WESTERNER 2

14 days from

Grand Canyon hiking
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to LOS ANGELES
Trek Code:
W2
Destination:
USA West
Departs:
Mar-Oct
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • > Hiking trails in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon
  • > Sightseeing in San Francisco & San Diego
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Tour Overview

This two week trip will knock your socks off as you experience some of the highlights of Western USA. Soak up the sun on the stunning beaches of the Pacific Coast, gaze up at the magnificent Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park and then head to San Francisco for a stroll along the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Feel the heat as you step foot into the hottest place on earth, Death Valley and then head towards the bright lights of Las Vegas before finishing up on some more of those gorgeous Californian beaches.

Included Highlights
  • Sunset sailboat cruise on San Francisco Bay (2014 only)
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias trees in Yosemite
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • City tours of San Francisco, Hollywood and Las Vegas
  • Sightseeing in San Diego
  • Visit Haight Ashbury in San Francisco
  • Visit Salvation Mountain plus sand dunes views
  • Drive along the iconic Route 66 & stop at Seligman
  • Santa Barbara beach time
  • Chance to see whale and sea lions in Monterey
  • Incredible National Parks - Yosemite and Grand Canyon
  • View the Hoover Dam (2015 only)
  • Explore the hottest place on earth Death Valley (2015 only)
  • China Town & North Beach tour in San Francisco (2015 only)
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 9 camping & 4 hotel nights included.
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road
Wi-Fi Enabled

You can now check your email and update Facebook, Twitter and TrekAmerica Live while on the road with our wi-fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA).

Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

Optional Activities (paid locally)

There are loads of exciting optional activities 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. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

  • > Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$254-$284
  • > Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • > Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+
  • > Limo ride in Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • > Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • > San Diego Zoo US$44
  • > Watersports in San Diego US$10-$75
  • > San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13
  • > Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • > Baseball game in San Francisco US$15-$40
  • > Rollerblading in San Diego US$5-15
  • > Bike rental in San Diego US$5-$15
  • > San Francisco Bay sunset sailboat cruise US$40
  • > Las Vegas Gun Range from US$50
  • > Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$221
Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

  • Day 1-2: Los Angeles & San Diego

    Start your two week adventure in the USA's west with a chance to check out star studded Hollywood Boulevard for a holiday snap of the famous sign and a walk on the Walk of Fame. Say goodbye to LA and hello to the action-packed city of San Diego. Laze in grassy Balboa Park and explore the famous San Diego Zoo home to over 3,000 incredible animals. San Diego is home to some awesome beaches so no trip would be complete without feeling the sand between your toes at Mission Beach and topping up your Californian tan. San Diego has the perfect environment for so many beachfront activities; go rollerblading, cycling or take to the water for a spot of surfing. Later, cruise the Gaslamp Quarter and experience the heart of San Diego's nightlife.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3: Lake Havasu

    Feel the heat beneath the blue skies of the Mojave Desert as we drive through A-Grade Arizona. Get your cameras at the ready as you drive to Salvation Mountain from the movie 'Into the Wild', a surprising colourful desert oasis which begs to be photographed. Follow the yellow brick road to the top of the majestic sand dunes for some awesome views. Did you know that the original London Bridge was located to Lake Havasu in the 1831? Don't believe us? Well you'll just have to see it to believe it and that's exactly what you'll do this afternoon. After all the desert heat, you'll be eager to cool off with a dunk in the refreshing Lake Havasu.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4-5: Grand Canyon

    Nothing you have ever seen will prepare you for what you're about to see next, the mighty Grand Canyon! Hike from the forest above to the desert below, red rock to white powder or take an optional helicopter flight for a birds-eye view and marvel at the brilliant colours, the canyon depths are nothing short of mind-blowing. As for the sunrise you will never have such an incredible sight!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6-7: Las Vegas

    Today you travel along a section of the original Route 66, which at one time, was the only way to travel on the great American road trip. You'll stop off at the quirky town of Seligman, where you will have the chance to buy some classic Americana memorabilia for your friends and family back home. Just before you reach the neon city you'll stop for a view of Hoover Dam and then it's time to get your swimsuit on and soak up the desert sun before diving into a limousine tour of The Strip. Indulge in an all you can eat buffet, take in a show or simply enjoy the neon attractions many of the hotel
    casinos have to offer. For the best view of Sin City take to the sky on an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. For those who want a bit more nature, then the famous Red Rock Canyon isn't far either.
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 8: Death Valley (2015 only)

    Today you're in Death Valley National Park, the hottest, driest and lowest place on earth and we're definitely not exaggerating when we say it's hot. The mercury tips at over 130 degrees in the summer, but it is this heat that has created the spectacle that everyone comes to see. This barren and geographically awesome landscape, with never-ending salt flats and a little place the locals like to call the `Devils Golf Course'. This is a great place to grab some props and have some fun creating some great `perspective' shots. You will spend the night in nearby Bishop, where thankfully it's not quite as hot.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8: Sierra Nevadas (2014 only)

    Wind through peaks with views across the Sierra Nevadas that will have you itching to get your trekking boots on, and there is no better place than one of nature's greatest back yards, Yosemite National Park.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-10: Yosemite National Park

    You won't know where to focus your gaze as you drive along winding roads that look out across the beautiful Sierra Nevada. The scenery you pass by will have you itching to get your hiking boots on and go explore. Yosemite National Park is nature's greatest back yard and with both easy and strenuous hikes you're bound to find a trail that suits your ability and whichever trail you choose you will be amazed at the magnificent waterfalls and epic cliff faces. Famous for its Giant Sequoias and abundance of incredible wildlife such as bears and coyotes, you should probably keep your camera to hand at all times. If that isn't enough you can even float down the Merced River on a rubber ring for a different perspective of this truly awesome place.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11-12: San Francisco

    Fall for San Francisco's charm with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, home to the original hippie movement and with some great boutique shops and cafes. No visit to the City by the Way would be complete without a stroll or a cycle over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Grab a bowl of the famous clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf before heading over to Pier 39 to see the hundreds of Sea Lions chilling out.

    For 2014 departures there will be an included cruise on the bay for an unforgettable sunset. For 2015 departures you will hang out where the Beatniks did on a guided tour of cool Northbeach and walk through the gates of the largest Chinese community outside of China, in exotic Chinatown. You'll never be bored in this chilled out west coast city.
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 13: Pacific Coast

    Say hello to the rugged wilderness of Big Sur and historic Monterey. Walk along the many beautiful trails and be amazed at the stunning scenery from luscious rainforests to the stunning McWay Falls, an 80 foot waterfall that cascades on to the beach below. As you stroll along coastal paths keep your eyes peeled for whales and sea lions that can be seen here at certain times throughout the year. Settle in to camp and watch the blazing Californian sunset. This is beach life at its very best and it doesn't get much better than this!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

    Before you head back to LA make sure you make the most of the beautiful beaches with a stop at Santa Barbara. With miles of sandy white beaches, streets full of unique shops and art galleries you really won't want to leave. If you still haven't got your beach fix then be sure to stop off at Venice Beach where you can take to the water and have a surf or head to the skate park and watch the cool kids on their boards before calling time on your American adventure.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel 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 22:00 hrs.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

Las Vegas City Tours
  • Celebrate July 4th in Las Vegas!
  • Celebrate American Independence Day on The Strip as it comes alive with fireworks and party all night long.

    > Book 28th June 2015 departure


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  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.


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Private Departures

For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!

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Tour Extras

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

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Custom hotel

LOS ANGELES - CUSTOM HOTEL
This full service hotel close to LAX offers a sun deck/pool and 5 social lounges. Perfectly located for Santa Monica & Venice Beach.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Book Flights

TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

Book Flights

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

Travel insurance

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.

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.


City Tours

If you're spending extra nights in our gateway cities before or after your trip, then make the most of your time by pre-booking a unique city sightseeing tours or experience before you go.

Los Angeles City Tours
  • LOS ANGELES
  • Choose from unique city tours led by local experts who are dedicated to taking you behind the scenes, flexible hop on hop off bus tours or a range of unique city experiences.

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