well the west coast didn't disappoint, we started in LA and although the weather was against us for most of the first week we made the most if it. The group was made up of 11 of us. 7 guys and 4 girls and then our tour leader rob.
We had ..amazing hikes in the national parks. Getting to go to Alcatraz was great too.
As a group we all worked well together and we had such a laugh. It was an experience I will never forget and I have defiantly made friends for life.
This trek was great for smaller driving days and spending two days in most of the parks which was defiantly beneficial to, as we could see lots of things.
It was colder than expected especially at night so having a thick sleeping bag was great though we did have Walmart stops to buy more blankets.
My most memorable night was when a storm hit in lake Powell and we had to abandon our tents for the night and sleep in the bunkhouse, it was such a fun and unexpected turn. We had all eaten our steak dinners and were full, then only to go running around in the dark, wind and rain to save our things and tents.
The group were all quite into taking pictures which worked well as now we can remember it forever!!Read full review
This trip truly is the best way to see a good mix of National Parks and cities in western USA. I was slightly worried as I had never been camping before, but it was absolutely fine. You get used to setting up camp, cooking together and how ..everything is packed away really quickly. I went in August/September, bought a sleeping bag from Walmart for $15 and I was never really cold apart from maybe one night. You might want two use sleeping mats however or bring your own! One of the best nights was the campsite in Monument Valley, where we had the most incredible view, not to mention the clearest starry sky and best sunrise I've ever seen!
I would never have been able to visit all the National Parks on my own as easily as I did with Trek America, as everything is just sorted for you. That was one of the best things, as we would arrive somewhere and then our tour leader would explain what the best things to do were, answered any questions and then we were free to explore. Everything was hassle free and was such an easy way to travel. Expect a lot of driving, but it's the only way to cover so many places and we often just fell asleep in the van!
I'm not a very active person and found the hiking challenging but definitely achievable - climbing to the top of Angel's Landing in Zion was such a personal achievement. You can go at your own place and just admire your amazing surroundings. San Francisco and Las Vegas were the best cities and Yosemite's scenery just blew my mind. Also the night spent at the cowboy camp where I did horse riding the next day was a lot of fun too.
My tour leader was just the best at helping us bond as a group and giving us a load of insider information and took care of so much for us. If you want to see both iconic cities and explore National Parks, then book this trip, it will be the best decision you've ever made - you'll see and do much in such a short amount of time.Read full review
100% Best experience of my life, never wanted it to end.
By: Anonymous | Thu Sep 01, 2016 at 12.00 AM
This trek was absolutely amazing! We got ucky that we had such a great group of people, we all got on together and I now have friends for life.
Out tour guide Craig was outstanding and definitely went out of his way to make this experience.. special for everyone, as in he accommodated different activities by giving tips/ advice etc.
It was the best 2 weeks of my life and has made Me want to keep on travelling.
Would highly recommend. Food was excellent, transport and the tents we slept in were so clean. Couldn't ask for anything else.
Everywhere we went there was a new high, LA was meeting everyone, San Diego was the comedy piano bar, Lake Havasu was camping under the stars, Grand Canyon was watching the sunset while eating pizza, Las Vegas was the Calvin Harris pool party, Yosemite was the most amazing hikes and climbing the rocks and the smell, it smelled so good, San Francisco was the whole city and alcatraz and Santa Barbara was the views! So much love and appreciation for this whole experience. Read full review
From the beginning on I knew we would have a great time together! Our leader Dano was from the area and knew where to go to get a full experience in the cities.
We chilled on sunny beaches, slept under the stars, swam the Colorado river,.. hiked the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, partied in Vegas and San Francisco. I could go on for hours telling what we did. It was amazing!
In San Francisco we got a tour by Urban Adventures, which was very well organized and the guide was a helpful and clear guy that showed us around chinatown, little italy and the nort beach area.
The group was great, we got to know each other very fast and forged some friendships for the rest of our lives!
Despite not being able Death Valley due to extreme heath, I still think I've visited all the highlights on the West Coast.
Certainly looking forward to booking my next trek!Read full review
The entire trip was an amazing adventure! Everything from making smore's around the campfire to hiking the Grand Canyon, everything was very well planned, and our tour guide made sure everyone was having a blast! I am so glad that I decided.. to do this trip, and it was much better and I could ever have imagined :-) We were nine people on my trip from all over the world, and everyone was so nice and made the trip even better!!Read full review
Was so nervous to do this trek and to meet everyone but the people on my tour were lovely and we became like a family.
My trek leader was Mark Page. He was the best trek leader we could have hoped for! Mark always went the extra mile for ..everyone and made everything run so smoothly.
I thought the trek would be rushed and we wouldn't get to see enough of the places that we visited but we did! The time spend in each place is more than enough and you get to see so many amazing things.Read full review
I have traveled quite extensively but can honestly say this was the best trip I have done. I was conscious of being slightly older (27 at the time) but it made no difference, the group instantly got along.
The actual tour was amazing- the ..Grand Canyon and Arches National Park were amazing but the balance with cities was great to.
Cannot recommend Trek or this tour enough!
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Has an amazing 2 weeks travelling around the west coast of America. Met some great people and visited amazing places. I cant even pick out my favourite part, however highlights include sleeping under the stars in Lake Havasu, the party bus ..in Las Vegas and San Francisco in general. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone - you will not regret it!!Read full review
My first Trek and first time travelling alone. Great group, made some good friends and our leader Kayla made sure we saw everything and made the experience even better. Saw so much much in so little a time, can't even decide what the best m..oment was, there were so many! If you're thinking of doing this Trek then definitely go for it.Read full review
This trip was incredible, seen so many different places and met some amazing people. Can't believe how much we did in 3 weeks! Hiking and camping in the national parks was a great experience and I would recommend this trip to anyone!
The trip itself is incredible. Not to mention our group bonded so well I had to remind myself I went there alone. The hotels are lovely however the hostel is yosemite was abit lower than expected. Purely because of refurbished bathrooms tak..ing place. Wifi is great to keep friends and family updated, just be patient on the minibus it will work eventually. Overall the places i got to see were breathtaking. I cannot wait to book another trip. Highly recommend a helicopter ride and hike in the grand canyon and also a ride in vegas. Please book alcatraz before you leave as it books up so quickly and its worth the visit. I wish i could of had another day in vegas and san francisco but all in all i had an amazing time.Read full review
"Just go ahead and book this trip it will be the best thing you've done! So many amazing places and things to do. You meet some incredible people and will have an unforgettable 3 weeks! Too many amazing memories and highlights, so many stor..ies. Just do it!"Read full review
I'd now trade a luxury hotel for another 3 weeks camping any day - much to the amusement of my friends and family who consequently think that the real Lauren was abducted by aliens on the trip! For anyone considering the Westerner 3, partic..ularly those worried about camping like I was - just do it!! You will have the time of your life!
There were 14 of us in total aged from 18-30+ and we all got on wonderfully. There is a great balance of amazing cities and beautiful national parks on this trek and the time on the road isn't too bad either as there are only a couple of really long drives (which were well spent singing, laughing and playing every car game imaginable). The hikes are suitable for all abilities and there are loads of optional activities to suit all interests. Highlights for me included white water rafting down the Colorado River, spending a night in a mud hogan followed by watching the sun rise in beautiful Monument Valley, horse riding in the Arizona desert with real cowboys and of course the bright lights of Vegas! Accommodation wise, most of the camp sites were far superior to what I expected, the hostel in San Francisco was as good as hostels get and our hotel in Vegas was top-notch complete with water slide running through a shark tank in the pool area!!
This really is the trip of a lifetime! Beware - you will DEFINITELY want to go back!Read full review