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Style: Active
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PWD

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Trip Overview

One of our most popular itineraries traverses the varied wilderness of the West Coast of America, experiencing nature's transformation from pristine alpine forests to expansive arid deserts. Marvel at Yosemite's granite cliffs, the spectacular Antelope Slot Canyon and explore Zion and Bryce Canyon's winding trails. Also included are the hidden secrets of the Navajo nation on an included backroads tour of Monument Valley. The Western Dream walking tour will take you to some of the finest national parks in the USA, making this one amazing West Coast American holiday.

Included Highlights
  • A series of named hikes through some of Americas most beautiful national parks
  • Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Explore the sculpted and colourful formations at Antelope Slot Canyon
  • View the town of Seligman on Route 66
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset and incredible hiking trails
  • View iconic Horseshoe Bend
  • Bryce Canyon trails and overnight at Kodachrome Basin
  • Full day in Zion National Park and hike to Angels Landing
  • Visit the ecological playground of Death Valley National Park plus cheese and wine evening
  • 2 full days in Yosemite National Park
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
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 2 hotel nights in twin share accommodation. For your own tent and room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates & Prices' tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle and 4WD in Monument Valley
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 9 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader and Navajo 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
  • IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • Western horseback riding - Bryce Canyon US$65-$90

Itinerary Update

For all 2018 departures, this tour will be a dedicated walking trip. Lake Powell has been removed in favour of an additional night at Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Day 1: Las Vegas

Enjoy a free day in the desert neon city of Las Vegas before your epic adventure begins. Take a stroll along The Strip to discover the resort hotels that make this desert city tick. A welcome meeting will be held at approximately 18:00 hrs in the evening with free time afterwards to explore the neon cityscape.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2-3: Route 66 - Grand Canyon

Leaving vibrant Las Vegas, make your way towards the Grand Canyon National Park stopping en route at the Route 66 town of Seligman, filled to the brim with pure Americana and echoing a time when it was the main highway across America.

The Grand Canyon itself is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this incredible wonder of nature is 445 km long, up to 29 km wide and over 1.6 km deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the Colorado River, which runs 2,330 km through seven US states and two Mexican states.

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that cannot be seen by foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theater, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders.

Please note: Due to park regulations, your leader is not able to hike with you at the Grand Canyon.

Trail: Grand Canyon Rim trails
There are number of different viewpoints along the trail which although differ in mileage and duration, remain stable with regards to altitude.

Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point
Mileage: 10.7 miles (17.21 kms)
Altitude change: 3,195 feet
Duration: 7-8 hours (with lunch stop at Plateau Point)

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 4: Monument Valley

Discover sacred land in the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley, on a 4X4 vehicle, before continuing on foot. The red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless Westerns featuring cowboys riding off into the sunset. Here you'll explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided backroads tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture. Your camp is also on the Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley and is a photographer's paradise, with ample time to relax and view the valley's surreal sunset. This is set to be one of the highlights of your American adventure.

Walking: After disembarking the 4x4, you continue on foot primarily a long a flat desert surface. In total, you should be walking a maximum of 2.5 miles.

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Antelope Canyon - Kodachrome Basin State Park

Visit Horseshoe Bend for that classic view of the Colorado River en route to the stunning Antelope Canyon, which in Navajo language means 'the place where water runs through rocks'. A Navajo guided visit is included and your guide will show you how flash floods have carved and sculpted this beautiful area, resulting in a smooth and colourful slot canyon. You continue your journey onto Kodachrome Basin State Park, before spending an evening camped out under the desert stars.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Bryce Canyon National Park - Kodachrome Basin State Park

This morning you traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. `Mysterious', `breathtaking' and `out of this world' are only a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to describe this fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos. There's a variety of scenic viewpoints and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty, but the group will hike the Peekaboo-Queens Garden Loop Trail. The 5.9-mile loop is a combination of three trails that offer the best of the park. There's a narrow canyon, arches and hoodoos galore but the toughest part of the hike is the ascent back to the top. You'll gain 582 feet when the hike is finished.

Trail: Peekaboo-Queens Garden Loop Trail
Mileage: 5.9 miles (9.4 kms)
Altitude change: 1,660 ft.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7-8: Zion National Park

Next up is Zion National Park with its incredible mountains and beautiful valleys stretching as far as the eye can see. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their 'promised land'. Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of Southwest USA can be found in and around the fertile Virgin River as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like sandstone walls.

Warm up your legs by taking a short hike from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald Pools before continuing to the sparkling Upper Emerald Pools, passing waterfalls along the way to Zion's `beach'. On day 8 the group will enjoy one of the park's more ambitious walks to Angels Landing, to experience unbeatable 360-degree panoramic views. After a beautiful but strenuous hike along the knife-edge ridgeline, you'll be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking and powerful panoramas you are ever likely to cast your eye upon. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows for a completely new perspective.

Trail: Angels Landing
Mileage: 4.4 miles (7.8 kms)
Altitude change: 2073 ft.
Duration: 3-4 hours

This hike features a series of switchback trails and technical scramble for the last remaining portion. It is not suited to those who are not good with heights.

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x1) included

Day 9: Death Valley National Park

Today you make your way to one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth: Death Valley. Located in Eastern California's Mojave Desert, this arid area has only 5cm of rainfall each year and offers some incredible vistas and natural formations. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley, but with temperatures regularly topping 40 degrees plus, you'll be glad your hotel has air conditioning! Enjoy a wine and cheese evening with wonderful views.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 10-12: 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. 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. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls and Mirror Lake. Views are breathtaking from every vantage point and the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your mind as some of the most beautiful scenery you've ever seen.

On day 11, you'll walk the Mist Trail, arguably one of the most outstanding day hikes from Yosemite Valley. The Mist Trail has some superb views as you walk across picturesque bridges up towards Vernal Falls, where the spray from the falls will cool you down on a hot summer's day, creating striking rainbows along the trail. Continue walking and you reach another beautiful waterfall, Nevada Falls. With no barriers, it really feels like you are well and truly in the California wilderness. Return via the John Muir Trail for the perfect afternoon views and if you're lucky you may even spot Black Bear and coyotes that roam the surrounding areas. There's never a dull moment in Yosemite.

Distance: 5.4 mi (8.7 km) round trip (via Mist Trail)
Elevation gain: 2000 ft. (610 m)
Difficulty: Strenuous
Time: 5-6 hours

After a visit to see the amazing Giant Sequoia trees, Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you can cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the lush meadows.

Trail: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Mileage: 2.5 miles (4 kms)
Altitude change: 400 ft.
Duration: 1.5-2.5 hrs

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x3) and dinner (x3) included

Day 13: Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

Leaving Yosemite's towering Giant Sequoias behind, make your way towards the 'City by the Bay' where your tour ends. That's not before the chance to walk across Golden Gate Bridge, with views across Alcatraz and the bay. Completed in 1937, this iconic suspension bridge stretches for 2.7km and is one of the most photographed bridges in the world.

Another 'must do' if you have extra time in San Francisco is the offshore prison of Alcatraz, where you can learn all about the infamous inmates and their failed escape attempts. To do this you'll need to book directly with Alcatraz Cruises in advance, for the day after your tour finishes.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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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 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.

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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.

Alexis Park Resort Hotel


An all-suite hotel features 3 outdoor pools and gym. All rooms have flat screen TV, mini bar and refrigerator.

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

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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.

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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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City Sightseeing Tours

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.

San Francisco City Tours


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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