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The Westerner

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The Westerner 2017 Departures (9 Days/9 Nights):

Round-trip from Los Angeles:

  • Fri, May 26 - Sun, Jun 4
  • Fri, Jun 9 - Sun, Jun 18
  • Fri, Jun 30 - Sun, Jul 9
  • Fri, Jul 21 - Sun, Jul 30
  • Fri, Aug 11 - Sun, Aug 20

11 days: $679 plus $157 for food/parks.

Departure Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 9:00 PM

Arrival Times

  • Los Angeles, CA - 6:00 AM
  • Los Angeles, CA - 6:30 AM
  • San Francisco, CA - 5:30 PM

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The Westerner - 9 Days/9 Nights

Chock full of incredible adventures, you'll explore the best locations in the Southwest and West Coast of America on this amazing trek.  After touring the highlights of Yosemite, kick-back on sandy California beaches, be dazzled in Hollywood, win a jackpot in Las Vegas, opt for a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and go for a swim under the stunning red rock cliffs of Zion National park — this adventure is a perfect combination of camping and hotel/hostel stays!

We start our adventure socializing with our new travel friends during an evening departure from San Francisco.  Before long, you'll be rocked to sleep in our custom lounge-style bus; traveling at night ensures the most time at our destinations!

Wake up to a delicious breakfast and begin the day in Yosemite Valley, the home of the famous El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations. Strong hikers can head up the Mist Trail and get up close to two thundering waterfalls, or to the top of the falls via the Yosemite Falls Trailhead for a stunning view.

The second day of our adventure takes us to the meadows and domes of the High Sierra. Explore Tuolumne Meadows, Lembert Dome, and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. After another eventful day, we’ll enjoy a gourmet cookout together before hitting up California’s oldest saloon and rolling west through the night.

Next up is the legendary Pacific Coast Highway stopping at the coastal town of Half Moon Bay before we hit the beach in Santa Cruz. Make sure to check out the Surfing Museum or test your courage on the Giant Dipper, the fifth oldest roller coaster in the U.S.  Further south, in Monterey, stroll along John Steinbeck's beloved Cannery Row, spend time at Fisherman's Wharf, or pay a visit to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Afterwards, we'll head for our campsite under the Coastal Redwoods of Big Sur.  

Today we'll enjoy some time at San Simeon State Park - take a tour of opulent Hearst Castle, hike through the surrounding wetlands, sea kayak, or just relax on the beach! Later, we make our way to our campsite just north of Malibu for a sunset over the Pacific Ocean and another delectable group dinner.

On our final day on the coast, check out surfers and cliffside mansions along the Pacific Coast Highway as we roll into Los Angeles and head towards Hollywood for time at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame, and the Kodak Theatre. You also have the option of continuing on with the bus to Venice Beach for shopping and ogling the muscle-bound in their outdoor gym before heading to your hostel for the night.

We'll be recuperating from our night in the city with a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Hike the Wonderland of Rocks Trail or go bouldering, keeping an eye out for the whimsical trees for which the park was named. At our campsite under the stars, enjoy a group cookout and share your favorite adventure around the campfire.

Rise and shine - it's time to travel on Historic U.S. Route 66 and traverse the arid Mojave Desert as we head to the Grand Canyon West Rim. Walk on the famous glass Skywalk above the the plummeting depths of the Grand Canyon, take an optional helicopter tour, have your photo taken on a point with dramatic panoramic views of the canyon, or learn about Native American culture at a Hualapai village. Later, a night out in glittering Las Vegas is sure to please.

The following day, spend extra time on your own in Vegas or hop on the bus and head for Zion National Park. Hike to Angel's Landing for breathtaking views of Zion Canyon's sheer sandstone cliffs, then go for a swim or take an optional inner tube ride on the Virgin River.

Enjoy a few more hours with your new friends before we drop you off in Las Vegas, Los Angeles* or ride with us to beautiful San Francisco.

* Subject to availability, additional fees may apply.

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You need to know: We visit many environments in the course of our adventure; daytime temperatures can be as high as 90°F/32°C and nights can be as chilly as 40°F/4°C.

Your food fund covers all national park and camping fees, and most meals.

This is a combination trip, and it is possible to be dropped off and picked up at different points along this route. Please call our office for further details regarding this feature.

Flexible Itinerary means that we may alter an itinerary depending on weather, local events, etc. Although we make every attempt to run our trips as advertised, please be aware that the itinerary may change to give you the best trip possible.

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