|Destinasjoner :||United States|
|Aktivitets nivå :||Blandede aktiviter - Familieturer - Kultur & Tema reiser (standard)|
Welcome to the neon city in the Nevada desert. This brash, iconic city offers families the chance to explore the over-the-top casinos, see a show, shop or simply indulge in a spot of people watching. A welcome meeting will be held at approximately 6.00pm in the evening with free time afterwards to explore the cityscape at night and see the neon lights in all their glory.
Leaving Las Vegas your first stop is a dose of real Americana as you travel along an original section of Route 66 stopping at the quirky town of Seligman. Pick up some souvenirs for friends back at home and treat the kids to an ice cream from the classic Snow Cap Diner before arriving at the mighty Grand Canyon.
Your family will never forget the moment they lay eyes on one of the world's greatest natural wonders. For the ultimate thrill ride, take a scenic helicopter flight or a nature walk along the rim for some spectacular views. Did you know that only 5% of visitors to the famous canyon ever venture inside? Get your family hooked on being in the great outdoors with a great hike to Ooh Aah Point or Plateau Point for incredible views looking both up and down. After watching a glorious sunset make sure you head over to the Grand Canyon IMAX Theatre for an incredible audio-visual experience and learn all about how the canyon was discovered and how the area has developed. Optional: Grand Canyon IMAX Theater US5, Helicopter US$254-$284
You and the kids have seen the movie now it’s your chance to run in the same tracks as Forrest Gump on the iconic stretch of road en route to Monument Valley. Discover the hidden secrets of this tribal land and learn more about the Native American culture and way of life on your included Navajo guided back roads tour. Arriving in this iconic landscape will have you thinking that you have stepped right into a Western movie set and with tonight's overnight stay in a traditional mud Hogan, you'll never forget your time here.
Located on the border of Utah and Arizona and created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Powell has a shoreline that stretches longer than the West Coast of the USA! Many say that Glen Canyon was even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon before the dam was built and now the lake is a haven for water sports or just relaxing in one of the many sandstone coves. Everyone will absolutely love it here and with an evening spent camped under a blanket of stars, this has been one great day!
On the road again, and your next stop is at one of the most photographed places on the Colorado River, Horseshoe Bend and believe us, it is nothing short of impressive. Next up is Bryce Canyon National Park with its fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as 'hoodoos'. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty, so depending on what you and your family are after, there’s plenty of choice! The Navajo Trail enables you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations. Some of you may prefer to hike on the Queen's Garden Trail or remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky. Transfer to the campsite at Kodachrome Basin State Park, this campsite, was aptly named after a National Geographic Society exhibition came to the park and were amazed by the changing colours of the sandstone chimney's, creating a beautiful spectacle as the sun crossed the sky. This quiet campsite, will allow you to experience true desert life and enjoy some quality time with the family. Optional: Western horseback riding US$40-$80
The next destination is Zion National Park, named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their 'promised land'. Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of Southwest USA can be found here in and around the fertile Virgin River Gorge. With an early arrival today and two nights here, you’ll have plenty of time to explore after setting up camp. The perfect thing to do today is walk along a section of the Virgin River called ‘The Narrows’.
You have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. Hire a bike or visit the ghost town where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed. For the more adventurous, there’s the challenging option to ascend 2,500 feet to experience unbeatable 360 degree panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. In The Narrows, dry feet are not an option as you are actually hiking through the Virgin River in between towering walls, and as the day heats up, the cool water and shadows of the canyon can be very pleasant indeed and you and your family can enjoy a quick dip.
Enjoy a free morning in Zion National Park before journeying down the Extraterrestrial Highway and stopping in at the town of Rachel and the Little A’Le’ Inn, a tribute to all things alien!
Today you make your way from east to west traversing the 10,000 feet Tioga Pass over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You'll travel past the eerie shores of Mono Lake before arriving to Yosemite National Park, which 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 some of the largest waterfalls in the world. After a visit to see the amazing giant sequoia trees, Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you may cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. Hike the Mist Trail, arguably one of the most outstanding day hikes from Yosemite Valley. The Mist Trail has some superb views as you walk across picturesque bridges up towards Vernal Falls where the spray from the falls will cool you down on a hot summer's day and create rainbows along the trail. Continue walking and you reach another beautiful waterfall, Nevada Falls and return via the John Muir Trail for perfect afternoon views and if you're lucky you may even spot Black Bears and coyotes that sometimes roam the surrounding areas. Junior Ranger programs are available at most national parks and gives kids and families the opportunity to uniquely explore and learn about their national parks, and how they can help protect them today and into the future. Optional: Float trip on the Merced Riv US$30, Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$32
Second day exploring Yosemite National Park.
Second day exploring Yosemite National Park.
Make your way through California’s historic gold country to the ‘City by the Bay’, or San Francisco as it’s more commonly known. Enjoy a brief orientation tour around the city including a close-up view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the chance to walk across it. Completed in 1937, this iconic suspension bridge stretches for 2.7 km (1.7 miles) and is probably the most photographed bridge in the world. You also enjoy a walking tour of Haight-Ashbury before your tour comes to an end. There’s plenty to keep you entertained but the best introduction is to jump on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or book one of our Urban Adventures around the city. If you want to visit Alcatraz this day you’ll need to book your ticket online in advance with Alcatraz Cruises. This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 5.00pm. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to take fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9.00pm.
11 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 10 dinners
9 nights participatory camping, 1 night motel, 1 night hotel, 1 night in traditional Navajo Hogan
Travel by private minibus with trailer for luggage and equipment
Group normally 5 to 13, plus leader
11 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners All of the meals are included whilst camping. Your leader will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners. Occasionally, meals are scheduled to be taken in local restaurants where passengers pay individually for each of their meals. Average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-12, lunches from US$8-15 and dinners from US$13-30 (excluding alcoholic beverages). Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 15-20% is automatically added to meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling.
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