Wild Western

From Los Angeles (CA) to San Francisco

Visiting: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco

Tour Operator: Contiki

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Tour Overview

You could easily spend 14 days in LA, losing track of time and doing little more than eat, sleep, shop, party, repeat. If you want to make the most of your time in this region and see everything from San Diego to the slopes of Tahoe, then this trip has your name written on it in permanent ink. The Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, Vegas & San Francisco will soon be clogging up your Instagram account.


  • iconSurfliner Train to San Diego
  • iconArrive Los Angeles - Visit Santa Monica & Venice Beach
  • iconScenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert & Sonoran Desert
  • iconVisit Mission Beach (weather permitting)
  • iconTreat your tastebuds with a Chinatown dinner & tour in San Fran
  • iconSee Beverly Hills
  • iconArrive Los Angeles - See Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame and drive along the famous Sunset Strip
  • iconTrace the steps of 75,000 hippies from the 1960s
  • iconWitness the stunning Grand Canyon Sunset
  • iconLas Vegas - Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus
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Places You'll See



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icon Day 1: Arrive Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles

Meals: Dinner

Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It’s packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do. Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement. Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world’s wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills. A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA’s oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel. Maybe later travel out to LA’s quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing broadwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach. Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.

icon Day 2: Los Angeles to San Diego

Location: Los Angeles, San Diego

Next up, the O.C. – Orange County. You’ll join the crew and find yourselves cruising on the Surfliner Train as it cruises across the Pacific coastline before winding around to the super laid back locale of San Diego. Recline into relaxation mode and take in the laid back nature of San Diego. We'll start embodying the easygoing vibes with a visit to the eclectic mix of vibrant neighbourhoods around this city, including Balbao's Park for some Mother Nature time. Consider yourself a thrill seeker? Why not drive your very own speedboat (yes you can take the wheel) with a guide around the San Diego Harbour.

icon Day 3: San Diego

Location: San Diego

Meals: Dinner

Today you'll go about your ways like a true Cali native with a full day of outdoor excitement. Surf, sun and 42 miles of beachside bliss will have you hanging ten like Kelly Slater in no time. For those maybe feeling a little less adventurous who'd rather get up close and personal with 4000 animals, then the famous San Diego Zoo will be a must see for you. By nightfall you'll have worked up an appetite so get ready to dig into a Mexican Feast! Margarita anyone?

icon Day 4: San Diego to Phoenix

Location: San Diego, Phoenix

Meals: Breakfast

Now you've had a taste of living the San Diego dream, it's time to crank up the heat as we enter the desert. We say farewell to our California love and delve a little deeper inland to see what Arizona has to offer.This impressive metropolis is situated right smack bang in the middle of the desert and is a sight you won't forget anytime soon. Uninterrupted sunshine is expected for approximately 300 days a year, making this place a super steamy urban mirage perfect for shopping and sporting events. We'll enjoy a picnic in the gorgeous Papago Park, surrounded by red buttes and fishing lagoons. Dreamy or what?

icon Day 5: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon via Sedona

Location: Phoenix, Grand Canyon

Meals: Breakfast

A hot air balloon ride over the "Valley of the Sun" – sounds like a bucket list kind of thing (because it is) and you have the chance to tick it off the list right here. There's a champagne breakfast provided in the deal too so try to keep breathing so you don't miss out.The thrill of the desert continues and the next stop will make any nature lover weak at the knees. This location is one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders and the pride of Arizona. We'll settle in for the night at our comfy Lodge in the heart of the National Park before the great Grand Canyon reveals itself tomorrow. Take a step outside and take a peep at the endless starry skies, tomorrow will be a day to remember.

icon Day 6: Grand Canyon National Park

Location: Grand Canyon

You deserve a full day out here in the wilderness to take in the truly dramatic scenery. This day will be like no other; beginning with a hike through the UNESCO World Heritage listed site and, incredibly, there is an option to view this wonder from the best and most thrill-seeking seat in the hous, a helicopter and ending with a spine-tingling sunset.

icon Day 7: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas via Route 66

Location: Grand Canyon, Las Vegas

Meals: Dinner

With the majestic Grand Canyon left behind for now, we stop off at several spots along the famous Route 66, but most notably, Seligman, a town steeped in history for some rustic old school Americana vibes.Get ready for a full-blown, non-stop assault on the senses, starting first up with the iconic Hoover Dam. This is Las Vegas - sometimes known as Sin City - a place of dreams & epic debauchery. This huge man-made entertainment precinct in the middle of the desert is all about total excess. You’ll be blinded by the bright lights and gob smacked at the thought of all that money running through more than 75 massive casinos. A nighttime tour of the famous ‘Strip’, including a stop for pics at the legendary Vegas sign will show you just what is on offer after dark in this absolutely outrageous city. Fremont Street is on tonight's agenda, where the main attraction is a super impressive light and laser show, before no doubt heading out and straight into what Vegas is all about.

icon Day 8: Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas

Meals: Breakfast

You have today all to yourself but you’ll need to run to a tight schedule to fit in all of Vegas' weird and wonderful charms. Travel the world in a day, taking in the famous Bellagio fountain, a Venetian gondola and even an Egyptian pyramid, all whilst staying firmly within the city's realm. Feeling romantic? Stop by and see one of the many Elvis impersonators for a shotgun wedding ceremony, and maybe even get hitched yourself...(joking). Tonight live like a baller while you cruise along the 'Strip' in a party bus and don't stress, the bills on us. Later, you’ll witness the 24-hour party scene first hand when you head out for a night with the crew.

icon Day 9: Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe via Mojave and Sierra Nevada

Location: Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

From the ridiculously flashy Vegas ‘Strip’ to the outdoor capital of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this change of scenery will bring you and the crew back to nature again.

icon Day 10: Lake Tahoe

Location: Lake Tahoe

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning snow angels! It's time to hit the slopes! Whether you're a beginner bound for the bunny hill or a pro who owns the terrain park, Tahoe offers things to do both on and off the slope. Beginners can get a ski or board lesson with one of the expert instructors, or those with a bit more experience can get straight out there. Not keen on getting up on the slopes? Take the lift or gondola and enjoy the views over the lake, taking a few selfies for good measure. This lakeside spot is nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountains, and a good way to relax after the bright lights and big city vibes of Vegas.

icon Day 11: Lake Tahoe

Location: Lake Tahoe

Meals: Breakfast

Hit the slopes of Heavenly to get your snow fix. Or jump on a snowmobile and get into the back-country. Back at the lodge, you could relax, grab a hot chocolate and breathe in the mountain air.

icon Day 12: Lake Tahoe to San Francisco via Old Town Sacramento

Location: Lake Tahoe, San Francisco

Meals: Breakfast

We dust the snow off our boots this morning and make way to the city for the final leg of the adventure. Bye bye mountain air, it's been real. Colourful characters, freethinkers, and artists have all descended upon San Francisco to make this place an historically eclectic place. Via Oakland and the Sacramento Valley, we to descend upon the treasure of beatnik culture, cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge.On our drive, we'll roll back the clock at Old Town Sacramento. Re-fuel on some lunch (your Trip Manager will give you a local recommendation) then we're back on the road towards tonight's stop.Colourful characters, freethinkers, and artists have all descended upon San Francisco to make this place an historically eclectic place. Via Oakland and the San Joaquin Valley, we to descend upon the treasure of beatnik culture, cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge.

icon Day 13: San Francisco

Location: San Francisco

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

You have a whole two days here in San Francisco, so better make the most of it. A renowned foodie city that brought us the likes of sourdough, fortune cookies and chowder, it would be wrong not to eat and drink yourself silly at just some of the 3000 cafes, restaurants, food trucks and more. Stuffed to capacity, why not work it off by scaling the hilly streets or simply jump in a cable car for a spot of sightseeing without the effort.Now that you have the city sussed you can dive a little deeper and tap into what you didn't tick off yesterday with a full free day to do your thing. See the sea lions of Pier 39, explore the thriving street food scene, grab an Irish coffee at Buena Vista cafe, or kick it in Chinatown. As the old saying goes 'I left my heart in San Francisco' will ring true.

icon Day 14: Depart San Francisco

Location: San Francisco

This morning the tour ends and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends.

What's Included

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    A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything

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    A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

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    We'll get 14 of your meals and you get the rest. You can refuel over breakfast and grab some authentic American dinners from us but you'll also get an opportunity to sample some of this country's best gourmet fare.

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    Hotels and lodges are the name of the game. Think warm, comfy beds and lively communal areas for you and your new travel buddies to socialise.

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