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USA Road Trip — Joshua Tree & the Southwest Parks

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Tour Itinerary

Visit the strange rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park, Enjoy a drive down Route 66, Have a pizza dinner along the rim of the Grand Canyon during sunset, Hike in the Grand Canyon, Visit Horseshoe Bend and Camp along Lake Powell, Hike through the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Go Glamping in Zion, Enjoy stargazing around the campfire.

  1. Day 1
    Los Angeles/Joshua Tree National Park
    Depart Los Angeles for the desert today as you journey eastward to explore Joshua Tree National Park. Climb through the park's famous rock formations and make sure to get some photos of the park's namesake tree as the sun lights up this desolate landscape. In the evening relax at our accommodation by taking a dip in the pool and then opt to grab some dinner with your fellow travellers.
    Activity: Meet fellow travellers and learn more details about the upcoming itinerary from the CEO.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Joshua Tree National Park is home to two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. Located in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles and north of Palm Springs it is named for the distinctive trees native to the Mojave Desert. Dark night skies and surreal geological features make this park especially alluring. Explore and see for yourself what this beautiful landscape has to offer.
    Activity: Hike the trails in Joshua Tree NP, get up close to the iconic trees, climb a rock outcrop and watch for desert wildlife.

    Meals:   Lunch
  2. Day 2
    Joshua Tree National Park/Grand Canyon National Park
    Drive down the famed Route 66 today as we cruise further east to the Grand Canyon. Get ready to see breathtaking views with arguably the best sunset you have ever seen overlooking the Grand Canyon. Kick off those shoes, sit back, relax, and enjoy one of nature's finest performances.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Head to the rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset. Point your camera in any direction and capture memorable shots as the shifting light plays off the layers of red, yellow, and brown rock. This is truly one of the great wonders. Enjoy the moment.

    Meals:   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Grand Canyon
    Get up close and personal with the Grand Canyon as you spend the day hiking from the South Rim. There are a variety of hikes to choose from that will take you deeper into the canyon where you can really appreciate the size and depth of this national park. Choose whichever trail you wish or do short bursts of multiple hikes, just make sure you bring plenty of water and take your time. After a full day of hiking you will be more than ready to eat and tonight is arguably the best dinner you'll ever have; a cheesy slice of pizza or two overlooking the Grand Canyon during sunset. Relax with your group and simply enjoy being in the great outdoors, we're pretty sure it can't get any better than that.
    Activity: Opt to hike along the rim or down into the canyon. Experience breathtaking scenery with spectacular views. Bring lots of water, a hat and plenty of energy. Remember -- hiking down is optional, hiking back up is mandatory!
    Activity: Find a spot to sit and dig in to the most scenic dinner you've ver had! Enjoy some pizza as the sun sets over the Grand Canyon offering breathtaking views while the canyon walls glow red and orange in the fading light. This is truly one of the great wonders. Enjoy the moment.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Grand Canyon/Page
    Journey onwards from the Grand Canyon to Page, Arizona where you'll visit Lake Powell. Set up camp near the lake and enjoy free time to explore the area. Choose from the available water toy rentals and get out on the water where you can float lazily on the lake in the afternoon sun. Talk about relaxing! In the evening lace up those hiking boots for a visit to Horseshoe Bend, a geological masterpiece that has been sculpted by the Colorado River. Walk to the overlook where you can hike along the rim and stare down into the flowing river far below. Snap some photos with your friends and just enjoy the moment before the sun sets and the group heads back to Lake Powell.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Take a short hike to this spectacular horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River. Stand atop steep orange-coloured sandstone cliffs and look out at Horseshoe Bend. Peer down more than 300m (1,000 ft) at the emerald river below.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Page/Bryce Canyon
    Rise and shine to pack up camp, wave good-bye to Lake Powell, and drive to Bryce Canyon National Park stopping to enjoy the lesser-known Coral Pink Sand Dunes along the way. Once in the park, take advantage of free time to hike through the wild and weird rock formations known as hoodoos. Opt to visit Inspiration Point, hit the rim trail, horseback ride, or hike the Queen's Garden and Navajo loop trails to see sites like Thor's Hammer and Wall Street. At night stargaze in a park known for its night skies.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Enjoy a visit to an off-the-radar expanse of photographic bliss; Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Hike through the park leaving footprints in the sand and enjoy a scenic overlook of Utah's surrounding landscape of pink hues and vibrant blue skies on the Colorado Plateau. It's a unique geological feature that you shouldn't miss and the best part? The crowds don't know about it yet!
    Activity: See a sight like no other at this giant forest of stone made up of collection of massive natural amphitheaters. This park contains hundreds of thousands of eroded spires, pinnacles, and other shapes as far as the eye can see.
    Free Time: Spend your free time wandering this wonderful national park. Check out the Queen Garden and Navajo loop trails, walk along the rim trail, visit Sunrise point and Inspiration point and take plenty of pictures of the famed hoodoos.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Bryce Canyon/Zion National Park
    Enjoy one last early morning hike before leaving Bryce and travelling with the group to Zion and our Glamping tents! Located in a private canyon away from civilization, but close to Zion National Park this location is made for outdoor enthusiasts who also like to be pampered a little. You'll have free time in the afternoon and evening to become acquainted with your surroundings. Maybe hike the Water Canyon trail or put on a cornhole tournament as a group. The only rule is to have a good time!
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Get ready for an experience like no other with Zion Glamping Adventure. Camp in a private canyon away from civilization, but close to some of the most beautiful areas of the American Southwest. Stay in permanent canvas tents that provide both privacy and comfort, enjoy shared outdoor showers, outhouses, and areas with a fire-pit, grill, and picnic table. Indulge in available activities like, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs around the campfire, play games like horseshoe and cornhole, and practice your roping skills. Enjoy the great outdoors, relax in comfort, and experience the wonder of this alluring place.
    Free Time: Enjoy yourself in a private canyon where we'll be Glamping during our time in Zion National Park. Go on a hike, play some games, or simply relax in one of the comfortable and luxurious tents. If you are in need of more adventure opt to go off-roading or horseback riding.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Zion National Park
    Spend the day exploring Zion National Park. In the evening enjoy leisure time back at our Glamping tents and choose from a variety of activities offered like off-roading, hiking, or horseback riding through the canyon. Once it gets dark get ready to sit around the campfire and roast some marshmallows as a group.
    Activity: 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.
    Activity: Get ready for an experience like no other with Zion Glamping Adventure. Camp in a private canyon away from civilization, but close to some of the most beautiful areas of the American Southwest. Stay in permanent canvas tents that provide both privacy and comfort, enjoy shared outdoor showers, outhouses, and areas with a fire-pit, grill, and picnic table. Indulge in available activities like, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs around the campfire, play games like horseshoe and cornhole, and practice your roping skills. Enjoy the great outdoors, relax in comfort, and experience the wonder of this alluring place.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Zion National Park/Las Vegas
    This morning opt to get in one last activity at our Glamping site if you ran out of time yesterday or simply relax in the wild surroundings. Then the group will drive from Zion to Las Vegas where the tour ends on arrival.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals:
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transportation:
Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

Inclusions
Visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Drive along Route 66. Grand Canyon sunset pizza dinner. Hike in Grand Canyon National Park. Visit to Horseshoe Bend. Camping near Lake Powell. Bryce Canyon National Park visit. Zion Glamping. Zion National Park visit. 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.

Health and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Accommodations

Hotel (1 nt), participation camping (6 nts).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Repeat with Operator
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Value for Money
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The G Adventures tour was fantastic.

Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

Great trip at a reasonable price.

Awesome trip in a great country. Our CEO was professional and fun!!!

G adventures offers hands down some of the best tour packages out there!

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