Sage Guide Tours

The Best of Arizona

between Las Vegas and Phoenix
(3 days in either direction)

Note that all pre-planned itineraries
can be slightly modified at no extra cost
or can be fully customized for a small fee.


This fascinating and scenic drive between Las Vegas and San Francisco (in either direction) gives you the chance to experience the desert, the mountains, agricultural areas, and the ocean. We can visit Rhyolite ghost town, the many landscapes of Death Valley National Park, the Alabama Hills below Mt. Whitney, the Manzanares World War II detention camp, Tioga Pass (approx. May-November), Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point (approx. May-November), the Central California Valley, and urban and nature sights both in and around the fascinating city of San Francisco.

And your guide will share other special places and background information along the way, helping you to enjoy each location to the max.

Note: During the summer season, we will spend a night near Mammoth Lakes, California and will cross Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park. During the winter season, we will bypass the mountains on the southern side and will spend a night near Tulare, California.


Day 1 (235 miles -- 4.75 hours driving)
Las Vegas
Mojave Desert
Virgin River Gorge
St. George
Zion Canyon
Coral Pink Sand Dunes (optional, possible sunset)
Overnight in Mt. Carmel Junction or Kanab, Utah

Day 2 (205 miles -- 5.25 hours driving)
Arizona Strip
View of the Grand Staircase
Kaibab Plateau
North Rim of the Grand Canyon (various viewpoints, including sunset)
Overnight in Marble Canyon or Jacob Lake, Arizona

Day 3 (240 miles -- 4.25 hours driving)
Lee's Ferry on the Colorado River
Navajo Bridge
Highway 89 dugway
Horseshoe Bend
View over Glen Canyon
Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell
Boat tour on Lake Powell (extra cost)
Antelope Slot Canyon (extra cost)
Raft tour in Glen Canyon (extra cost)
Navajo Nation
Monument Valley sunset
Overnight near Monument Valley, in Kayenta, Arizona, or in Mexican Hat, Utah

Day 4 (optional touring possibilities in the Bay Area)

  • San Francisco
  • the Marin Headlands
  • Monterey
  • the Big Sur coast

General route:

Possible extensions:

  • Monterey and/or Big Sur
  • Moonstone Beach and Morro Rock
  • California coast to Santa Barbara or to Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles and San Diego (and into Mexico)
  • Oregon and Washington (and into Canada)
  • If Las Vegas is the destination, many extensions are possible in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and beyond.

Note: A detailed daily plan as well as lodging options will be provided after we discuss your desires and preferences.

Note: Your tour will never cost more than this, unless you add things that add to the cost. But you could pay less. When you express interest in a particular tour, the costs will be re-calculated with current prices based on the number of tour participants, the type of vehicle needed, etc. If the actual needed costs add up to less than this estimated amount, you will pay the lower amount.

$X,XXX Tour cost for 3 days for up to 5 guests in a sedan or minivan (2-3 guests would be less)
$XXX for a 4th day of touring in the San Francisco Bay Area
This includes tour planning and arrangements, driver/guide services, transportation and fuel and insurance, snacks and drinks, park entrance fees, and administrative costs.

Note: As an alternative, we could plan a more relaxed tour with more days, and we can take up to 7 guests with luggage in a larger van. Or you could provide drivers, and we would arrange for multiple minivans.

Note: It is possible to do this tour in as little as 2 days, although that means more driving each day and less time to enjoy the sights.

$XX Parking

Additional costs
3-4 nights lodging (including for the guide, estimated $90-$220 per room per night)
Arranged by the guide based on your preferences.
Meals (including for the guide)
Desired paid activities (such as museum visits, local tourist attractions, etc.)
Personal needs and desires

Listed price is for departure from Las Vegas or from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Departures possible anywhere in the West for a higher cost.
All tours are private for your group only.

Your first step is to contact Steve at to discuss your possible dates and any desires for modification or customization. The sooner we can begin planning, the better your experience can be.

All Sage Guide Tours benefit
the children of Rising Star Outreach
and their families from the leper colonies of India.

More information here about this wonderful organization!


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