Three Week Western USA Road Trip

The best of the West in three weeks!



Unbeatable experiences of the American Southwest – from mountains, deserts and incredible canyons to rich and famous resort towns, casinos, movie sets and more. Experience an incredible adventure, filled with an endless array of day and night time activities.


Three Week Western USA Road Trip: Trip Highlights


THREE WEEK WESTERN USA ROAD TRIP

The Western USA road trips are by far the most popular USA trips, for good reason too. With national parks, cities and activities to die for it is one of the most popular USA leisure destinations. When you combine this with the good time and laugh you will have with the rest of the group, this just might turn out to be the highlight of your travels.

THREE WEEK WESTERN USA ROAD TRIP  HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Authentic cowboy camp with home cooked mealsOne Week Western USA Road Trip (1)
  • Western horseback riding
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • City tours of San Francisco and Hollywood, LA Sightseeing in San Diego
  • National Parks – Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, Arches and the Grand Canyon
  • Cross the Hoover Dam
  • Swap stories around the camp fire in Monument Valley Tribal Lands Services of a tour leader
  • All transportation by private adventure vehicle
  • 16 nights camping & equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • 4 nights in a hotel

Three Week Western USA Road Trip Photos





Itinerary


Day 1-2: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - California Coast

Check out the glitz and the glam of Hollywood on a tour of this star-studded neighbourhood including the Walk of Fame and views of the gigantic Hollywood sign. Departing ‘The City of Angels’ you’ll travel up the sparkling Californian coastline towards Santa Barbara and enjoy some time exploring the pier and shops, or relaxing on the beach. Known as ‘The American Riviera’, you’ll find no shortage of palm trees to sit beneath. Continue onto San Luis Obispo where a night under the Californian stars and chance to swim in the Pacific Ocean will be just the thing to finish the perfect day.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

Day 3-4: San Francisco

This morning you continue onto the ‘City by the Bay’, San Francisco. Soak up the hippy vibes in Haight-Ashbury on a tour with your leader, followed by a walk across the engineering wonder that is Golden Gate Bridge! For the ultimate view, we recommend you set sail on an optional sunset sailboat cruise that will take you right under the bridge. We include a ferry across to infamous Alcatraz Prison for a tour (value US$33). In your free time, jump aboard one of the city’s cable cars to explore further, make sure you swing by the famous ‘Painted Ladies’, visit Fisherman’s Wharf for some delicious seafood and spy some resident sea lions at Pier 39, before finishing off in North Beach for the nightlife.

ACCOMMODATION

Hostel included (multi-share)

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

Day 5-6: Yosemite National Park

Prepare to be wowed as you witness thundering waterfalls, granite peaks and towering Giant Sequoia trees in stunning Yosemite National Park. Amazing scenery lies around every corner as well as an abundance of wildlife. Look out for bears, coyotes and other wildlife that calls the park home. To be part of the action why not take a float trip on the Merced River or hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls for jaw-dropping views every step of the way?

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Bike rental US$12-$34
Float trip on the Merced River US$31

Day 7: Eastern Sierra Mountains

Make the most of this remote location as you leave lush Yosemite National Park behind for a night in the heart of the Eastern Sierra Mountains.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

Day 8-9: Zion National Park

Visit Rachel in Nevada, the closest town to the former secret US Air Force site known as Area 51 and a very popular destination with UFO hunters! Make a stop at Little A’Le Inn Bar for close encounters of the alien kind. Head to Zion National Park and for unbelievable 360 degree views, hike colourful canyons up to Angels Landing. The hike itself will leave you breathless in more ways than one! If you prefer to take the low road, lace up your boots and prepare to get wet as you wade through the magnificent Narrows, deep-cut canyons between cathedral-like sandstone walls that have been carved out by the Virgin River. Whether you’re up top or down below, you’ll get a real sense of how unique and beautiful this place is and Zion will blow your mind!

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Western horseback riding US$45-$90

Day 10: Bryce Canyon National Park

If you want awesome rock formations to gawk at then you’re definitely in the right place! You’re in Bryce Canyon National Park, famed for its hoodoos – weird and wonderful knobbly rock spires arranged in rows. ‘Mysterious’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘out of this world’ are a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park. Native Americans believe these crazy shapes to be ‘Legend People’ who were turned to stone for their sins, but we’ll let you decide. For close up views, take advantage of the park’s incredible system of trails. Wherever you walk, you will encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasy land of wonderful hiking trails.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Western horseback riding US$65-$90

Day 11-12: Capitol Reef National Park - Arches National Park - Moab

In the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is packed full of cliffs, petroglyphs, canyons and domes and you’ve only got Mother Nature to thank for that. From one incredible place to the next, you’re in Utah’s undisputed adventure capital, which guarantees non-stop fun for everyone! With two days at Arches National Park you’ll have plenty of time to explore some of the 2,000 gravity defying sandstone arches. Take a sunset stroll and watch as the sun sets over Delicate Arch or, for the action lovers, hire a mountain bike for some adrenaline pumping cycling along Moab’s slick rock path or take an off-road Hummer tour. For the ultimate adventure head down the Colorado River on an optional float trip and see this stunning place from a different perspective.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Mountain biking US$100
Float trip on the Colorado River US$60-$91
Extreme off-road hummer tour US$90-$100
Canyoneering US$100

Day 13: Monument Valley

Immerse yourself in native culture on an included Navajo guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads of Monument Valley. Experience the home of the real ‘Wild West’ as you stand in front of one of the most iconic landscapes of the desert Southwest and marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas. You won’t find a better location to swap campfire stories than under a blanket of stars.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

Day 14: Lake Powell

Visit the iconic viewpoint of Horseshoe Bend, overlooking a stunning stretch of the Colorado River. Yep you’ve guessed it, it’s in the shape of a horseshoe and also one of the most photographed areas on the Colorado River. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is a desert paradise with a long list of things to do. Go for a swim in the crystal clear waters or simply sit by the shore and relax.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

Day 15-16: Grand Canyon National Park

It’s time for the main event, the mighty Grand Canyon! Nothing you’ve ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular sight. Hike from the forest above to the desert below, or take an optional helicopter flight above it all and marvel at the brilliant colours. To capture the Grand Canyon in all its glory, wait for sunset or sunrise when the colours really will amaze! We recommend a hike on the Bright Angel Trail down to Plateau Point for views of the Colorado River and soaring condors. This is definitely one for your ‘natural wonders of the world’ tick list.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

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

Day 17-18: Route 66 - Las Vegas

Today will define the word ‘road trip’ as you cruise down the original Route 66! You’ll stop off at the iconic sights such as the town of Seligman which sits frozen in time and has tons of shops full of Americana memorabilia. But then it’s time for Vegas, baby! Nowhere on earth is quite like it. Why not treat yourself to a high-rolling party bus ride, indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions? And if that’s not enough, you could take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. Just remember, ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel included

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Party bus US$25-$35
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 19-20: San Diego

From one extreme to the other, you leave the Vegas’ crazy party scene in favour of a more relaxed time chilling out on one of California’s awesome beaches, perfect for nursing those sore heads. San Diego is all about bronzed bodies, big shades and board shorts! With your trip almost at an end, it’s time to make sure you head home with an awesome Californian tan, so head to Mission Beach, one of the best beaches on the West Coast. Later, check out the Gaslamp Quarter at the heart of San Diego’s nightlife, and soak up a blazing Californian sunset as the sun goes down on what’s been an awesome day.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

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

Day 21: San Diego - Los Angeles

As your 21 day adventure draws to an end make the most of a few extra hours on the white sandy beaches of the Californian Coast with some free time in San Diego. Before you know it you’ll be heading back to Tinseltown and what better way to finish up than with a visit to Venice Beach and a stroll along the boardwalk to watch as street performers and skateboarders pass you by. From here you’ll make your way back to the hotel where the credits roll on your awesome blockbuster adventure.

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.

ACCOMMODATION

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs


Accommodation


All accommodation is included. Along the way we will mostly be camping, with all equipment included in comfortable modern tents.

Camping
16 Nights

Budget Lodging
2 Nights

Hotel
2 Nights

See itinerary for more details.

A Rough Idea of Price

All of our gap year holidays are completely customised to your needs and prices will therefore vary based on things like the time of year and level of accommodation; but we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

3 Week - April 2018 From

USD 2629

3 Week - July/Aug/Sept 2018 From

USD 3189




What's Included?


  • Authentic cowboy camp with home cooked meals
  • Western horseback riding
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • City tours of San Francisco and Hollywood, LA
  • Sightseeing in San Diego
  • National Parks – Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, Arches and the Grand Canyon
  • Cross the Hoover Dam
  • Swap stories around the camp fire in Monument Valley Tribal Lands
  • Services of a tour leader
  • All transportation by private adventure vehicle
  • All accommodation and camping & equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • 4 nights in a hotel

What's Excluded?


  • Food Kitty: US$10 per day
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping Bag

Frequently Asked Questions



  • Our tours are designed for travellers aged 18 to 38 years of age. Consequently, they tend to focus on activities and nightlife that appeal to that age range.


  • One suitcase or rucksack with a maximum weight of 20 KG, plus your sleeping bag and one carry on bag for the van. Be sure to check the weight allowance of your luggage with your airline as well.

  • You should check exact visa requirements within your home country. Passport holders from countries that qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now required to obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authority) which is free and can be applied for online.

  • Book early! Many tours fill quickly so you should contact us as soon as possible. We would be happy to help you choose the trip that is right for you. All of our sales representatives have first hand knowledge and information about our trips. Call us anytime to check availability or hold a seat on option for up to three days with no obligation.

  • The reason many en route hotels are paid locally is due to fluctuation of hotel prices throughout the year. Instead of getting ‘locked’ into a contract with one hotel for an entire year, we are able to choose one that has the most reasonable price for that time of year. This saves you money in the end

  • No. The majority of the people travelling with us are on their own. Our trips are a great way to travel safely and meet other like minded, adventurous people from all over the world and we do not charge single supplements.

  • 1) The services of a professionally-trained tour guide

    2) Transportation in a 15 passenger air-conditioned maxi van

    3) All necessary camping equipment including tents, cold food storage containers, camp lights, stoves and other camp accessories

    4) Admission to all National Parks and monuments as per the “Flexible Night Stops”

    5) Special included activities


  • Yes our vehicles are equipped with wireless Internet connection.


Three Week Western USA Road Trip Trip Dates


Three Week Western USA Road Trip

APRIL 2018
APR 06 to APR 26
APR 27 to MAY 17

MAY 2018
MAY 18 to JUN 07

JUNE 2018
JUN 01 to JUN 21
JUN 08 to JUN 28
JUN 22 to JUL 12

JULY 2018
JUL 04 to JUL 24
JUL 13 to AUG 02
JUL 20 to AUG 09
JUL 27 to AUG 16

AUGUST 2018
AUG 03 to AUG 23
AUG 10 to AUG 30
AUG 17 to SEP 06
AUG 24 to SEP 13
AUG 31 to SEP 20

SEPTEMBER 2018
SEP 05 to SEP 25
SEP 14 to OCT 04
SEP 24 to OCT 14

APRIL 2019
APR 05 to APR 25
APR 26 to MAY 16

MAY 2019
MAY 17 to JUN 06
MAY 31 to JUN 20

JUNE 2019
JUN 07 to JUN 27
JUN 21 to JUL 11

JULY 2019
JUL 03 to JUL 23
JUL 12 to AUG 01
JUL 19 to AUG 08
JUL 26 to AUG 15

AUGUST 2019
AUG 02 to AUG 22
AUG 09 to AUG 29
AUG 16 to SEP 05
AUG 23 to SEP 12
AUG 30 to SEP 19

SEPTEMBER 2019
SEP 04 to SEP 24
SEP 13 to OCT 03
SEP 23 to OCT 13

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