This overland adventure combines the beauty of natural landmarks with unforgettable cultural experiences. From the 'City of Angels' travel through the Californian desert to see the famous Joshua Tree and along Route 66 to Las Vegas. Survive Death Valley and explore the majestic Yosemite National Park before visiting the seemingly bottomless Crater Lake. Hike through the forested canyons in Silver Falls and climb Mount St Helens, a surreal active volcano. This tour of the US is the perfect balance of nature and adventure.

Start
Los Angeles, United States
Finish
Seattle, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Overland
Code
SSOZC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
882kg pp per trip

Jump aboard an overland adventure along America's west coast


Highlights

  • Gaze in awe at the Grand Canyon
  • Explore the vast parklands in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Get your kicks on Route 66
  • Be dazzled by the lights of 'Sin City' - aka Las Vegas
  • Encounter towering ancient trees in Redwood National Park
  • Hike beside mysterious Crater Lake
  • Experience the ethereal beauty of Mt St Helens
  • Camp by the seaside in Mendocino
  • Soak up the bohemian culture of San Francisco
  • Check out a live band in quirky Seattle

Itinerary

Discover the glitz and glamour of sprawling Los Angeles county. Perhaps arrive early to enjoy a spot of sightseeing.
Travel through the desert to Joshua Tree National Park. Cross the Colorado River near Lake Havasu, a hive for water sports.
Hike around the rim or into the Grand Canyon, or opt to take a helicopter flight for a spectacular bird's-eye view over the region.
Drive down the famous Route 66, head out across the Mojave Desert and arrive in 'Sin City' - aka Las Vegas, Nevada.
Journey to Sierra Nevada via the scorching landscape of Death Valley.
Travel to the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains en route to the granite cliffs and cascading waters of Yosemite National Park.
Make tracks to San Fran - definitely one of the city highlights on this trip. In free time, visit Alcatraz, perhaps cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge or hop around experiencing the many fun tourist attractions in San Francisco.
The popular artist colony of Mendocino is famous for its ocean views.
Stroll the Avenue of Giants in Redwood National Park, a road lined with magnificent, ancient redwoods - some reaching 90 m.
See some of the best views of Crater Lake, a seemingly bottomless expanse.
Continue north to the Oregon Dunes and explore these giant sand hills either by foot or, for the adventurous, by dune buggy.
Stop by Eugene, the lumber and wood-producing centre of Oregon. Set off on hikes among the forested canyons and waterfalls of Silver Falls.
Travel through Portland en route to the active Mt St Helens, which is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The adventure ends in the quirky city of Seattle - the 'birthplace of grunge'.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (10 nights), Hostel (1 night), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Las Vegas Strip tour
  • Mt Rainier National Park
  • Mt St Helens Volcanic Monument
  • Redwood National Park
  • Route 66
  • Silver Falls State Park
  • Yosemite National Park

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Notes

Please note that this trip will begin on Sundays in 2013

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