WESTERNER 3

21 days from

Westerner 3
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to LOS ANGELES
Trek Code:
W3
Destination:
USA West
Departs:
Apr-Oct
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Visit incredible and diverse national parks
  • > Travel down the beautiful California Coast
  • > Monument Valley & Cowboy camp
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Tour Overview

The absolute best of the American Southwest rolled into 21 days. If this is your first trip to America it offers you the best of the west from soaring mountains, serene deserts and incredible canyons to rich and famous resort towns, casinos, movie sets and more. You travel to San Diego and across to the desert neon city of Las Vegas, the mighty Grand Canyon and the Navajo tribal lands of Monument Valley. From here you visit and incredible array of beautiful and diverse national parks inching closer to the fabled city of San Francisco (or 'The City' as the locals call it). Next travel down the California Coast calling in at Monterey, Big Sur and Santa Barbara and finishing with the 'City of Angeles'.

Included Highlights
  • Authentic cowboy camp with home cooked meals
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge & visit Haight-Ashbury
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • City tours of San Francisco & Hollywood, LA
  • Cross the Hoover Dam
  • Navajo guided 4X4 tour of Monument Valley
  • Visit Venice Beach
  • Travel the original Route 66 and visit Seligman
  • Hit the California Coast visiting Santa Barbara, San Diego and Monterey
  • Visit iconic Horseshoe Bend
  • The bright lights of Vegas
  • Incredible National Parks - Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Arches & Yosemite
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 16 camping & 4 hotel nights included
  • 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.

  • > Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274
  • > Sea kayaking US$30
  • > Mountain biking in Moab US$45-$110
  • > Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • > Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+
  • > Limo ride in Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • > Float trip on Colorado River US$43-$85
  • > San Diego Zoo US$44
  • > Watersports in San Diego US$10-$75
  • > San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13
  • > Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • > Baseball game in San Francisco US$15-$40
  • > Rollerblading in San Diego US$5-15
  • > Bike rental in San Diego US$5-$15
  • > Western horseback riding at cowboy camp US$65
  • > Extreme off-road hummer tour US$79-$91
  • > San Francisco Bay sunset sailboat cruise US$40
  • > Las Vegas Gun Range from US$30
  • > River tubing in Zion US$15
  • > Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$221
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 1-2: Los Angeles & San Diego

    Enjoy the chance to check out Hollywood and Venice Beach before saying goodbye to LA and hello to the city of San Diego. Laze in grassy Balboa Park or feel sand between your toes at Mission Beach and top up your tan. San Diego has the perfect environment for so many beachfront activities; go rollerblading, cycling and explore San Diego Zoo. Later, cruise the Gaslamp Quarter and the heart of San Diego's nightlife and soak up a blazing Californian sunset.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3-4: Las Vegas

    It's Vegas, baby! - the greatest show on earth! Why not treat yourself to a high-rolling super-stretch limo, indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds, and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to out-do each other with spectacular attractions. And if that's not enough, take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip or just gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos. Oh and there's a saying here: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 5-6: Grand Canyon National Park

    En route to the Grand Canyon, we drive along the original Route 66, formally the main road in the USA for cross country road trips and visit the town of Seligman which sits frozen in time. Next we come face to face with the most awe-inspiring national park of them all, the Grand Canyon. Nothing you have ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular site! Hike from the forest above to the desert below, red rock to white powder, or take an optional helicopter flight above it all and marvel at the brilliant colours. One thing's for sure though, this place looks incredible from any angle, especially walking along the rim at sunset or sunrise.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 7: Lake Powell & Cowboy Camp

    After a short stop at Lake Powell it's time to pull up those boots and grab your Stetson. Nothing beats an optional horse ride at the cowboy camp to admire the scenery and enjoy life as a cowboy at the rustic camp, Paria Canyon Guest Ranch. The true American experience and nothing beats home cooking!
    Accommodation: Camping and meals included

  • Day 8: Horseshoe Bend & Monument Valley

    Today we visit Horseshow Bend, a stunning stretch of the Colorado River strangely enough shaped in a horseshoe and also one of the most photographed areas on the Colorado River. Next we head to the Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley. The only things to pre-date the origins of Native American culture are the towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape. Take the opportunity to experience it close-up with an included 4x4 ride and a Navajo Indian Reservation visit before setting up camp. What a place for a campfire sing-along.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-11: Moab/Arches National Park

    We make our way towards Moab, our base for the next three nights. The park's name says it all. Some 2,000 orange sandstone arches strike their poses. Moab is the perfect base for two days of exploration and adventure in Arches National Park. Endless opportunity awaits; take a sunset stroll to Delicate Arch. mountain bike on the many trails, float down the Colorado on a scenic rafting trip or tackle the terrain high above on a guided jeep tour.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12: Bryce Canyon National Park

    What's a hoodoo when it's at home? Actually, Hoodoos are weird and wonderful rock spires arranged in rows. "Mysterious", "breathtaking" and "out of this world" are only a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park. For close up views, we allow plenty of time to take advantage of the park's incredible system of trails. Wherever you walk, you will encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasy land of rock spires that will leave you searching for your own way to describe this 'indescribable' place.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13: Zion National Park

    You will have plenty of time to discover the Southwest's great diversity as we visit three National Parks over the next four days. Over in Utah, the call of the wild is just as strong. Negotiate the stunning terrain of Zion National Park first. Trek through colourful canyons or take a duck's eye view on the tree-lined Virgin River as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like sandstone walls, soaring several thousand feet into the sky.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14: Rachel & Great Basin Desert

    Leave the real world behind for a night out in the heart of the Great Basin Desert. We visit Rachel in Nevada and stop at Little A'Le Inn Bar for close encounters of the Alien kind. Whether 'intrepid' is your middle name or you're a total city slicker, nothing beats hitting the trails for bags of fresh air and freedom in this remote location.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 15-16: Yosemite National Park

    Prepare to be wowed. Thundering waterfalls, granite peaks and towering Sequoia trees are all perfect camera fodder! To be part of the action why not take a float trip on the Merced River or hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls for jaw-dropping views every step of the way.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 17-18: San Francisco

    Making our way to San Francisco today (be sure to not call it Frisco as the locals hate it) we'll tour the city and stride across the Golden Gate Bridge, before letting the cable cars carry us through the fabled steep streets. View the Bay and Alcatraz on an optional sunset sail cruise, visit Fisherman's Wharf, shop in Chinatown and Union Square and sample the famous nightlife too, be it authentic Chinatown eateries, cool bars in North Beach or Haight-Ashbury or dance-floors heaving to hip-hop beats.
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 19: Monterey & Big Sur

    Head up the rugged California coast travelling the Pacific Coast Highway and taking in the sights as the surf spirit takes hold of you! Fasten your seatbelt for blockbusting scenery. Visit Monterey and enjoy a coastal walk with beautiful views and chances to view wales and sea lions which frequent the area between April and October. See giant redwoods tower overhead while McWay Falls plunges from granite cliffs into the Pacific Ocean far below. Keep an eye out for elephant seals basking on the beaches.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 20: California Coast & Santa Barbara

    Enjoy a free day in sunny Santa Barbara to explore the pier, shop or relax on the beach. Known as 'The American Riviera', you'll find no shortage of palm trees to sit beneath - perhaps with a glass of local wine? Want more adventure? This quirky town is surrounded by mountains and offers some great hiking, kayaking and boogie boarding. This is grade-A California right here!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 21: Los Angeles

    With free time in the morning in Santa Barbara, you then head back in Tinseltown and what a perfect way to finish with a tour but with a visit to Venice Beach for a spot of people watching from the comfort of the Californian sand. Then it's off to Hollywood Boulevard to see the stars on the Walk of Fame, the iconic Hollywood sign and Mann's Chinese Theatre. From here we make our way back to the hotel where the credits role on your blockbuster 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 22:00 hrs.

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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.


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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.

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.

 

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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.


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.

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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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