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Westerner 3

  • Code #W3
  • 21 Days
Duration
21 Days
/20 Nights
Availability
Apr,2017-Sep,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Los Angeles
Ends in: 
Los Angeles
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

There is no doubt about it, this tour is 21 days of complete awesomeness in some of world's most iconic national parks, with everything from soaring peaks to serene deserts plus one incredible Grand Canyon. Soak up the rays on the Californian coast, search for bear in Yosemite and hit the hiking trails in Zion for incredible views. Thrill seekers will love Moab and Arches National Park, and you can't come to the Desert Southwest and not pay Vegas a visit. With all this and so much more, one thing's for sure - you're definitely in for one heck of a ride.

Included Highlights 
  • Take a ferry to visit the infamous Alcatraz Prison
  • 4x4 Navajo led backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Authentic Western homestead stay with home-cooked meals
  • Laid-back beach life & iconic Big Sur views
  • Walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Leader led tour of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury
  • Yosemite's soaring peaks & Giant Sequoia trees
  • Hiking and red rock adventure in Zion & Arches national parks
  • Walk amongst Bryce Canyon's unique hoodoos
  • Discover ancient petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park
  • Discover the Grand Canyon's trails and epic viewpoints
  • Travel the original Route 66, visiting Seligman
  • Soak up the atmosphere of buzzing Las Vegas!
  • Tour of uber-cool Venice Beach, Los Angeles
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Monument Valley & Grand Canyon
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
16 Nights
Budget Lodging
2 Nights
Hotel
2 Nights

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

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

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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!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Check out the glitz and the glam of Hollywood on a tour of this star-studded neighbourhood including the Walk of Fame and views of the gigantic Hollywood sign. Departing ‘The City of Angels’ you'll travel up the sparkling Californian coastline towards Santa Barbara and enjoy some time exploring the pier and shops, or relaxing on the beach. Known as 'The American Riviera', you'll find no shortage of palm trees to sit beneath. Drive on iconic Highway 1 along the sparkling California coastline and check out the legendary McWay Falls, which flows right onto its own private beach in Big Sur. You'll camp nearby tonight, this is grade-A California right here!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

This morning you continue onto the ‘City by the Bay’, San Francisco. Soak up the hippy vibes in Haight-Ashbury on a tour with your leader, and while you're there why not take a stroll around Golden Gate Park, for some stunning views of the city and bay? Jump aboard one of the city's cable cars to explore further, then make sure you swing by the famous 'Painted Ladies'. Why not top your day off with a visit to Fisherman's Wharf for some delicious seafood before sampling San Francisco's famous nightlife in North Beach? For the ultimate view of Golden Gate Bridge, we recommend you set sail on an optional sunset sailboat cruise that will take you right under the bridge. We include a ferry across to infamous Alcatraz Prison for a tour (value US$33), so keep your cameras ready for that perfect ‘inmate’ shot.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cable car ride US$5-$13
Bike rental US$8 per hour / US$32 per day
Sunset sailboat cruise US$45
Baseball game from US$20

Prepare to be wowed as you witness thundering waterfalls, granite peaks and towering Giant Sequoia trees in stunning Yosemite National Park. Amazing scenery lies around every corner as well as an abundance of wildlife. Look out for bear, coyotes and other wildlife that calls the park home. 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$12-$34
Float trip on the Merced River US$31

Make the most of this remote location as you leave lush Yosemite National Park behind for a night in the heart of the Eastern Sierra Mountains.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Visit Rachel in Nevada, the closest town to the former secret US Air Force site known as Area 51 and a very popular destination with UFO hunters! Make a stop at Little A'Le Inn Bar for close encounters of the alien kind. Head to Zion National Park and for unbelievable 360 degree views, hike colourful canyons up to Angels Landing. The hike itself will leave you breathless in more ways than one! If you prefer to take the low road, lace up your boots and prepare to get wet as you wade through the magnificent Narrows, deep-cut canyons between cathedral-like sandstone walls that have been carved out by the Virgin River. Whether you're up top or down below, you'll get a real sense of how unique and beautiful this place is and Zion will blow your mind!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Western horseback riding US$45-$90

If you want awesome rock formations to gawk at then you're definitely in the right place! You're in Bryce Canyon National Park, famed for its hoodoos - weird and wonderful knobbly rock spires arranged in rows. ‘Mysterious’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘out of this world’ are a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park. Native Americans believe these crazy shapes to be ‘Legend People’ who were turned to stone for their sins, but we'll let you decide. For close up views, 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 wonderful hiking trails. Don't forget to take your camera as you'll definitely want to brag about being in such an awesome place.

 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

In the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is packed full of cliffs, petroglyphs, canyons and domes and you've only got Mother Nature to thank for that. From one incredible place to the next, you're in Utah's undisputed adventure capital, which guarantees non-stop fun for everyone! With two days to explore Arches National Park you'll have plenty of time to explore some of the 2,000 gravity defying sandstone arches. Take a sunset stroll and watch as the sun sets over Delicate Arch or, for the action lovers, hire a mountain bike for some adrenaline pumping cycling along Moab's slick rock path or take an off-road Hummer tour. For the ultimate adventure head down the Colorado River on an optional float trip and see this stunning place from a different perspective.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Mountain biking US$100
Float trip on the Colorado River US$60-$91
Extreme off-road hummer tour US$90-$100
Canyoneering US$100

Immerse yourself in native culture on an included Navajo guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads of Monument Valley. Experience the home of the real ‘Wild West’ as you stand in front of one of the most iconic landscapes of the Desert Southwest and marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas. You won't find a better location to swap campfire stories than under a blanket of stars.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Visit the iconic viewpoint of Horseshoe Bend, overlooking a stunning stretch of the Colorado River. Yep you've guessed it, it's in the shape of a horseshoe and also one of the most photographed areas on the Colorado River. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is a desert paradise with a long list of things to do. Go for a swim in the crystal clear waters or simply sit by the shore and relax. Before you know it you'll be lacing up your boots at your Western homestead. Opt for a horseback ride for that ultimate cowboy experience then kick back and enjoy some delicious home cooking amongst some truly awesome scenery.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Dinner included; camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Western horseback riding US$70

It's time for the main event, the mighty Grand Canyon! Nothing you've ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular sight. Hike from the forest above to the desert below, or take an optional helicopter flight above it all and marvel at the brilliant colours from the ultimate bird's-eye view. To really see the Grand Canyon in all its glory, wait for sunset or sunrise when the colours really will amaze! We recommend a hike on the Bright Angel Trail down to Plateau Point for views of the Colorado River and soaring condors. This is definitely one for your 'natural wonders of the world' tick list.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

1 breakfast included; camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight US$254-$284
IMAX Theater US$15

Today will define the word ‘road trip’ as you cruise down the original Route 66 with all your new found Trek friends. You'll stop off at the iconic sights such as the town of Seligman which sits frozen in time and has tons of shops full of Americana memorabilia. But then it's time for Vegas, baby! Nowhere on earth is quite like it. Why not treat yourself to a high-rolling super-stretch limo ride, 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 outdo each other with spectacular attractions. And if that's not enough, you could take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. Just remember, 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Limo ride US$25-$30
Roller coasters US$25-$40
Helicopter flight US$124
Go karting US$26
Gun range US$20-$100
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

From one extreme to the other, you leave Vegas’ crazy party scene in favour of a more relaxed time chilling out on one of California's awesome beaches, perfect for nursing those sore heads. San Diego is all about bronzed bodies, big shades and bikinis. Visit the famous San Diego Zoo with over 3,000 animals, or simply laze in grassy Balboa Park. With your trip almost at an end, it's time to make sure you head home with an awesome Californian tan, so head to Mission Beach, one of the best beaches on the West Coast. Later, cruise the Gaslamp Quarter, the heart of San Diego's nightlife, and soak up a blazing Californian sunset as the sun goes down on what’s been an awesome day.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$5-15
Rollerblading US$5-15
Water sports US$10-$75
San Diego Zoo US$48

As your 21 day adventure draws to an end make the most of a few extra hours on the white sandy beaches of the Californian Coast with some free time in San Diego. Before you know it you'll be heading back to Tinseltown and what better way to finish up than with a visit to Venice Beach and a stroll along the boardwalk to watch as street performers and skateboarders pass you by. From here you'll make your way back to the hotel where the credits roll on your awesome blockbuster adventure.

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.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs

Meals Included

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

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. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

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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.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.8 out of 5

Trek America Westerner 3

Past Trekkers Review

Totally amazing didn't want it to end.

Reviewed October 2016
well the west coast didn't disappoint, we started in LA and although the weather was against us for most of the first week we made the most if it. The group was made up of 11 of us. 7 guys and 4 girls and then our tour leader rob. We had amazing hikes in the national parks. Getting to go to Alca...
Past Trekkers Review

So much to see in just 3 weeks!

Reviewed September 2016
This trip truly is the best way to see a good mix of National Parks and cities in western USA. I was slightly worried as I had never been camping before, but it was absolutely fine. You get used to setting up camp, cooking together and how everything is packed away really quickly. I went in August/...
Past Trekkers Review

Best thing I've ever done!

Reviewed July 2016
Was so nervous to do this trek and to meet everyone but the people on my tour were lovely and we became like a family. My trek leader was Mark Page. He was the best trek leader we could have hoped for! Mark always went the extra mile for everyone and made everything run so smoothly. I thought the tr...
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