West Coast Discovery – US & Canada

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Los Angeles to Vancouver

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They say the west is best — so why just visit one North American country to see if that’s true? Take in the natural beauty of America’s Grand Canyon and Canada’s Banff National Park, go whale watching in Tofino, and get your glitz on in Las Vegas! Sound hectic? Explore the highlights of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. And with an itinerary that plays like the greatest hits of North America, you’ll get the most bang for your buck.

What’s included

  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Death Valley visit
  • Columbia Icefield stop
  • Half-day canoeing excursion in Wells Gray PP
  • Half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Stargaze in los angeles
  • Experience a grand canyon sunset
  • Roll the dice in las vegas
  • Hike in yosemite national park
  • Create a postcard-perfect photo in jasper national park
  • Be awed by the mighty rockies
  • Get up close and personal with canadian wildlife.

Itinerary

Day 1 Los Angeles Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu (1D) Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of California's most glamourous city. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu. Included Activities: Joshua Tree NP Hike Transport: Includes stops Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 435km)
Day 3 Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, discover something unexpected, the London Bridge, in Lake Havasu City. Continue across vast desert landscapes to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles: the Grand Canyon. Take short hikes at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim as you view the stunning sunset. Included Activities: London Bridge Visit Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Hiking Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (9.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (1B) For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Included Activities: Vegas Strip Visit Transport: Includes stops along Route 66. Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 480km)
Day 5 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas (1L, 1D) Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 450km)
Day 6 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Additional Notes: We intend to use the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In this case, we use an alternate route, and spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Includes stops Private Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 305km)
Day 7 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L) Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills, rent a bike to explore the city on wheels, or set sail into the setting sun. Transport: Includes stops. Private Van with Wi-fi (6.00 hour(s), 225km)
Day 8 San Francisco/Calgary Bid farewell to the States and fly north of the border to Calgary. Opt to meet new members of the group at an evening welcome meeting. Transport: Plane
Day 9 Calgary/Banff (1L) Discover the beautiful town of Banff; view wildlife, take a gondola ride, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 10 Banff/Lake Louise (1B, 1L, 1D) Gaze at the beauty of Lake Louise, and hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House or along the Six Glaciers Trail. Included Activities: Lake Agnes Tea House Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 90km)
Day 11 Lake Louise (1B, 1L, 1D) Head into Yoho National Park and visit the mighty Tekakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon. Included Activities: Takkakaw Falls Visit Emerald Lake Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Lake Louise/Jasper (1B, 1L, 1D) To travel the icefield parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 230km (155 mi) between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper, the parkway offers easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes on Earth. This is a wonderful journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, pristine mountain lakes, and broad sweeping valleys. Stop at Columbia Icefield for an unforgettable experience. Continue on to Jasper. In the evening, set up your camp and enjoy a nice warm campfire. Included Activities: Peyto Lake Visit Columbia Icefields Center Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours)
Day 13 Jasper (1B, 1L, 1D) Stroll through Maligne Canyon and explore the surrounding area of Jasper. In the afternoon, head back to check out the lively mountain town. Included Activities: Maligne Canyon Hike
Day 14 Jasper/Wells Gray Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Stop at Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Rockies, en route to Wells Gray PP. Included Activities: Mount Robson Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 15 Wells Gray Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Head out for an exciting day of canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Stop at some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the park, including the world famous Helmcken Falls. Included Activities: Canoeing in Wells Gray PP Dawson Falls Visit Helmcken Falls Visit
Day 16 Wells Gray Park/Whistler (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive through dense woods into the Canadian desert and finally to the beautiful coastal mountains. Included Activities: Marble Canyon Visit Transport: Estimated Travel Time to Whistler: 10 hrs (including lunch stop in Marble Canyon Provincial Park) Private Vehicle
Day 17 Whistler (1B, 1L) Wake up in one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Go for a hike in the morning, then enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Whistler and its surroundings. Additional Notes: You can opt out of today's hike if you'd prefer to spend the whole day exploring other parts of Whistler. Included Activities: Hiking
Day 18 Whistler/Tofino (1B, 1D) In the morning, drive a short distance to Vancouver. Taking a ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is an exciting part of the adventure of getting here. BC Ferries offers an outstanding service that travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. In the afternoon, continue to drive to Tofino, just in time for sunset. Included Activities: The Old Country Market MacMillan Provincial Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Ferry (1.75-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle
Day 19 Tofino (1B, 1L, 1D) Search for orcas on a half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and take in Tofino's unique blend of fisher-meets-surfer vibe. Included Activities: Whale Watching Zodiac Tour
Day 20 Tofino/Victoria (1B, 1L) Travel south down Vancouver Island to British Columbia's capital, Victoria. Take a stroll around the city and absorb the West Coast vibe. Included Activities: The Old Country Market Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 325km)
Day 21 Victoria/Vancouver (1B) Please note this trip ends on arrival to Vancouver. If you are interested in exploring Vancouver and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional post-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours) Ferry (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
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