Sage Guide Tours

Death Valley and Yosemite

between Las Vegas and San Francisco
(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 go around the mountains on the southern side and will spend a night near Tulare, California.


Day 1 (390 miles -- 7.5 hours driving)
Las Vegas
Rhyolite ghost town (optional)
Dante's View over Death Valley (optional)
Zabrikskie Point
Furnace Creek
Badwater Basin (lowest point in the continental USA)
Artist's Palette
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Alabama Hills
Manzanares World War II detention camp (optional)
Overnight in Mammoth Lakes, California

Day 2 (295 miles -- 4.5 hours driving)
Devil's Postpile (optional)
Mono Lake tufa formations (optional)
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point
Tuolomne Grove (optional)
Yosemite Valley
Vernal Falls (optional)
Yosemite Falls
El Capitán
Glacier Point
Overnight in El Portal or Groveland, California

Day 3 (220 miles -- 4.5 hours driving)
Sierra Nevada foothills
Central California Valley agricultural area
View over the San Francisco Bay from the Oakland Temple
Bay Bridge
Orientation tour of San Francisco:
Downtown skyscrapers
Russian Hill
Embarcadero and Pier 39
Lombard Street
Marina District
Golden Gate Bridge (crossing optional)
Marin Headlands (optional)
Golden Gate Park
Painted Ladies Victorian houses and Haight-Ashbury neighborhood
Twin Peaks
Market Street
Mission District
Overnight in San Francisco or San Bruno, California

Day 4 (optional touring possibilities in the Bay Area)

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

General route:

Death Valley close-up

Yosemite close-up

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.

$1,925 Tour cost for 3 days for up to 5 guests in a sedan or minivan (2-3 guests would be less)
$390 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.

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.)
Parking where needed in San Francisco
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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