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Pacific Dream

  • Code #PDL
  • 28 Days
Duration
28 Days
/27 Nights
Availability
May,2018-Aug,2019
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Los Angeles
Ends in: 
Los Angeles
Accommodation
Camping
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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
  • Navajo guided 4x4 backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Scenic ferry crossing of Puget Sound
  • 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
  • Explore Hollywood Boulevard
  • 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
20 Nights
Budget Lodging
4 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).
  • This tour links the Pacific Coast and the Mountain Trail

Resources

Pacific Dream
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Seattle
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Las Vegas
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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.

 

2018 Itinerary

With the Californian sun on your face you're off to Hollywood Boulevard, where you'll catch a view of the famous sign and stroll along the Walk of Fame. But it’s 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 California Coast.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Continue heading north where you make your way for the Big Sur and Monterey area. Spend your night under the Californian stars; the perfect way to get to know your fellow travellers!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

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

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 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

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

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Call it what you want - '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 super chilled city even more intriguing. It’s a vibrant city, full of quirky cafes, cool hipster folk and farmers markets. 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

Hostel included (multi-share)

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Microbreweries FREE
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

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Get ready to roll with a blast of fresh air adventure in pristine wilderness. Washington's jewel, Olympic National Park, offers a wide range of vistas including glacier carved valleys, snowy peaks, rugged coastline and an ancient rainforest to explore and enjoy. An afternoon of kayaking is included on Lake Crescent, amongst forest-covered mountains and water so clear it’s tough not to dive in! Relax at Sol Duc Hot Springs (optional), after so much activity, your body will thank you for it.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Sol Duc hot springs US$15

Leaving the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula behind, enjoy a scenic journey across Puget Sound by ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. Once you’ve arrived, 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 grab yourself some tasty local seafood or check out the city's coffee culture. Tonight, rock out in the city that gave the world Hendrix and Nirvana.

 

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

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

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

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 optional 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

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
Aerial tram US$42

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. Make sure to get that grammable shot of the sunset over Flaming Gorge and Green River. The views are out of this world!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Known for being the USA's natural adventure playground, Moab is next up on your itinerary - and boy, will you be impressed! Named Arches National Park for a reason, the countless number of incredible red rock formations dotted all over the park, shaped by the elements, make for some serious exploration. Delicate Arch is one of Utah's most famous icons and people travel far and wide to see the awesome freestanding 20 metre arch (65 ft.) in all its glory. After your hike why not strap on a helmet and take on this amber terrain on two wheels with a mountain bike? You’re guaranteed perfect conditions with the dips, climbs, twists and turns. Alternatively, you may be tempted by the thrill of a Hummer tour through the red rock scenery! If this isn't enough, you'll pay a visit to Dead Horse Point for amazing canyon views of the snaking Colorado River below.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

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 you stop at the viewpoint of Moki Dugway 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 included guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, then when the sun goes down swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Strike out across the desert in search of one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World', the Grand Canyon. An early morning start has its rewards as this jaw-dropping landscape comes alive with colour at sunrise. Take to the sky to witness the Grand Canyon's monumental red and gold formations from up high on an optional helicopter flight. Hit the rim trails for vast incredible views of the canyon. You may prefer to hike down into the belly of the canyon - Plateau Point offers views of the rushing Colorado River. Or, there’s 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!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

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 make a stop at the little town of Seligman, packed with quirky shops full of iconic road trip memorabilia. Next it’s off to the main event, Las Vegas! With a sudden burst of neon, this desert oasis appears before your eyes. A-list stars swarm to this 24/7 party town - you may not make it into any of their swanky parties, but you can feel like a total legend if you take a cruise down The Strip on an optional party bus. 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 fancy, 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

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Party bus US$25-$35
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$45
Gun range US$20-$100

Finish your tour in style with a stroll around Hollywood Boulevard and spot your fave stars along the Walk of Fame. If you decide to stay on a few more days, head down to Venice Beach for the perfect place to relax in the Californian sun. Or to truly get under the skin of America's biggest city, add an Urban Adventure on to the end of your tour and explore the city 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

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 - FAIRFIELD INN MARRIOTT

525 North Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, Los Angeles, CA 90245  

This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, mini-market, plus an outdoor pool, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £106-120 | US$139-158 | Eur127-144 | AU$179-204 | NZ$188-214
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £184-209 | US$242-275 | Eur221-251 | AU$313-356 | NZ$329-374
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free airport to hotel pickup from the international airport to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel. Whilst this is a complimentary service a tip of US$1-$2 is generally expected. On arrival to the airport, please call the hotel and advise them which terminal you are at and to arrange pick up. The transfer should take approximately fifteen minutes by road depending on traffic. For airport drop-off, please arrange this with the reception staff.

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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