The best of the west is at your fingertips. Each day will see someone’s eyes go wide with amazement
Take the family on an adventure that explores the biggest, best and most iconic sights of the West. Starting in the home of the rich and famous; star spot in LA and take to the beach in San Diego before exploring the sizzling desert and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Discover the bright lights of Las Vegas then get active and look out for bears in Yosemite. Get a culture hit in cosmopolitan San Fran and get closer to nature in Monterey. Share wonders and fun with the family on a trip you’ll never forget.
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Rub shoulders with the celebs while walking down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles' Beverly Hills
Try and think of a word that can properly describe the amazing sight of the Grand Canyon. Camping nearby the rim as you exlore the depths of the canyon, before ending the day with a breathtaking sunset.
If you want it, Vegas has got it! Be energised by the bright lights and endless entertainment options in this oasis of fun in the desert
Channel your inner cowboy as you explore the rugged Wild West, home to westerns, moon-like landscapes, and much more
Yosemite is the definition of natural beauty. Two nights camping gives you loads of time to seek out bears, crane your neck to look up at incredibly tall trees, and walk to towering granite cliffs and through wildflower valleys
Head underwater to come face-to-face with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s outstanding sea life, then hop in a kayak to seek it out in the wild
End this American adventure in the bustling melting pot of San Francisco and take a walk across the world’s most iconic golden bridge
Death Valley in the summer is extremely hot and dry (it does hold the record as the hottest place on earth after all). Hiking at this time of year isn't recommended, but there’s still a lot to see and do. Some tours will not be able to go to Death Valley if the temperature there is too high.
The USA is a big country. Distances between destinations may be longer than what you're used to, especially if you're coming from Europe. There are many long days of driving, so expect to spend a lot of time in the van – perfect for soaking in the scenery, perfecting your car games, or catching up on that latest book or album. Some travel days are 6-7 hours long
Although our vans do have air conditioning, it has to work pretty hard to keep a full group cool. Expect to feel hot during summer and cold at other times of the year, especially at night. Please consider the season and research the weather conditions to determine the best time to travel for you. Remember to come prepared with adequate clothing.
This is a participatory trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. This trip also involves you putting up and down your tent as you move from place to place.
2018 TRIP CHANGES - in 2018 this trip will run in reverse please see Important notes for more details
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 14 years and under at time of travel.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car or booster seat.
Car seats can be purchased locally for around USD30-80, depending on the model, your leader can assist you with the purhacse locally.
Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height must be secured by a safety belt.
2018 TRIP CHANGES
This trip will become a "teenage" trip for children aged 10 years +
The itinerary will be reversed - San Francisco to Los Angeles. We will be removing San Diego & Death Valley
and adding an additional day in Yosemite
The itinerary will be as follows:
1 San Francisco (arrival day)
2 San Francisco
4 Yosemite National Park
5 Yosemite National Park
6 Yosemite National Park
8 Las Vegas
9 Las Vegas
10 Grand Canyon
11 Grand Canyon
12 Lake Havasu
13 Los Angeles
14 Los Angeles
15 Los Angeles ( departure day)
Our Western USA family Holiday trips score an average of 4.83 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.
Our family of 5 including three children under 10 enjoyed the western USA family tour in July 2017. The alternating camping and hotels allowed us to be organised which is always a challenge with kids. The highlights were the 4th July fireworks in san Diego, Las Vegas, the beauty of Yosemite and kayaking with the Sea Otters in Monterey. Our guide Crystal was organised and helpful. We would recommend this trip to any family for their first tour of Western USA.
Review submitted 02 Sep 2017
Excellent trip itinerary, with a perfect mix of National Parks and cities, giving a great flavour of the 3 states visited. The combination of hotels and camping also added to the experience, especially with the opportunity to stay in the Grand Canyon National Park. However, the trips are primarily designed around groups of young adults and when travelling in a family group, this is not always compatible. Hotel rooms were not allocated together or necessarily even on the same floor, nor all hotels were in locations suitable for families. The camping equipment is not necessarily suitable for middle aged parents, with just a thin camping mat to sleep on, so be aware!
Review submitted 20 Aug 2017