USA West Coast Experience
11 days from $3,527 (was $3,918)
- Hike the southern rim of the one-and-only Grand Canyon
- Try a slice of kitsch Americana on Route 66
- See the waterfalls and grand redwoods of Yosemite National Park
- Find your fave star on LA’s glitzy Walk of Fame
- Ride the party bus down Vegas’ neon-lit strip
- Explore the streets of boho San Francisco
Travel from LA to San Francisco Bay. From the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Vegas strip, to Yosemite Falls, San Diego surf, and sunset over the Grand Canyon, it’s a dreamy mix of cities, beaches and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Ride Route 66, hit the blackjack tables in Vegas, feast on banging burgers, hang with the hippies in San Fran, go stargazing in the Canyon and marvel at Yosemite Falls. If you want to keep it westside this trip is it.
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Day 1: Los Angeles. La-La Land. Glamour, glitz and the American dream. Get amongst it with a city tour. Check out the celebrity cribs in Beverley Hills, find your fave star on the Walk of Fame, cruise Sunset Boulevard, try the Cali coast lifestyle in Santa Monica and watch the bodybuilders and rollerbladers on Venice Beach. After dark, go large – you’ve got one night in LA so make it count.
Day 2: Los Angeles to San Diego. Hop on the Surfliner Train - epic views guaranteed! San Diego is all surf dudes, golden beaches and good vibes. Settle in with a downtown tour of the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado and the Old Town. Explore some of the local micro-breweries after sundown.
Day 3: San Diego to Phoenix. Say goodbye to the Golden Coast (for now) and head inland to the desert oasis of Phoenix, Arizona. There’s an all-American barbecue dinner waiting for us when we get there. Then head to the lively bars of Tempe district.
Day 4: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon (via Sedona). If only every day started with a champagne breakfast in a hot air balloon (optional). Then continue into the desert. Destination: The Grand Canyon! Settle into your glampsite for the night, under a canopy of stars.
Day 5: The Grand Canyon. No matter how many pics you’ve seen, you can’t appreciate the majesty of the Grand Canyon until it’s in front of you. Hike along the Canyon’s south rim, take a helicopter ride over the site (optional) and get ready for a sunset that’ll make your spine tingle.
Day 6: The Grand Canyon to Las Vegas (via Route 66). Get your kicks on Route 66 on the way to Vegas. Stop at Seligman for a slice of kitsch Americana before arriving in Sin City. Tour the Strip, take some pics at the Vegas sign, watch the light show on Fremont Street, then party alllll night long.
Day 7: Las Vegas. Ready for Vegas round two? Ride a gondola, visit the pyramids, cash in your chips, take a spin on the High Roller and hang with Elvis. We’ve arranged a party bus for you and your buddies tonight so get ready – Vegas never sleeps!
Day 8: Las Vegas to Bass Lake (via San Joaquin Valley). From the lights of Vegas to pines and mountains. Stop in Barstow for an In N Out burger before arriving at beautiful Bass Lake. Spend the afternoon chilling on the chalet deck, taking a dip in the jacuzzi, and breathing the mountain air.
Day 9: Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park. Into natural beauty? Yosemite’s got it in spades. Think tumbling waterfalls, granite cliffs, wildflowers and lakes. Walk the trails and see El Capitan, Half Dome and the Yosemite Falls. Back at Bass Lake, take a dip, then hit the jacuzzi – this is living!
Day 10: Bass Lake to San Francisco. Back to city life today as we head to San Francisco. Explore the steep streets, Victorian mansions, iconic trams, Golden Gate Bridge, and the street art, on a city tour. It’s your last night with your new friends, so make the most of it.
Day 11: Trip end. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, so pack your bags, say goodbye to your friends and start planning your next trip!
- 10 nights’ accommodation
- 6 breakfasts & 4 dinners
- Group leader
- All on-trip transport
- LA tour
- Surfliner train
- San Diego tour
- BBQ dinner (Phoenix)
- Grand Canyon hike
- Vegas night-time tour
- Yosemite entrance fee
- Yosemite hike
- San Fran walking tour
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Most meals and drinks
- Activities not listed in the inclusions
10 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll spend 7 nights in hotels, 2 nights in lodges, and one night under canvas on a glampsite in the Grand Canyon! Accommodation is on a twin-share basis. If you are travelling with a friend or partner, make sure you let us know so we can place you together.
6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine.
The trip kicks off on day 1 in Los Angeles. Arrive in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and make your way to your starting hotel.
There are activities planned during day 1, so we recommend that you arrive the day before or earlier. We can help you book pre-trip accommodation (at an additional cost). Speak to your travel adviser for more information.
The trip ends on day 11 in San Francisco. If you’re heading home, you’ll need to make your way to San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.
British passport holders can enter the USA for up to 90 days without a visa. You’ll need to apply online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) though. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
If you’re under 21, you won’t be able to enter bars, clubs or other establishments where alcohol is served. It’s recommended that even if you are over 21, you always carry a valid form of ID.
Please note: Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.