15 days departing SAN FRANCISCO from

Style: Active
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PBW

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Trip Overview

You'll hit all the top spots on this 15 day camping tour of America's wild West, including Yosemite, Zion, Arches, Yellowstone and the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park! Hike under towering waterfalls and past red rock spires and arches, and meet the Navajo Nation on an included Monument Valley backcountry tour. Witness erupting geysers and keep an eye out for bison, Grizzly Bear and Bald Eagles as you pass through some of the best wildlife reserves in North America, accompanied by a wolf and wildlife tracking guide. With so much to see and do, this tour embodies the true American spirit.

Included Highlights
  • Full day wolf and wildlife tracking guide in Yellowstone
  • Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Salt Lake City tour with a local Mormon guide
  • Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Teton National Park trails
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias in Yosemite
  • Two nights at Grand Canyon National Park with sunrise or sunset
  • Walk amongst rock formations in Arches National Park
  • Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park
  • National parks and monuments: Yosemite, Death Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches, Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 10 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) and 4 hotel nights in twin share accommodation. For your own tent and room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 10 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader and local guides
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 16+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of five users at one time.

Grand American Adventures vehicles

You'll travel in air-conditioned private vehicles, which offer great flexibility and guarantee to get you further off the beaten path. Our upgraded fleet of vehicles in the USA ensure an enjoyable travelling experience and are fully equipped with:

Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with additional leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Full-height electric bi-fold entry door for easy entry / exit
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and a TV screen
Wi-Fi in the USA (excluding Alaska)

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer 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 which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • Mountain biking - Moab US$45-$110
  • IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • Float trip on the Colorado River - Moab US$60-$91
  • Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • Ferry across Jenny Lake - Grand Teton US$15
  • Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • Extreme off-road hummer tour - Moab US$90-$100
  • Western horseback riding - Zion US$45-$90
  • Drive-in Movie - Salt Lake City US$9

Day 1: San Francisco

Welcome to the 'City by the Bay' in sunny California. San Francisco is a city which the locals are fiercely proud of and for good reason. There's plenty to keep you entertained but for the best introduction, jump on a hop-on hop-off bus tour or book one of our 'Urban Adventures' around the city. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Alcatraz. We recommend you reserve an extra night in our hotel the night before the tour starts and book your ticket online in advance with Alcatraz Cruises.

Day 2: Yosemite National Park

No doubt you'll leave your heart in San Francisco, but you have 14 adventure-filled days ahead of you. As you head east through California's historic gold country, you'll soon reach Yosemite National Park, where everything is super-sized, including some of North America's tallest cliffs, waterfalls and trees. Enjoy an afternoon under the mighty Sequoia trees before setting up camp just outside the park.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. Spend your time exploring Yosemite Valley where you can cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. You'll get the chance to hike on one of the many trails. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are striking from every vantage point, with the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks sure to be forever etched on your mind.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: Death Valley National Park

Entering one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth, Death Valley offers an extraordinary experience and will certainly take you out of your comfort zone. Shaped by erosion and the arid climate, the richly tinted mudstone hills, canyons and expansive salt flats provide the setting for today's adventure.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 5: Zion National Park

After a pleasant drive through the desert you have time to explore the delights of Zion National Park. Warm up your legs by taking a short hike from the valley floor to Lower Emerald Pool, then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald Pool. You'll pass more stunning scenery as you make your way to Zion's 'beach', then cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River. If weather conditions permit, you may choose instead to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. Of course, if you'd prefer a seat with a view, horseback riding is available!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Zion - Bryce Canyon National Park

If you're feeling ambitious, enjoy an early morning climb before the heat of the day, up to Angels Landing. This is one of the park's more challenging options where you ascend 760 metres (2,500 ft.) to experience unbeatable views from the top; but only after a hike along the knife-edge ridgeline.

Then it's off to nearby Bryce Canyon National Park, a fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos. Hike the Navajo or Peek-A-Boo Loop trails to get in amongst these unique rock formations. You end the afternoon back near Zion in Springdale.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7-8: Grand Canyon National Park

Traverse the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon and catch your first glimpse of this unsurpassable landscape at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend and as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon, nothing can prepare you for just how astonishing this place really is. Once again, you'll have the opportunity to explore the park at your own pace. Venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch a shuttle bus out to Hermits Rest. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives you simply can't see on foot. Finish your day by watching the amazing IMAX film, 'The Grand Canyon Experience' and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 9: Monument Valley

Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless Western movies. You'll be met by a Navajo guide, for an included tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Lands to learn about the history of the Navajo people and how they embraced this harsh environment. Finally head back to your hotel in the town of Bluff, about 45 minutes outside of Monument Valley.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 10-11: Moab - Arches National Park

The town of Moab will be your home for the next two nights and it's the perfect base, with an assortment of restaurants and activities and the gateway to the magnificent splendour of Arches National Park. The park's stunning red sandstone arches have been created over millions of years by the wind whipping down the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. You'll have the opportunity to hike to many of these incredible arches, including Landscape Arch and the famous Delicate Arch, the latter being the most iconic and most photographed of the arches in the park. Alternatively, why not tackle the desert terrain on a guided Hummer tour across the slick rock, or take a float trip down the Colorado River?
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch(x2) and dinner (x2)

Day 12: Salt Lake City

Today you head north to the capital and largest city of Utah, Salt Lake City. Enjoy a city tour with a Mormon guide and see the city from a local's perspective. Nowadays, the religion is less common among the community and less than half the population here are Mormons. Nonetheless, the story of Brigham Young and his Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) followers is etched in the city's culture and history.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 13-14: Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy copious exploration of wilderness and wildlife at your next destination, Yellowstone National Park. The world's first and largest national park in continental USA, Yellowstone was originally protected for its high concentrations of geothermal wonders, such as Old Faithful which you'll see erupt. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of it is in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Yellowstone is home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bears, wolves, bison and elk, and it's possible to watch herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers while steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s ravaged much of the park, but its rapid recovery is a testament to nature's power of regeneration. You'll spend a full day exploring with a wolf and wildlife tracking guide to help you delve into a side most visitors don't have access to.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 15: Grand Teton National Park - Jackson, Wyoming

You continue your journey in Wyoming, travelling through Grand Teton National Park where you have the option to take a ferry across Jenny Lake and hike up to Inspiration Point and past waterfalls, to a viewpoint that will take your breath away. Your tour finishes in the Western town of Jackson this afternoon.

It's recommended to spend a few extra nights to experience this truly authentic Western town. Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now a base for hikers to take on some lovely hiking trails, as well as a town renowned for its cafes and Western style saloons!
Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

This tour ends at our gateway hotel 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.

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  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own tent & room for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.

Please note, the 6th August, 2017 departure has been amended to finish in Salt Lake City as opposed to Jackson. Day 12 of this departure will now overnight in Jackson and day 15 will end in Salt Lake City.

Please ensure your return flight departs from Salt Lake City. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Hotel Tomo


Centrally located in Japantown with shops, boutiques and restaurants all nearby and close to Union Square and Lower Pacific Heights.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

Jackson Hole Lodge


This rustic hotel is located 3.5 blocks from Town Square and offers free Wi-Fi and TV in all rooms, as well as seasonal heated pool and year round fire-pit.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on +44 208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your trip, simply select your chosen city tours from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.

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