California + National Parks

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About the Trip


Feel the vibe of the legendary road trip across the USA. Once you're on the road, you'll definitely feel the excitement. Step onto the edge of the Great Canyon and sink in the wonder of nature that can be seen from outer space. Marvel at the panoramic views of Bryce Canyon National Park, where you'll see rock formations that are one of a kind. Live the adventure of spending a night in Las Vegas. Cross a wild river in Zion. Walk around the one and only San Francisco. Feel the energy of the sun and the ocean on the beaches of Los Angeles. Exchange dreams for reality, and share this experience with other college students, who just as you, set off on this unreal adventure into the Wild West.

Dates in 2024 year


18th of August - 31st of August 2024

25th of August - 7th of September 2024

8th of September - 21st of September 2024

22nd of September - 5th of October 2024

The number of participants is limited. Apply early to guarantee yourself a seat on the bus towards adventure!


Day 1 - Las Vegas


On the first day, you will have a warm welcome from the AmericanTrip crew at a hotel in Las Vegas. You'll get your roomkey, meet your roommates and be assigned your bus. In the evening, there will be some time to prepare for the adventure ahead! Or go hit Las Vegas downtown!

Day 2 - Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon National Park


Zion National Park boasts some of the most spectacular tourist trails in the United States. Zion's pristine one-of-a-kind character, panoramic views and surreal terrain are extraordinary. The narrow canyon is surrounded by 455-meter-high rock monoliths, hanging gardens, waterfalls, towering sandstone and beautiful beaches. Pictures do not ever do this place justice!
*There will be an opportunity to embark on The Narrows trail leading along the river's current. We recommend wearing footwear suitable for walking in water.

We will spend the second part of the day in Bryce Canyon National Park. They say it's a work of art crafted by Mother Nature over thousands of years. We will gaze upon fairytale-like scenery, emmulated by an incredible range of colours from sunrays and unbelievable rock formations.

Day 3 - Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend


We will travel to Arizona to see the spectacular Antelope Canyon. Make sure to get your camera out because this otherworldly canyon is a photographer's dream. In fact, one of the most expensive photos ever, was taken here, selling for $6.5 million.

After we finish our visit to Antelope Canyon, we will go to the breathtaking Horseshoe Bend. This iconic masterpiece was carved out by mother nature and is one of the most incredible sites in all of America. From the awe-inspiring overlook atop a 1300-metre-tall cliff, you can see the stunning colorado river and the incredible scenery of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Day 4 - Grand Canyon National Park


On day four we will travel to the famous and iconic Grand Canyon - recognized as one of the most spectacular views in the entire world. No further description is needed... It is impossible to imagine its size until you stand on its edge and gaze into the vast abyss. After we leave the Grand Canyon, we will travel back to Vegas with a stopover scheduled in the historic town of Seligman. Here we will see vintage American cars, old gas stations and classic American diners. Just like in the movie Cars! Stepping into this iconic Route 66 town, it truly feels like travelling back in time.

In the evening, it will be time to party! We will celebrate our life-changing adventure with our companions by hitting the streets of Sin City in a party bus. The music will be blasting and the drinks will be flowing as we get ready for an unforgettable night in the entertainment capital of the world.

Day 5 - Las Vegas


Day five is the perfect day for recharging your batteries. We shall rest and relax, chilling by the pool, shopping and soaking in everything that Las Vegas has to offer! You could check out one of the many iconic Vegas hotels like Caesars Palace or the Bellagio or you could visit some of the enormous top-brand fashion boutiques. Vegas is a place like no other, an experience that you'll never forget.

Day 6 - Death Valley National Park


On day six we will travel to the hottest place on earth. Death Valley is grand, picturesque and features scenery that is simply out of this world. We will visit Zabriskie Point, where we will find astonishing rock formations, aged by time. We will then head towards Mesquite Sand Dunes, a spectacular landscape that resembles the incredible Sahara desert.

Day 7 - Sequoia National Park


On day seven we will see the largest trees in the world. You will walk between the massive sequoias that make up this National Park and marvel at the natural beauty of the forest. Many scenes from the iconic Jurassic Park movies were filmed here. We will also see stone monoliths, beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and wild creatures (maybe even a bear). On our road to experience all of that beauty, we will climb up to 2000 meters high, driving through a narrow, winding road with spectacular views. Our highlight will be General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world that is estimated to be 2,100 years old and stands at an incredible 84 metres tall.

Day 8 - Yosemite National Park


On day eight we will spend the whole day in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite lies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California and features 3018 square kilometres of breathtaking landscape. This park features vast granite peaks, stunning lakes, meadows, forests and beautiful waterfalls. It's the location of the highest granite rock formation in the world, El Capitan, and the incredible Half Dome mountain. You'll enjoy a day of hiking up to Nevada falls, tracking down bison or taking in the surreal views this place has to offer. We will later head off towards San Fransisco to get a good night's rest.

Day 9 - San Francisco


For the next two days, we will spend time in the wonderful city of San Francisco. We will visit the famous Golden Gate Bridge and the iconic Coit Tower. We will relax on the beach with a fantastic view of the bay, and all those willing will set off on a cruise to Alcatraz Island, the most infamous prison in the world. The guided tour will teach you all about the old prison and its former inmates including Al Capone.

Day 10 - San Francisco


On day ten you have the freedom to visit any of the wonderful attractions that the city has to offer. We especially recommend places like; Bay Bridge, Lombard Street, Pier 39, Ferry Building, a walk around Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square, Painted Ladies, and Chinatown. You could also ride the famous San Francisco cable car. Don't worry, before you set off on your dream day in this charming city, you will receive all the tips you need to get to know the selected attractions, and we will also share a list of recommended restaurants where it is worth stopping during the visit.

Day 11 - Santa Barbara


On day 11 we leave San Francisco and head towards the Santa Barbara resort. Santa Barbara is a place where Hollywood's greatest stars have their mansions and we will spend a mesmerizing evening here walking on golden beaches and gazing at the swaying yachts in the pacific ocean. You can also visit one of the many pubs, restaurants, and shops on the town's main street.

Day 12 - Los Angeles


Our next location on the tour is the incredible city of Los Angeles. The City of Angels is home to the biggest stars in film, TV and music so keep your eyes peeled for your favourite celebrity. We will visit the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame and the legendary Dolby Theatre. You will walk down the luxurious Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and then we will head to the beautiful LA beaches. Santa Monica will be our destination and you can visit the iconic pier and swim in the Pacific Ocean.

Day 13 - Los Angeles


On day 13 you will have all day to soak in the California sun and see some more of the incredible sites the city has to offer. You will have the chance to make the stunning hike up to the world-famous Hollywood sign or to visit the Warner Bros Film Studios. You could even go to the Universal Studios Amusement Park in Hollywood and ride some of the best rides in the world. You can end the day chilling on the beach and reflecting on the trip of a lifetime that you have just enjoyed.

Day 14 - Los Angeles - Venice Beach


After 13 days of excitement, it's time to end our trip. We've had two weeks of thrilling adventure and discovered some of the most wonderful places on planet earth. We will relax on the beach in the morning and then finish our trip. There will be many sad goodbyes, but we'll all have made memories to last a lifetime.

4 persons in room (per person)


If you signed up until the end of June:
1299 USD

After 30th June:
1399 USD
the price is valid for 4 people
accommodated in 1 room
* each room with two double beds

2 persons in room (per person)


If you signed up until the end of June:
1599 USD

After 30th June::
1699 USD
the price is valid for 2 people
accommodated in 1 room

Includes


• 13 nights in hotel **
• 6 breakfasts
• transport by motor coach
• entrance to National Parks
• sightseeing Los Angeles and San Francisco
• tour guide
• party bus in Las Vegas
• activities 
• t-shirt 
• insurance  

Excludes


• $2 / per day - driver tip
• admission ticket to Antelope Canyon: $70 per person
• Cruise to Alcatraz and visiting the former prison: $50 per person.

Practical tips from us to you


The American Trip itinerary has been created in such a way to ensure a peak of excitement from experiencing National Parks and cities of the United States. This means that during our journey, there will be some days when we will need to drive approximately 600 km in a day. During the drive, there's a stop at least once every 4 hours. We believe that such form of travelling will enable you to see America in a special manner and feel the momentum of a real American road trip.

Even though we move around in a group, it does not mean that you don't get to spend some time as an individual, by your own preferences. In fact, the only attraction that we visit as an organized tourist group per se, is the Antelope Canyon, to which you can descend only with a designated guide. But most of the time, in places like the Grand Canyon or cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, every participant discovers them in their own fashion. Our guide gives clues for exploring a certain area, especially when it comes to indicating time and place of pick up and return. Thanks to this system, everyone can sightsee without any hurry and manage their time individually.

In the American culture, breakfast customs differ significantly from those in Europe. Usually, an American breakfast consists of coffee/ tea, juice, toast with butter or jelly and cereal. Therefore, we strive to look for accommodation spots that are in a vicinity of super stores such as Walmart or Target. This way you will be able to equip yourself in nutrition essentials, i.e. veggies, fruit, bread, and beverages almost every day.

Excluding Las Vegas, hotels are on the suburbs of big cities (Los Angeles or San Francisco). However, we make sure that locations of the hotels we pick won't make us drive for longer than 45 minutes to get to the city center.

Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi. However, its quality and stability might be low. The power of reception depends mainly on the distance from a certain room to the nearest Wi-Fi router. In many cases it is better to take advantage of the Internet access in common spaces, where the reception is better. There are hotels that charge for using the Internet. In those cases, the quality of service is better.

One should mind that temperature and general weather condition, between one location and another, may differ significantly. Practically that means that in Las Vegas the weather will be hot, but in San Francisco, during that very same trip, might be much colder, with a cool breeze. Therefore, we encourage you to pack some warm clothes.

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