USA & Canada Road Trip: West Coast Discovery

They say the west is best — so why just visit one North American country to see if that’s true? Take in the natural beauty of America’s Grand Canyon and Canada’s Banff National Park, go whale watching in Tofino, and get your glitz on in Las Vegas! Sound hectic? Explore the highlights of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. And with an itinerary that plays like the greatest hits of North America, you’ll get the most bang for your buck.

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUUC/205181
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Los Angeles, United States
  • Finishes: Vancouver, Canada
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • Lake Havasu
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Jasper
  • Wells Gray Park
  • Whistler
  • Tofino
  • Victoria
  • Vancouver



Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.
Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.


Day 2: Los Angeles/Lake Havasu

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of California's most glamourous city. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.


Day 3: Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon

Visit the mighty Grand Canyon. Take short hikes and enjoy sunset at the edge of the canyon.
In the morning, discover something unexpected, the London Bridge, in Lake Havasu City. Continue across vast desert landscapes to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles: the Grand Canyon. Take short hikes at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim as you view the stunning sunset.


Day 4: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Travel Route 66, then explore Las Vegas along the strip.
For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.


Day 5: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.


Day 6: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.
With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.


Day 7: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills or rent a bike to explore the city on wheels.


Day 8: San Francisco/Calgary

Bid farewell to the States and fly north of the border to Calgary. Opt to meet new members of the group at an evening welcome meeting.


Day 9: Calgary/Banff

Discover the beautiful town of Banff; view wildlife, take a gondola ride, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views.


Day 10: Banff/Lake Louise

Gaze at the beauty of Lake Louise, and hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House or along the Six Glaciers Trail.


Day 11: Lake Louise

Head into Yoho National Park and visit the mighty Tekakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon.


Day 12: Lake Louise/Jasper

Make the stunning drive to Jasper via the Icefield Parkway. Visit beautiful Bow Lake, and stop at Columbia Icefield Centre before arriving in Jasper in the evening.
To travel the icefield parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 230km (155 mi) between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper, the parkway offers easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes on Earth. This is a wonderful journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, pristine mountain lakes, and broad sweeping valleys. Stop at Columbia Icefield for an unforgettable experience. Continue on to Jasper. In the evening, set up your camp and enjoy a nice warm campfire.


Day 13: Jasper

Stroll through Maligne Canyon and explore the surrounding area of Jasper. In the afternoon, head back to check out the lively mountain town.


Day 14: Jasper/Wells Gray Park

Stop at Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Rockies, en route to Wells Gray PP.


Day 15: Wells Gray Park

Head out for an exciting adventure canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Stop at some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the park, including the world famous Helmcken Falls.


Day 16: Wells Gray Park/Whistler

Drive through dense woods into the Canadian desert and finally to the beautiful coastal mountains.


Day 17: Whistler

Wake up in one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Go for a hike in the morning, then enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Whistler and its surroundings.


Day 18: Whistler/Tofino

Take a ferry across to Vancouver Island. Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan Provincial Park. Arrive in time for a gorgeous sunset.
In the morning, drive a short distance to the ferry terminal. Taking a ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is an exciting part of the adventure of getting here. BC Ferries offers an outstanding service that travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. In the afternoon, continue to drive to Tofino, just in time for sunset.


Day 19: Tofino

Search for orcas and other whales on a half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and take in Tofino's unique blend of fisher-meets-surfer vibe.


Day 20: Tofino/Victoria

Travel south down Vancouver Island to British Columbia's capital, Victoria. Take a stroll around the city and absorb the West Coast vibe.


Day 21: Victoria/Vancouver

Take a ferry back onto the mainland. Trip ends upon arrival to Vancouver. Opt to spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful, easy-going city.
Please note this trip ends on arrival to Vancouver. If you are interested in exploring Vancouver and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional post-trip accommodation nights.

    • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Banff
    • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
    • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Death Valley visit
    • Columbia Icefield stop
    • Half-day canoeing excursion in Wells Gray PP
    • Half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (16 nts)
    • 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 13 dinners
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, ferry, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Stargaze in Los Angeles
  • Experience a Grand Canyon sunset
  • Roll the dice in Las Vegas
  • Hike in Yosemite National Park
  • Create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper National Park
  • Be awed by the mighty Rockies
  • Get up close and personal with Canadian wildlife.