14 days from
- Trek Code:
- USA West
- Camping & Lodging
- Age Range:
- > Visit the hottest place on earth - Death Valley
- > Hiking trails in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon
- > Sightseeing in San Francisco & San Diego
This two week trip will knock your socks off as you experience some of the highlights of Western USA. Be blinded by the bright lights of Las Vegas, feel the heat as you step foot into the hottest place on Earth, Death Valley National Park, gaze up at the magnificent Giant Sequoias in Yosemite and then head to San Francisco for a stroll along the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Finish by topping up your tan on some of those gorgeous Californian beaches along the Pacific Coast... Now that's what we call an adventure!
To celebrate the launch of our shiny new 2016/17 brochure we're offering 10% off all tours departing in 2016. Simply book before 31st October to snap up a bargain (subject to availability). See "Dates and Prices" tab for all discounts (discount applies to new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other promotional offer except "Frequent Trekkers Club" discounts).
- Locally guided tour of San Francisco's historic China Town & North Beach areas
- Tour of Hollywood including the famous sign
- Beach time in San Diego & Santa Barbara
- Salvation Mountain & nearby sand dunes
- Watch the sunrise/sunset at the Grand Canyon
- Drive along iconic Route 66 & stop at Seligman
- View famous Hoover Dam super-structure
- Bright lights & crazy nights in Las Vegas
- Explore one of the hottest places on earth - Death Valley
- Walk amongst Giant Sequoias trees in Yosemite
- Wonder of the Modern World - Golden Gate Bridge
- Take in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury District
- Admission to incredible national parks - Yosemite, Death Valley & Grand Canyon
- Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
- Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
- All accommodation - 9 camping, 2 hotel & 2 hostel nights included
- All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
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).
Our Westerner 2 Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.
New Trek Tips for 2016 will be available soon. (Adobe Acrobat is required to read this pdf)
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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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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!
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 which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change.
- > Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
- > IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
- > Clubs & casino shows - Las Vegas US$10+
- > Limo ride - Las Vegas US$25-$30
- > Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
- > San Diego Zoo US$48
- > Water sports - San Diego US$10-$75
- > Cable car ride - San Francisco US$5-$13
- > Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
- > Baseball game - San Francisco from US$20
- > Rollerblading - San Diego US$5-15
- > Bike rental - San Diego US$5-$15
- > Sunset sailboat cruise - San Francisco Bay US$45
- > Gun range - Las Vegas US$20-$100
- > VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) - Las Vegas US$100
- > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
- > Alcatraz Prison - San Francisco (must be booked in advance with Alcatraz Cruises) US$30-$37
As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.
Day 1-2: Los Angeles & San Diego
Start your two week adventure in the USA's West with a chance to check out star-studded Hollywood Boulevard for a holiday snap of the famous sign and a stroll along the Walk of Fame. Say goodbye to LA and hello to the action-packed city of San Diego. Laze in grassy Balboa Park and explore the famous San Diego Zoo home to over 3,000 incredible animals. San Diego is home to some awesome beaches so no trip would be complete without feeling the sand between your toes at Mission Beach and topping up your Californian tan. San Diego has the perfect environment for so many beachfront activities; go rollerblading, cycling or take to the water for a spot of surfing. Later, cruise the Gaslamp Quarter and experience the heart of San Diego's nightlife.
Accommodation: Camping included
Day 3: Lake Havasu & Colorado River
Feel the heat beneath the blue skies of the Mojave Desert as you drive through A-Grade Arizona. Get your cameras at the ready as you reach Salvation Mountain, which you may recognise from the movie 'Into the Wild'; a surprising colourful desert oasis which begs to be photographed. Follow the yellow brick road to the top of the majestic sand dunes for some awesome views. Did you know that the original London Bridge was relocated to Lake Havasu in the 1831? Don't believe us? Well you'll just have to see it to believe it and that's exactly what you'll do this afternoon. After all the desert heat, you'll be eager to cool off with a dunk in the refreshing Lake Havasu.
Accommodation: Camping included
Day 4-5: Grand Canyon
Nothing you have ever seen will prepare you for what you're about to see next, the mighty Grand Canyon! Hike from the forest above to the desert below, red rock to white powder or take an optional helicopter flight for a birds-eye view and marvel at the brilliant colours. The canyon depths are nothing short of mind-blowing! As for the sunrise you will never have seen such an incredible sight!
Accommodation: Camping included
Day 6-7: Las Vegas
Today you travel along a section of the original Route 66, which at one time, was the only way to travel on the great American road trip. You'll stop off in Seligman, where you'll have the chance to buy some classic Americana memorabilia for your friends and family back home. Just before you reach the neon city you'll have the chance to take a selfie with the Hoover Dam and then it's time to get your swimsuit on and soak up the desert sun before heading out on a limousine tour of the Strip. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, take in a show or simply enjoy the attractions many of the hotel casinos have to offer. For the best view of Sin City take to the sky on an optional helicopter flight down the Strip.
Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price
Day 8: Death Valley
Today you're in Death Valley National Park, the hottest, driest and lowest place on earth and we're definitely not exaggerating when we say it's hot. The mercury tips at over 130 degrees in the summer, but it's this heat that has created the spectacle that everyone comes to see. This is a barren and geographically awesome landscape, with never-ending salt flats and a little place the locals like to call the 'Devils Golf Course'. This is a great place to grab some props and have some fun creating some great shots. You'll spend the night in nearby Bishop, where thankfully it's not quite as hot!
Accommodation: Camping included
Day 9-10: Yosemite National Park
You won't know where to focus your gaze as you drive along winding roads that look out across the beautiful Sierra Nevada. The scenery you pass by will have you itching to get your hiking boots on and go explore. Yosemite National Park is nature's greatest backyard and with both easy and strenuous hikes you're bound to find a trail that suits your ability, and whichever trail you choose you'll be amazed at the magnificent waterfalls and epic cliff faces. Famous for its Giant Sequoias and abundance of incredible wildlife such as bears and coyotes, you should keep your camera to hand at all times. If that isn't enough you can even float down the Merced River on a rubber ring for a different perspective of this truly awesome place.
Accommodation: Camping included
Day 11-12: San Francisco
Fall for San Francisco's charm with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, home to the original hippie movement and some great boutique shops and cafes. No visit to the `City by the Bay' would be complete without a stroll or a cycle over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Grab a bowl of the famous clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf before heading over to Pier 39 to see the hundreds of sea-lions chilling out. Included is a guided tour of Chinatown and North Beach so you can see where the beatniks hung out. Walk through the gates of the largest Chinese community outside of China in exotic Chinatown. You'll never be bored in this chilled out West Coast city.
Accommodation: Hostels included
If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz we recommend you book your tickets well in advance direct with Alcatraz Cruises. For this tour you should book your ticket for day 12 (1pm onwards). See Tour Extras tab for more information.
Day 13: Pacific Coast
It's time to hit the road along the rugged Pacific coastline and explore the beautiful wilderness of the Big Sur, not forgetting the must-see McWay Falls, an 80 foot waterfall that cascades on to the secluded beach below. As you stroll along coastal paths keep your eyes peeled for whales and sea-lions that can be seen here at certain times throughout the year. Settle in to camp and watch the blazing Californian sunset. This is beach life at its very best and it doesn't get much better than this!
Accommodation: Camping included
Day 14: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles
Before you head back to LA make sure you make the most of the beautiful beaches with a stop at Santa Barbara. With miles of sandy white beaches, streets full of unique shops and art galleries, you really won't want to leave. If you still haven't had your beach fix then be sure to stop off at Venice Beach to watch the cool kids on their boards before calling time on your American adventure.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel 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.
If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.
- Celebrate July 4th in San Francisco
Celebrate Independence day in the 'City by the Bay', perhaps heading down to the Golden Gate bridge, or Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 for fireworks and live music.
Book tour departing 23rd June 2016
- Celebrate July 4th in Las Vegas
Celebrate American Independence Day on The Strip as it comes alive with fireworks and party all night long.
Book tour departing 29th June 2016
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- We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.
- You must have adequate travel insurance to join this trip. See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.
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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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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.
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.
LOS ANGELES - CUSTOM HOTEL
This full service hotel is luxury at LAX complete with a stadium-style sun deck and pool and minutes from Santa Monica and Venice.
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.
TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.
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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Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate 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.
Located in San Francisco bay, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.
Departing from Fisherman's Wharf, you can connect with Alcatraz via a return ferry where you explore within the concrete walls and cells with an audio headset to learn the history and conditions within the prison.
Alcatraz tours can sell out far in advance so you will need to book your own ticket ahead of time directly with Alcatraz Cruises. See itinerary tab for the recommended date and time for your tour.
- > Book tickets directly with Alcatraz Cruises
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.
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- 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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