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Best of the West

Green Tortoise USA bus tours - Monument Valley Sunset

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Best of the West 2019 Departures:

Round Trip from San Francisco:

  • Mon, Jun 10 - Sun, Jun 23
  • Mon, Jul 1 - Sun, Jul 14
  • Mon, Jul 22 - Sun, Aug 4 Sold Out!
  • Mon, Sep 9 - Sun, Sep 22

Departure Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 7:40 AM

Arrival Times

  • Las Vegas, NV - 7:00 PM (2 days before final trip day)
  • Los Angeles, CA - 6:30 AM (1 day before final trip day)
  • San Francisco, CA - 8:00 AM

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Best of the West - 14 days

Explore the rugged California shoreline on our adventure bus tour along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Hike the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, and many more National Parks on this awesome affordable camping tour.

After hostel pickups in San Francisco, the Green Tortoise crawls south along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway. Hit the beach in Santa Cruz while surfers challenge the waves in Steamer Lane, or check out the Surfing Museum housed in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse. In Monterey, stroll along John Steinbeck's beloved Cannery Row, spend time at Fisherman's Wharf, or pay a visit to the world-famous aquarium. Spend the night camping under the Coastal Redwoods of Big Sur.

At San Simeon State Park, take an optional tour of Hearst Castle, hike through the surrounding wetlands, or just relax on the beach. Spot cliffside mansions in Malibu before checking out some Los Angeles highlights. Recuperate from a night on the town with a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Hike the Wonderland of Rocks Trail or go bouldering, keeping an eye out for the whimsical trees for which the park was named.

In Zion National Park, trek along the Angel's Landing Trail for breathtaking views of Zion Canyon's sheer sandstone cliffs. Then, take an optional inner tube ride down the Virgin River. At Bryce Canyon, take the Rim Trail or the Fairyland Trail to view the bizarre wind-sculpted hoodoos of Bryce Amphitheater. In the evening, hop into a clawfoot tub to soak and relax under the stars at our favorite hot springs.

Traveling on to Arches National Park, hike the Devil's Garden trail past eight of the park's best known features, including Landscape Arch. For the ultimate Western experience, take a horseback ride or a jeep tour through the rugged desert-and-mesa landscape of Monument Valley.

Escape the desert heat with a cool plunge into Lake Powell or take the opportunity to enjoy a guided trip through the otherworldly, wavy walls of Antelope Canyon.

Our stay at the Grand Canyon can be spent hiking a vertical mile to the bottom of the canyon to camp near the Colorado River. Some may walk along the South Rim to Hermit's Rest for a taste of wilderness solitude. The awe-inspiring depth and breadth of the canyon can take your breath away.

Check out a classic slice of small-town America on legendary Route 66. Finish your adventure in style with a night out on the Las Vegas Strip.

On the final day of the trip, take a ferry ride to Channel Islands National Park to see the endemic plants and animals thriving on the archipelago. This is your chance to see one of America's best kept national park secrets. Later on, you'll enjoy a classic California beach town experience in Santa Barbara before boarding the bus with all of your new friends to head back to San Francisco.

*Optional drop-off in Las Vegas or Los Angeles at the end of this trip. Please contact us for details.

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