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West Coast Adventure - Kilroy

Itinerary

West Coast Adventure - Kilroy

Day 1

Day 1: Las Vegas Welcome to the USA and the commencement of your West Coast America Tour! Spend your morning at leisure exploring the dazzling city of Las Vegas. In the afternoon, gather with your Adventure Leader and group at the Luxor Hotel's Aurora Bar for a trip briefing and safety instructions. Next, dive into the vibrant energy of the Strip, soaking in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Enjoy a dinner break at Cafe Hollywood, a quintessential American diner. Take in the mesmerizing Bellagio Water Show before venturing into the city's nightlife, or follow your guide to the best spots for an evening of entertainment.

Day 2

Day 2: Las Vegas This morning, relax by the Luxor's pool or explore nearby attractions such as Caesar's Palace or the Venetian. In the early afternoon, reconvene for the Viva Las Vegas tour, visiting iconic landmarks like the Vegas sign, the Arts district, and Circus Circus. For dinner, relish the flavors of home-style tamales, fajitas, and margaritas at Dona Maria's. Cap off the evening by attending one of Las Vegas's renowned shows, from magic performances to captivating Cirque du Soleil spectacles.

Day 3

Day 3: Vegas, Seligman & Williams Today, depart for the next destination on your West Coast Adventure, with fascinating stops along the way. Stock up on supplies at Trader Joe's before setting off! First, visit the awe-inspiring Hoover Dam for a hike to the Mike O'Callagan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, learning about this engineering marvel. Enjoy a scenic lunch break at Locomotive Park in Kingman, Arizona. Continue the journey to Seligman, known as the birthplace of Route 66 and the inspiration for Pixar's Cars. Capture some iconic snapshots before heading to Williams, Arizona, arriving at a picturesque glamping site. Check into cosy cabins and savour dinner at Cruiser's Route 66 Cafe.

Day 4

Day 4: Grand Canyon Prepare for a morning excursion to one of the world's natural wonders??the Grand Canyon! Enjoy a free day to hike and explore this awe-inspiring site. Follow the Rim Trail for spectacular views and immersive experiences. As the evening approaches, convene at Hopi House to witness the breathtaking sunset over the Grand Canyon. Gather around a campfire, indulging in delicious s'mores and soaking in the starlit night sky.

Day 5

Day 5: Williams & Las Vegas Return to Las Vegas via Williams. Before the journey, engage in a unique activity??axe throwing! Alternatively, visit a local shooting range for insights into America's complex firearm history. Take time for lunch, shopping, and soaking up the Old West charm of Williams. Later in the afternoon, head back to Las Vegas. Enjoy a free evening exploring the city's vibrant attractions, from the MOB Museum to the Star Wars-themed Millennium Fandom Bar.

Day 6

Day 6: Santa Monica Transition to Los Angeles, arriving in Santa Monica early afternoon. Explore the sights and shops of the 3rd Street Promenade at your leisure. Gather for dinner at Trejo's Tacos, indulging in a flavorful meal before a sunset beach stroll and an entertaining arcade challenge along Santa Monica Pier.

Day 7

Day 7: Santa Monica Hop on the metro to Sunset Boulevard, where you'll marvel at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sample the famous In-N-Out Burger before enjoying free time to explore the Hollywood Film Museum or other nearby attractions. In the afternoon, embark on a hike from Griffith Park to Griffith Observatory, catching spectacular views of the Hollywood sign and witnessing the city's sunset before exploring the Observatory.

Day 8

Day 8: Santa Monica Today offers a spectrum of possibilities for your adventure: If you choose to explore Disneyland or Universal Studios, prepare for a day filled with thrilling rides, magical encounters, and immersive experiences. Disneyland is an enchanting world of fantasy, while Universal Studios offers a glimpse into the magic of movies. Opting to remain in Santa Monica allows for a more relaxed day, where you can bask in the sun at Venice Beach, take a tour of Paramount Studios for a peek behind the scenes, or rent inline skates to cruise the famous boardwalk. For those with a desire to give back, participating in a volunteer opportunity with Heal the Bay provides a chance to contribute to the local community. Join in cleaning up California's coastline, making a positive impact on the environment.

Day 9

Day 9: Santa Monica Start the day with an energetic game of beach volleyball on the shores of Santa Monica. Following the game, embrace the coastal atmosphere, taking a refreshing dip in the Pacific or trying your hand at surfing. Alternatively, visit the Getty Villa, a beautiful museum showcasing Roman-style architecture and art overlooking Malibu beach. As the sun sets, indulge in an evening exploring the vibrant street art, cultural landmarks, and eclectic food scene of Santa Monica. Engage with local artists, savor delicious cuisine, and absorb the unique ambiance of this coastal gem.

Day 10

Day 10: Yosemite Embark on a picturesque journey from Santa Monica to Midpines, transitioning from the urban landscape to the serene countryside. The scenic bus and train ride offers glimpses of California's diverse landscapes. Arriving in Midpines, settle in and unwind from the day's travel. Enjoy a delightful dinner at the June Bug Cafe, a cozy spot nestled in the tranquility of the countryside, allowing you to recharge for the adventures ahead.

Day 11

Day 11: Yosemite Today promises an immersive experience in the majestic Yosemite National Park. Begin the day with a guided hike from the Visitor's Center, led by an expert guide who reveals the park's hidden wonders and ecological marvels. Following the guided hike, immerse yourself in the park's natural beauty, exploring its trails, waterfalls, and scenic viewpoints. The day culminates in a relaxing dinner, sharing stories and experiences amidst the tranquility of Yosemite's captivating landscapes.

Day 12

Day 12: San Francisco Bid farewell to the serene beauty of Yosemite as you journey to San Francisco via Amtrak. Along the way, soak in the stunning vistas and natural landscapes that characterize the journey to this vibrant city. Arriving in San Francisco in the early afternoon, dive into the city's iconic experiences. Embark on a memorable cable car ride, followed by a leisurely stroll through Chinatown and North Beach (Little Italy). Savor the flavors of Chinese and Italian cuisine before retiring for the evening.

Day 13

Day 13: San Francisco Kick off the day with an unforgettable bike ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Pedal your way to Sausalito, a charming waterfront town, and return via ferry, offering breathtaking views of the bay. As the afternoon unfolds, explore San Francisco at your own pace. Delve into the eclectic charm of Baker Beach, explore the vibrant Castro District, or visit the historic Painted Ladies. The evening presents options for entertainment, from attending a Giants' baseball game to enjoying the lively atmosphere of Pier 39.

Day 14

Day 14: Farewell As the West Coast America Tour draws to a close, consider an enriching final excursion to Alcatraz Island. Delve into the intriguing history of the infamous prison with a guided tour, uncovering stories of its inmates and dramatic escape attempts. Reflect on the remarkable journey through the West Coast as you bid farewell to your fellow adventurers, taking with you cherished memories and the vibrant spirit of the diverse landscapes and cultural tapestry encountered along the way.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Berth / Cabin
Hostel

Local transport

Coach / Bus
Plane

Meals

Breakfast: 5
Lunch: 1
Dinner: 1

Additional info

WHAT TO BRING
  • Flip-flops
Sensible walking shoes
T-shirts
Shorts/skirts
Swimming costume
Lightweight waterproof
Towel
Washbag
Passport
USD
Student card if you have one, as there are a few student deals on the trip
Travel insurance policy
Photocopies of insurance policy, bank cards, passport photo page, visa
A book!
Sleeping bag for camping (can be purchased on trip)
Warm clothes for camping
Sun-screen and after-sun
Camera and charger – America is a photographer’s dream!
A big bag and a small rucksack. We sometimes get separated from our big bags, so you’ll need to keep your valuables with you in a small bag.

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