USA Western Wonder - LA to San Francisco
7 days from £779
- Drive along the legendary Route 66
- See sunrise or sunset at The Grand Canyon
- Have a decadent night out in Las Vegas!
- Hike the forest trails and valleys in Yosemite NP
- Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Join a friendly group of adventurers for a week’s discovery of America’s West! Kick things off in LA, crossing the Colorado River and spending the night camping under the stars! Discover the Grand Canyon, drive along iconic Route 66 to Vegas and hike in the stunning surroundings of Yosemite National Park, where you can hike, rent bikes, see incredible wildlife, and take in the wonder of the great outdoors. Our last stop is San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and you can end this awesome week with a night out at the Waterfront or in Chinatown. Fall in love with Western USA on this fantastic group adventure!
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Day 1: Depart from Los Angeles and hit the road.
Kick off in Hollywood early morning on day 1, where it’s time to hit the road as we journey across the California desert towards Arizona. We’ll stop off at Colorado River for a refreshing dip before pitching our tents up for a night beneath the stars! Get to know your fellow travellers as you chat around the campfire and toast marshmallows in the flames.
As this trip starts very early on Day 1, you will need to arrange accommodation for the night before the tour starts. Please contact us for further details and we can arrange this for you.
Day 2: The Grand Canyon
We’ll stock up on drinks and snacks this morning before enjoying the ride to the immense Grand Canyon! Be prepared for the sight of your life as we drive up to the rim to catch our first glimpse of the rusty red expanse that draws visitors from all over the world – and now you’re part of it! It’s truly spellbinding, so take your time to marvel in awe! Wait for sunset or get up early for sunrise...it will be worth it.
Day 3: Las Vegas
We leave the Canyon and return to the highway, turning west to retrace our tracks and take a detour to Seligman, a small town left over from the old days of Route 66. After the Canyon and Route 66, we head into Vegas! We’ll cruise the Strip in a party bus, then check into our hotel. Feeling adventurous? Try the Stratosphere ride. Feeling thirsty? You’ll find tons of places to grab a drink with the group. Feeling lucky? Hit the casinos, it’s free to just wander around!
Day 4: More Vegas
Sleep in to get over last night or get up and hit the shops! You can explore the hotels and casinos, take in a show or even get married dressed as Elvis and Priscilla! Vegas is your playground, so get go-karting, feel the high on a roller coaster rides, or head out on a VIP club tour!
Day 5: Yosemite National Park
We’ll say goodbye to the Vegas euphoria and get stuck into a terrific day’s road trip to Yosemite National Park today. We’ll head off early and take in several stops before reaching the absolutely beautiful park. The park is set in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, so get ready for sweeping mountain views and stunning flora and fauna. We’ll camp and relax this evening before a great day in the outdoors tomorrow!
Day 6: Action and adventure in Yosemite
We’ll rise bright and early for an energising start to the day! There are trails to be hiked, paths to be biked, wild animals to spot and photos to be taken! The waterfalls are stunning and rush over the massive granite cliff-face of El Capitan, which stretches 3000 feet straight up from the ground. You’ll love the refreshing vibe of Yosemite after your Vegas jaunt, so make sure you don’t miss a thing!
Day 7: San Francisco...
The centre of the hippy culture and flower power in the 1960’s is now, along with Silicon Valley to the south, the capital of the tech industry. We’ll arrive in time to stop off at The Golden Gate Bridge, and if you want to experience an unbeatable view you can walk right across it! Check out the ancient cable cars and the impossibly steep hills. The tour ends at 5pm, and we’ll be on hand if you want to arrange further travel for more exploration!
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- Services of a driver/ tour leader
- Private minibus transportation with free Wi-Fi
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- Camping fees and equipment (except sleeping bag)
- Entrance to National Parks visited
- Las Vegas cruise in party bus
- Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Experience the Grand Canyon at sunset or sunrise
- Take a dip in the Colorado River
- See Route 66
- Yosemite’s Peaks and Valleys and Giant Sequoia trees
- 24-hour emergency support
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Pre trip and post trip accommodation
- $10 daily contribution to food kitty (camping nights only)
- Visas or ESTA
- Travel Insurance, which is compulsory. We can provide some excellent policies to choose from
- Optional Activities
Accommodation is included in your trip. You’ll spend 4 nights camping and 2 nights in hotels on a single sex shared accommodation basis. During the trip, each group member will be required to contribute 10USD per day to a food kitty, which will be used to cover the cost of meals. When you are not camping, meals will not be included so you’ll be able to head out and try some local delicacies
This trip departs from Los Angeles very early on Day 1 and finishes late on Day 7 in San Francisco. We therefore recommend that you arrive in Los Angeles at least the day before your trip start date and depart from San Francisco at least the day after your trip end date. We can help you book these extra nights of accommodation. If you do plan to fly out on day 7, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm to allow time for transfer and check-in.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years. Please note that the legal age for drinking and gambling in the USA is 21 years.
British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for up to 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than this, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions, you will need to apply for a visa. American immigration procedures can be a little confusing, so for full and further details please contact the US Embassy.
Do I Need To Bring Camping Equipment?
Single-sex shared tents are provided. The only thing you need to bring is a sleeping bag and a travel pillow!
How Does The Food Kitty Work?
Each traveller is required to contribute $10 per day while camping to cover meals at camp. This will be collected in cash by your tour leader on your first day. All cooking equipment is provided, and you will take turns buying, preparing and cooking the meals for the group.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring?
We recommend budgeting around $15 per day for drinks and snacks. You will also want to bring some extra money for optional activities. We recommend researching the kinds of thing you’ll want to do while you’re away (such as seeing Vegas shows or hiring bicycles in Yosemite) and budgeting accordingly.