USA Road Trip: Epic West Coast

Resort: USA Road Trip: Epic West Coast
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: United States
Price From: £3215.20

Over View

Now’s the time to explore the United States on your terms with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. Got just over a month and a boundless sense of adventure? Then hop on board for a 35-day road trip circuit through the U.S. of A. Visit Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the scenery of the Mojave and the Colorado deserts, try your luck on the Las Vegas Strip (our money’s on red), wander through the rocky wonderland of Arches National Park, and go line dancing in a Jackson cowboy bar. While we can’t guarantee you’ll remember all the dance moves, the memories from this experience will last a lifetime.

Itineraries

Day 1
Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.

Tonight head out in La La Land and party like the stars. Get to know your fellow travel tribe in a place where the buzzing nightlife is just begging to be explored. Your only goal this evening is to sit back, relax, eat some grub, down a margarita, and get to know your newest friends as the adventure begins.

Day 2
Los AngelesSan Diego

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California’s most glamorous city. Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable, San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city.

Once we have arrived you are free to adventure as you please. Soak up the sun on Mission Beach, hike along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, spend the day at the citys cultural hub Balboa Park, or immerse yourself in the military and maritime history of one of the happiest cities in the U.S. In the evening, head to the Gaslamp Quarter District for dinner and live music. As the sun sets, watch the area come alive with numerous pubs and nightclubs and get ready for a night of fun!

Day 3
San DiegoLake Havasu City

Travel to the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park a place that attracts everyone from stargazers to rock climbers. Stop, stare, and enjoy the scenery of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, and of course the famous Joshua trees, with their gnarled branches. The group will take a short hike amongst the boulders of this park before zooming off to cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.

Day 4
Lake Havasu CityGrand Canyon

Hit the road to get some kicks on Route 66. Dive into historic Americana and enjoy lunch at a famous joint and see if you can spot all the movie memorabilia. Afterwards, its off to the Grand Canyon to explore the massive gorges, ridges and rock formations that make even the most skeptical of travellers become awestruck. Dive into a delicious pizza dinner as you sit with your newest adventures buddies and watch the sun dip below the canyons south rim.

Day 5
Grand Canyon

Another day another adventure! Not feeling a hike this morning? That’s cool, you have the option to splurge on an unforgettable helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Get ready to feel incredibly small as the world opens up at your feet. For a quieter experience rent a bike to check out the south rim or go see the IMAX Grand Canyon movie. No matter what you decide the epic views will be there.

Day 6
Grand CanyonMonument Valley

Wave goodbye to this grand park as we take one last drive along the southern rim of the canyon. Then its time to eat some grub at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra.

With a full stomach and a happy attitude drive through the desert to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. You have the option of getting deep into the valley with a 4×4 excursion with a local Navajo guide, or simply walk around yourself and admire this vast, colourful landscape and cool rock formations.

Day 7
Monument ValleyLas Vegas

Grab your camera and break a sweat with a quick hike to iconic Horseshoe Bend. Stand overlooking this cool natural shape of the Colorado River and snap a few zen photos. Then, discover ghost towns, funky roadside attractions, and bask in the fading sun as you head into Sin City. Explore the Las Vegas strip in style on an optional VIP party limo ride with some fellow trip mates.

Day 8
Las Vegas

Take in the sites, sounds, and atmosphere of Las Vegas on a free day with your travel buds. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, view a glitzy show, or simply people watch in one of the liveliest cities in the U.S.

Day 9
Las VegasZion National Park

Zoom past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls as you enter Zion National Park and ready yourself for loads of exploring! Looking for a challenge? Hike to Observation Point on the Angel’s Landing trail and take in the panoramic views of the park stretching out beneath you. Hoping for even more adventure? Head deep into the Narrows and hike through slot canyons with water flowing through them. Searching for more of a relaxing day? Simply walk along any of the other trails you can find and immerse yourself in this beautiful place.

Day 10
Bryce Canyon NPMoab

Head out early for Bryce Canyon, where youll have a chance to walk amongst the famous hoodoos. Check out the amphitheatre and Queens Garden trail to take some fun pictures with your adventure buddies! In the afternoon head towards Moab along Scenic Byway 12 passing Grand Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park along the way. If you enjoy slot canyons and sandstone cliffs this may be your favourite part of the trip yet!

Day 11
Moab

Welcome to Utahs adventure capitalMoab! Get ready for a morning of endless adventure; from rafting through rapids, to hitting the trails on a mountain bike theres so many ways to enjoy yourself in this natural playground. In the afternoon head out on a hike through some pretty surreal rock formations in Arches National Park with your group. The fun doesnt stop here, youll end the day watching a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park.

Day 12
MoabGlenwood Springs

Welcome to colourful Colorado! Get ready for things to get radical as you arrive in Glenwood Springs, where you can hike at nearby Hanging Lake, rent a bike in Glenwood Canyon, or go for a swim in the worlds largest hot springs pool.

Day 13
Glenwood SpringsFlaming Gorge Reservoir

Next up…good ole Wyoming! Spend the day reflecting, laughing, and relaxing as you travel to Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Get out, stretch those legs and maybe hike along the canyon rim, or explore the reservoir shoreline by kayak. Then, get ready for a show as you watch the sinking sun reflect off the red canyon walls and see how this canyon earned its namedont forget your camera!

Day 14
Flaming Gorge ReservoirJackson

Yee-haw! Its off to the ol mountain town of Jackson Holegateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Marvel and pose at the town squares elk antler arches, explore the countryside or splash through the rapids of the Snake River while whitewater rafting during a free afternoon. Then, enjoy a night out in with a true wild western atmosphere and visit a cowboy bar. Step back in time, imagine the run-down saloons and outlaws of the Old West, and try your hand at a little Western line dancing with your travel family at the Million Dollar Bar.

Day 15
JacksonYellowstone National Park

Its off to Grand Teton National Parkhome to some of the youngest mountains in the world. Youll spend the day taking it all in. Grab your camera and your friends before immersing yourself in one of the top 10 visited parks in the U.S. Take a hike among the towering peaks, a quick dip into Jackson Lake, or keep your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife before crossing the Continental Divide en route to Yellowstone National Park, where you will stop for the night.

Day 16
Yellowstone National Park

Wow! Today youll visit the worlds first national park and discover the highlights of the Southern Loop. Expect things like, colourful geysers, powerful waterfalls, and scenic beauty around every corner. Snap a photo of the Grand Prismatic Springthe largest hot spring in America, or queue in excitement as you wait for famous geyser, Old Faithful to erupt. Surround yourself with thick forests, towering mountains, lunar-like landscapes and get ready to embrace the bizarre in Yellowstone.

Day 17
Yellowstone National ParkBozeman

You guessed it! Today its the North Loops turn for a little love and exploration. Spend the day taking loads of photos and experiencing highlights like, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, scenic Grand Loop Road, and the ever-evolving geometrical terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs in Fort Yellowstone. Then its time to hit the road again to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Get ready for an evening of free time to make some memories.

Day 18
BozemanGlacier National Park

Let’s keep moving through Montana; known as Big Sky Country. Travel through stunning scenery beneath miles of open sky along the way to Glacier National Park. Smile, learn, and laugh your way through largely untouched land, with over 20 glaciers, and 200 lakes and streams. The park has 730 miles of trails for you to enjoy so it should be easy to hike until you drop.

Day 19
Glacier National Park

Another day, another chance to get out there and live your best life. Grab a friend or maybe a few and in your free time continue exploring Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes and streams with your free time. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride along the Going-to-the-Sun road, (voted one of the most scenic drives in the world), or take a selfie once you reach the Continental Divide. Your only real job today is to have a blast!

Day 20
Glacier National ParkCoeur d’Alene

The Hills are alive okay, we know wrong country, but youll be wanting to sing this loud and proud as you drive further west to beautiful Coeur D Alene, Idaho! Surrounded by over 50 lakes, this town is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Theres plenty to do and time to do it; walk the floating boardwalk, go mountain biking, or take part in water-sports on Lake Coeur dAlene as the day goes by.

Day 21
Coeur d’AleneSeattle

Its on to the beautiful, moody, and wild Pacific Northwest. Watch as mountains give way to lush old growth forests and a world of green as you pass into the evergreen state of Washington on the way to Seattle.

Day 22
Seattle

The day is yours! Enjoy Seattle with your travel tribe; visit Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks location, or ride to the top of the Space Needle. Grab a selfie with the gum wall or the Fremont Troll, and make sure you grab a coffee at one of the 2,000 shops around the city.

Day 23
SeattleMount Rainier National Park

No trip to Washington is quite complete without a visit to Mt Rainier National Park. Zoom here with your travel tribe from Seattle and enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. Then its time to get some hiking done amidst the snowy mountain peaks. Keep your eyes peeled from some of the diverse wildlife that calls this place home. As the light begins to fade and your feet feel heavier from all of that exploring the group will head just outside the park to camp under the stars.

Day 24
Mount Rainier National ParkPortland

Lets get weird in Portland! Being one of the most popular cities to visit on the West Coast north of California Portland is artsy, funky, full of great fooddrink options and not to mention extremely easy to fall in love with. Between the lush green forest, mountains shrouded in mist, and endless craft breweries sprinkled all over the city, youll have no problem finding a creative way to get to know this wacky place.

Day 25
PortlandBend

Its time to leave the bizarre behind as you make your way to Bend, Oregon, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. Arrive just in time to find yourself the perfect place to eat lunch. Then grab your buddies and explore town a bit. Maybe youll head to another craft brewery, or maybe youll try kayaking and canoeing through the beautiful water of Cascade lake. Or even better? Maybe youll do both!

Day 26
BendRedwood National Park

Rise and shine and hit the road early to take full advantage of the sights at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Grab some selfies or just sit and stare in awe at the crystal blue waters of one of the most pristine lakes on earth. Afterwards, head further south to California and Redwood National Parkhome to the tallest trees in the world. Spend the evening gazing up at these gigantic coastal redwoods. To get a true sense of the enormity of these trees, try taking a picture of you hugging one of them.

Day 27
Redwood National Park

Wake up to the sounds of the forest before going on a morning hike through these old mystical trees. Dont worry, it’s not all about the redwoods, even though they are really something. After craning your neck for hours youll be excited for a chance to look down as you head to the rocky California coast, to enjoy tide pooling and small beach communities as you continue towards San Francisco.

Day 28
Redwood National ParkSan Francisco

Catch yourself daydreaming as you cruise along the coast and then watch as vineyards pass by in California’s famous wine region en route to San Francisco. Scoot over to the city on the Golden Gate Bridge and stop for pictures at this iconic site. Were thinking group selfie?

Day 29
San Francisco

Get ready to explore this city by the bay with your adventure pals! Walk up winding Lombard Street, hop on a historic cable car and see the hills of the city, or get sprayed by the ocean at Lands End.

Day 30
San FranciscoLake Tahoe

Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe, a jewel of the Sierra Nevadas. Known for its crystal clear waters and sweeping mountain views, it is truly a nature-lover’s paradise. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing. In the evening, hit up the Nevada side of the Lake and try your hand at the Casinos. Who knows, maybe luck will be on your side!

Day 31
Lake TahoeYosemite National Park

Say, see you later to Lake Tahoe and travel south through National Forests and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range on the way to Yosemite National Park. Tip your head back and relax or try to spot some wildlife. Once you arrive, hike amongst giant sequoias and past powerful waterfalls before setting up camp. Spend the night telling stories around the fire with your newest travel family.

Day 32
Yosemite National Park

Let your mind wander as you hike through this breathtaking park. Gaze in wonder at Yosemite’s magnificent peaks and granite domes before turning your attention to the tranquil nature of the valley floor. Snap photos or simply take in the beauty of one of the country’s most beautiful national parks. Keep an eye out for rock climbers and diverse wildlife within the park and consider renting bikes with some friends to better explore Yosemite Valley.

Day 33
Yosemite National ParkSanta Cruz

Leave the mountains behind and head to the coastal paradise of Santa Cruz. Conveniently located between San Francisco and Monterey this beach town is full of great surf, pristine waterfront, redwood-covered mountains, laid-back surfer towns, organic farms, and a growing beer and wine scene. Spend your free afternoon exploring the wharf, vintage shops, and beach coves with a friend or on your own. Either way youll be getting a true taste of what the laid back life on the West Coast is all about.

Day 34
Santa CruzMorro Bay

Travel down the famous Pacific Coast Highway and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur. Have your cameras handy as you will be making multiple stops along the way at places you won’t want to miss having a photo of. Take in the crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs that make this journey down California’s coastal Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Arrive in time to enjoy sunset on Morro Bay.

Day 35
Morro BayLos Angeles

Journey along the stunning Pacific coast to the ‘City of Angels’. Stop in Santa Barbara for lunch in this famous coastal city as the group makes its way to LA (maybe sneak in a volleyball game on the beach if you have time). Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive. And even though the trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles you can certainly book some post accommodation and continue enjoying one of most geographically diverse states in America.

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