Discover the landscapes and cities that have people saying West is Best.
Hit the west on a good ol’ American road trip from Seattle to Los Angeles. Cruise through Oregon exploring its stunning natural scenery, delicious food and progressive cities, then head south into California where the natural delights just continue. Trade the sheer granite faces of Yosemite for the desert landscapes of Death Valley, then roll the dice in Las Vegas and peer into the Grand Canyon before heading back to the coast and Los Angeles, where the sun sets on both Venice Beach and your trip.
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Explore the incredible forests, mountains and rivers of Mt Rainier and Olympic national parks then walk among the world’s oldest, tallest trees in Redwood National Park.
Experience the eclectic, progressive cities of Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, where world-class food and delicious microbrews reign supreme.
Yosemite National Park feels like something out of a film. While other tour groups breeze through in a day, spend two nights in the park - allowing for a full day of hiking and exploring.
For many, Death Valley conjures up images of flat, barren wastelands. Be surprised by diverse landscapes of sand dunes, water-sculpted canyons, extinct volcanic craters and in the spring, fields of wildflowers.
Enjoy a free day to lose yourself among the bright desert lights of Las Vegas. This is a great way to end your adventure. Remember, what happens in Vegas...
From flashy Las Vegas to the red cliffs of Zion National Park and the distinctive hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, discover a huge diversity of American landscapes in a relatively short amount of time.
Road tripping is the ultimate way to see the US, and scenic drives are a big part of this adventure’s focus. It's a very big country, so on a short trip expect to spend a lot of time driving in the van, rather than lots of time in each destination. Distances may be much longer than what you're used to (especially if coming from Europe). Long driving days though, while a little cramped, are perfect for soaking up the spectacular scenery, getting to know your fellow travellers, and breaking out that new book or album.
Los Angeles is one of the most car-heavy cities in the world and so, along with San Francisco, traffic can be hectic – especially during the holiday period. Take any delays in your stride and get your best car game ready to play.
Death Valley is extremely hot and dry (it's the hottest recorded place on Earth after all), so hiking at certain times of the year isn’t recommended.
Our vans do have air-conditioning, but it has to work pretty hard to keep a full group cool, so you may be hot. At other times of the year, it can be quite cold, especially at night. Be prepared for all weather conditions, especially outside of the July/August summer months. Pack warm clothes for the cold, sun protection and layers for the heat. It’s best to carefully consider the season and weather conditions to determine the best time to travel for you.
Some travellers have reported feeling unsafe in San Francisco due to the large number of homeless people. Unfortunately homelessness is a fact of life in San Francisco and the problem is widespread throughout the city. It is very likely that you will see homeless people on the street during your time in the city, and while it can appear intimidating, they are mostly harmless.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip.