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USA West Coast Adventure

From LA to the Bay

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Group Size: Avg 30-35

Trip code: CTKWC

Duration: 11 days

Twin accommodation
Nevada, Arizona and California
Route 66, Grand Canyon & more!

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.

Trip highlights

  • 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
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What's included
  • 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
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers
  • Most meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

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!

Looking to travel to the USA West Coast during the winter months? Check out our Winter on the West Coast programme!

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Arrival information

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).

Accommodation & meals

Where you will be staying...

We have selected some unique places for you to stay during your trip. All accommodation is twin share rooms in 3-4* properties and located close to all the action. 10 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll spend 7 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a lakeside lodge and 1 night under canvas on a glampsite in the Grand Canyon! Below are some examples of the hotels that you may stay in on this trip:

Los Angeles - Kawada Hotel
San Diego - Days Inn Hotel Circle
Phoenix - Red Lion Tempe
Grand Canyon - Under Canvas Glamping
Las Vegas - Rio Hotel & Resort
Bass Lake - The Pines Resort
San Francisco - Tilden Hotel

Meals

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.

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. 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. 

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.

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