A long adventure on the road, a mix between cities and natural beauties. San Francisco and the iconic Golden Gate bridge, Los angeles and its fancy neighborhoods, Vegas for a quick bet in the Casinos, but above all the magnificent West National Parks surrounded by mountains, giant trees, deep canyons, colorful rock formations, fumaroles and geyser and sweeping expanses of land home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna.

1° day:  ROME – LOS ANGELES

2° day: LOS ANGELES (city tour – Santa Monica – Venice beach)

3° day: LOS ANGELES – SEQUOIA NP – RIDGECREST

4° day: RIDGECREST – DEATH VALLEY – LAS VEGAS

5° day: LAS VEGAS – ZION NP – PANGUITCH

6° day: PANGUITCH – BRYCE CANYON NP – KANAB

7°day: KANAB – ANTELOPE CANYON – LAKE POWEL – HORSESHOE BEND – FLAGSTAFF

8° day: FLAGSTAFF – GRAND CANYON NP – FLAGSTAFF

9° day: FLAGSTAFF – PETRIFIED FOREST – CANYON DE CHELLY – CHINLE

10° day: CHINLE – MONUMENT VALLEY – MESA VERDE – MOAB

11° day: MOAB – DEAD HORSE SP / CANYONLANDS NP – ARCHES NP – PRICE

12° day: PRICE – SALT LAKE CITY – JAKSON HOLE

13° day: JACKSON HOLE – YELLOWSTONE NP – WEST YELLOWSTONE

14° day:  WEST YELLOWSTONE – YELLOWSTONE NP – WEST YELLOWSTONE                                                                                      

15° day:  WEST YELLOWSTONE – YELLOWSTONE NP – TWIN FALLS

16° day: TWIN FALLS – BRIDGEPORT                                                                        

17° day:  BRIDGEPORT – BODIE – MONOLAKE – YOSEMITE NP           

18° day: YOSEMITE NP – SAN FRANCISCO                                                  

19° day: SAN FRANCISCO

20° day: SAN FRANCISCO

21° day: SAN FRANCISCO – BIG SUR – SAN FRANCISCO

22° day: SAN FRANCISCO

Need to know

When to go

This trip touch several US States, so the best months are june, july, september and october. We visited the Parks in august and to be honest the heat was really strong and the crowd impressive. During the winter season most of these Park are covered by snow and the roads and hiking trails could be closed. Remember to check the NPS website to get all the information you need.

Visited on August 2018

Tour lenght

Almost 6000 km / 3400 miles.

Mean of transport

Rental car. At L.A. International Airport you’ll find several rental companies. We rented our vehicle with Budget company through the website Rentalcar.com.

Accommodations

Motel, guest houses and medium level Hotels; the best option to save money is to do a tour in 4 people and share the room. Usually all the accommodation offer good deals if you book a room for 4 people (2 queen size bed). The price varies depending on the season and the town where you sleep. We booked our accommodations using hotels.com and booking.com; Alternatively you can also use Agoda.com or Hostelsworld.com.

Food

Local restaurants or fast food for dinner and grocery shop at hypermarket for lunch. Average expense for dinner 20$ ( 6$ in the fast food); We often used Tripadvisor to look for a restaurant.

Currency exchange

The best option to save money is to buy US dollars in advance through your bank. Anyway you won’t have problem since you can basically withdraw US dollars from ATM or pay with credit card everywhere.

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