Summary of the stay
A 3-week stay in California and the Great West will allow you to visit San Francisco, Las Vegas, the major national parks such as Bryce Canyon or Zion, Los Angeles, the Pacific Coast and the Wine Valley. Note that the distances between each site are long enough and it takes long hour drive each time. America is the country of the road trip…
Map, Itinerary of the stay and pictures
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- San Francisco
- Big Sur
- Yosemite National Park
- Valley Of Fire State Park
- Los Angeles
- Santa Barbara
- San Luis Obispo
- Las Vegas
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- San Simeon
- Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
- Pismo Beach
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Detail of the stay : Discovering the Western American legends. - 26 days
You probably landed late in the day, put your luggage at the hotel and reach Union Square for dinner.
Visit Union Square, the heart of the city, then Chinatown. You have to leave early in the morning, the atmosphere is very picturesque. Then discover the Financial District: architectural curiosities such as the Bank of America, the Wells Fargo Museum, the Russ Building and the Transamerica Pyramid. Then head for Telegraph Hill: the Coit Tower and its exceptional panorama, Lombard Street, the most winding road in the world. Take a detour to Fisherman's Wharf and Marina: fishing and yachting harbour, promenade, old boats, shops and restaurants. Lunch on site. The afternoon will be devoted to Pacific Heights and its Victorian houses. Nob Hill for its magnificent view of the bay, which is best reached by the famous cable car. Afterwards, visit the Opera House and the department stores. Finish by Union Square: shopping and night on the spot.
Visit the very lively Mission and Castro, gay and lesbian neighbourhood. Relax at Golden Gate Park and have lunch on site. Join Highway 1 to take the Golden Gate Bridge towards Sausalito and its marina, traditional wooden houses, houseboats (floating houses), art galleries and trendy boutiques. The end of the day will be devoted to Bolinas, the last true hippie community in San Francisco. If you have some time left, make a stop at the beach to surf. Spend the evening in San Francisco in the South of Market area of Castro and Mission. Night on site.
This day is devoted to Yosemite Valley (entrance by south of the Arch Rock Entrance), start with Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (a very beautiful forest), then Pioneer Yosemite History Center (an open air museum), El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks (two beautiful rocks), Glacier Point (a promontory on the valley), Yosemite Village (a Indian civilization museum), end with Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall (among the tallest waterfalls in the world). Night in campsite or a lodge.
On the road and arrival for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Kolob Canyons, the most wild part. Night in campsite or a lodge.
Bryce Canyon and its pine forest offer some of the most striking panorama of the South-west American. Night on site, in campsite or lodge.
About one hour's drive north of Monument Valley is the remembrance place. Admire the well-preserved remains of the late 13th century, the great era of the Anasazis Indians.
Visit the city and university and then do your last shopping for the next day's hike. At the end of the day,, go to the Grand Canyon to sleep near the site.
Early rising and great hiking on Bright Angel or Kaibab Trails (between 4 and 7 hours depending on the hike).
Start off by going to Pueblo of Los Angeles and Olvera Street, the historic heart of the Angels' City. Continue to the Art Deco station of Union Station. Finish your visit by the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall, whose construction was completed in 2003 by Franck Gehry. Before leaving, go to panoramic bar The Rooftop at the top of Standard Hotel. Road to Santa Barbara late in the afternoon.
In the morning, go to Hearst Castle, an amazing property of a billionaire, opulence and eccentricity are guaranteed... Take the beautiful Highway 1 to Big Sur, a Bohemian green place, and do enjoy the raw nature. There are also beautiful walks and many sports activities to do, if you still have some time, visit Henry Miller Library, a small museum. Once in Carmel, make a stop in San Carlos Borroméo, one of the most beautiful Spanish missions. Enjoy the beautiful beaches and coves. Do a little shopping in the elegant shops. Finally, Monterey, famous for its beautiful landscapes and beautiful strolls (wooden houses, seals, seals, sea elephants, in mid-September: World famous jazz festival) will be your stop for the night.
In Yountville, you can make an original visit of the vineyards: flying in a balloon. By going to Santa Helena, you will discover the museum dedicated to the writer Stevenson. Finally, a spa resort known for its mud and algae baths in Calistoga awaits you.
This last day will allow you to do a little shopping or relax before you start the long journey.
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