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Best of the West
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You'll hit all the top spots on this 15 day camping tour of America's wild West, including Yosemite, Zion, Arches, Yellowstone and the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park! Hike under towering waterfalls and past red rock spires and arches, and meet the Navajo Nation on an included Monument Valley backcountry tour. Witness erupting geysers and keep an eye out for bison, Grizzly Bear and Bald Eagles as you pass through some of the best wildlife reserves in North America, accompanied by a wolf and wildlife tracking guide. With so much to see and do, this tour embodies the true American spirit.

North America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: PBW/208611
  • Starts: San Francisco, United States
  • Finishes: Jackson, United States
You will Visit
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • Moab
  • Arches National Park
  • Salt Lake City
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Jackson

Itinerary

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Day 1: San Francisco

Welcome to the 'City by the Bay' in sunny California. San Francisco is a city which the locals are fiercely proud of and for good reason. There's plenty to keep you entertained but for the best introduction, jump on a hop-on hop-off bus tour or book one of our 'Urban Adventures' around the city. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Alcatraz. We recommend you reserve an extra night in our hotel the night before the tour starts and book your ticket online in advance with Alcatraz Cruises. 

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

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Day 2: Yosemite National Park

No doubt you'll leave your heart in San Francisco, but you have 14 adventure-filled days ahead of you. As you head east through California's historic gold country, you'll soon reach Yosemite National Park, where everything is super-sized, including some of North America's tallest cliffs, waterfalls and trees. Enjoy an afternoon under the mighty Sequoia trees before setting up camp just outside the park.

Meals Included: Lunch and dinner included

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Day 3: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. Spend your time exploring Yosemite Valley where you can cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. You'll get the chance to hike on one of the many trails. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are striking from every vantage point, with the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks sure to be forever etched on your mind.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities:

  • Bike rental US$12-$34
  • Float trip on the Merced River US$31

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Day 4: Death Valley National Park

Entering one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth, Death Valley offers an extraordinary experience and will certainly take you out of your comfort zone. Shaped by erosion and the arid climate, the richly tinted mudstone hills, canyons and expansive salt flats provide the setting for today's adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included

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Day 5: Zion National Park

After a pleasant drive through the desert you have time to explore the delights of Zion National Park. Warm up your legs by taking a short hike from the valley floor to Lower Emerald Pool, then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald Pool. You'll pass more stunning scenery as you make your way to Zion's 'beach', then cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River. If weather conditions permit, you may choose instead to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. Of course, if you'd prefer a seat with a view, horseback riding is available!

Meals Included: Lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities:

  • Western horseback riding US$45-$90

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Day 6: Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park

If you're feeling ambitious, enjoy an early morning climb before the heat of the day, up to Angels Landing. This is one of the park's more challenging options where you ascend 760 metres (2,500 ft.) to experience unbeatable views from the top; but only after a hike along the knife-edge ridgeline.Then it’s off to nearby Bryce Canyon National Park, a fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos. Hike the Navajo or Peek-A-Boo Loop trails to get in amongst these unique rock formations. You end the afternoon back near Zion in Springdale.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 7-8: Grand Canyon (South Rim)

Traverse the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon and catch your first glimpse of this unsurpassable landscape at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend and as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon, nothing can prepare you for just how astonishing this place really is. Once again, you'll have the opportunity to explore the park at your own pace. Venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch a shuttle bus out to Hermits Rest. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives you simply can't see on foot. Finish your day by watching the amazing IMAX film, 'The Grand Canyon Experience' and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders!

Meals Included: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Optional Activities:

  • Helicopter flight US$284
  • IMAX Theater US$15

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Day 9: Monument Valley

Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless Western movies. You'll be met by a Navajo guide, for an included tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Lands to learn about the history of the Navajo people and how they embraced this harsh environment. Finally head back to your hotel in the town of Bluff, about 45 minutes outside of Monument Valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included

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Day 10-11: Moab - Arches National Park

The town of Moab will be your home for the next two nights and it's the perfect base, with an assortment of restaurants and activities and the gateway to the magnificent splendour of Arches National Park. The park's stunning red sandstone arches have been created over millions of years by the wind whipping down the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. You'll have the opportunity to hike to many of these incredible arches, including Landscape Arch and the famous Delicate Arch, the latter being the most iconic and most photographed of the arches in the park. Alternatively, why not tackle the desert terrain on a guided Hummer tour across the slick rock, or take a float trip down the Colorado River?

Meals Included: Breakfast (x2), lunch(x2) and dinner (x2)

Optional Activities:

  • Mountain biking US$45-$110
  • Float trip on the Colorado River US$60-$91
  • Extreme off-road hummer tour US$90-$100

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Day 12: Salt Lake City

Today you head north to the capital and largest city of Utah, Salt Lake City. Enjoy a city tour with a Mormon guide and see the city from a local's perspective. Nowadays, the religion is less common among the community and less than half the population here are Mormons. Nonetheless, the story of Brigham Young and his Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) followers is etched in the city's culture and history.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included

Optional Activities:

  • Drive-in Movie US$9

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Day 13-14: Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy copious exploration of wilderness and wildlife at your next destination, Yellowstone National Park. The world's first and largest national park in continental USA, Yellowstone was originally protected for its high concentrations of geothermal wonders, such as Old Faithful which you'll see erupt. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of it is in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Yellowstone is home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bears, wolves, bison and elk, and it's possible to watch herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers while steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s ravaged much of the park, but its rapid recovery is a testament to nature's power of regeneration. You'll spend a full day exploring with a wolf and wildlife tracking guide to help you delve into a side most visitors don't have access to.

Meals Included: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

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Day 15: Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

You continue your journey in Wyoming, travelling through Grand Teton National Park where you have the option to take a ferry across Jenny Lake and hike up to Inspiration Point and past waterfalls, to a viewpoint that will take your breath away. Your tour finishes in the Western town of Jackson this afternoon.It's recommended to spend a few extra nights to experience this truly authentic Western town. Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now a base for hikers to take on some lovely hiking trails, as well as a town renowned for its cafes and Western style saloons!This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch included

Optional Activities:

  • Ferry across Jenny Lake US$15

Inclusions:
  • Services of a professional tour leader and local guides
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Free Wi-Fi in your vehicle (Maximum 5 users at one time)
  • Accommodation: Camping 10, Hotel: 4
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Tour Highlights:
  • Full day wolf and wildlife tracking guide in Yellowstone
  • Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Salt Lake City tour with a local Mormon guide
  • Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Teton National Park trails
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias in Yosemite
  • Two nights at Grand Canyon National Park with sunrise or sunset
  • Walk amongst rock formations in Arches National Park
  • Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park
  • National parks and monuments: Yosemite, Death Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches, Yellowstone and Grand Teton