Wild Western USA

11 Days | Explore the Grand Canyon and Yosemite on an American road trip

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Get a dose of a classic USA on this 11-day wild western adventure. Stroll among the bizarre flora of Joshua Tree National Park, peer over the edge of the Grand Canyon and people-watch on the sandy boardwalks of Santa Monica. Trek and explore Yosemite, marvel at the size of Half Dome, and then head on to the coast as you move through constantly changing scenery through to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. For those who just want to hit the wide open road and see the natural wonder of USA’s west, this extensive LA to San Fran adventure is just the ticket.

Trip overview

Map of Wild Western USA including United States Of America
Start
Santa Monica, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
United States
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
SSRVC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Road trip along historic Route 66, also known as the 'Mother Road', stopping in quirky Seligman for a dose of old-fashioned Americana.
  • Hike through beautiful Joshua Tree National Park among desert cactus gardens and unusual rock formations.
  • The Grand Canyon National Park takes time to really discover – you'll spend two nights in the park, unlike on most trips, so there's a full day to explore properly and see the mighty canyon up close.
  • Lose yourself among the bright desert lights of Las Vegas and the Strip, and remember, what happens in Vegas...
  • Spending three nights in Yosemite National Park means two full days of exploration. With so many options on what to do, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
  • Where better to end your adventure than in San Francisco, the eclectic, multicultural 'City by the Bay'. With the option to extend your visit a couple of days, you won’t be wanting to go home just yet.
  • With a knowledgeable leader getting you from place to place, all you’ve got to worry about is snapping the best photo and getting the most out of your wild western road trip.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you’re part of a team! You know the phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Well that’s extra true on this trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand – everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
  • That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately USD 10 per day, run to cover the cost of meals. This kitty saves you worrying about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is, and actually helps keep your costs down. Instead of paying individually as you go, it means we can bulk purchase items and cook our own food – though there’s always the chance to use it for the occasional pizza night! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out and purchase (and cook) your own food.
  • You'll be travelling in a van with your group, so conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s simply the best way to get around, and you might even make some long-term friends.

Itinerary

Map of Wild Western USA including United States Of America

Inclusions

Meals

1 breakfast

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Hostel (1 night)

Activities
  • Joshua Tree National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Grand Canyon National Park - Entrance
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Visit to Mono Lake
Add on activities
  • Colorado River - Swimming - Free
  • Joshua Tree National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Grand Canyon - Hiking - Free
  • Grand Canyon - IMAX Movie - USD15
  • Las Vegas - Big Apple Express roller coaster - USD15
  • Las Vegas - Mob Museum - USD27
  • Las Vegas - Monorail - USD5
  • Las Vegas - Fremont Street Zip Line - Free
  • Las Vegas - Bellagio Fountains - Free
  • Las Vegas - Eiffel Tower - USD22
  • Yosemite - Cycling in Yosemite Valley - USD12
  • Yosemite National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Yosemite - Raft Rental (seasonal) - USD30
  • San Francisco - Sunset catamaran cruise - USD45

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1 in Los Angeles and finishes on arrival in San Francisco at approximately 5pm on Day 11.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 1 (Los Angeles) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
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Ricky · Traveled August 2023
Brilliant tour that covers a lot of ground but doesn't rush you along. Very accommodating tour leader, and a great set of age ranges. I thought I would be old at 33, but I was the youngest to begin with! It's luck of the drawer, but definitely don't let age put you off in any way!
Review submitted 29 Aug 2023

Ana · Traveled August 2021
An incredible trip with exquisite scenery and great hiking. You cover a lot of ground in the 10 days, but it's a well-paced tour. Just book - you won't regret it!
Review submitted 19 Aug 2021
Wild Western USA
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CAD $3,265