Best of the West

Los Angeles to Los Angeles

14 days, From 1,312 pp

Overview

Skyscrapers, sequoias, and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 14-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona, and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll traverse the concrete jungle by day with an expert CEO and overnight in centrally located hotels and hostels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and the giant sequoias of Yosemite before diving into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the West like you’ve never seen it before.

14 days Los Angeles to Los Angeles

From 1,312 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 22, avg 18.

Age requirement: 18-39

Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Los Angeles/San Diego

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California’s most glamorous city. In San Diego, visit Coronado Island or soak up the sun on Mission Beach. Opt to check out the Gaslamp Quarter District in the evening.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 3: San Diego/Lake Havasu City

Travel to Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the desert scenery and hundreds of Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon

Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.

Charge up your camera batteries in time for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona’s famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon.

Private Van with Wi-fi:
Lake Havasu City – Grand Canyon6h-7h400km

Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

Grand Canyon Sunset:
Grand Canyon National Park

Head to the rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset. Point your camera in any direction and capture memorable shots as the shifting light plays off the layers of red, yellow, and brown rock. This is truly one of the great wonders. Enjoy the moment.

 

Accommodation:
Mather Campground (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Grand Canyon

Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

Free Time:
Grand Canyon Full Day

Enjoy a full day in this Wonder of the World to explore your own way.

Grand Canyon South Rim Visit:
Grand Canyon National Park

Visit the south rim of the canyon for a great first impression. Marvel as the Grand Canyon unfolds before you. Don’t get too close. The land drops almost straight down for more than 1,000m (3,280 ft) into the serpentine canyons below! The gorge is filled with rocky buttes, sheer limestone cliffs, and deep canyons all arrayed in a rainbow of colors. Words defy. This is truly one of the most magnificent sights on earth.

 

Accommodation:
Mather Campground (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride.

Private Van with Wi-fi
Grand Canyon – Las Vegas9h480km

Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

Vegas Strip Visit
Las Vegas1h

Walk along Las Vegas Boulevard and soak in the lights, energy and pulse of the Strip. With an ever-evolving architecture and multitude of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, there’s so much to see and do

VIP Party Limo Experience:
Las Vegas

45USD per person

Channel your inner celebrity and set off in this party on wheels. Luxuriate in the leather seats, and feel like a star with the neon lights, flat screen TV and booming stereo system. Tour the highlights of Vegas and love the limo life.

 

Accommodation:
Golden Nugget Las Vegas (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Las Vegas

Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.

Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

Carte Blanche
Las Vegas Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Las Vegas, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like watching a Vegas show, exploring the Vegas Strip, and going on a VIP party limo ride. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:
Golden Nugget Las Vegas (or similar)
Day 8: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.

Visit one of the country’s most rugged landscapes, legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America.

End the day surrounded by peaks in the town of Bishop.

Summer itinerary: Travel to Bishop via Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers on the way.

Winter itinerary: Continue on to Lake Isabella, where we stay the night.

Note that on Day 3, we intend to use the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. October through May, there’s a chance the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In this case, we use an alternate route, and spend the night in Lake Isabella (instead of Bishop). The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plans for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

Private Vehicle:
Las Vegas – Bishop7h430km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Death Valley National Park Visit:
Death Valley

The Death Valley is one of America’s most extreme locations – from sand dunes and desert, to badlands, towering peaks, and a basin that actually registers below sea-level, this is sure to be an unforgettable stop. Hottest. Driest. Lowest. There’s a bit of everything here on the border of California and Nevada.

 

Accommodation:
Browns Town Campground (or similar)
Meals included:

Lunch | Dinner

Day 9: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite’s peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.

Private Vehicle:
Bishop – Yosemite National Park7h322km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Mono Lake Visit:
Mono Lake30m

Unusual rock towers created by underwater springs line the shore of this stunning lake. Walk along the shore and imagine what existed here nearly a million years ago. The salt waters are home to trillions of brine shrimp and alkali flies. Mono Lake also attracts nearly 100 species of migratory birds each year.

Tioga Pass Drive:
Tioga Pass2h-4h

Take this scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range connecting Bishop with the Yosemite Valley floor. Pass by lakes, meadows, and groves, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way.

 

Accommodation:
Indian Flats Campground (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

What’s Included

  • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Orientation to Las Vegas
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Death Valley visit
  • Mono Lake visit and walk amongst tufas
  • Drive along California’s scenic Highway 1 including Santa Cruz and Big Sur
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
  • Transportation between destinations and included activities
  • This adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.

Accommodations

Hotels/hostels (5 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (8 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Allow USD210-275 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking

Staff & experts

1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.

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