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Westerner

  • Code #W2W
  • 13 Days
Duration
13 Days
/12 Nights
Availability
Dec,2016-Dec,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Los Angeles
Ends in: 
San Francisco
Accommodation
Camping & Hotel

Trip Overview

Hike, bike or horseback ride in stunning settings, enjoy city nightlife and build everlasting friendships around glowing campfires. Leave bustling Los Angeles, encounter sun kissed beaches, the mighty Colorado River and an exclusive overnight stay at Betty and Rusty's cowboy camp. Dip your toes in the red sand of the Navajo tribal lands at Monument Valley, staying overnight in a traditional hogan. Marvel at the scale of the Grand Canyon, live it up in Las Vegas, visit Death Valley and hike in Yosemite National Park before arriving in San Francisco with its stunning Golden Gate Bridge. Jump aboard for an action-packed 13 days!

Included Highlights 
  • Overnight Cowboy Camp including a chuckwagon dinner & hearty breakfast
  • Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley
  • Overnight in traditional Navajo hogan in Monument Valley
  • City tour of Hollywood including the Walk of Fame & famous sign
  • Sightseeing and beach time in San Diego on the Pacific Coast
  • Visit the colourful desert monument of Salvation Mountain
  • Experience a spectacular Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Drive on the original Route 66, stopping at Seligman, AZ
  • Encounter the bright lights of Las Vegas & tour the famous Strip
  • Visit the hottest, driest and lowest place in North America: Death Valley
  • Hit the trails amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite National Park
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge & explore San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury
  • Admission to incredible national parks & monuments - Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Death Valley & Yosemite
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
6 Nights
Budget Lodging
2 Nights
Hotel
4 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$100 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).

Resources

Westerner
Download Trek Tips
Los Angeles
Download City Guide
San Francisco
Download City Guide

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.

Kick things off with a visit to Hollywood to see the stars on the Walk of Fame and the famous Hollywood sign you've only ever seen in the movies. Next head to San Diego where there are over 300 days of sunshine a year - so the odds are stacked in your favour! A perfect climate, a world-famous zoo and heaps of Spanish charm mean you won't want to leave and it's only your first stop! On the laid-back beachfront, unleash some long-lost skating moves or rub shoulders with the surf set. It's easy to agree with the locals who call San Diego 'America's finest city'. If you're not too tired at the end of the all this action why not hit the clubs and bars which come alive as the sun sets.

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

Any road trip worth its salt needs highways stretching as far as the eye can see, with nothing but stunning scenery flying past your window, and that's exactly what you're going to get. Cruise through California's sun-drenched landscape and watch in wonder as it changes from beautiful forests to arid desert. En route, visit the colourful desert monument of Salvation Mountain which featured in the film 'Into the Wild' and follow the yellow brick road to the top. Stop to admire views of the rolling sand dunes before finishing the day at your camp right by the Colorado River.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

This morning you'll have the chance to take a cool swim in the mighty Colorado River if you're brave enough, before heading further into Arizona for a night at an authentic cowboy camp where you can do the Old West thing. Saguaro Cacti cast familiar shapes across the Sonora Desert bush with their giant upturned arms, while coyotes, hawks and star-filled skies keep you company. Your hosts Betty & Rusty will cook you a cowboy steak dinner you won't forget and you can also opt to jump on one of their trusty horses for a ride under the western desert sky. Tonight, prepare for a campfire party under the stars!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Western horseback riding US$70

Monument Valley is a land of classic western scenery that you'll instantly recognise from countless Western movies, and it's also the Navajo Nation's greatest natural treasure. For a very different experience, enjoy an included jeep tour of Monument Valley's backroads with a local Navajo guide and stay overnight in a traditional hogan under a blanket of stars. What's a hogan? It's a traditional clay and wood Navajo dwelling and after touring this wondrous natural movie set with our Navajo guide, there's no better place to lay your head. This is a rare experience which helps you delve beneath the surface of such a well-travelled path and you'll return home with some very special memories of this incredible place!

Accommodation

Traditional hogan stay included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Just when the scenery seems unbeatable, you make the journey to the Grand Canyon, one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World'. With two days you have plenty of time to hike the rim trails for incredible views looking down into the vast desert canyons. Why not hike down the snaking trails to reveal a very different side and become one of only 5% of visitors to venture inside. Alternatively, opt for a flight over the Grand Canyon for an unbeatable bird's-eye view! The best bit? Waking up to the most stunning sunrise nature can summon as the rocks slowly change colour on a brand new day in Southwest USA.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

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

After an incredible natural wonder, now it's time for an incredible man-made wonder in the desert, Las Vegas! On your way to Vegas you'll travel a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman where time has stood still. This roadside town is full to the brim with quirky Americana and souvenirs to remember your time in the States. It's also home to an awesome diner where you might want to grab a super-thick shake, yum! Once you arrive in Las Vegas, the opportunities are endless! Catch a show, ride a roller coaster and enjoy the famous bright lights and non-stop nightlife. Feel like a star by partying your way around town in a limo, or if that's not enough, you can always catch a helicopter flight down The Strip. Don't forget that 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas', so why not have a sham wedding and marry whoever (or whatever) you want! Don't worry, it's not legally binding unless you want it to be! Vegas is brash, it's bizarre, and it's brilliant, so just enjoy!

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
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
Helicopter flight US$124
Gun range US$20-$100

To complete your desert experience, make your way to the hottest, driest and lowest place in North America: Death Valley National Park. The extreme temperatures and blistering summer heat is long gone, making this the perfect winter destination. Your camera will lap up sights like Zabriskie Point, Artist's Palette (a giant egg-box of turquoise, orange and red mineral deposits), and the immense perspectives of Dante's View, which is a perfect view indeed!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Prepare to be wowed by stunning Yosemite National Park. Thundering waterfalls, huge granite cliffs shaped by the elements and towering Giant Sequoia trees are all perfect Instagram material within this huge wilderness, which you might find is decorated under a blanket of snow! You'll have two days to hike, snowshoe (weather permitting) and explore this incredible national park. End the perfect day of exploring in the hostel sauna and hot tub for pure bliss.

Accommodation

Hostel included (multi share)

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Snowshoeing US$21-$24
Snowboard rental US$28-$38

Make your way to your final destination on this epic tour, the 'City by the Bay', San Francisco. Famous for having inspired a nation of hippies, writers, poets and filmmakers; it's no wonder the locals are so proud of their city. Enjoy an included city tour where you'll have the chance to walk across the astonishing structure of the Golden Gate Bridge and visit the famous Haight-Ashbury area to explore the eclectic shops before your road trip comes to an end. You'll definitely leave your heart in beautiful San Francisco.

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

Optional Activities

Cable car ride US$5-$13
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 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.

 

For all departures from 1st January 2017

SAN FRANCISCO - RED ROOF INN

777 Airport Blvd, Burlingame, CA 94010

This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness centre, 24hr on-site restaurant and 24hr free airport shuttle.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £98 | US$139 | Eur117 | AU$175 | NZ$184
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £170 | US$243 | Eur204 | AU$306 | NZ$322
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free shuttle service which runs every 20-30 minutes. After arrival and from either terminal 1, 2 or 3, the shuttle bus will arrive outside of the airport. Typically a tip of US$1-2 is expected.

 

For all departures before 1st January 2017

SAN FRANCISCO - GOOD HOTEL

112 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This hip, eco-friendly hotel in a building dating to 1911 sits in the vibrant SoMa district about a block from the Civic Center BART station. In addition to free Wi-Fi there's access to a heated outdoor pool and fitness room, plus complimentary bicycles for exploring San Francisco.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £121 | US$172 | Eur146 | AU$218 | NZ$228
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £211 | US$301 | Eur254 | AU$380 | NZ$399
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Take a shuttle, which leaves approx. every 10 minutes. There are several companies available including Super Shuttle and Go Lorries and all cost around US $17 per person, plus tip. You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Good Hotel" when prompted and selecting the "Good Hotel". They are available 24 hours a day and can be found just outside the terminal. Transfer takes approximately 45 minutes.

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)
  • We are ATOL protected and IATA licensed
  • Personal service - you're more than just a number

Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

Request a flight quote

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

4.9 out of 5

Trek America 'Westerner' Feb 2016

Past Trekkers Review

AWESOME!!!!!

Reviewed April 2015
I got to know awesome and amazing people during this trip. Words can not describe the feeling with the group. It was special. It's like the other reviews. I don't regret anything. WOW!!!
Past Trekkers Review

Great trip to get to know the West Coast of the US!

Reviewed March 2015
The Westerner is a great chance to get to know the West Coast of the US during a time when it isn't so busy. You'll have most of the National Parks for yourself, won't need to line up for ages and the temperatures are comfortable and not too hot..
Past Trekkers Review

EPIC !!!

Reviewed February 2015
This was my first trek. My exceptions were blow out of the water. Was a fanatic trip. Would not change a thing. we had a Great tour lead (Alex rocks). And fellow treks were a great laugh. (would not change an oth them to =) )
Westerner From
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