Travel to the USA and visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon

Looking for a bit of sunshine? A few nights out on the town? Or just a solid dose of California, Arizona and Nevada's best attractions? Look no further than LA to Vegas, the original road trip for those wanting a taste of the things that make America's West a great place to visit. Stroll through the bizarre flora of Joshua Tree National Park, peer over the edge of the Grand Canyon and relax on the beaches of sunny San Diego. For those who just want to hit the road and leave the world in their dust, the LA to Vegas adventure is just the ticket.

Start
Los Angeles, United States
Finish
Las Vegas, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Explorer
Code
SSRG
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 13
Carbon offset
357kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Poised near California's border with Mexico is the perennially sunny city of San Diego. Indulge in sun, sand and sea during the day and some authentic Mexican food by night
  • Drive and hike through beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. There's an other-worldly feeling among the park's desert cactus gardens, lush oases and strange rock formations
  • The Grand Canyon National Park needs no introduction. Unlike most trips, you'll spend two nights in the park so there's a full day to explore properly. See the mighty canyon up close on a variety of hikes or take a helicopter flight overhead
  • Lose yourself among the bright desert lights of Las Vegas - a great way to end your adventure. Remember, what happens in Vegas...

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to the USA! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

As this trip spends little time in Los Angeles, we recommend you arrive a few days early to see the sights. The 'City of Angels' is world-renowned for the glamourous districts of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, not to mention the shopping on Rodeo Drive. From Venice Beach to Disneyland, it's a veritable smorgasbord for the senses. We'll be happy to book additional accomodation for you (subject to availability). You might consider doing our one-day Urban Adventure sightseeing tour of Los Angeles (see urbanadventures.com).
Today drive south for two-and-a-half hours to San Diego, close to California's border with Mexico. Sunny San Diego is a great city to get out and explore as it serves up year-round temperate weather. Perhaps relax along the golden beaches of Mission Bay or take a stroll through Balboa Park. In the evening, head down to the Old Town for some delicious Mexican fare. Afterwards, you might like to make your way to the historic Gaslamp Quarter, a lively hub of restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and theatres.
Today head away from the coast and drive to Joshua Tree National Park. Sitting between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, the park is famous for its spectacular desert plants, including Joshua trees, cacti and Mojave yuccas. The area is also home to striking rock formations and mountain ranges. You might like to head out on a scenic hike around the park or even take a refreshing dip in the Colorado River. Today's total driving time is around seven hours.
Drive for six hours to Grand Canyon National Park. Words don't do justice to the Grand Canyon. This stunning gorge is 1.5 kilometres deep, formed by over six million years of erosion from the Colorado River. You'll spend two nights here, in order to allow a full day of exploration tomorrow.
Today is a free day to explore the Grand Canyon, one of the largest canyon systems in the world. Stroll along the meandering South Rim Trail or hike your way down to Plateau Point. If you're feeling extra adventurous, you might even opt for a scenic flight over the area (at your own expense). In the early evening, relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one the world's natural wonders.
Head out of the Grand Canyon and cross the western deserts of Arizona to Las Vegas. Along the way, you'll drive along a section of the famous Route 66, stopping in at the eccentric township of Seligman. The total drive will take around five hours.

Las Vegas may be the gambling capital of the world, but there's plenty to do if gambling isn't your thing. Hit the shops, feel your stomach drop on a rooftop roller coaster or simply stroll along the Strip, soaking up the glitz and gaudiness. In the evening, perhaps feast on an 'all you can eat' buffet, check out one of the many shows on offer or party the night away in a Vegas nightclub.
Today your LA to Vegas adventure comes to end. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (4 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park

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LA to Vegas Adventure , August 2016

LA to Vegas Adventure , August 2016