Las Vegas, ‘the entertainment capital of the world’ is often overshadowed by its other name, ‘the gambling capital of the world’ and first timers expect a trip to Las Vegas to be one giant casino. Although there is fun to be had at the fruit machines ...
See General Grant Tree in King's Canyon National Park, General Sherman in Sequoia National Park, El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite Valley, Devils Postpile National Historic Monument and Badwater Basin in Death Valley
Visit Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Giant Forest Museum in Kings Canyon National Park, Mammoth Lakes, the summit of Mammoth Mountain on a scenic gondola ride and Death Valley National Park
“A packed two weeks seeing the highlights of and hiking in the National Parks of Yosemite, Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon and the Navajo Nation lands of Monument Valley, finally ending up at the Grand Canyon. The variation and beauty of all the sites made the few long journey days well worth while.”
“The content of this trip was excellent and we had a very good holiday. There were a few minor deficiencies however, mostly concerning information/communication..... We travelled with others who had booked through Grand American Adventures and they appear to have been better served: they arrived earlier in Las Vegas and had time to explore the city whereas we had time only for a quick dash in, despite the trip notes listing day 1 as a city day. We arrived at the hotel at 6.00pm, just in time for the briefing. We were advised that our guide would expect tips of $5-7 per person per day but we were surprised to hear that there were two guides and they expected $10 per day each. As a couple, therefore, we paid $400 which was way above budget. There were other minor 'annoyances' ... we were told that no meals were included but our GAA were told some breakfasts were included. We were left unsure but caught on eventually and gained a couple of meals! The Alexis Park was disappointing: they took 1 hour to collect us on arrival, the room was shoddy (and the door lock fell off) and it is a good 15 mins brisk walk to town. We thought we might also have been dropped at the airport for our return flight, as we passed the door, rather than return to the Alexis Park and immediately return to the airport. Sedona, the last minute addition to the itinerary, was very nice and we felt we could have made more of the walking opportunities there. A short town tour and lie by the pool was all that was needed!”
“10 days of the most amazing scenery & fun activities. Each of the National Parks we visited was stunning, and all very different. Good variety of walking trails, lots of photo opportunities, very comfortable hotels, and excellent guides. Quite a full-on itinerary, some long drives, but a perfect way to see a lot of beautiful things in just 10 days.”
“I am 61 and have done a fair bit of travelling and hiking. I had seen friend's DVDs of a similar holiday around the Canyons and this inspired me to book with Exodus (we had used various other tour operators previously but were 'Exodus Virgins'.) This holiday far exceeded my expectations in terms of scenery (so different to anything I had previously seen), varied walking (loved Angels Landing), quality of leaders (they were very knowledgeable, informative, great communicators, patient, motivational, inspiring, fun to be around and well organised), accommodation (great accommodation with all facilities a girl could need), transport (new and very comfortable; should be the norm!) and finally a well put together itinerary which enabled us to get the most out of the holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday - to such an extent that I would say it was my best holiday for years and years - ignore any negative comments!!”
“Our two tour leaders introduced themselves, and said that their aim was to give us the best holiday we had ever had. They succeeded ! Each day we found ourselves in the most awesome ( and I don't usually use that overused word!) grand scale landscape of desert and rocks, canyons and cacti. Walking in this scenery was the best way to appreciate it.”
“I had a really fantastic adventure thanks to all of the people sharing the holiday with me, and to our tour guides Colin Galgon and Charlie Taussig. Colin and Charlie went out of their way to make this a very memorable trip!”
“A remarkable experience giving tasters of 5 quite unique National Parks. The group is small enough to give freedom to explore each area according to ability and fitness levels by oneself or in small subgroups. A lot of travelling but the views are worth it. Accommodation excellent although the facilities were not always used due to a packed timetable. People need to be aware of early morning starts to make the most of the day if walking as we experienced unusually high temperatures at the end of the season with no rain. There was sufficient freedom to choose whether to eat in the evenings with other members or in subgroups. The included activities added to the experience and were well worth it. Optional activities were available and wide ranging.”
Las Vegas, ‘the entertainment capital of the world’ is often overshadowed by its other name, ‘the gambling capital of the world’ and first timers expect a trip to Las Vegas to be one giant casino. Although there is fun to be had at the fruit machines and blackjack tables of Caesar’s Palace or the three-storied bar at the Cosmopolitan casino, there’s also a myriad of other exciting activities to visit in Las Vegas. An adult’s playground in the middle of the Nevada desert, a trip to Las Vegas takes on an air of fantasy with glitz and glamour at every turn.
Cruise down the mythical Las Vegas strip and snap a photo of the iconic ‘Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada’ sign.
Plan a night of bar-hopping in Downtown’s quirky watering holes including a 50’s style beauty salon.
Experience the breath-taking Cirque du Soleil show.
Catch a celebrity during their Las Vegas residency: everyone from Celine Dion to Jennifer Lopez have had residencies here.
City Center is the place to shop, and then drop at one of the gorgeous hotels attached to this mega mall.
Get your adrenaline pumping by rocketing up Las Vegas’ tallest building: Stratosphere. You’ll be rewarded by a revolving restaurant and cocktail bar at the top.
After a long night, detox in one of Las Vegas’ world-class spas.
Tiny piano bars downtown are some of the best places to stumble upon an intimate, spontaneous gig.
Skip a taxi from the airport and arrange an airport shuttle instead to save some cash for the casinos.
Many choose to holiday in Las Vegas for the weekend, but mid-week is less crowded and often cheaper.
For cheaper accommodation, avoiding staying on The Strip.
Walking in the desert heat can take it out of you. Use the monorail and the trams to save yourself a bout of heatstroke.
Casinos offer free cocktails if you’re using the slot machines etc.