WESTERN ADVENTURE

7 days from

Western Highlights W1H
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to LAS VEGAS
Trek Code:
W1H
Destination:
USA West
Departs:
Apr-Oct
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Explore the Californian Coast
  • > Hike the wilderness trails of Yosemite
  • > Visit the incredible Death Valley National Park
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Tour Overview

We've piled in the highlights for a seriously hot and fun-packed week in Western USA. Begin your trip in Hollywood before travelling up the stunning California coast to Santa Barbara, Big Sur and Monterey. Explore San Francisco, the city which inspired a nation of hippies to 'turn on, tune in, and drop out' and visit the remarkable Yosemite National Park where you'll stare in disbelief at the world's largest trees - the Giant Sequoias. Turn the heat up in Death Valley and watch day become night as the sun sets on the Las Vegas Strip. Phew!

Included Highlights
  • Sightseeing tour of Hollywood in LA
  • Visit Santa Barbara, Big Sur and Monterey
  • Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Driving tour of Las Vegas Strip
  • Incredible hiking trails at Yosemite National Park
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoia trees in Yosemite
  • Sightseeing in San Francisco
  • Scenic coastal walk in Monterey to spot whales and sea lions
  • Visit San Francisco's infamous Alcatraz Prison (2015 only)
  • Explore Death Valley - the hottest place on Earth
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 4 camping & 2 hostel nights.
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road
Wi-Fi Enabled

You can now check your email and update Facebook, Twitter and TrekAmerica Live while on the road with our wi-fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA).

Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

Optional Activities (paid locally)

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

  • > Sea kayaking US$30
  • > Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • > San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13
  • > Monterey Bay Aquarium US$35
  • > Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • > Baseball game in San Francisco US$15-$40
  • > San Francisco Bay sunset sailboat cruise US$40
Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

  • Day 1: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & California Coast

    With the Californian sun on your face you're off to Hollywood where you'll find the famous sign and Walk of Fame. Once you've finished hanging out with the stars make sure you check out the skate park at Venice Beach, the coolest place to be seen in LA. Uncover the sparkling Californian coastline heading north up to Santa Barbara a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rolling valleys and miles of gorgeous beach.
    Camping included

  • Day 2: Big Sur State Park & Monterey

    A drive along The Big Sur is probably one of the most loved road trips in America. This famous coastal road leads straight to Big Sur State Park where you'll find iconic coastal waterfalls, such as McWay Falls, a beautiful 80 foot waterfall which cascades directly on to shoreline below. The Big Sur has wildlife galore with sea lions and elephant seals easily spotted from the road. Next up: Monterey, with its varied shopping areas, awesome bars and excellent walking along its beautiful coastline.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3-4: San Francisco

    No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Haight-Ashbury, the home of the hippy vibes and the Golden Gate Bridge, and luckily for you that's exactly what's on the cards today. Wine and dine at the waterfront which offers lovely seafood dishes and don't forget to pay the resident sea lions of Pier 39 a visit.

    For 2015 departures we've included a trip to the incredible offshore prison of Alcatraz, where you can go on a fab audio tour and learn all about the infamous inmates and the failed escape attempts, a 'must do' whilst in San Francisco.
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 5: Yosemite National Park

    Thundering waterfalls, huge granite cliffs shaped by the elements and towering Sequoia trees are all perfect camera fodder within this vast wilderness. Prepare to be blown away as you spend two days here hiking, biking or floating through this extraordinary landscape so make sure your camera is well charged! Wildlife is in abundance here so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for bears and coyotes who are often spotted peeking out from behind a rock.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6: Yosemite National Park & Bishop

    There are tons of awesome trails suitable for all hiking abilities throughout Yosemite and on any one of the trails you'll have the chance to spot bears, coyotes, marmots and Golden Eagles. The trails open up a new side to Yosemite and unveil the wild and rugged scenery which has drawn travellers from all over the world. In the afternoon drive to Bishop for an overnight stay.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 7: Death Valley National Park & Las Vegas

    Visit the pock-marked landscape of the Devil's Golf Course and head down to Badwater Basin, a low salt flat which is like a huge blank canvas - perfect for some `perspective' photos. There's loads to see and do in Death Valley - the hottest place on earth! As evening approaches, roll into the neon city of Las Vegas and make your last night one to remember. Make sure you stay a few extra days in Vegas to soak up the frenetic atmosphere and sample the casinos, clubs and world-class shows and if you have time you can even get hitched (don't worry, it's not legally binding unless you want it to be!)

    This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • > You only need to pay a 10% deposit or (whichever is greatest)
  • > Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • > We are an ABTA and ATOL operator offering financial security for our inclusive tours.
  • > If you prefer to book by telephone please contact our UK sales office
  • > Prices below are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight inclusive quote

Essential Information

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping


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Private Departures

For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Alexis Park Resort Hotel

LAS VEGAS - ALEXIS PARK RESORT HOTEL
An all-suite hotel features 3 outdoor pools and gym. All rooms have flat screen TV, mini bar and refrigerator.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Kawada Hotel

LOS ANGELES - KAWADA HOTEL (to 30-Sep-14 only)
Located close to public transport links, this hotel offers urban European style rooms with air conditioning, high speed internet and flat screen TVs.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Custom hotel

LOS ANGELES - CUSTOM HOTEL (from 01-OCT-14)
This full service hotel close to LAX offers a sun deck/pool and 5 social lounges. Perfectly located for Santa Monica & Venice Beach.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Book Flights

TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

Book Flights

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

Travel insurance

TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.


Mini Adventures

Our range of 3 - 4 day Mini Adventures are perfect for extending your tour and experiencing a few more of North America's most incredible 'must see' highlights. Check out the following adventures relevant to this tour.

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> Lake Powell / Glenn Canyon
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City Tours

If you're spending extra nights in our gateway cities before or after your trip, then make the most of your time by pre-booking a unique city sightseeing tours or experience before you go.

Los Angeles City Tours
  • LOS ANGELES & LAS VEGAS
  • Choose from unique city tours led by local experts who are dedicated to taking you behind the scenes, flexible hop on hop off bus tours or a range of unique city experiences.

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