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Epic West Coast Road Trip

35 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget
Restricted to Ages 18-39

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Los Angeles
Arrive at any time.

There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Enjoy free time today in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.

Day 2 Los Angeles/San 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 city San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. In San Diego, soak up the sun on Mission Beach or try one of the many water sports California is known for. In the evening, head to the Gaslamp Quarter District for dinner and live music. When the sun sets, watch the area come alive with numerous pubs and nightclubs.

Day 3 San Diego/Lake Havasu City
Travel to Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the scenery of the Mojave and the Colorado deserts, massive rock formations, and thousands of Joshua trees. Take a short hike amongst the boulders and the regions distinctly unique flora. Later, cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Lake Havasu City/Grand 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. Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim for a breathtaking experience at the Grand Canyon. (B, D)

Day 5 Grand Canyon
Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, or check out a museum. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Grand Canyon/Monument Valley
Drive along the southern rim of the canyon taking in final sights of this grand park. Just outside the park, stop for breakfast at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra. Then drive through the desert to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. (B, L)

Day 7 Monument Valley/Las Vegas
Break a sweat with a quick hike to majestic Horseshoe Bend. Continue the journey through Arizona, Utah and Nevada en route to Las Vegas. Opt to take a VIP party limo experience and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. (B)

Day 8 Las Vegas
Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.

Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

Day 9 Las Vegas/Zion National Park
Travel past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls in Zion National Park. Hike diverse and exciting trails.

Boasting endless hiking possibilities, the region that the Virgin River has sculpted into a profound landscape masterpiece is a great setting to spend the afternoon. High plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls surround visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty. (L, D)

Day 10 Bryce Canyon NP/Moab
Rise early to explore Bryce Canyon and see its famous hoodoos. Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12 thru Grand Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park en route to Moab. (B, L)

Day 11 Moab
Enjoy a free morning in Moab to take full advantage of this adventure capital. Opt to go rafting, mountain biking, or on a Hummer tour through the surrounding natural playground. Regroup in the afternoon to hike through the surreal rock formations of Arches National Park. To cap off this packed day, catch a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park.

Explore Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. It contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore the park's viewpoints and hike to sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, and soaring pinnacles. (B, D)

Day 12 Moab/Glenwood Springs
Travel to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and opt to go for a hike at nearby Hanging Lake, rent a bike in Glenwood Canyon, or go for a swim in the world's largest hot springs pool. (B, L)

Day 13 Glenwood Springs/Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Travel to Wyoming and take in a spectacular sunset at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Opt to hike along the canyon rim, or explore the reservoir shoreline by kayak. See how this canyon got its name while watching the sun reflect off the red canyon walls at sunset – don't forget your camera! Get your views while hiking along the rim for multiple lookouts of the gorge. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Flaming Gorge Reservoir/Jackson
Travel to Jackson Hole and marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. Explore the countryside or take a horseback ride during a free afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere and visit a cowboy bar to see and partake in a little Western line dancing at the Million Dollar Bar. (B, L)

Day 15 Jackson/Yellowstone National Park
Spend the day visiting Grand Teton National Park. Take a hike or a swim and enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this park. On the beautiful drive, keep your eyes peeled for moose, bears, and more. Cross the Continental Divide en route to Yellowstone National Park, where we stop for the night.

Stop at Jenny Lake or Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park to take in the tranquil surroundings. (B, L, D)

Day 16 Yellowstone National Park
Spend the day exploring Yellowstone, the world's first national park, and be in awe of the colourful geysers, powerful waterfalls, exciting wildlife, and contrasting scenic beauty around every corner. Discover the highlights of the Southern Loop.

Yellowstone is beyond special. Geysers, waterfalls, wildlife, and scenic beauty are around every corner just waiting to be explored. In fact, Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world’s largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S., including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears, and, of course, the famous grizzly bear. Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake. (B, L, D)

Day 17 Yellowstone National Park/Bozeman
Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Northern Loop. Continue on to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Enjoy free time to explore this evening. (B, L)

Day 18 Bozeman/Glacier National Park
Travel through the stunning Montana scenery to Glacier National Park. With over 20 glaciers and 200 lakes and streams, Glacier National Park is a must see. Choose from 730 miles of hiking trails to really enjoy this majestic park. (L, D)

Day 19 Glacier National Park
Explore Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes and streams. Opt to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road and reach the Continental Divide. (B, L, D)

Day 20 Glacier National Park/Coeur d'Alene
Continue west to beautiful Coeur D'Alene. Surrounded by over 50 lakes, this town is an outdoor haven. Opt to walk the floating boardwalk, go mountain biking, or take part in watersports on Lake Coeur d'Alene. (B, L)

Day 21 Coeur d'Alene/Seattle
Travel through the state of Washington to Seattle. The evergreen state makes for great scenery as you sit back and relax. (B)

Day 22 Seattle
Enjoy a free day in Seattle. Opt to visit Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks location, or ride to the top of the Space Needle.

Day 23 Seattle/Mount Rainier National Park
Drive to Mt Rainer National Park and enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. Hike throughout the park towards the snowy mountain peaks. Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this park home, including Black Bears, fishers, mountain lions, bobcat, fox, deer, mountain goats, chipmunks, more. Continue to camp just outside of the park for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 24 Mount Rainier National Park/Portland
Drive to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this cool city. (B)

Day 25 Portland/Bend
Continue on to Bend, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the US. Arrive in time for lunch and to explore a bit of the town. Opt to canoe, kayak or check out one of the region's famous breweries. (B)

Day 26 Bend/Redwood National Park
Leave early to take in the sights at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Stare in awe at the crystal blue waters of one of the most pristine lakes on earth before continuing on to Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth. Spend the evening amongst the gigantic coastal redwoods, and keep a keen eye for wildlife throughout the park. (B, L, D)

Day 27 Redwood National Park
Wake for a morning hike through mystic old growth forests. This park is known for more than just its ancient trees though. Spend the afternoon along the rocky coast, tidepooling and enjoying the small beach communities. (B, L, D)

Day 28 Redwood National Park/San Francisco
Drive south along the coast and then through some of California's famous wine region en route to San Francisco. Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, and stop for pictures of this iconic sight. In San Francisco, take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun on an optional pre-booked extra. (B, L)

Day 29 San Francisco
Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco. (B)

Day 30 San Francisco/Lake 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. (B)

Day 31 Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park
Depart Lake Tahoe and travel through National Forests and the Sierra Nevada mountain Range en route to Yosemite National Park. With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Hike amongst the giant sequoias and past magnificent waterfalls before heading to camp for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 32 Yosemite National Park
Enjoy a full free day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Keep and eye out for glacial erratics, rock climbers and the diverse wildlife, including black bears, within the park. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley. (B, L, D)

Day 33 Yosemite National Park/Santa Cruz
Leave the mountains behind and head to the coastal city of Santa Cruz. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the wharf, vintage rides, shops, and the beach. (B, D)

Day 34 Santa Cruz/Morro Bay
Travel down the Pacific Coast Highway and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur. Make multiple stops along the way to take in the crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs that make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay. (B, L, D)

Day 35 Morro Bay/Los Angeles
Travel along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Stop in Santa Barbara for lunch in this famous coastal city as we make our way to LA. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive. Trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles. (B)
All This Included
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.
  • Your G for Good Moment: Native Grill Food Truck Breakfast Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Spring Break , Lake Havasu Your Discover Moment: Las Vegas Your Big Night Out Moment: Cowboy Theme , Flaming Gorge Reservoir Your Discover Moment: Seattle Your Discover Moment: Portland Your Big Night Out Moment: Americana Redwoods , Redwood National Park Your Discover Moment: San Francisco Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park Your Big Night Out Moment: Surf Party , Santa Cruz
  • Joshua Tree NP Visit
  • Grand Canyon NP Visit
  • Zion National Park Visit
  • Bryce Canyon National Park Visit
  • Arches National Park Visit
  • Dead Horse Point State Park Visit
  • Grand Teton National Park Visit
  • Yellowstone National Park Visit
  • Glacier National Park Visit
  • Mt Rainier NP Visit
  • Crater Lake NP Visit
  • Redwood NP Visit
  • Yosemite NP Visit
  • Mission Beach Visit
  • Gaslamp Quarter District Visit
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Route 66 Visit
  • Horseshoe Bend Hike
  • Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas
  • Golden Gate Bridge Visit
  • Pacific Coast Highway Drive
  • Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon
  • Free time in San Diego, Las Vegas, Moab, Glenwood Springs, Seattle, Portland, Bend, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and Santa Cruz
  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Hotels (3 nts)
    Hostels (6 nts, multi-share with 4-6 people)
    Participation camping (25 nts)
  • 29 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 17 dinners.
  • Transportation: Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking.
  • Get a glimpse of San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge
  • Channel your inner celebrity on the streets of Los Angeles
  • See surreal rock formations up close at Arches National Park
  • Go line dancing at a Jackson cowboy bar
  • Take in spectacular views of Yosemite's peaks and domes
  • Stand in awe of Yellowstone's colourful geysers and powerful waterfalls
  • Experience the artsy and funky city of Portland
  • Hike along glaciers and lakes at Glacier National Park
  • Hit the Las Vegas Strip and try your luck at a casino
  • Stand at the foot of the tallest trees on earth at Redwood National Park
Hotels/hostels (9 nts, some multi-share)
Portland, United States: HI Portland Northwest Hostel (or similar)
Las Vegas, United States: Golden Nugget (or similar)
Las Vegas, United States: Golden Nugget Las Vegas (or similar)
Zion, United States: Zion Canyon Campground and RV Resort (or similar)
Glacier National Park, United States: KOA West Glacier National Park (or similar)
Los Angeles, United States: Hi Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel (or similar)
Seattle, United States: Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel (or similar)
San Francisco, United States: HI San Francisco City Center Hostel (or similar)
Bozeman, United States: Motel 6 Bozeman MT (or similar)

Participation camping (25 nts)
Yosemite National Park, United States: Indian Flats Campground (or similar)
Monument Valley, United States: Gouldings Campground (or similar)
Jackson, United States: Gros Ventre Campground (or similar)
Morro Bay, United States: Morro Bay State Park Campground (or similar)
Bend, United States: Tumalo State Park (or similar)
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, United States: Mustang Ridge Campground (or similar)
Coeur d'Alene, United States: Camp Coeur D' Alene (or similar)
Crescent City, United States: Redwoods KOA (or similar)
Grand Canyon, United States: Mather Campground (or similar)
San Diego, United States: KOA San Diego (or similar)
New Castle, United States: Elk Creek Campground (or similar)
Lake Havasu, United States: River Island State Park Campground (or similar)
Moab, United States: Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground (or similar)
Yellowstone National Park, United States: Bridge Bay Campground (or similar)
Glacier National Park, United States: KOA West Glacier National Park (or similar)
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 18.
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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