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10 nights accommodation
6 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Lodge, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay
Hotels, lodges and resorts are the name of the game. Think comfy pillows and lively communal areas for you and your new travel buddies to socialise.
12 included Meals
5 Dinner, 7 Breakfast
We'll get 12 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.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
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.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
12 included, 9 optional that you can add
Strap yourself in for a wild ride. You'll be cruising the Las Vegas strip in a party bus, soaking up the sunshine at Bass Lake and getting down with the hippie vibes in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. You'll also get your kicks on Route 66 and experience the mind blowing expanse of the Grand Canyon. There's plenty to blow your mind between LA and The Bay.
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3 states, 11 days, 1 damn fine vacay. From the Golden Gate to the Hollywood sign, your eyes will be a popping the whole trip long. We'll feast on legit Mexican food, marvel at Joshua Trees and party in Vegas.
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San Diego
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Phoenix
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Sedona
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Grand Canyon
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Route 66
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DAY 1 - Arrive Los Angeles
Los Angeles
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.
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See Beverly Hills
DAY 2 - Los Angeles to San Diego
Los Angeles

Next up, the O.C. – Orange County. You’ll join the crew and find yourselves cruising along the unmistakable Pacific coastline as it gloriously winds around to the super laid back locale of San Diego. 

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Drive through the O.C. & along the scenic Pacific Coast
Panoramic view of the city's skyline from Coronado Bridge
See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego
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Speedboat Adventure
USD $57.00
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.  

DAY 3 - San Diego
San Diego

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?

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Visit Mission Beach (weather permitting)
Go loco as you feast on traditional Mexican cuisine
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San Diego Zoo
USD $49.00
DAY 4 - San Diego to Phoenix
San Diego

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.

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See the Sonoran Desert
Phoenix

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.

DAY 5 - Phoenix to the Grand Canyon via Sedona
Phoenix
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.
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Lower J on 4WD jeep tour
Hot Air Balloon
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Sedona
Grand Canyon

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. 

DAY 6 - Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon

You deserve a full day out here to truly appreciate the wilderness taking in its dramatic scenery. This day will be like no other; beginning with a hike through the UNESCO World Heritage listed site, there's also the option of a bike ride, then the day will end with a spine-tingling sunset. Incredibly, there's also the option to view this wonder from the best and most thrill-seeking seat in the house – a helicopter. 

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Capture some incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
Hike along the Canyon's South Rim
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Helicopter Flight - Imperial
Helicopter Flight - North Canyon
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DAY 7 - Grand Canyon to Las Vegas via Route 66
Grand Canyon
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 skool Americana vibes.
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City sightseeing tour
Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
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VIP club entry
Route 66
Las Vegas
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.
DAY 8 - Las Vegas
Las Vegas

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.

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Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus
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VIP club entry
High Roller Anytime
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DAY 9 - Las Vegas to Bass Lake via San Joaquin Valley
Las Vegas

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.

Barstow

Hungry for In n Out Burger? Dumb question. Get your fast food fix on this West Coast takeaway fave, then sit back and relax as we head to our next destination. 

San Joaquin Valley

We'll make a quick pitstop as we blaze through the Mojave Desert and its iconic Joshua trees on the way to blissful Bass Lake. 

Bass Lake

This afternoon you’ll become enamored with the tranquility of Bass Lake. Wind down in your chalet after a long day of travel, taking in your picturesque surroundings. Later on, kick back and enjoy the view from the chalet deck - it is nothing short of spectacular. Take a dip in the pool, warm up in the jacuzzi and breathe in the fresh mountain air while getting some much needed R & R after fast and furious Vegas. 

DAY 10 - Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park
Bass Lake

This beautiful mountain paradise is perfect for relaxation and recuperation but it certainly isn’t a one trick pony. Bass Lake offers plenty of watersports and adventurous options, seasonal weather permitting.

Bass Lake

Back at our Bass Lake base, there'll no doubt be a need for that jacuzzi and a night of staring up at the starry skies. This is what we call living. 

DAY 11 - Bass Lake to San Francisco
Bass Lake

Today we bid farewell to this achingly picturesque spot full of nature and tranquility and look forward to a very different experience as a crew of city slickers once more.

San Francisco
Say farewell to your new Contiki fam on arrival back in San Francisco. Perhaps a reunion in Thailand? 
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A great trip that encompasses everything in a short period of time.
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Alexander Mckay
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Love it! Everything was so well organised and made everything we did so enjoyable!
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O tour é dinâmico e dá pra conhecer melhor de cada destino visitado! Super recomendo!
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awesome tour. got to see cool places
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The accommodations and optional experiences were great deals!
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Julien Stebe
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Great spots, great accommodation. All the highlights are covered, and even more!
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Robyn Diane Bennett
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I loved this trip but I wish I had booked a few more nights in San Francisco and had done a few more of the add on extras!
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Anonymous
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Amazing trip, that allows plenty of time to explore the places if you use your time well. Stunning views and lifetime experiences for optionals
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Stacey Turner
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The time length was perfect. Saw mostly everything you would want to see on a trip like this.
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Christopher Andre
Traveled Oct 2018
James and Marcus organised the tour so well. I had the best time on tour.
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Great value for money. Got to see so many places.
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Was awsome and some amazing people and memories
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Samantha Laidler
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A perfect balance between partying, outdoors and culture.
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Emma Coyle
Traveled Oct 2018
As stated in the previous box. You need to add another day in Vegas to the trip. Maybe also revise what you do in LA - most of my group arrived a few days early so had already been to the spots. Would have been good to do something else.
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Neil Young
Traveled Sep 2018
Best trip ever the best thing ive ever done
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Ryan Scott Symonds
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Unbelievable trip, James and Marcus made it!
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Emily Mitchell
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La to the bay/wild western is a great way to see big variety of the USA in a short time. It covers a heap of ground in less than 3 weeks cramming in heaps of sights and experiences in everyday!
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Anonymous
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Once in a lifetime experience and couldn’t recommend it enough! Have made memories and went places I would never have done as a solo traveller. Friends for life
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Had an amazing experience on the LA to the Bay trip. Went to plenty of incredible destinations, including several not so well known ones which were actually highlights of the trip.
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Ella Shaw
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LA to the Bay was an amazing trip, I had the best time! Our trip manager was fantastic and made the trip the perfect experience for all of us even though we were all there for different reasons. It was great value for money, the hotels were all amazing and so were the included meals. Altogether a great trip and great value
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