Trek Code: WBS Destination: USA West Departs: Jan-Dec Accommodation: Budget Lodging Age Range: 18-38

Tour Overview

A fully accommodated adventure that gives you a glimpse of the best of the American West. Hike in Yosemite National Park. Discover nature’s handiwork displayed at its best in the awesome Grand Canyon. To top it off, all the glamour and nightlife you’d ever want awaits in Las Vegas

Included Highlights

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Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge

Tour of Hollywood, LA

Incredible National Parks – Yosemite and Grand Canyon

Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite

Bright lights of Las Vegas

Travel on the original Route 66

Plus you get…

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader

Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

All accommodation – 4 hotel & 2 hostel/cabin nights.

BLT Accommodation

We use a combination of hotels and hostel/cabins on the Western BLT. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. A sleeping bag is not required on this trip.

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

> Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15

> Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+

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

> Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32

> Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115

> Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30

> Las Vegas Gun Range from US$30

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.

Itinerary Note

All tour and itinerary details on this page apply to 2014 trips only. All 2013 departures will operate as per 2013 brochure.

This tour also departs from Los Angeles

Day 1-2: San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Area

After a brief fling with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, hit the old prospectors’ trails to the east on day one. They’ll take you smack bang into Yosemite National Park. Who says granite isn’t as pretty as gold? It makes for memorable eye candy round here, from the chiselled landmarks of El Capitan and Half Dome to the highest waterfalls in North America. Throw in the colours of sunset, a chilled drink or two and you’ve got one sure-fire ice-breaker – though the chances are you’re all best of buddies already. Yosemite is also home to the tallest trees in the world, the mighty Giant Sequoia which towers above the park.

Accommodation: Budget lodging included

Day 3-4: Las Vegas

Time to put those lucky numbers to the test. Not to mention your energy levels in this 24/7 party town. A-list stars swarm here, although breaking the bank may be easier than blagging your way into their swanky celebrity hangouts. If that fails you can still cruise The Strip in a super-stretch limousine.or ease the pain in one of the famous all-you-can-eat buffet. But Vegas isn’t all just about gambling and clubs, why not check out a show, take an evening flight down the Strip or head to the original old Vegas for the Freemont Street Experience.

Accommodation: Budget lodging included

Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park

Leaving Las Vegas, strike out across the desert in search of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. Take to the wing and witness the Grand Canyon’s monumental red-and-gold formations from up high. Hike deep into the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail, or settle for being a mere a mile up from the Colorado River bed: the hiking paths along its vast rim are unforgettable, particularly at sunset.

Accommodation: Budget lodging included

Day 6: Lake Havasu (2013) or Colorado River (2014)

After a beautiful sunrise and well spent morning at the Grand Canyon, head west to the quirky little town of Seligman which is on one of the original sections of the Route 66, and you’ll see pop-art memorabilia everywhere! Grab a frosty shake at the Snow Cap Diner before heading to idyllic Lake Havasu. This is A-grade Arizona: Mojave Desert, Colorado River and the original London Bridge. We kid you not!

Accommodation: Budget lodging included

Update: For 2014 departures we will head to the Colorado River where you have the chance to swim and take in stunning views before overnighting in Laughlin at the Golden Nugget hotel where you can try your luck on the tables!

Day 7: Los Angeles

Follow the sun back to the Pacific travelling by the Joshua Tree National Park for a photo stop of the iconic tree which gave it the name. Arrive to the sprawling City of Angels (and A-listers) you tour Hollywood and the Walk of Fame as well as making a stop to see famous Venice Beach, an ideal place for a spot of people watching.

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 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 21:00 hrs.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you’re right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

Las Vegas City Tours

Celebrate New Year in Las Vegas

See the strip filled with revellers and the fireworks light the sky as you party the night away in Vegas for a night to remember.

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