Discover stardust, desert and waterfalls on America's West Coast

The West Coast of America offers a myriad of delights for the Intrepid traveller. From the big city lights of Los Angeles and the emerald San Francisco Bay to the vast expanses of the Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley - this is a region of constant contrasts. Throw in a visit to the breathtaking Grand Canyon, the waterfall wonderland of Yosemite and the irrepressible buzz of Las Vegas for good measure and you have an incredible Californian discovery tour.

Start
Los Angeles, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Overland
Code
SSRN
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
541kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Launch into West Coast culture in the glitzy city of Los Angeles
  • Discover iconic Joshua trees in a surreal setting
  • Travel across the vast Californian desert
  • Peer down into the vast mouth of the Grand Canyon
  • Take a tour down the iconic Las Vegas strip
  • Inspect bizarre rock formations in Death Valley
  • Explore Yosemite National Park
  • Soak up the sights of San Francisco Bay

Itinerary

Arrive in the United States early and discover beaches, palm-lined boulevards, skyscrapers and stardust in the sprawling county of Los Angeles.
Travel across the arid desert of Southern California and head to Joshua Tree National Park. Take time to explore portions of this vast, eerie landscape that has mystified visitors for years - most notably U2, who named their 1987 album after the Joshua Tree park's resident yuccas. Cross the Colorado River and spend the night in Laughlin, Nevada.
Road trip into Arizona towards one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Inspiring, breathtaking, magnificent - see the Grand Canyon from every angle. Walk along the canyon's rim and peer 1,600 m below or take an optional scenic helicopter flight. For those feeling adventurous, why not hike into the Grand Canyon's interior.
Hit Route 66 and head towards Las Vegas, Nevada - aka 'Sin City' - the entertainment capital of the USA. Strut down the iconic Vegas strip on a sightseeing tour, experience the glitz and glamour of a stage show, have a flutter on the gaming tables or pull up a seat at one of the famous all-you-can-eat buffets.
Despite being one of the driest and hottest valleys on the planet, Death Valley is a fascinating place to visit. See epic sand dunes, volcanic craters and bizarre, sculpted rocks as well as flora and fauna that have adopted unique methods of survival under the harsh Californian sun. Be sure to have cameras ready as there is a wealth of photo opportunities to be had in Death Valley.
From its cascading waterfalls to its gemstone lakes, Yosemite National Park will truly impress with jaw-dropping beauty evident at every turn. Perhaps enjoy a hike to one of the lower Nevada Falls or maybe an easier stroll to picturesque Mirror Lake. Take time to soak in the sights, smells and sounds of this unforgettable setting.
Leave Yosemite behind and head west to San Francisco where this California Discovery tour comes to an end. As there's plenty of sightseeing to do in this 'City by the Bay', why not stay on for some more exploration. Take a ferry to visit eerie Alcatraz, scoff a clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf or catch some rays in Golden Gate Park.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Private vehicle, Van
Accommodation
Cabin (1 night), Hostel (1 night), Hotel (5 nights)
Included activities
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Las Vegas Strip tour
  • Route 66
  • Yosemite National Park

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Important notes

Please bring your own sleeping bag. For trips which depart from 06th November to 31st March no sleeping bag will be required as accommodation will vary to accommodate for the cooler weather.

Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on day 8.

Trip notes

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