USA: Cowboys, Canyons & Coast Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Experience USA deserts and coasts, from the Grand Canyon to San Francisco
Uncover the natural wonders of the USA’s west coast, from the desert ranches of Arizona, to the astonishing scenery of the Grand Canyon to the brilliant beaches of California. Get a taste of cowboy life with a stay at a ranch and drop by rodeo shows and traditional whisky bars. Be mesmerized by the amazing colours of the deserts and the breathtaking sights that await at the Grand Canyon. Then head down to the coast and enjoy the postcard-perfect beaches and the thriving arts culture that gathers around the flawless shores.
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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.
Leave behind the ‘city on lights’ and enter the desert of Arizona. 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 Indians of the Navajo tribe live. Walk past giant sandstone pillars and rock pinnacles, keeping the camera at hand. The angle of the sun means that the landscape is constantly changing colour; it's near impossible to take a bad photo.
Stand in awe of the incredible Grand Canyon, a national landmark, which stretches 28 km wide, 365 km long and more than 1.6 km deep. It took between three and six million years to form. Explore the 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 for a nip 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 artistic works of Van Gogh and Money, or chase down the city’s best food trucks for an Angelenos dining experience. Los Angeles has something for everyone.
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 live music gig or on a pulsating dance floor.
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