CALIFORNIA & THE CANYONS

8 days departing LOS ANGELES from

Style: Active
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PWU

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Trip Overview

This exciting tour in Western USA is a medley of man-made and natural wonders. The Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas Strip are rivalled only by the incredible hiking trails and unbelievable opportunities to spot wildlife in Yosemite National Park. Explore old town Prescott and travel along a section of the original Route 66. If time is in short supply but you want to see the highlights of Western USA then this is the tour for you!

Included Highlights
  • Walk the Grand Canyon rim trails or hike into the Canyon
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Get your kicks on Route 66
  • Enjoy a stay on the Las Vegas Strip
  • Take in the towering granite peaks of Yosemite Park
  • City tour of San Francisco
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Incredible 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: 5 hotel and 2 lodge nights in 3 star twin share accommodation
For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates and Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
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
  • Limo ride - Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$25-$40


Day 1: Arrival day in Los Angeles

Welcome to Los Angeles, or 'The City of Angels', as it is also known. Stroll along the coast to Santa Monica Boulevard to ride the famous ferris wheel and take in the city views. With the California sunshine on your face you'll have a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby to meet your tour leader and fellow traveling companions.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Prescott, Arizona

Today you journey across California and through the Mohave Desert to Prescott in Arizona. Take time to explore the old town and Whiskey Row a place where dusty cowboys could once enjoy a drink or two in one of the 40 odd saloons. Today, Whiskey Row is still a vibrant centre of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly in the last century, you'll be at no loss to find a great place to eat or people watch. Court House Square is beautiful and in the summer month's there is often live music and bustling markets to enjoy here.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3-4: Grand Canyon National Park

Leaving early, you make your way towards Grand Canyon National Park for the ultimate desert showstopper! Crossing the eastern entrance of the canyon, you'll catch your first glimpse at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this huge wonder of nature is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and over one mile deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 1,450 miles through seven US states and two Mexican states.

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon which offers a perspective that you cannot see by visiting on foot. Also recommended is the IMAX Theater's film, Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets, at the National Geographic Visitor Centre, which'll give you an excellent overview of the area and how it developed. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's most incredible natural wonder.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 5: Route 66 and Las Vegas

En route to Vegas, you travel a section of the original Route 66 and visit the quirky town of Seligman, a stop-off that's full to brim with Americana wares and the perfect place for some souvenir shopping. Continue your journey until you enter hedonistic 'Sin City', which really must be seen to be believed! Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in the United States and is renowned as the 'tacky capital of the world' - home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and water fountains. Upon arrival enjoy a driving tour down the famous Las Vegas Strip and see first-hand the casinos and hotels that make this desert city tick. Vegas really comes alive at night with casinos, shows and the Bellagio Fountain's regular water displays. This city is a real spectacle!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6-7: 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 to Yosemite 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. As you explore the park keep your eyes peeled for varied wildlife such as deer, elk, and if you're lucky, bear. After a visit to see the amazing Giant Sequoia Trees, Yosemite Valley beckons, offering the chance to cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched in your mind.
Accommodation: Lodge included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 8: Yosemite National Park and San Francisco

Leave Yosemite's towering Sequoias behind and make your way towards the 'City by the Bay', where your tour ends. Don't despair, you still have time for an orientation tour around the city including the Haight-Ashbury area and its throwback to the 1960's, plus the chance to walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, this iconic suspension bridge stretches for 1.7 miles and is one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Another `must do' 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.

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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  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • We charge no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
  • ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
  • 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 room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms 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 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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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

SAN FRANCISCO - THE BUCHANAN HOTEL (formely 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.


Fairfield Inn Marriott Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - FAIRFIELD INN MARRIOTT

This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, mini-market, plus an outdoor pool, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

  • 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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