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Want to experience some of the best highlights of Western USA? This one’s for you! Be blinded by the bright lights of Las Vegas with an included party bus tour of The Strip, feel the heat as you step into sizzling Death Valley, gaze up at the magnificent Giant Sequoias in Yosemite, and then head to San Francisco for the chance to stroll along the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Finish with a drive down the California Coast and the opportunity to swim before finding yourself back in Los Angeles. Now that's what we call an awesome all-American adventure!

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Trekking, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: W2/208514
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Los Angeles, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Colorado River
  • Lake Havasu
  • Las Vegas
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • California Coast
  • Santa Barbara



Day 1-2: Los Angeles - San Diego

Say goodbye to LA and hello to the city of San Diego. Laze in grassy Balboa Park or explore the famous San Diego Zoo with over 3,000 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. If you’re feeling a tad more active, San Diego has the perfect environment for beachfront activities; go rollerblading, cycling or take to the water for a spot of surfing. At night, the Gaslamp Quarter is the place to experience the city's live music and bar scene.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Rollerblading US$5-15
  • Bike rental US$5-15
  • Water sports US$10-$75


Day 3: Colorado River

Today you’ll receive your first introduction to the diverse landscapes of the American West. Head out of ‘America’s Finest City’ and wave goodbye to the sun-soaked beaches on the California Coast. Today’s drive brushes by the Mexican border, through the awesome Algodones sand dunes, and into Arizona’s Mojave desert. Spend the night camping near to the Colorado River.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour


Day 4-5: Lake Havasu - Grand Canyon National Park

Enjoy a stop at Lake Havasu and see the original London Bridge. From here nothing you have ever seen will prepare you for what you're about to see next; the mighty Grand Canyon! You can hike from the forest above to the desert below to get an insider view on the canyon. 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 seen such an incredible sight!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Helicopter flight US$254-$284
  • IMAX Theater US$15


Day 6-7: Route 66 - Las Vegas

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 little roadside town of Seligman, full to the brim with vintage Americana and plenty of souvenirs. Next up is the city of Las Vegas where neon lights guide your path on an included party bus tour of The Strip. You may wish to indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, take in a show, enjoy the attractions that many of the glitzy hotel resorts have to offer, or simply sit back and people watch! For the best view of 'Sin City', take to the sky on an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. 

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Clubs & casino shows from US$10
  • Roller coasters US$25-$40
  • Helicopter flight US$124
  • Go karting US$45
  • Gun range US$20-$100
  • Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
  • VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100


Day 8: Death Valley National Park

Today you're in Death Valley National Park and we're not exaggerating when we say it's hot! This is one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth. The mercury tips at over 130 degrees in the summer, but it's this heat that has created the spectacle that everyone comes to see. This is a barren (but geographically awesome!) landscape, so brave the heat and check out the incredible Badwater Basin salt flats, and experience otherworldly views from Zabriskie Point. You'll spend the night in nearby Bishop, where thankfully it's not quite as hot!NB: Due to extremely high temperatures in the summer, it may not be possible to visit Death Valley National Park, for safety reasons. We will continue to monitor this situation and an alternative will be offered. We are confident any changes will have minimal impact on your tour.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour


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 range. The scenery you pass by will have you itching to get your hiking boots on and go explore, or rent a bike and pedal along the trails. Yosemite National Park is nature's greatest backyard and with both easy and strenuous hikes on offer, you're bound to find a trail that suits your ability. Whichever trail you choose you'll be amazed at the magnificent waterfalls and epic cliff faces. Keep your camera to hand at all times as this park is famous for its epic Giant Sequoia trees and abundance of incredible wildlife including bears and coyotes. 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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Bike rental US$12-$34
  • Float trip on the Merced River US$29


Day 11-12: San Francisco

Fall for San Francisco's charm with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, home to the original hippy movement and some great boutique shops and cafes. No visit to the ‘City by the Bay’ would be complete without a stroll over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge - it's a 'must do'. Head to Fisherman's Wharf and perhaps grab a bowl of clam chowder, before heading over to Pier 39 to see hundreds of sea lions just chilling out. Enjoy an included, locally guided tour of Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown and Lombard Street; one of the steepest and most crooked streets in the city. In your free time why not jump on a cable car and explore the hillside heights, as well as the 'speakeasy' bars which keep going until the small hours. You'll never be bored in this chilled out West Coast city. If you’re interested in visiting Alcatraz we recommend you book your tickets well in advance, directly with Alcatraz Cruises. For this tour you should book your ticket for day 12 (1pm onwards).

Meals Included: 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$50
  • Baseball game from US$20
  • Alcatraz Prison (must be booked in advance with Alcatraz Cruises) US$33-$40


Day 13: California Coast

Departing San Fran, it’s time to hit the road again. You’ll be stopping over in the beautiful San Luis Obispo County, located on California’s sun-soaked central coast. Along the way, admire the rocky outcroppings that the puncture the serene blue of the ocean as you drive alongside the Pacific Ocean.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour


Day 14: Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

Before you head back to LA make sure you make the most of California's 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. Head back to Los Angeles where your American adventure ends, but if you still haven't had your beach fix then be sure to stop off at Venice Beach to people watch and see the cool kids on their boards.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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Accommodation: Camping 9, Budget Lodging: 2, Hotel: 2
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Tour Highlights:
  • Party bus tour of the Las Vegas Strip
  • Locally guided San Francisco tour including Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown & Lombard Street
  • Beach time in San Diego & Santa Barbara
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset at the Grand Canyon
  • Drive along iconic Route 66 & stop in Seligman
  • Explore one of the hottest places on earth - Death Valley
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoia trees in Yosemite
  • Walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Admission to incredible national parks - Grand Canyon, Death Valley & Yosemite