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Best of the West
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Skyscrapers, sequoias, and impossibly big skies await you in Americas West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona, and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, youll traverse the concrete jungle by day with an expert CEO and overnight in centrally located hotels and hostels. Elsewhere, youll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and the giant sequoias of Yosemite before diving into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; its the West like youve never seen it before.

North America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: NUAA.A/201681
  • Starts: Los Angeles, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Lake Havasu City
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • Morro Bay

Itinerary

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Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.
There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

Enjoy free time today in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.

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Day 2: Los Angeles/San Diego

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California's most glamorous city. In San Diego, visit Coronado Island or soak up the sun on Mission Beach. Opt to check out the Gaslamp Quarter District in the evening.
Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive out of town.

Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs.

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Day 3: San Diego/Lake Havasu City

Travel to Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the desert scenery and hundreds of Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.

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Day 4: Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon

Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.
Charge up your camera batteries in time for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon.

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Day 5: Grand Canyon

Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

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Day 6: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride.

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Day 7: Las Vegas

Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.
Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

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Day 8: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.
Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America.

End the day surrounded by peaks in the town of Bishop.

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Day 9: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.

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Day 10: Yosemite National Park

Use free time to explore Yosemite by foot, bike or shuttle.
Full day to explore Yosemite NP. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this stunning landscape. Opt to rent a bike and cycle in Yosemite Valley.

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Day 11: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills, explore by bicycle or set sail in the setting sun.
Arrive in one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Your CEO will point out some popular sites during the drive into town.

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Day 12: San Francisco

Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.

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Day 13: San Francisco/Morro Bay

Visit historic Monterey. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.
Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience.

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Day 14: Morro Bay/Los Angeles

Travel along the stunning Pacific coast and return to where it all began in LA.
Pass by Santa Barbara as we make our way to Los Angeles. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighborhoods and landmarks on the drive into the City of Angels.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.

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Day 15: Los Angeles

Depart at any time.
There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
    • Orientation to Las Vegas
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Death Valley visit
    • Mono Lake visit and walk amongst tufas
    • Drive along California's scenic Highway 1 including Monterey and Big Sur
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
    • Transportation between destinations and included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (8 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Stargaze in Los Angeles
  • Marvel at a Grand Canyon sunset
  • Get your kicks on Route 66
  • Take a chance in Las Vegas
  • Camp under the stars
  • Hike in Yosemite.