Trek Code: PDL Destination: USA West Departs: May-Sep Accommodation: Camping Age Range: 18-38

Tour Overview

Over the course of 28 days, you’ll explore three major Mountain Ranges – The Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and Rocky Mountains – deserts, cities, forests and canyons. This tour showcases the ultimate national parks, cities, attractions and wildlife viewing opportunities in western America, as well as how varied and incredible the landscapes and scenery are. Previous travellers have commented on this trip being ‘the ultimate Western USA traveller’. Crossing 9 very different states and with a multitude of exciting and exhilarating experiences, this tour is immense!


Included Highlights

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Puget Sound scenic ferry

Sunset sailboat cruise on San Francisco Bay

City tours of Hollywood, Las Vegas & San Francisco

Walk amongst Giant Sequoias trees in Yosemite

Scenic walks and hikes

Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River

Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset

Wildlife viewing opportunities

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge

Sightseeing in Seattle

Visit to Boiling River hot springs

Iconic viewpoint in Dead Horse Point State Park

Scenic walks amongst Giant Redwood trees

Dramatic geysers & bubbling mudpools in Yellowstone

The bright lights of Vegas

Incredible National Parks – Yosemite, Redwood, Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, Olympic, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Zion

Plus you get…

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader

All transportation by private adventure vehicle

All accommodation – 23 camping & 4 hotel nights

All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.


Optional Activities (paid locally)

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There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don’t. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.


> Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274

> Sea kayaking US$30

> Western Saloons US$varies

> Mountain biking in Moab US$45-$110

> Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15

> Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+

> Limo ride in Las Vegas US$25-$30

> Seattle Space Needle US$21-$29

> Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32

> San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13

> Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115

> Chuckwagon dinner in Jackson US$22-$32

> Native American Museum US$FREE

> Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30

> Bike Rental in San Francisco US$32-$60

> Sol Duc hot springs in Olympic US$13

> Navajo guided 4×4 tour & overnight stay in Monument Valley US$90

> Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30

> Baseball game in San Francisco US$15-$40

> Extreme off-road hummer tour US$79-$91

> Horseback riding in Jackson US$65

> Las Vegas Gun Range from US$30

> River tubing in Zion US$15

Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.


Day 1: Los Angeles & Santa Barbara

Experience Hollywood close-up with a brief tour of this legendary area, before heading west for the first of two nights on the coast, first at Santa Barbara, a “gem of a coastal city” with a decidedly Spanish flair. Slap on the sunscreen to flaunt your tan and volleyball skills.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 2: Big Sur

With each passing mile on California’s most famous road – Pacific Coast Highway 1 – the shore grows yet more spectacular, as Redwood forested mountains lean down towards beautiful sandy beaches and the pounding Pacific swell. Enjoy that iconic viewpoint of the waterfalls and waves crashing below. Pitch tents by crashing surf then cosy up round the campfire under California stars.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 3-4: Yosemite National Park

The Sierra Nevada mountains beckon with the towering peaks of Yosemite National Park. We have two days to hike, bike, or float through this extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths, spectacular waterfalls and groves of giant Sequoia trees – the largest living things on earth! If you want a real challenge, try the many hiking trails around Half Dome! Why not hire tubes float down the Merced River for a very different viewpoint.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 5-6: San Francisco

We make a pit stop for lunch at the Iron Door Saloon, built in 1852 and the oldest continuously operating saloon in California. Next, “Everybody’s Favourite City”, San Francisco – this town will blow you away. Sunlight on the bay, wispy fog around Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars climbing steep streets: it’s a 24-carat stunner. After we view the Bay and Alcatraz on our included sunset sailboat cruise, the party people flock to trendy bars and clubs in North Beach or Haight-Ashbury and that friendly vibe gets even better.

Accommodation: 2 en-route hotel nights paid locally

Day 7-8: Redwood National Park

Making our way up the California Coast, we pass though small quaint coastal towns en route to Redwoods National Park, home of the tallest trees in the world and some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on the Pacific Coast. Leave footprints on what is virtually your private Pacific beach or traipse between gigantic Redwoods, feeling like ants in their mighty shadow.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 9-10: Oregon Coast & Mt St Helens

Keep that camera handy for the perfect photo, as you drive along the Oregon coast. Through Portland into the Cascades for an up-close look at one of nature’s volcanic wonders – Mt. St. Helens National Monument. The awesome explosion of 1980 forever altered its alpine splendour, but the partially destroyed mountain is now even more impressive. View the film that captured the actual eruption, and view Spirit Lake nestled below the still smouldering crater.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 11: Mount Rainier National Park

Journey into the heart of the Cascade Mountains to Mount Rainier National Park, the Range’s head honcho and its hiking trails sure live up to the hype. There are over 300 miles available on the parks’ network of trails, everything from easy walks through the forests to heart pounding climbs up to the mountain’s glaciers.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 12-13: Olympic National Park

Get ready to roll out for a blast of fresh-air adventure amidst dense rainforest and ancient glaciers. Washington’s jewel, Olympic National Park, offers a wide range of vistas including glaciated snowy peaks, spectacular coastal beaches and an ancient rain forest to explore and enjoy. If sore feet deserve a little TLC, let Sol Duc Hot Springs do the honours. Soak it up! This is the life.

Accommodation: Camping included.

Day 14: Seattle

Leaving the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula behind we journey across Puget Sound aboard the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. Then be whisked 500 feet up the Space Needle (optional). By the way, the elevator’s glass, so be prepared for some amazing views! Then tonight blare out guitar-loaded classics in the city that gave the world Hendrix and Nirvana.

Accommodation: Hotel night included

Day 15: Montana

From Seattle we cross Washington through Idaho’s Bitterroot Range into Big Sky Country. Montana welcomes us with rugged mountain peaks and wide open spaces.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 16-17: Yellowstone National Park

After enjoying a night under a brilliant blanket of star, we reach Yellowstone National Park for a glorious two night stay. View explosive geysers and colourful waterfalls while exploring the world’s oldest and most famous national park. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife. Bison, bear, moose and elk roam the park – best be quick on the draw with your camera. Included is a visit to Boiling River for a well earned soak in the hot springs after exploring the numerous trails.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 18-19: Grand Teton National Park & Jackson

Next, wonderful views and hikes await in majestic Grand Teton National Park. With few foothills to speak of, the jagged peaks here rise like teeth from lush, flat meadows against bright blue sky. Next we visit the truly western town of Jackson, Wyoming. Rafting the raging Snake River rapids, one of America’s last great untamed rivers, should get that adrenaline pumping. So might a shot of ‘Red-Eye’ Whiskey at the Silver Dollar Saloon.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 20: Flaming Gorge

Winding through the cliffs of Flaming Gorge, take it easy on the Green River. Settle in for some scenic vistas and red rocks that look out of this world. Explorer Major Powell named this gorge in 1869 after seeing the sun reflecting off these unique red rocks that marks the start of the Desert Southwest.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 21-22: Moab & Arches National Park

We stop at Dead Horse State Park for that iconic view of the Colorado River, snaking through the canyon floor, before arriving at Moab, America’s Mecca for mountain biking enthusiasts. This is the perfect base for two days of exploration and adventure in the nearby Arches National Park. Endless opportunity awaits; take a sunset stroll to Delicate Arch, mountain bike down the famous `Slick Rock Trail or tackle the terrain high above on an extreme guided Hummer tour.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 23: Monument Valley

You’ll be left wide eyed as we head to the Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley. The only things to pre-date the origins of Native American culture are the towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape. Sacred to the Navajo people and beloved by movie directors, you’ll be smitten too, especially with an optional Navajo Indian guided 4×4 tour into the Valley.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 24-25: Grand Canyon National Park

Next stop is Grand Canyon National Park, with a full day to experience the grandeur of Earth’s natural wonder. Hiking this jaw-dropping terrain of striped limestone and sandstone, you might spot red-tailed hawk or majestic golden eagles. Whether you are up with the sun to start your long hike down Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, take a leisurely walk around the rim or choose the “bird’s eye” view on a scenic flight, you are sure to be left with feelings of awe and amazement.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 26: Zion National Park

Onwards to Zion National Park to swim and explore the hidden canyons or maybe even tackle the spectacular hike to Angels Landing. Okay, so getting up there can be devilish at times, but the famous trail puts on a 360-degree display of this magnificent national park.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 27: Las Vegas

With a sudden burst of neon, Vegas is right in your face – the greatest show on earth! Cruise “The Strip” in a super-stretch limo, indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to out do each other with spectacular attractions. And if that’s not enough, take a helicopter flight back down The Strip or just gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos.

Accommodation: 1 en-route hotel nights paid locally

Day 28: Los Angeles

We stop by the Mojave Desert for that classic Joshua Tree photo stop before making our way to the ‘City of Angles’, Los Angeles…where the sun goes down and the stars come out. Upon arrival we enjoy a tour of the eclectic Venice Beach, the most ideal place in LA for people watching and enjoying food by the beach from one of the many stalls. There may be time on the way back to go via Hollywood before the curtain finally comes down on an incredible tour.


This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 18:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 22:00 hrs.


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