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Western USA Family Experience Adventure Tour

US & Canada

  • United States

Never mind the minivans and cheesy tourist attractions ' our 12-day trip across the western United States puts a whole new spin on ol' America the Beautiful. Your family will breathe free in famous national parks (Zion & Bryce among them), stand in wonder at the Grand Canyon, and bunk at a cowboy camp. With a great mix of culture and activities, this is an ideal trip for families looking to see the USA in a new light.


Highlights

Hike in the natural splendour of Zion and Bryce national parks, learn horseback
riding at a cowboy ranch, visit Canyonlands National Park for sunset, marvel at the sight of the Grand Canyon.


What's Included

Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Half
day rafting trip down the Colorado River. Sunset dinner at Dead Horse Point State Park. Picnic lunches. Sunrise in Bryce Canyon. Self
inflating mattresses and dome tents.


Accommodation

Standard hotel (2nts), camping (7nts), basic cabins (2nts, shared facilities).


Meals Included

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners


Transport

Air
conditioned private touring van.


About our Transportation

We use 15
passenger vans for up to 13 people plus the CEO/Driver for all our of our trips in North America. For groups of 8 and more travellers, we also use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These vans are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each. No standing is permitted in these vehicles, but there is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days and mandatory seat belts to us secure and safe. This is not a physically demanding journey. However, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and limited space in the van. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most clients feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience!


Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver
this person is experienced in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups. As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting
we think it's the best of both worlds.


Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!


Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi
share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.


Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.


What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture
wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days to spend hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet. You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend the use of a duffel bag, soft bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). Heavy luggage is not recommended for the health of the CEO, who will take a lead in loading the storage trailer. Due to space in the trailer, we will not be able to accommodate more than one piece of main luggage per person. A good size day
pack (20
35L) is also essential to carry your personal gear for the day, as access to luggage between destinations will be limited. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a light jacket. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.

Day 1 Las Vegas

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Day 2 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park

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Day 3 Grand Canyon National Park

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Day 4 Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley

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Day 5 Monument Valley/Moab

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Day 6 Moab

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Day 7 Moab/Antimony

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Day 8 Antimony

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Day 9 Antimony/Bryce Canyon National Park

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Day 10 Bryce Canyon National Park/Zion National Park

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Day 11 Zion National Park/Las Vegas

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Day 12 Las Vegas

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Details

Duration: 12 Days

Trip Style: Family

Service Level: Camping

Physical Demands Rating: 4 - Demanding

Group Size Notes: Max:



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My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

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