With a roll of the dice, the adventure begins. Soak up the desert heat and party vibes of Las Vegas before heading away from the city and towards some of western America's most iconic natural wonders. See deep canyons, monstrous valleys and incredible landscapes throughout Arizona, and then make tracks to sunny California. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, gastronomic delights and high-thrill adventure, the 'sunshine state' will leave you sun-blessed and smiling. Travel north to Bend and Portland for some more relaxed city vibes before finishing the trip in Seattle, the 'Emerald City'. From the neon lights of Vegas to the dramatic skyline of Seattle, this 24-day expedition through America's west is full of variety and diversity – what America is all about.

Start
Las Vegas, United States
Finish
Seattle, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Explorer
Code
SSSOC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 181kg pp per trip

Travel along the iconic west coast from Las Vegas to Seattle


Highlights

  • Try your luck in Las Vegas
  • Uncover the history of the Navajo people at Monument Valley
  • Revel in the small-town charm of Prescott
  • Perhaps catch a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in LA
  • Get active by the ocean in Monterey
  • Go whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River in Bend
  • Check out Seattle's vibrant underground music scene

Itinerary

Kick off this American adventure in style in the world’s capital of gambling, where the casinos provide a lot more than just blackjack tables and pokies. Why not put on a poker face and hit the casino floor, watch a mind-blowing show or stroll the fabulous shopping districts. Famous for all-you-can-eat buffets and a raging nightlife, Vegas has something for everyone.
Discover some of Utah’s most captivating sights in Zion National Park. Stare up in awe at the enormous sandstone cliffs, be mesmerised by cascading waterfalls, rock-hop across gently flowing streams on the path out to the Emerald Pools and discover the unique flora and fauna that call this park home.
Enjoy the wide open spaces and sleep overnight in a ranch hand’s bunkhouse at Lake Powell. Relax in a sandstone cave, walk around the area or get active on the lake, whether in flippers or on a kayak or boat.
Learn about the Navajo Indians, the largest Native American tribe in the US, at Monument Valley, where more than 200,000 native people live. Go for a walk past giant sandstone pillars and rock pinnacles in this truly unique and breathtaking landscape.
Taking between three and six million years to form, the incredible Grand Canyon is the US's most famous national landmark and stretches 28 km wide, 365 km long and more than 1.6 km deep. Explore this site on foot while walking the South Rim Trail or hiking to Plateau Point. Alternatively, opt to take to the skies on a scenic helicopter ride over the spectacular valley.
Once the capital of Arizona, Prescott is now a small town with a whole lot of charm. Stroll though Prescott’s historic downtown and head to Whiskey Row, a place where America’s most famous cowboys and notorious outlaws once came to drink. Perhaps head to Prescott National Forest, see the stunning Willow and Watson lakes or hang about in town and watch a true blue rodeo show.
Journey to the ‘City of Angels’ to see the Hollywood sign, shop on Rodeo Drive or laze on Venice Beach. Explore the impressive collection at the Getty Center, including the art works of Van Gogh and Monet, or chase down the city’s best food trucks.
Catch a train to Santa Barbara and be welcomed by white beaches and warm weather. Walk down Stearns Wharf for a breath of fresh air, visit the Museum of Art or sit down with a beer and view of the bay.
It claims to be the happiest place in America, so why not decide for yourself if this charming town lives up to its name. Visit Bubblegum Alley (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like), hike to the top of Bishop Peak for an impressive view or be blinded by the gaudy design of the glitzy restaurants at the world famous Madonna Inn.
Relax by the beach in Monterey, where the hikes are long and breezy, the seafood is fresh and the marine life is active. Visit the aquarium, explore the waters by kayak or journey down the coast to Big Sur to see pristine beaches, magnificent redwoods and some truly beautiful coastal landscapes.
The ‘City by the Bay’ offers a barrel of impressive sights. See the Golden Gate Bridge, walk along Fisherman’s Wharf, explore Alcatraz or peruse some zany art in SoMa. Head to China Town for a delightful plate of chop suey, find your fortune in a cookie or indulge in some fresh seafood. Later, step into the diverse night-life of San Francisco, whether it be in a chilled-out bar, at a gig or on a pulsating dance floor.
Head to Bend for a few days of outdoor adventure. Depending on the time of year, either hit the rapids of Deschutes River or the slopes of the nearby snowy mountains. The rolling landscape is a great place for a bike ride or get vertical rock climbing the rugged countryside. If the great outdoors gets a little too much, why not take a stroll around town, grab a coffee and hit the shopping malls and outlets.
In the Pacific Northwest, visit the intriguing up-and-coming state of Portland. Portland is known as the greenest city in America, so begin with a walk through Forest Park, the biggest inner-city park in the country, or take in the tranquil air of the Classical Chinese Gardens. With the most breweries in the world found here, be sure to relax with a beer and watch the bubbly characters of the city go by. Journey to Mount St Helens, an active volcano steaming and bubbling as recently as 2008, which offers incredible hikes and an impressive historical museum.
It may be cloudy and a little drizzly, but Seattle is anything but an indoor city. Head to the bohemian Pike Place Market, chill out with a latte in Hing Hay Park or take shelter from the rain at the Pacific Science Center or Science-Fiction Museum. Seattle is all that is hip and cool while also appeasing active sportspeople and gourmet enthusiasts. Perhaps finish the tour by dining on Seattle’s signature salmon by the bay or a famous ‘hand forged’ Top Pot doughnut and Irish Coffee – it’s the way of the Seattleite.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast1 dinner
Transport
Bus, Metro, Plane, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Cabin (multishare) (1 night), Hogan (1 night), Hotel (20 nights), Motel (1 night)
Included activites
  • Bend - Snowshoe, bike or kayak tour (depending on season)
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Jeep tour & overnight experience
  • Monument Valley Tribal Park Entry Fee
  • Temples, Tea, & Beatniks Urban Adventure
  • Zion National Park

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1. A single supplement is available on this trip
2. Full passport details are required at time of booking

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