West Coast Discovery – US & Canada
21 days from Los Angeles to Vancouver
From $ 4249
Duration21 days

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.

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  • Duration: 21 days
    Service level: Camping
  • Starts in: Los Angeles
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Vancouver
    Ages: 18+
West Coast Discovery – US & Canada - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: Los Angeles

Start place: 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.
Arrive at any time.

End place: Los Angeles

Day 2: Los Angeles/Lake Havasu

Start place: Los Angeles

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.

End place: Lake Havasu

Meals: D
Day 3: Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon

Start place: Lake Havasu

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.
Visit the mighty Grand Canyon. Take short hikes and enjoy sunset at the edge of the canyon.

End place: Grand Canyon

Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Start place: Grand Canyon

For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.
Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Travel Route 66, then explore Las Vegas along the strip and opt for a VIP party limo experience.

End place: Las Vegas

Meals: B
Day 5: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Start place: Las Vegas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.

End place: Bishop

Meals: L, D
Day 6: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Start place: Bishop

With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.
Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows. 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.

End place: Yosemite National Park

Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Start place: Yosemite National Park

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.

End place: San Francisco

Meals: B, L
Day 8: San Francisco/Calgary

Start place: San Francisco

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.

End place: Calgary

Day 9: Calgary/Banff

Start place: Calgary

Discover the beautiful town of Banff; view wildlife, take a gondola ride, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views.

End place: Banff

Meals: L
Day 10: Banff/Lake Louise

Start place: Banff

Gaze at the beauty of Lake Louise, and hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House or along the Six Glaciers Trail.

End place: Lake Louise

Meals: B, L, D
Day 11: Lake Louise

Start place: Lake Louise

Head into Yoho National Park and visit the mighty Tekakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon.

End place: Lake Louise

Meals: B, L, D
Day 12: Lake Louise/Jasper

Start place: Lake Louise

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.


Make the stunning drive to Jasper via the Icefield Parkway. Visit beautiful Peyto Lake, and stop at Columbia Icefield Centre before arriving in Jasper in the evening.

End place: Jasper

Meals: B, L, D
Day 13: Jasper

Start place: Jasper

Stroll through Maligne Canyon and explore the surrounding area of Jasper. In the afternoon, head back to check out the lively mountain town.

End place: Jasper

Meals: B, L, D
Day 14: Jasper/Wells Gray Park

Start place: Jasper

Stop at Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Rockies, en route to Wells Gray PP.

End place: Wells Gray Park

Meals: B, L, D
Day 15: Wells Gray Park

Start place: Wells Gray Park

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.

End place: Wells Gray Park

Meals: B, L, D
Day 16: Wells Gray Park/Whistler

Start place: Wells Gray Park

Drive through dense woods into the Canadian desert and finally to the beautiful coastal mountains. Picnic lunch in Marble Canyon PP

End place: Whistler

Meals: B, L, D
Day 17: Whistler

Start place: Whistler

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. You can opt out of today's hike if you'd prefer to spend the whole day exploring other parts of Whistler.

End place: Whistler

Meals: B, L
Day 18: Whistler/Tofino

Start place: Whistler

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.

Take a ferry across to Vancouver Island. Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan Provincial Park. Arrive in time for a gorgeous sunset.

End place: Tofino

Meals: B, D
Day 19: Tofino

Start place: Tofino

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.

End place: Tofino

Meals: B, L, D
Day 20: Tofino/Victoria

Start place: Tofino

Travel south down Vancouver Island to British Columbia's capital, Victoria. Take a stroll around the city and absorb the West Coast vibe.

End place: Victoria

Meals: B, L
Day 21: Victoria/Vancouver

Start place: Victoria

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.
Take a ferry back onto the mainland. Trip ends upon arrival to Vancouver. Opt to spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful, easy-going city.

End place: Vancouver

Meals: B

Inclusions

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
  • Transport

    Air-conditioned private vehicle, Hiking, Ferry, Plane, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), Participation camping (16 nts)
  • Meals

    16 breakfasts,
    15 lunches,
    13 dinners

Dates & availability: West Coast Discovery – US & Canada

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