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 with an included limousine ride, feel the heat as you step into sizzling Death Valley, gaze up at the magnificent Giant Sequoias in Yosemite, and then head to San Francisco for the chance to stroll along the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Finish with a drive down the California Coast for a view of McWay Falls and a few beach hours in Santa Barbara. Now that's what we call an awesome all-American adventure!
- Live it up with a limousine party ride in Las Vegas
- Locally guided San Francisco tour including Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown & Lombard Street
- Tour of Hollywood including the famous sign
- Beach time in San Diego & Santa Barbara
- Salvation Mountain & Mojave Desert sand dunes
- Watch the sunrise or sunset at the Grand Canyon
- Drive along iconic Route 66 & stop in Seligman
- Explore one of the hottest places on earth - Death Valley
- Walk amongst Giant Sequoia trees in Yosemite
- Walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge
- Admission to incredible national parks - Grand Canyon, Death Valley & Yosemite
Accommodation & Transportation
Food & Meals
- We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping
- Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
- Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
- All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)
- Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
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!
As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.
Start your two week west coast USA tour with a chance to check out star-studded Hollywood Boulevard for a snap of the famous sign and a stroll along the Walk of Fame. Say goodbye to LA and hello to the city of San Diego. Laze in grassy Balboa Park or explore the famous San Diego Zoo with over 3,000 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. If you’re feeling a tad more active, San Diego has the perfect environment for beachfront activities; go rollerblading, cycling or take to the water for a spot of surfing. At night, the Gaslamp Quarter is the place to experience the city's live music and bar scene.
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, then make a pit shop for the perfect Instagram shot of magnificent desert dunes. After all this heat, you’ll need to cool off with a refreshing dip. Want to see something out of the ordinary? How about the original London Bridge, relocated to Lake Havasu in 1831? Don't believe us? Well you'll just have to see it to believe it.
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 to get an insider view on the canyon, 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!
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 at the quirky little roadside town of Seligman, full to the brim with vintage Americana and plenty of souvenirs. Next up is the city of Las Vegas where neon lights your path on an included limousine tour of The Strip. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, take in a show, enjoy the attractions that many of the glitzy hotel resorts have to offer or simply sit back and people watch! For the best view of 'Sin City', take to the sky on an optional helicopter flight down The Strip.
Today you're in Death Valley National Park and we're not exaggerating when we say it's hot! This is one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth. 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 (but geographically awesome!) landscape, with never-ending salt flats and a little place the locals like to call the 'Devil's Golf Course'. This is a great place to grab some props and have some fun creating quirky perspective shots. You'll spend the night in nearby Bishop, where thankfully it's not quite as hot!
You won't know where to focus your gaze as you drive along winding roads that look out across the beautiful Sierra Nevada range. The scenery you pass by will have you itching to get your hiking boots on and go explore, or rent a bike and pedal along the trails. Yosemite National Park is nature's greatest backyard and with both easy and strenuous hikes on offer, you're bound to find a trail that suits your ability. Whichever trail you choose you'll be amazed at the magnificent waterfalls and epic cliff faces. Keep your camera to hand at all times as this park is famous for its epic Giant Sequoia trees and abundance of incredible wildlife including bear and coyotes. 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.
Fall for San Francisco's charm with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, home to the original hippy movement and some great boutique shops and cafes. No visit to the ‘City by the Bay’ would be complete without a stroll over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge - it's a 'must do'. Head to Fisherman's Wharf and perhaps grab a bowl of clam chowder, before heading over to Pier 39 to see hundreds of sea lions just chilling out. Enjoy an included, locally guided tour of Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown and Lombard Street; one of the steepest and most crooked streets in the city. In your free time why not jump on a cable car and explore the hillside heights, as well as the 'speakeasy' bars which keep going until the small hours. You'll never be bored in this chilled out West Coast city.
If you’re interested in visiting Alcatraz we recommend you book your tickets well in advance, directly with Alcatraz Cruises. For this tour you should book your ticket for day 12 (1pm onwards).
It's time to hit the road along the rugged Pacific coastline and explore the beautiful wilderness of the Big Sur, not forgetting the stunning McWay Falls, a 25 metre (80 ft.) waterfall that cascades on to the secluded beach below. As you stroll along coastal paths, keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of 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!
Before you head back to LA make sure you make the most of California's 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. Head back to Los Angeles where your American adventure ends, but if you still haven't had your beach fix then be sure to stop off at Venice Beach to people watch and see the cool kids on their boards.
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.
Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.
LOS ANGELES - ALOFT EL SEGUNDO
475 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245
This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, cable tv and ipod docks, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.
Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £80-106 | US$115-151 | Eur96-127 | AU$144-191 | NZ$152-200
Price per person per night
Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £140-185 | US$200-264 | Eur168-222 | AU$252-333 | NZ$265-350
Price per room per night
AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION
The hotel operates a free transfer from LAX airport and the shuttle can be picked up at the designated hotel courtesy shuttle area and operates on a continuous loop every 20 minutes. For airport drop-off, please arrange this with the reception staff. Please note whilst this service is free a tip of US$1-$2 is generally expected.
Our 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.
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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. 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.
If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel.
See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.
There are loads of exciting optional activities available 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. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.
Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!
As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.
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 if you want to visit Alcatraz you will need to book your own ticket ahead of time directly with Alcatraz Cruises.
Check the itinerary description for San Francisco above for the recommended date and time for your tour.