Explore cities, deserts, forests and valleys on this action-packed adventure through America’s West
Cities, deserts, forests, canyons, valleys and the gambling capital of the world make up this larger-than-life journey through America’s West. Start slowly in the City by the Bay before lacing up your boots (and filling up your water bottle) and hiking through some of the most spectacular national parks this part of the world has to offer: Yosemite, Sequoia and Joshua Tree. Stay hydrated in Death Valley (it’s one of the hottest places on earth), gamble in Vegas, scramble to Angel’s Landing in Zion (not for the faint-hearted) and take a perfect picture as the sun sets over the Grand Canyon. This is America in all its rugged, dusty, splendid glory.
Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch is a true retreat from the bright lights of the city. Unwind as your hosts cook up gourmet meals in the heart of the wilderness
For something a little different, visit Jack London State Historic Park, which celebrates the life and home of the legendary writer among stunning scenery
Yosemite National Park feels like something out of the film 'The Land Before Time'. While other tour groups breeze through in a day, you'll spend two nights in the park, allowing for a full day of hiking and exploring
Explore the spectacular red desert formations of Monument Valley during a sunset jeep ride. End a day of adventure sharing tacos and stories by the campfire with members of America’s largest recognised tribe - the Navajo. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about Native American culture and history
Spend two nights at the Grand Canyon, allowing for plenty of free time to explore the canyon and partake in adventurous optional activities such as hiking or a helicopter flight
An Urban Adventure tour around San Francisco’s Chinatown and North Beach areas offers a unique introduction to this exciting city. Learn to make your own fortune cookie, explore the city's oldest temple and discover the history of the Beat Generation
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.
Be prepared for a mix of extreme temperatures. Bryce Canyon is deceptively high and can see flurries of snow, while Zion National Park is usually hot and sunny. Death Valley is extremely hot and dry (it's the hottest recorded place on Earth after all), so hiking in summer 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.
The accommodation at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch is mixed and some rooms have outdoor bathrooms. Groups may be split between the main house, outdoor cabins, or even teepees. The leader will manage the rooming so that people who have a problem with using outdoor bathrooms receive rooms inside.
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.
2. This trip finishes in San Francisco at approximately 5pm on day 20.
Our America's Western Wonders trips score an average of 4.43 out of 5 based on 7 reviews in the last year.
Loved the itinerary and visiting America's vast range of National Parks. Great companions and tour leader!
Review submitted 04 Dec 2016
This was a value for money holiday for anyone that wants a good look at some of the wonders of America. The planning was exceptional and maximised our time skilfully. Only one hotel was less than expected (San Francisco) and the motels were all good. One of the enduring memories were of our guide sharing the holiday with us, she was always full of enthusiasm even after a long days' driving.
Review submitted 27 Aug 2016