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.
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Poised near California's border with Mexico is the perennially sunny city of San Diego. Indulge in sun, sand and sea and some authentic Mexican food
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...
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 US$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.
The United States is a world of endless possibilities – that’s why our Basix trips are designed so they fit together as (not quite endless) combinations. That means while you might just be starting your trip, some of your new travel mates may have been travelling together for a week or more (and so have some great tips for you). You can see how our trips fit together and all the different possible combinations at www.intrepidtravel.com/brochures. Simply click view/download on the North America brochure and look at the combo map on page 12.
The USA is a big country. Travel times between some destinations can be long. You'll be spending a fair amount of time in a van with other travellers, so conditions may feel a little cramped. On the third day of the trip, for example, the total driving time to and then through Joshua Tree National Park is about seven hours. This allows you to see some stunning scenery and is all part of the adventure - you might even make some long-term friends.
Traffic in and out of LA and San Diego can be hectic, especially during holiday periods. There may be delays, so be prepared to take part in car games to keep you entertained.
Temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can be high, especially when hiking in the summer. Make sure that you wear sturdy walking shoes, use sun protection and drink plenty of water.
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1. This trip finishes on arrival into Las Vegas in the afternoon on day 6.
Our LA to Vegas Adventure trips score an average of 4.93 out of 5 based on 45 reviews in the last year.
Great camping adventure to see these stunning national parks. If travelling in shoulder season make sure have a really warm sleeping bag and gear as gets really cold in desert, and hot a night. But great time to go as parks not so busy and not too hot during day.
Review submitted 18 Apr 2018