USA West Coast Adventure
From LA to the Bay
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Group Size: Avg 30-35
Trip code: CTKWC
Duration: 11 days
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.
- 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
- Party like a VIP in Vegas’ all-night clubs
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. Head to San Diego for 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. Tonight there’s VIP entry to one of Vegas’ legendary clubs if you want it – Vegas never sleeps!
Day 8: Las Vegas to Bass Lake (via Barstow). 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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Most expensive: £986 January, 2024
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 you will need to arr arrive the day before or earlier. We can help you book pre-trip accommodation (at an additional cost). Speak to your travel advisor 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).
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
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.
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.
Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip.