Join an adventure from Los Angeles to San Francisco and visit Joshua Tree National Park

Journey into the remote wilds of the western USA on this exceptional grassroots adventure that takes in California and Nevada's biggest attractions. Get a taste of fast-paced Los Angeles, spend a night camped out in Joshua Tree National Park and perhaps try your luck in louder-than-life Las Vegas. Then trade the all-night revelries of the world's most outlandish city for the solitude of Death Valley, set out along the forested trails of Yosemite National Park and wind up among the sea-side charms of San Francisco. Spending time in places both brimming with natural beauty and bursting with city spectacles, this is the perfect introduction to the USA's great west.

Start
Los Angeles, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Explorer
Code
SSRVC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
613kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Walk along the palm-lined boulevards of San Diego
  • Wander the boulder-strewn terrain of Joshua Tree National Park
  • Watch the sun go down over the Grand Canyon
  • Get a taste of the ostentatious in Las Vegas
  • Descend to the furnace-like floor of Death Valley
  • Wind through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Itinerary

Arrive in Los Angeles, the 'City of Angels'. Perhaps touch down a few days earlier to get a feel for this sun-blessed city, soaking up the sights of Santa Monica or following the star-studded sidewalks of Hollywood all the way to Beverly Hills.
Take a leisurely drive South, to a city that's made a living off staying outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. Perhaps say hi to some of the locals at the famous San Diego zoo, explore the historic old town or grab a board and head for the beach.
Leave the coast behind and head for the Mojave Desert. Search for the famous Joshua Tree that lends its name to the renowned national park (and a U2 album). Marvel at the peculiar geology and Wild West feel of this alien landscape and be amazed by the giant boulder piles that litter the horizon.
This is it. The big ticket, the show stopper - the mighty Grand Canyon. Travel to the rim of the canyon and peer down to the valley floor, perhaps embarking on a hike among the canyon walls. With eagles soaring overhead and the giant chasm extending infinitely toward the horizon, this is an American experience not to be missed.
Breeze into legendary Las Vegas, playground of the rich and reckless. Even for those who prefer not to try their luck on the card tables, this city still boasts plenty of attractions. Hit the town with a limo, people-watch in a bar or head along the Strip for some weird and whacky Vegas attractions.
Brave the scolding desert heat of Death Valley and, after sweating it out a little, come to terms with one of the United States' most unique ecosystems. If the conditions are favourable, take a small walk onto the sand to see how life manages to survive among the inhospitable terrain.
It might be a little tough to pronounce at first, but Yosemite is arguably the United States' premier national park. From the giant granite domes to the gushing waterfalls that feed the stunning forests and lakes below, Yosemite will take your breath away at every turn. Enjoy free time in the park to tackle some of the hiking trails, hire bikes or just bliss out at the tranquil surrounds of Mirror Lake.
Be romanced by the incredible Bay Area, including its crown jewel – the progressive and popular city of San Francisco. Time-permitting, consider sticking around for a few days after the trip's end to check out some of this great city's other attractions.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (7 nights), Hostel (1 night), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

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Wild Western USA , July 2015

Wild Western USA , July 2015