Winter on the West Coast
Adventure-filled winter trip in West Coast USA
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Group Size: Avg 30
Trip code: CTWW
Duration: 12 days
See the best of the West (with an added sprinkle of snow) on this mind-blowing 12 day winter group tour. Get a dose of Hollywood glamour in LA, hike the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon, party all night long in sequin-studded Vegas and kick back with the hipsters in San Francisco. Best of all, your winter departure date means a serious snow fix in Lake Tahoe – we’re talking snowmobiles, skiing and some of the most jaw-dropping views you’ve ever seen.
- Ski, board or snow-mobile at Lake Tahoe
- Party in Las Vegas
- Travel along Route 66
- Tick the Grand Canyon off your bucket list
- Explore LA and San Francisco
Day 1: LA. Welcome to LA! Kick off with an A-list style tour of some of the city’s hottest highlights, including the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, Melrose, and Santa Monica.Tonight, toast your amazing first day over an American-Asian fusion feast in little Tokyo - yum!
Day 2: LA to San Diego. Grab a window seat on the Surfliner Train toSan Diego - the views are unreal! Arrive in time to explore the city's eclectic neighbourhoods before an optional speedboat ride, or kayaking excursion through the La Jolla Caves. Tonight, hit the Gaslamp Quarter’s lively bars.
Day 3: San Diego to Phoenix. Head deep into the desert today as we make our way into Arizona. We'll arrive in Phoenix in time for a lip-smacking BBQ dinner in beautiful Papago Park. Once the sun goes down, explore the city’s hidden speakeasies and buzzing local music scene.
Day 4: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon (via Sedona).Start your day with an optional champagne breakfast hot air balloon ride. Once you've caught your breath, we're off to our next destination - the one-and-only Grand Canyon. Settle into our comfy lodge and enjoy a few beers under the stars.
Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park. Are you ready to tick off a real bucket-list biggie today? Begin with a hike along the Canyon's southern rim before an optional biking experience or a spine-tingling helicopter flight. Finish up watching the sun go down over the canyon–unforgettable.
Day 6: Grand Canyon to Vegas (via Route 66). Hit Route 66 for classic American road trip feels.Stop in historic Seligman for a slice of kitsch Americana, followed by the ionic Hoover Dam. Then roll into Vegas, where we’ll take a night tour of the famous Strip, before slapping on the sequins ready for a big night out Vegas-style!
Day 7: Vegas. Vegas is your oyster today. If you need a little extra inspo, we’ve got tons of optional activities, from a ride on the High Rollerto a Stratosphere sky jump. Tonight, we've lined up a classic Vegas night out with a party bus down the famous Strip- go hard or go home!
Day 8: Vegas to Lake Tahoe (via Mojave & Sierra Nevada). Head back to nature today as we make our way through the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevada on the way to Lake Tahoe. Take in views of shimmering water, backed by snow-capped peaks before settling in for the night.
Days 9 - 10: Lake Tahoe. Winter sports lovers will be in heaven here! Get your ski on, head into the snow-covered wilderness in a snowmobile, or just grab a steaming cup of hot chocolate and soak up the exquisite views.
Day 11: Lake Tahoe to San Francisco (via Sacramento). The final stop on our incredible winter adventure is the bohemian city of San Francisco. Soak up the street art and the iconic sights on an included walking tour before rounding off with an optional sunset sailing trip round the harbour – just amazing.
Day 12: Trip end. That’s all folks! Make your way to the airport and get planning your next trip!
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Most expensive: £893 January, 2024
The trip kicks off on day 1 in Los Angeles. 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 advisor for more information.
You'll need to fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and make your way to your starting hotel. Taxi is the easiest way to transfer and takes around 25 minutes, depending on traffic.
The trip ends on day 12 in San Francisco. If you’re heading home, you’ll need to make your way to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Taxis take around 35 minutes, depending on traffic.
Please make sure you allow plenty of time for transfers, to allow for possible delays.
11 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. The majority will be in twin-share rooms with comfy beds and great communal areas. Nights in lake Tahoe may be quad-share rooms.
5 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included. You'll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.
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.