USA: Cowboys, Canyons & Coast

USA: Cowboys, Canyons & Coast information and booking

from
$3065
  • Duration
    16
    days
  • Physical rating
    4
  • Culture Shock
    2
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Schedule Details

Departs from
Las Vegas
Accommodation
Cabin, Hogan, Hotel, Motel
Group Size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group
Transportation
Bus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train

Highlights

Stay at a cowboy ranch in the Arizona desert, Learn about the Navajo tribe in the biggest Native American reservation, Be amazed by the scenic Grand Canyon, Get a real desert experience at a rodeo show, See the iconic Hollywood Hills, Gaze at the Pacific Ocean from pearly-white beaches, Stroll the legendary waterfront Cannery Row, Be swept up in San Francisco’s artsy community

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Uncover the natural wonders of the USA’s west coast, from the desert ranches of Arizona, to the astonishing scenery of the Grand Canyon to the brilliant beaches of California. Get a taste of cowboy life with a stay at a ranch and drop by rodeo shows and traditional whisky bars. Be mesmerized by the amazing colours of the deserts and the breathtaking sights that await at the Grand Canyon. Then head down to the coast and enjoy the postcard-perfect beaches and the thriving arts culture that gathers around the flawless shores.

Itinerary

Day 1 Las Vegas
Kick off this American adventure in style in the world’s capital of gambling, where the casinos provide a lot more than just blackjack tables and pokies. Why not put on a poker face and hit the casino floor, watch a mind-blowing show or stroll the fabulous shopping districts. Famous for all-you-can-eat buffets and a raging nightlife, Vegas has something for everyone.
Day 2 Lake Powell
Leave behind the ‘city on lights’ and enter the desert of Arizona. Enjoy the wide open spaces and sleep overnight in a ranch hand’s bunkhouse at Lake Powell. Relax in a sandstone cave, walk around the area or get active on the lake, whether in flippers or on a kayak or boat.
Days 3-4 Monument Valley
Learn about the Navajo Indians, the largest Native American tribe in the US, at Monument Valley, where more than 200,000 Indians of the Navajo tribe live. Walk past giant sandstone pillars and rock pinnacles, keeping the camera at hand. The angle of the sun means that the landscape is constantly changing colour; it's near impossible to take a bad photo.
Days 5-6 Grand Canyon National Park
Stand in awe of the incredible Grand Canyon, a national landmark, which stretches 28 km wide, 365 km long and more than 1.6 km deep. It took between three and six million years to form. Explore the site on foot while walking the South Rim Trail or hiking to Plateau Point. Alternatively, opt to take to the skies on a scenic helicopter ride over the spectacular valley.
Day 7 Prescott
Once the capital of Arizona, Prescott is now a small town with a whole lot of charm. Stroll though Prescott’s historic downtown and head to Whiskey Row for a nip where America’s most famous cowboys and notorious outlaws once came to drink. Perhaps head to Prescott National Forest, see the stunning Willow and Watson Lakes or hang about in town and watch a true blue rodeo show.
Days 8-9 Los Angeles
Journey to the ‘City of Angels’ to see the Hollywood sign, shop on Rodeo Drive or laze on Venice Beach. Explore the impressive collection at the Getty Center, including the artistic works of Van Gogh and Money, or chase down the city’s best food trucks for an Angelenos dining experience. Los Angeles has something for everyone.
Day 10 Santa Barbara
Catch a train to Santa Barbara and be welcomed by white beaches and warm weather. Walk down Stearns Wharf for a breath of fresh air, visit the Museum of Art or sit down with a beer and view of the bay.
Days 11-12 San Luis Obispo
It claims to be the happiest place in America, so why not decide for yourself if this charming town lives up to its name. Visit Bubblegum Alley (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like), hike to the top of Bishop Peak for an impressive view or be blinded by the gaudy design of the glitzy restaurants at the world famous Madonna Inn.
Days 13-14 Monterey
Relax by the beach in Monterey, where the hikes are long and breezy, the seafood is fresh and the marine life is active. Visit the aquarium, explore the waters by kayak or journey down the coast to Big Sur to see pristine beaches, magnificent redwoods and some truly beautiful coastal landscapes.
Days 15-16 San Francisco
The ‘City by the Bay’ offers a barrel of impressive sights. See the Golden Gate Bridge, walk along Fisherman’s Wharf, explore Alcatraz or peruse some zany art in SoMa. Head to China Town for a delightful plate of chop suey, find your fortune in a cookie or indulge in some fresh seafood. Later, step into the diverse night-life of San Francisco, whether it be in a chilled-out bar, at a live music gig or on a pulsating dance floor.