A Virtual Western Wonder Camping Tour

  • Grand Canyon aerial view

Right now, we’re making a pit stop – but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream from the comfort of our own sofas! Every year, hundreds of Trekkers make their first ever trip to the USA, and one of our most popular tours for first timers is the Western Wonder. Packed with the West’s most notable sights, this camping tour is our most affordable option if you’re on a budget, and it doesn’t let up in terms of excitement.

Ready to take a virtual trip on the Western Wonder with us? Roll up those sleeping bags, pack some sun cream, and let’s dive right in…

 

Day 1: River Island State Park Campsite

If there’s one way to kick off your camping adventures with a bang, it’s at one of our favourite campsites!

River Island State Park Campsite River Island State Park Campsite

Camping with TrekAmerica isn’t the kind of camping you get on a school trip as a kid – trust us, it’s way more awesome. After you’ve pitched your tent (with your tour leader on hand to help), it’s time to dive into the lake - or just chill with a couple of cold ones and enjoy the view. Once the sun goes down, dinner around the campfire is served, followed by an all-American classic – anyone for s’mores?!

Day 2: The Grand Canyon

We don’t mess around when it comes to rolling out the big guns – and on our second day of the Western Wonder, we’re rolling up to the number one sight on everyone’s bucket list. Yep, it’s only the Grand freakin’ Canyon! The perfect place to enjoy a hike, discover the incredible geology or even soar through the skies in a helicopter. What would you do first?

We know we can’t *actually* be there right now to soak in those stretching views, but we might just have the next best thing. Jump into our video to get a 360-degree view of the USA’s greatest wonder.

And before we head to bed – it’s time for a Trek classic – raising a pizza slice to the  Grand Canyon sunset. Trust us – it’s a cheese-covered highlight you won’t want to miss.

Day 3: Dinner Around the Campfire

After a full day exploring Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll probably be absolutely starving – so it’s a good job our tour leaders are experts in rolling out the recipe suggestions. On our camping tours, your $10 per day food kitty covers your meals while camping, and the squad will take turns at cooking up a feast for everyone.

Open burrito with salsa and guacamole

One of our favourite Mexican-inspired classics is on the menu tonight – did someone say burritos?! If you wanna impress your Trekmates, here’s the recipe:

You'll need:

Minced beef (you could use soy mince for a vegetarian option)
Kidney beans (either to add, or as a veggie option)
Peppers
Onions
Lettuce
Large tortilla wraps
Cheese
Guacamole
Tomato salsa

Method:

Slice the onions and peppers into strips
Heat oil in a pan, and stir fry the mince until brown
Add in the onions and peppers, continuing to stir fry the mixture
Meanwhile, heat the kidney beans in a small pan
Serve family style, in warmed tortillas. Add lettuce, cheese, guacamole and salsa to taste and roll 'em up!

Day 4: Route 66

It’s time to leave our homely Grand Canyon campsite and get on the road again! The perfect time to settle in with a podcast and take in the views from the window.

Quirky stop-offs are a staple of any road trip, and Seligman, Arizona is about as quirky as they come. This tiny town is known as the ‘birthplace of Route 66’, and is packed with old cars, retro Americana and strange décor. A milkshake from Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Diner is an actual must, before picking up some souvenirs from the world’s most iconic road.

Cars at Seligman, Arizona

Group around car at Seligman, Arizona

Diner window in Seligman, Arizona

In the evening, we’re rolling into Sin City – trust us, you’ll be overwhelmed by the colours, sounds and vibe of this iconic party city. Tonight, we’re putting our best outfits on and hitting the town…but what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

 

Day 5: Las Vegas

After a refreshing night’s sleep in a hotel bed, it’s time to explore the Strip!

From Ceasar’s Palace to the Venetian, you don’t have to be a gambler to soak in the stunning décor of the unforgettable Las Vegas hotels. The atmosphere on the Strip is completely unlike anywhere you’ll have ever visited.

It’s not just the main Strip that’ll have you spellbound though. For a touch of old-school Vegas, make sure you check out Fremont Street. Soar over the crowds on the Slotzilla zipline as light shows dance on the outdoor ceiling above you, dip into a dive bar and check out the shark tank at the Golden Nugget.

Read more: 5 Things That’ll Happen When You Visit Las Vegas For The First Time

 

Day 6: Yosemite National Park

Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas behind, it’s time to get back to nature, in the most epic way possible.

Yosemite National Park is one of the most beloved parks by our Trekkers, and after taking in some of your incredible Instagram shots, it’s obvious why. The towering granite rocks, thundering waterfalls and wandering deer are just a few of our favourite things to see. Not convinced? Check out some of our Trekkers’ snaps…

Yosemite National Park

Photo: Ben Mercer

Yosemite National Park

Photo: David O'Connor

Yosemite National Park

Photo: Frances Gormley

Yosemite National Park

Photo: Donia Dingwall

Day 7: San Francisco

And with that, the week has come to an end – didn’t it just fly by? But it’s not *quite* over yet. Rolling into the City By The Bay, we’re taking a drive around the city streets, leading us to the epic Golden Gate Bridge.

Once we’ve said our goodbyes, it’s time for you to explore a little more on your own – why not take a couple of extra nights to check out Alcatraz, Pier 39 and the lively Haight-Ashbury boutiques?

Check out our Western Wonder tour here.

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