Two Week Western USA Road Trip

The best of the west in two weeks



Los Angeles and San Diego, to the Colorado River and Mojave Desert. Hitting plenty of national parks and staring in awe at the Grand Canyon, before heading to Las Vegas to try your luck in Sin city. With the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park crammed into this action-packed two-week itinerary, you can experience the best of the West of the USA.


Two Week Western USA Road Trip: Trip Highlights


  • Sunset sailboat cruise on San Francisco Bay
  • 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 and Hollywood, LA
  • Sightseeing in San Diego
  • National Parks – Yosemite and the Grand Canyon
  • Services of a tour leader
  • All transportation by private adventure vehicle
  • 9 nights camping & equipment (except sleeping bag)

This trip departs from April to October, please see the dates section specific departure dates. The trip departs from Los Angeles and ends in Los Angeles.


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Itinerary


DAY 1-2: Los Angeles & San Diego

Start your two week west coast USA tour checking out star-studded Hollywood Boulevard for a snap of the famous sign and a stroll along the Walk of Fame. 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.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

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!

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel included

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.

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 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.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

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

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).

ACCOMMODATION

Hostel included

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping included

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.

ACCOMMODATION

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs


Accommodation


All accommodation is included in the trip. Along the way we are camping, with all equipment included in comfortable modern tents.

In Vegas and San Francisco you’ll stay in a downtown hotel. Waking up with views of national parks take some beating, and certainly beats a motel.

Price

2 Week - July/Aug/Sept 2018 From

USD 2255

2 Week - March/April/May/June 2019 From

USD 2379

2 Week - July/Aug/Sept 2019 From

USD 2489




What's Included?


  • Sunset sailboat cruise on San Francisco Bay
  • 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 and Hollywood, LA
  • Sightseeing in San Diego
  • National Parks – Yosemite and the Grand Canyon
  • Services of a tour leader
  • All transportation by private adventure vehicle
  • All accommodation and camping & equipment (except sleeping bag)

What's Excluded?


  • Flights
  • Spending Money
  • Food kitty 10 USD a day
  • Visas

Frequently Asked Questions



  • Our tours are designed for trekkers 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


  • Yes, our vehicles are equipped with wireless Internet connection.


Two Week Western USA Road Trip Trip Dates


MARCH 2019
MAR 28 to APR 10

APRIL 2019
APR 11 to APR 24
APR 25 to MAY 08
APR 28 to MAY 11

MAY 2019
MAY 09 to MAY 22
MAY 12 to MAY 25
MAY 19 to JUN 01
MAY 23 to JUN 05
MAY 26 to JUN 08

JUNE 2019
JUN 02 to JUN 15
JUN 06 to JUN 19
JUN 09 to JUN 22
JUN 16 to JUN 29
JUN 20 to JUL 03
JUN 23 to JUL 06

JULY 2019
JUL 02 to JUL 15
JUL 04 to JUL 17
JUL 07 to JUL 20
JUL 11 to JUL 24
JUL 14 to JUL 27
JUL 21 to AUG 03
JUL 25 to AUG 07
JUL 28 to AUG 10

AUGUST 2019
AUG 01 to AUG 14
AUG 04 to AUG 17
AUG 08 to AUG 21
AUG 11 to AUG 24
AUG 15 to AUG 28
AUG 18 to AUG 31
AUG 20 to SEP 02
AUG 22 to SEP 04
AUG 25 to SEP 07
AUG 27 to SEP 09

SEPTEMBER 2019
SEP 03 to SEP 16
SEP 05 to SEP 18
SEP 08 to SEP 21
SEP 12 to SEP 25
SEP 15 to SEP 28
SEP 29 to OCT 12

OCTOBER 2019
OCT 13 to OCT 26

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