12 days departing LOS ANGELES from

Style: Family
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: P2D

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Trip Overview

Hidden coves and ocean beaches give way to desert vistas as you take in the best of Southwest USA. Unwind on San Diego's beaches, follow snaking trails into the Grand Canyon, be dwarfed by towering Sequoia trees in Yosemite, discover Universal Studios and visit the neon desert city of Las Vegas. This all-encompassing family tour showcases the gems of Western USA, leaving you with amazing memories of a very special family holiday.

Included Highlights
  • Admission to Universal Studios in Los Angeles
  • Sunset pizza dinner overlooking the Grand Canyon
  • San Diego beach and optional water sports
  • Visit Seligman on the Route 66
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Swim in the Keough Hot Springs
  • Two nights exploring Yosemite National Park trails and searching for wildlife
  • Sightseeing in San Francisco
  • National Parks: Yosemite and Grand Canyon
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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: 7 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) and 4 hotel nights in 3 star accommodation (some with swimming pools)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 7 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 8+ (10% Child discount 8-16 years)
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (USA only). Maximum of five users at one time.

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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
  • IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • Watersports - Lake Havasu US$20-$80
  • Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • San Diego Zoo US$48
  • Water sports - San Diego US$10-$75
  • Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
  • Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$14-$30
  • Rollerblading - San Diego US$5-15
  • Bike rental - San Diego US$5-$15

Day 1: Arrival day in Los Angeles

Welcome to the `City of Angeles' in Los Angeles. Feel the California sunshine on your face as you have a free day to take a bus over to Venice Beach and enjoy some family beach time. Visit the Venice Skatepark to watch the skaters' tricks then stroll to Santa Monica Pier to ride the giant Ferris wheel - don't forget your camera! A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs where you meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Los Angeles

Today will bring out the child in everyone! Enjoy an included visit to Universal Studios where you can take a behind-the-scenes studio tour and ride the most exciting roller coasters on the planet. This is entertainment central for the whole family and the perfect way to experience Los Angeles after touring Hollywood.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3-4: San Diego

Visit the golden sandy beaches of San Diego. If you're looking for the perfect place to relax, but with enough activities to keep the kids entertained, then make sure you visit Mission Beach. Rent bikes, or rollerblades to cruise around on. Alternatively, for the more adventurous, try your hand at surfing the Californian waves. The world-famous San Diego Zoo is definitely worth a visit with over 3,500 animals from elephants and rhinos to pandas and orang-utans. Enjoy an included picnic dinner on the beach - the perfect end to a perfect day.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 5: Lake Havasu

Home to the original London Bridge and designated as a recreational area, this desert oasis has become a mecca for water sports enthusiasts throughout the Southwest. With 300 days of sunshine a year and all the adventure you could possibly wish for, Lake Havasu is a great way to keep the kids entertained. Simply relax and go for a swim to cool off after a long day.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 6-7: Grand Canyon National Park

Desert turns to pine covered plateaus, as the earth opens up to reveal one of the world's natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, especially through the eyes of a child, so whether you decide to hike along the rim or take the more adventurous route into the canyon itself, you'll be amazed at the sheer beauty of the place. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 277 miles (445 kilometres) long, up to 18 miles (29 kilometres) wide and over a mile deep (1.6 kilometres). Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 1450 miles (2330 kilometres) through seven American states and two Mexican states.

You have the opportunity to explore the park at your own pace and we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers a unique bird's eye view that will amaze the whole family. Pop in to the Grand Canyon Visitor Centre to learn how the canyon was formed then venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point to let off some steam, or just stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch the shuttle bus to Hermit's Rest. Finish off the day by enjoying a dinner with a view as you tuck into pizza and watch the sunset over the canyon, perfection!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 8: Route 66 and Las Vegas

Before arriving to the ultimate desert show stopper, Las Vegas, you'll travel down a section of the original Route 66 and stop at the town of Seligman, filled to the brim with pure Americana. Why not try a super thick milkshake at the all-American Snow Cap Diner? Next is the desert city of Las Vegas - the ultimate entertainment experience. With its roller coasters, thrill rides, magic shows, amazing swimming pools and all-you-can-eat buffets, there's plenty for the whole family to see and do. Family friendly recommendations include Circus Circus and Treasure Island which are guaranteed to be a hit. In the evening walk the Strip and enjoy the bright lights and fountain displays.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 9: Keough Hot Springs

Make your way across the desert towards Keough Hot Springs, one of the largest natural hot springs in the Eastern Sierras. After all the excitement and the hustle and bustle from the previous day, Keough Hot Springs is the perfect place to relax.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 10-11: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is one of California's most treasured national parks and it's easy to see why. Nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this is a natural playground of unspoilt forest and sheer granite walls rising thousands of feet over the valley floor. There's also plenty of wildlife to spot, including bear and coyotes, so keep your eyes peeled. Whether inner-tubing down the meandering Merced River (in season) or hiking to the top of thundering Nevada Falls, Yosemite's towering cliffs, waterfalls and Giant Sequoias are sure to impress the entire family.

Yosemite embodies the spirit of America's natural parks and its rugged, towering peaks and magnificent waterfalls have been immortalised by countless photographers. Trails throughout the park are as varied as the landscape and you'll no doubt find a trail that will appeal to you and your family. Take in the quintessential vistas of El Capitan, a 3,000 foot sheer rock face famous with rock climbers the world over. Other popular spots in the park are Bridalveil Falls, one of the most prominent waterfalls in Yosemite, and the famous granite Half Dome, a rock formation you will have seen before on countless postcards. At night, it's the ideal place to stargaze around the campfire as you toast marshmallows.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 12: San Francisco

Continue on to San Francisco, or the `City by the Bay' as it is commonly known. Why not stay on a few extra days and hop on a cable car, taking in Chinatown, before visiting the Aquarium of the Bay and the city's playful sea-lions at Pier 39. Head over to Golden Gate Park or stroll across Golden Gate Bridge for a view of the city. A `must do' in San Francisco is the offshore prison of Alcatraz, here you can learn all about the infamous inmates and their failed escape attempts. If you plan on doing this you'll need to book in advance directly with the Alcatraz Cruises as it tends to book up fast.
Meals: Breakfast and 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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Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

Children 16 years and under will receive a 10% discount off the published prices below. This will be deducted on the payment confirmation page. Discounts are available for triple or quad share rooms where available - please request at time of booking. The minimum age on this tour is 8 years old.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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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.

Custom hotel


This full service hotel is luxury at LAX complete with a stadium-style sun deck and pool and minutes from Santa Monica and Venice.

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      Based on single, twin or double room.

Hotel Tomo


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

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      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 0208 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

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour 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.

See our insurance page for more information.

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If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your trip.

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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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