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Pacific Dream

  • Code #PDL
  • 28 Days
Duration
28 Days
/27 Nights
Availability
May,2017-Aug,2017
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Los Angeles
Ends in: 
Los Angeles
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

Over the course of 28 days, you'll explore three major mountain ranges - the Sierra Nevadas, Cascades and Rocky Mountains - and cover deserts, cities, forests and canyons. This tour showcases the best national parks, attractions and wildlife viewing opportunities in Western USA. Cross nine very different states, with a multitude of exciting and exhilarating experiences. If you really want the ‘ultimate Western USA experience’, this is it!

Included Highlights 
  • Visit San Francisco's infamous Alcatraz Prison
  • Canoe on beautiful Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park
  • White water rafting on the Snake River, Jackson
  • Scenic ferry crossing of Puget Sound
  • Visit Big Sur's stunning McWay Falls
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge & visit Haight-Ashbury
  • Take in spectacular waterfalls & valleys of Yosemite
  • Scenic walks amongst Giant Redwood trees
  • Explore Portland - the 'hippest city in America'
  • Old Faithful Geyser & bubbling mud pools in Yellowstone
  • Wildlife watching - look out for moose, bison, elk and bear
  • Iconic views from Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Enjoy an epic sunrise or sunset at the Grand Canyon
  • Take in the bright lights of Vegas
  • Travel on iconic Route 66, visiting the town of Seligman
  • Admission to incredible national & state parks - Yosemite, Redwood, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Dead Horse Point, Monument Valley & Grand Canyon
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
22 Nights
Budget Lodging
2 Nights
Hotel
3 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).

Resources

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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.

With the Californian sun on your face you're off to Hollywood where you'll find the famous sign and Walk of Fame on your whistlestop tour. It's now time to leave the glitz and glam of LA behind you and head to the coast. First up is Santa Barbara, a gem of a coastal city with a decidedly Spanish flair and miles of pristine sandy beaches, a great introduction to the incredible Californian Coast.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Travelling along California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway, the coastline grows more and more spectacular, as forested mountains lean down towards beautiful sandy beaches and the pounding Pacific swell. Follow the coastal path to one of the most iconic viewpoints of Big Sur. McWay Falls is a stunning 24-metre-high (80 ft.) waterfall that cascades directly onto its own private beach. With such amazing scenery and tons of wildlife, including sea lions and whales, it's no surprise that people say this is one of the best stretches of road on the West Coast. It certainly is!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Say ‘so long’ to the ocean for a couple of days and head towards the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevadas and the towering granite peaks of Yosemite National Park. You'll have two days to hike, bike, or float through this extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths, spectacular waterfalls and groves of Giant Sequoias. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bears and coyotes roaming the trails.

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

Come fog or shine this city is always a highlight! Start with a walk across Golden Gate Bridge and a visit to Haight-Ashbury, a neighbourhood that's oozing with hippy vibes and plenty of quirky shops and cafes. Head down to Pier 39 to see the resident sea lions in their hundreds - you'll definitely hear them before you see them! For seafood, make your way to nearby Fisherman's Wharf.  Learn all about the prisoners who spent their lives trying to escape the city's most famous attraction, Alcatraz Prison, with a superb audio tour included in your trip (value US$33). For a different perspective of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, set sail on an optional sunset sail cruise in the evening. Bliss!

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

As you drive along the stunning Californian Coast to Redwood National Park, you'll be well and truly spoilt with amazing scenery around every bend. Get out and stretch those legs with a hike on the Tall Trees Grove trail and keep an eye out for elk and bear who can be spotted hiding under the canopy of the Redwoods. Redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, so be prepared to spend a lot of time looking up! As you explore more of the park you might start to recognise the canyons covered in fern and moss from Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World'...but don't worry, the dinosaurs are long gone!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Call it 'City of Roses', 'Bridge City' or 'Beervana' - Portland is simply awesome! The fact that you'll see the slogan 'Keep Portland Weird' plastered everywhere makes this city even more intriguing. A vibrant city full of quirky cafes, cool hipster folk and the best doughnut shop a person could ask for - what's not to love? Oh, and let's not forget about the beer! With over 30 breweries dotted across the city you'll never go thirsty in Portland.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Microbreweries FREE
Voodoo Doughnuts US$3-$5
Lan Su Chinese Garden US$10

Journey into the heart of the Cascade Mountains to Mount Rainier National Park. There are over 300 miles available on the park's network of trails, with everything from easy walks through forest and meadows carpeted in wildflowers, to heart-pounding climbs up to the mountain's glaciers. Mount Rainier, an active strato-volcano, looms in the background. Don’t worry though, it hasn't erupted since 1854! This is the perfect introduction to the lush and vibrant landscape of Washington State.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Get ready to roll with a blast of fresh air adventure in pristine wilderness. Olympic National Park offers a wide range of scenery to explore, including glacier carved valleys, snowy peaks, rugged coastline and ancient rainforest. An afternoon of kayaking on Lake Crescent  is included. Make the most of the opportunity for a swim! After all that activity, you'll probably want to relax with a dip in the Sol Duc Hot Springs. Soak it up!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Sol Duc hot springs US$14

Leaving the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula behind, you journey across Puget Sound aboard the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. Why not whisk yourself more than 150 metres (520 ft.) up the Space Needle, taking in the spectacular setting from a glass elevator? If you prefer to explore at ground level then get yourself to Pike Place Market and watch as the famous fishmongers throw fish to each other, while you people watch or check out the city's coffee culture. Tonight, rock out in the city that gave the world Hendrix and Nirvana. Seattle is another awesome city on the Pacific Coast - you're well and truly spoilt in this trip!

 

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Space Needle US$22-$29

Depart the city of Seattle early and cross Washington and Idaho's Bitterroot Range into 'Big Sky Country'. Montana welcomes you with rugged mountain peaks and wide open spaces.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

After enjoying a night under a brilliant blanket of stars, you reach Yellowstone National Park for a glorious two night stay. View the iconic and explosive Old Faithful Geyser which goes off like clockwork and check out the colourful waterfalls, while exploring the world's oldest and most famous national park. Keep your camera handy for wildlife that roams the park such as bison, bear, moose and elk. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Next up are the wonderful views and hikes that await in majestic Grand Teton National Park. With few foothills to speak of, the jagged peaks here rise like teeth from lush, flat meadows against the bright blue sky. Next you visit the truly Western town of Jackson, Wyoming.  Explore pine forests, peaks and lakes or enjoy some rodeo action! Go wild with included rafting on the Snake River rapids; this is one of America's last great untamed rivers, so it should definitely get that adrenaline pumping! If you prefer to stay on dry land, how about a shot of 'Red-Eye' Whiskey at the Silver Dollar Saloon?

 

 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Ferry across Jenny Lake US$15
Mountain biking from US$30-$70
Horseback riding US$65
Western rodeo from US$20-$25
Western saloons US$varies
Million Dollar Saloon US$varies
Chuck wagon dinner US$25-$35

Say goodbye to the mountains and hello to the unique red rock scenery that marks the start of the Desert Southwest as you head for the border with Utah. You'll soon see why the intrepid explorer John Wesley Powell gave this place the name Flaming Gorge, as you watch the sun reflecting off this unique red rock landscape. Admire an awesome sunset over Flaming Gorge and Green River, with views that are out of this world.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Known for being the USA's natural adventure playground, Moab is next up on your itinerary. Encounter a myriad of incredible red rock formations that have been moulded by the elements and are dotted all over Arches National Park. Delicate Arch is a 'must see' and you'll be truly amazed as you witness the iconic red arch against the backdrop of the bright blue western sky. For more thrills, take to two wheels or join an extreme Hummer tour over the slick rock.

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

En route to Monument Valley, stop at the Moki Dugway viewpoint of for an awesome view of the road snaking down the mountainside and across the red rock desert. Next it’s off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes, used as the set for countless Western movies. Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional (and highly recommended) guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the landscape during the day, then when the sun goes down swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55
Native American Museum FREE

Strike out across the desert in search of one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World', the Grand Canyon. Hit the rim trails for incredible views of the canyon, hike down to Plateau Point for views of the rushing Colorado River, or check out the aptly named 'Ooh Aah Point' on the South Kaibab Trail. Whatever view of the Grand Canyon you go for, you'll never forget the moment you first lay your eyes on this incredible place. This jaw-dropping landscape comes alive with colour at sunrise, so take to the sky to witness the Grand Canyon's monumental red and gold formations from up high on an optional helicopter flight.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

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

Today you travel a section of the original Route 66 and stop at the quirky town of Seligman, filled to the brim with pure Americana. Next it's time to put your energy levels to the test in the 24/7 party town of Las Vegas. A-list stars swarm here, although breaking the bank may be easier than blagging your way into their swanky celebrity hangouts! If that fails you can still cruise The Strip in a super-stretch limo or ease the pain in one of the famous all-you-can-eat buffets. The possibilities are endless in Vegas. Tour the glamorous hotels, take in a show, ride a roller coaster or go clubbing all night. You can even have a 'sham' wedding if you like, and marry whoever (or whatever) you like! For those with a little cash to splash, why not take an evening flight down the Las Vegas Strip? Epic!

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
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
Go karting US$26
Gun range US$20-$100

Finish your tour in style with a stroll around Hollywood and see the famous stars on the Walk of Fame. If you decide to stay on a few more days, why not head down to Venice Beach, the perfect place for some last minute relaxing in the Californian sun? To truly get under the skin of America's biggest city, add an Urban Adventure on to the end of your tour to explore with a local.

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?

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  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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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

5 out of 5

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Past Trekkers Review

Best holiday of my life

Reviewed June 2014
This was an amazing experience for me. I made some really good friends and saw some outstanding scenery and wildlife. I loved the national parks, Yosemite and Yellowstone were my favourites. A massive thankyou to our tour leader: Ben Collier who worked so hard to make sure the rest of us were having...
Past Trekkers Review

Best month of my life ever!

Reviewed December 2012
This was by far the greatest experience of my life. It was far better than I could ever have dreamed. I made some amazing friends, saw the most beautiful landscapes and got involved in a range of activities I never thought I could do. A massive thank you to my Trek Leader: Graeme Hartnett who made s...
Past Trekkers Review

Best Experience of my life

Reviewed July 2013
Trek America is an amazing company as they are able to deliver unique experiences to each adventure. A huge shout out to Joshua Garber our trek leader for preparing us for the hikes and making sure we made the most out of the trip.He became more of a friend than the leader. Some of my favorite place...
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