West Coast & Beyond

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West Coast & Beyond

from £1,549
Duration: from 15 days
Countries: United States of America
Marvel at a Grand Canyon sunset, get your kicks on Route 66, take a chance in Las Vegas, camp under the stars, hike in Yosemite, embrace the laidback spirit of California’s coast.

West Coast & Beyond

Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll traverse the concrete jungle by day with an expert CEO and overnight in centrally located hotels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and bike in the Yosemite Valley before tucking into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the West like you’ve never seen it before.

Day 1 Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego

Be on the lookout for celebrities as you pass by a few popular sites on your way out of California's most glamourous city. Visit Coronado Island and Old Town in San Diego. Relax on Mission Beach and visit the Gaslamp District in the evening.

Day 3 Scottsdale

Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California. Travel to Scottsdale for a real southwest cowboy town experience.

Day 4-5 Grand Canyon 

Visit Montezuma Castle, enjoy a picnic and cool off at Slide Rock SP. Enjoy a pizza dinner at the Grand Canyon rim at sunset. Hike and explore this natural wonder and take an optional helicopter flight for a birds-eye view.

Day 6-7 Las Vegas

Journey along famous Route 66 and stop at the Snow Cap-Drive In, a wacky, off-beat burger joint. Explore Las Vegas after a brief orientation walk with your CEO along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP limo ride.

Day 8 Death Valley National Park/Bishop

Visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America: Death Valley. Stargaze at a secluded natural hot springs.

Day 9-10 Yosemite National Park

Walk among the tufa towers at Mono Lake and marvel at spectacular views of the park's peaks and granite domes. Hike to majestic waterfalls, lakes, meadows and amongst giant sequoias. Opt to rent a bicycle in Yosemite Valley.

Day 11-12 San Francisco

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into of one of America's most popular cities. Opt to ride the cable car over steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail to the setting sun.

Day 13 Pismo Beach

Visit historic Monterey. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur and the famous Pacific Coast.

Day 14 Los Angeles

Travel along the coast back to California's biggest city, the City of Angels.

Day 15 Los Angeles

Depart at any time.

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Los Angeles >> San Diego >> Scottsdale >> Grand Canyon >> Las Vegas >> Death Valley NP/Bishop >> Yosemite NP >> San Francisco >> Pismo Beach >> Los Angeles


Vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.
National Park FeesL Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation to Las Vegas. Entrance fee to Montezuma Castle. Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Mono Lake visit and and walk among tufas. Drive along California’s scenic Highway No. 1 including Monterey and Big Sur.

Food: 7 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD200-250 for meals not included.)
Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), participation camping (7 nts).

Air-conditioned private touring van
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
Small group experience; Max 13, avg 10.

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StudentUniverse has been supplying the best flight, hotel and tours deals to students around the world for years now and we’re delighted to be the preferred travel partner of gapyear.com and to make your travel experience even more amazing.

We have a great team of travel gurus that understand what a gap year is all about just waiting to help you, and since we are part of the Flight Centre Travel Group we are able to offer the best flights, gap year packages, hostels, tours, volunteer placements and insurance - the works. This is not your average travel agency, it’s the ultimate backpacker travel agency.

If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your travels, even if you’re in the preliminary stages and you’d just like some advice, give us a call on 0333 333 9923 or submit an enquiry to StudentUniverse – we’d love to hear from you.

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