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: Los Angeles & San Diego

With the sun on your face, say goodbye to LA and hello to the Southern California city of San Diego – ‘America’s Finest ‘. Laze in grassy Balboa Park or feel sand between your toes at Mission Beach and top up your tan. San Diego has the perfect environment for so many beachfront activities; rollerblading, beach volleyball, boogie boarding and bicycling… you name it! Later, cruise the Gaslamp Quarter and the heart of San Diego’s nightlife. There will also be time for some sunshine at the world-famous San Diego Zoo or Sea World Adventure Park!

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 3: Colorado River

This is A-grade Arizona. Feel the heat beneath the blue skies of the Mojave Desert, cool off in the Colorado River and check out the original London Bridge. We kid you not!

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 4-5: Grand Canyon

Wow! You may be lost for words. Nothing you have ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular site! Hike from the forest above to the desert below, red rock to white powder or take an optional helicopter flight for a birds-eye view and marvel at the brilliant colours. The canyon depths is nothing short of mind-blowing. Then again so is the sunrise and that’s free.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 6-7: Las Vegas

As the desert city comes into view, luminous Vegas ups the ante – the greatest show on earth! Catch some rays by the hotel pool then dive into “The Strip” in style on an optional limousine tour. Indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds, neon and attractions that many hotel casinos have to offer. And if that’s not enough, take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip then gamble in one of the world class casinos before hitting the world famous clubs…all night long!

Accommodation: 2 en-route hotel nights included

Day 8-10: Sierra Nevada & Yosemite National Park

Next we wind through high-up peaks with far-out views across the Sierra Nevadas that will have you itching to get your trekking boots on, and there is no better place than one of nature’s greatest back yards, Yosemite National Park. Stretch your legs and walk amongst the Giant Sequoias. Hike to one of the magnificent waterfalls, or hire a bicycle to pedal along the park roads.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 11-12: San Francisco

Fall for Frisco’s charm while touring Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and the hillside heights. Enjoy a full day to explore the city, with plenty of time for shopping, sightseeing and a stroll over the Golden Gate Bridge before a cruise on the bay for an unforgettable sunset, then go bar hopping ’til the tiny hours. Mission and Marina Districts usually check the right boxes.

Accommodation: 2 en-route hotel nights included

Day 13: San Francisco & Pacific Coast

Say hello to the rugged wilderness of Big Sur and historic Monterey. Settle in to your camp and watch the sunset over the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 14: Los Angeles

Time to head back to ‘La La Land’ for a chance to strut your stuff down the star studded Hollywood Boulevard and for a final holiday snap beneath the famous Hollywood sign.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel 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


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.

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.

2 Week - March 2018 From

USD 1855

2 Week - April 2018 From

USD 1909

2 Week - May/June 2018 From

USD 2149

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 2018
MAR 29 to APR 11 (discounts apply)

APRIL 2018
APR 12 to APR 25 (discounts apply)
APR 29 to MAY 12 (discounts apply)

MAY 2018
MAY 10 to MAY 23 (discounts apply)
MAY 20 to JUN 02
MAY 27 to JUN 09 (discounts apply)

JUNE 2018
JUN 03 to JUN 16
JUN 07 to JUN 20
JUN 10 to JUN 23
JUN 17 to JUN 30
JUN 21 to JUL 04
JUN 24 to JUL 07

JULY 2018
JUL 03 to JUL 16
JUL 05 to JUL 18
JUL 08 to JUL 21
JUL 12 to JUL 25
JUL 15 to JUL 28
JUL 22 to AUG 04
JUL 26 to AUG 08
JUL 29 to AUG 11

AUGUST 2018
AUG 02 to AUG 15
AUG 05 to AUG 18
AUG 09 to AUG 22
AUG 12 to AUG 25
AUG 16 to AUG 29
AUG 19 to SEP 01
AUG 21 to SEP 03
AUG 23 to SEP 05
AUG 26 to SEP 08
AUG 28 to SEP 10

SEPTEMBER 2018
SEP 04 to SEP 17
SEP 06 to SEP 19
SEP 09 to SEP 22
SEP 13 to SEP 26
SEP 16 to SEP 29
SEP 30 to OCT 13

OCTOBER 2018
OCT 14 to OCT 27

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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