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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
  • Mon, Aug 12 - Sun, Aug 25
  • Mon, Sep 9 - Sun, Sep 22

Departure Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 7:40 AM

Arrival Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 7:00 PM

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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.

Hike Angel's Landing Trail for breathtaking views of Zion Canyon's sheer sandstone cliffs, or 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. Moving 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 Wild West 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. From Mather Point, you'll have two full days to explore the Grand Canyon. Hike a vertical mile to the bottom of the canyon and camp beside the Colorado River*, or walk along the South Rim to Hermit's Rest for a taste of wilderness solitude.

Check out a classic slice of small-town Americana on legendary Route 66, and wrap up your adventure in style with a night out in Vegas. Take a limousine tour of the Strip, see the legendary comedy improv of Second City, or ride the roller coaster at New York, New York. Enjoy a few more hours with your new friends before we drop you off in Los Angeles*, or keep the fun going and ride with us to beautiful San Francisco.

* Subject to availability, additional fees may apply.

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Flexible Itinerary means that we may alter an itinerary depending on weather, local events, etc. Although we make every attempt to run our trips as advertised, please be aware that the itinerary may change to give you the best trip possible.

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