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Miles/Km

Overnight

Highlights

DAY 0

Los Angeles

Arrive LAX early afternoon. Free shuttle to hotel check-in, dinner as a group.

DAY 1

195 / 312

Palm Springs CA

Pacific Coast, Ortega Hwy., Palms to Pines Hwy, San Jacinto Mtn. State Park, Idyllwild. Our first taste of the mountains lies between the coast and Palm Springs; beyond is the Mojave Desert. You’ll find the entertainment, dining and shopping options of a much larger city hidden away in a small-town oasis with a warm desert climate and 350 days of sunshine per year.

DAY 2

265 / 424

Kingman AZ

Route 66, Joshua Tree Nat'l Park (NP), Amboy CA, Oatman AZ. Kingman Route 66 Museum. Lodging in restored Route 66 Motor Lodge. Our departure from Palm Springs takes us into Joshua Tree National Park. Giant branching yuccas thrive on sandy plains studded by massive granite monoliths and some of the most intriguing geological features found in California's desert regions. We join the Mother Road at Amboy and follow it to Oatman, formerly a prosperous mining town that at one time was one of the largest gold producers in the West. Wild burros, descended from animals left behind by the miners, freely roam the streets of town.

DAY 3

189 / 302

Grand Canyon NP

Longest remaining segment of Route 66, Willams AZ, Grand Canyon NP. We ride on the longest uninterrupted segment of Route 66 left intact for most of the next day, traveling, through towns like Hackberry, Peach Springs and Seligman. By mid-afternoon we arrive at Grand Canyon Nat'l Park.

DAY 4

222 / 355

Monument Valley

Grand Canyon sight-seeing, optional helicopter ride. Depart late morning for Monument Valley Native American Experience. Monument Valley was the filming location for countless classic western movies. You’ll recognize the rock formations immediately. Located on land belonging to the Navajo Nation, we’ll experience the Valley by jeep with Navajo guides.

DAY 5

256 / 410

Torrey UT

Moki Dugway, Halls Crossing Ferry @ Lake Powell, Capitol Reef NP.

DAY 6

239 / 382

Springdale UT

Antelope Canyon, Kaibab National Forest, Zion NP. Fast, easy miles early in the day. Zion has been a favorite for many years and we’ll enjoy the cliffs and canyons on our way to Las Vegas for a two-night stay.

DAY 7

165 / 264

Las Vegas NV

Direct to Las Vegas for afternoon at leisure.

DAY 8

0

Las Vegas NV

Free day in Las Vegas. Optional day and evening activities - Hoover Dam Tour, race cars, shooting range, shows, music and live entertainment, etc.

DAY 9

169 / 270

Death Valley

Death Valley NP, Badwater Basin (lowest elevation in N. America -282' (-86 m), Dante's View, Artist Drive

DAY 10

244 / 390

Lee Vining CA

Mt. Whitney, highest point in lower 48 states 14,505' feet (4,421 m) Mono Lake, Mono Basin Nat'l Forest

DAY 11

80 / 128

Yosemite NP

Tioga Pass, 10,000' (3,050m) elevations, Yosemite National Park sight-seeing

DAY 12

238 / 381

Oakhurst CA

Yosemite NP, descend from Sierra mountains, agricultural landscape. You’ll have some free time to explore before we leave for Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. T

DAY 13

220 / 352

Three Rivers CA

Elevation up again. Kings Canyon and Sequoia Netional Parks. We'll see the General Grant - the largest tree on earth! hese isolated parks testify to nature's size, beauty, and diversity - huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world's largest trees, some over 2,000 years old. Elevations range from 1,370 to 14,494 feet. (418-4,417m)

DAY 14

270 / 432

Cambria CA

Californai Central Valley, Pacific Coast Hwy, Big Sur. Optional Hearst Castle tour.Many of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the US are grown in California’s Central Valley. We’ll cross it as we make our way back to the Pacific Coast and our hotel on the seaside at Cambria, located just a few miles from an interesting historic stop at the Hearst Castle. Formerly the home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, the Castle is now a California State Park.

DAY 14

243 / 389

Los Angeles CA

Pacific Coast, Santa Monica Pier (end of Route 66)

DAY 15

2,739 / 4,382

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