Scout Landing. From here, opt to continue the jaw-dropping climb up to the top of Angels Landing. In some places, the ridge becomes barely wide enough to set two feet in. Hold onto the chain for an incredible reward! (Hiking distance: 5.4 miles, Elevation change: 1,500 ft., Duration: 3 hours) We will spend the night at a campsite just outside of Zion National Park. Approximate travel time: 2.5 hrs by private vehicle

Spend the day discovering Zion National Park. 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. Trek up the East Rim Trail to Zion NP's famed Observation Point, where views of the valley below stretch out to the horizon. Classified as one of the park's strenuous hikes (given its elevation), the route consists of switchbacks before reaching shady Echo Canyon. Continue the uphill climb until the trail levels out towards the peak. Gaze out across the valley to Angels Landing and appreciate just how far you've come. (Hiking distance: 8 miles, Elevation change: 2,150 ft., Duration: 6 hours) Then we'll return to the valley floor to trek through The Narrows. Known as one of Utah's best slot canyon hikes, The Narrows takes you through towering canyon walls along the Virgin River (and yes, this means walking in water!). Enjoy some of the park's best scenery, stop to take photos, and don't forget to watch your footing. Opt to make your way back at any point. Hiking distance: 4 miles, Elevation change: 334 ft., Duration: 2 hours) After returning to camp, head into the charming town of Springdale to celebrate the accomplishments of the last week.

Take the short drive from Zion to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, enjoy a free afternoon and night to explore Vegas. Walk the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show. Approximate travel time: 2.5 hrs by private vehicle

Leave the bright lights of Las Vegas behind and spend the day traveling through the desert to the granite cliffs and ancient giant trees of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Though these two parks were granted National Park status roughly 50 years apart, they are currently managed together by the National Park system. After setting up camp, slow down to relish the natural setting, search the night sky for shooting stars, and roast s'mores around the fire. The night sky above Sequoia National Park offers one of California’s most dazzling opportunities for stargazing, due to minimal light pollution and a higher altitude. Approximate travel time: 8 hrs by private vehicle

Enjoy a full day in Sequoia National Park. Hike amongst some of the most impressive living things on Earth, giant Sequoias. This trip through the misty heights of the Sierras will take you through the home of General Sherman. We'll start with a half-mile hike down to General Sherman, which at 275 feet high is the world's largest tree. We'll then continue of hike among the other enormous trees on Congress Trail and catch some amazing views of the mountains through the forest on this epic hike. Enjoy a picnic lunch amongst the giant trees. (Hiking distance: 7.5 miles, Elevation change: 1800 ft, Duration: 4-6 hours) We then travel to Buena Vista Peak trailhead to continue to explore this park on foot. At just 2 miles, this round-trip hike packs a punch with 360-degree views from the top of the granite peak to see not only the High Sierra, but also the valley below. With minimal elevation change, you'll have plenty of time and energy to explore and take pictures along the mountain top. (Hiking distance: 2 miles, Elevation change: 413 ft, Duration: 1 hour) Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by private vehicle

We'll start off the day by visiting the Big Stump Grove before taking the iconic drive that takes us through Grant Grove. Grant Grove has the second-largest tree on earth! Then we'll drive through Kings Canyon to Cedar Grove past granite cliffs and vast valleys. Travel through one of the deepest canyons in the US, that continues to be carved by the Kings River. Continue to the end of the road for the Mist Falls Hike, one of the most scenic trails in the park. The moderate walk culminates with an epic 100-foot waterfall with clouds of mist that give the trail its name. (Hiking distance: 8 miles, Elevation change: 600 ft, Duration: 3-4 hours) Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by private vehicle

Rise early and head out for a final hike in Sequoia National Park. Hike up the switchbacks of Little Baldy Trail to travel up and out of the forest as it slowly opens up to sweeping views of the beautiful California Sierras and valleys below. (Hiking distance: 3.4 miles, Elevation change: 800 ft, Duration: 2-3 hours) On the road again, travel north through the Sierras to the south entrance of Yosemite National Park and Mariposa Grove. Picturesque valleys, vast wilderness, powerful waterfalls, elusive wildlife, ancient sequoias, and more than 16 types of granite make up this internationally recognized national park. For the next two and a half days we'll hike the trails, get up close to ancient rock formations and take panoramic photos of this gorgeous landscape. Keep an eye out for black bears, deer, and coyotes. This afternoon we'll hike the famous Grizzly Giant Loop trail and see some of the stunning natural wonders of Yosemite, such as the park's largest Sequoia grove, with over 500 mature trees. Check out some of the most iconic trees, like Tunnel Tree, the Bachelor, and Three Graces. (Hiking distance: 2 miles, Elevation change: 300 ft, Duration: 1.5 hours) Drive further into the park and stop at Tunnel View for iconic sights of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Fall. Approximate travel time: 6 hrs by private vehicle

From the valley floor, take the park shuttle system to one of the most iconic trails in the park. Hike alongside the Merced River to climb the Mist Trail, getting sprayed by the waters of Vernal Fall. See the water rushing over the edge before crossing the river and climbing the steps to Nevada Fall. Enjoy lunch from the top, taking in the views of the High Sierra including Half Dome, Liberty Cap, Mount Broderick. On the return trip, take the John Muir Trail down to truly understand this visionary's passion for nature. (Distance: 7 miles, Elevation Change: 2000 ft, Duration: 5-6 hours) Enjoy free time to walk the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, Bridalveil Fall Trail, or relax under the towering granite monoliths of Half Dome or El Capitan. On the way back to camp, stop and stand in awe of El Capitan, looking for climbers on the sheer rockface. Approximate travel time: 1 hr by private vehicle

Today we get off the beaten path for a challenging hike full of switchbacks to bring us face to face with the granite domes and slopes that make this park so iconic. Taking the park shuttle, we begin with a mostly flat walk to Mirror Lake. Seasonally, this lake provides a spectacular reflection of Half Dome. We continue on to the beginning of Snow Creek Trail, a steep climb out of the Valley that delivers views of Half Dome, Quarter Domes, and Clouds Rest. Opt to turn around at any point, or continue the strenuous climb as the canyon opens to panoramic vistas culminating at Snow Creek Footbridge. (Hiking distance: 9.5 miles, Elevation change: 2,700 ft, Duration: 6-7 hours) Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Relax by the water, check out the Ansel Adams Studio, or rent a bike to continue to explore the park. Approximate travel time: 1 hr by private vehicle

Drive from the Sierra Nevadas to the San Francisco Bay. Tour ends on arrival. Onward travel should be booked no earlier than 7 pm. Approximate travel time: 4.5 hrs by private vehicle Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can offer still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Details

Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
Resources to Learn & Teach about the Western USA
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Trip Notes
  1. WALKS AND HIKES: 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 traveling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape.
  2. TRAVEL DAYS: In order to cover the vast distances in North America and be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.
  3. WEATHER EXTREMES: The American West is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas. The daytime temperature can exceed 100 F, while the nighttime temperatures can get below freezing. Please be prepared for such extreme conditions.
  4. CAMPING: 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 tour leader 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.
  5. SLEEPING BAGS: Proper sleeping bags are necessary for this tour. Evening temperatures can reach 32°F. Please ensure that your sleeping bag is rated to 32°F. If you prefer, you can purchase a proper sleeping bag on the first day of the trip. Prices range from $60-$150 USD.
  6.  WI-FI ON THE VEHICLE: We have limited bandwidth, and in the interest of allowing all travelers to access the wi-fi, travelers should limit their access to reasonable levels. Please note that wi-fi is not always available due to areas with limited or no cell phone service (e.g. in parts of national parks).
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader, and sometimes the driver - this person is knowledgeable in the routes traveled and will organize and lead the meal preparations, and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups. They will also lead the group hikes.
Fitness Level
All walks and hikes proposed in this itinerary are moderate to strenuous level. You will be able to opt-out of the most strenuous hikes if you wish, but this trip is not recommended for people who do not feel they can at least handle the moderate hikes.
Single Travelers
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room or tent. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement," which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone and get your own private tent, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
About Accommodation
Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. We use a hotel in Las Vegas, but the rest of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds. 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).
About our Transportation
For this trip, we use 15-passenger vans for up to 14 people plus the Tour Leader/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. Traveling 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 travelers feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture, and wildlife are all well worth the experience!
Joining Instructions
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. When arriving in Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport (LAS) you have three transportation options to get to the Joining Hotel, which is 4 miles away: public taxi, rideshare app such as Uber or Lyft, or shuttle service. Taxi The taxis are located outside of each terminal on the Lower/Arrival Level islands. The cost is approximately $25-40 USD, gratuity recommended. Ride Share App At Terminal 1, the Ride Share pick up is located on level 2 of the parking garage. At Terminal 3, the Ride Share pick up is located on the Valet level of the Terminal 3 parking garage. Arrange the ride using the app on your mobile device. The cost is approximately $15-25 USD, gratuity recommended. Shuttle Service There are several companies offering shuttle service. There are booths located outside Terminal 1 baggage claim door 12 and outside Terminal 3 baggage claim door 52. Reservations can be made in advance at www.GoldenNuggetAirport.com or by calling 1-702-472-8688. The cost is $11 one-way.
Emergency Contacts
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. 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. G Adventures Local Representative (Las Vegas) From outside the USA: 1-412-423-8143 From within the USA: 412-423-8143 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Packing List
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a light jacket. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. 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.
 Suggested Checklist
  • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
  • Warm layers for the night (It can get down below freezing)
  • Waterproof shell (Raincoat that you can hike in)
  • Personal clothing for very hot to cold weather
  • Sturdy walking or hiking shoes – running shoes are fine too
  • Daypack
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • Money belt
  • Travel pillow
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics
  • Packing cubes
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • USD cash
  • Credit or debit card
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
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 tour leader will advise you along the trip where you will be able to do your laundry.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport or alternative travel documents for Americans.  Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport.
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 an 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 Tour Leader 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 tour leader exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.
Flights
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course, this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. Your trip begins in Las Vegas and ends in San Francisco. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Las Vegas. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, but we strongly urge you to arrive by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for the group meeting. You can depart from SF anytime after 7 PM on the final day of the trip.
Expectations
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
  • This is participation camping with everything that entails.
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
  • It can be very hot during the day. Stay hydrated, sunblocked, and know your limits!
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, 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 information on our website 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. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Weather
The American West is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The daytime temperature can exceed 100 F, while the nighttime temperatures can get below freezing. Please be prepared for such extreme conditions. The weather will vary throughout this trip, but you should not expect much if any rain. San Francisco is cool, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s. Yosemite will have highs in the 90s, lows in the 50s. Las Vegas will have highs in the triple digits, but the nights get down into the 60s.  Bryce Canyon and Zion are a bit cooler, with highs in the 80s.

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See price in the top right corner
Optional Activities
$50-$500 USD
Airfare
$100 to $600 This can vary widely
Insurance
$25-$200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
Tipping
We recommend $80-$150 USD total for your G Adventures tour leaders. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides and drivers.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$190-$250 USD
Laundry, Showers, Drinks, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Souvenirs
Variable. At your personal discretion.
Non-Educator Fee
$100 USD (GEEO program fee for Non-Educators) Educators do not have to pay this fee.

Optional Activities

Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.
Las Vegas
Hoover Dam Visit: $65 USD per person Take a day trip to the Hoover Dam to learn more about this marvel of engineering. Las Vegas Show: $60-$200 USD per person Leave the world behind, give in to your senses, and prepare to be amazed. Take in one of the many shows available in this entertainment mecca. Live music, burlesque, comedy, magic, Cirque Du Soleil, and more. Whatever your passion, no other city can compete with the range and scale of shows on offer 24 hours a day. VIP Party Bus Experience: $45 USD per person Channel your inner celebrity and set off in this party on wheels. Luxuriate in the leather seats, and feel like a star with the neon lights, flat-screen TV, and booming stereo system. Tour the highlights of Vegas and love the limo life. Gambling at Vegas Casino Hold some cards, toss some dice, place a bet or sit at the slots. Try your luck at gambling in one of the many casinos along the Strip. (The legal age for gambling is 21 years of age.) Vegas Strip Visit: Free Walk along Las Vegas Boulevard and soak in the lights, energy, and pulse of the Strip. With an ever-evolving architecture and multitude of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, there's so much to see and do. Yosemite Bike Rental: $12 USD per person Set your wheels in motion with tandem, hand crank or mountain bikes, and opt to cycle some of the 20km (12mi) of paved trails throughout the valley floor. Bring a water bottle, stop to shoot photos, and enjoy some of the most picturesque spots in Yosemite NP.
San Francisco
Cable Car Ride San Francisco: $7 USD per person Iconic to San Francisco, travel back in time and hop on the world's last manually operated cable car system. Sunset Sailing: Prices vary Depart from Fisherman's Wharf and catch a glimpse of marine life as we sail around San Francisco Bay. Admire the city's remarkable skyline, get up close and personal with the infamous Alcatraz Island, and sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the sunset and make a mental note to return. Fisherman's Wharf Visit Visit San Francisco's famous Fishermen's Wharf, walk the piers, check out the marine life, shop, and sample the fresh seafood.