Pacific coast & National Parks family holiday, America

“A 12 day, small group family tour, with an emphasis on outdoor adventures in the likes of Grand Canyon and Yosemite, with mix of camping and hotels. Minimum age 8 years old.”

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Los Angeles | San Diego | Lake Havasu | Grand Canyon National Park | Route 66 | Las Vegas | Keough Hot Springs | Yosemite National Park | San Francisco

Description of Pacific coast & National Parks family holiday, America

This family holiday in the USA is a perfect mix of coast, culture and canyons. As well as a carefully crafted itinerary that is packed with different family adventures, from camping in the stunning landscapes of Yosemite or Grand Canyon National Parks to swimming in Lake Havasu or surfing in San Diego.

No one day is the same on this family holiday, with ocean one day and desert the next, the magical landscapes or giant Sequoia trees of Yosemite, followed by the escapism of Universal Studios in LA or the quirky neon desert of Las Vegas.

This is the perfect holiday if you want to introduce your family to the west coast and national parks, but want to have all the hassle of organising and travel logistics taken off your hands. Especially as we include camping on the trip, with all meals sorted while you are out in the wilds, although it is participatory trip so all help is appreciated when camping. With an expert travel guide throughout, and like minded family groups to travel with, this holiday has a maximum group size of thirteen guests.

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11 Jul 2020
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We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

When visiting desert areas it is important that we help to protect this fragile environment. The desert’s natural way to avoid sand erosion is by creating cryptobiotic soil which creates a living crust on the desert floor. This special soil helps the desert to protect itself from wind and rain erosion and promotes plant growth. All our tour leaders encourage our travellers to stick to the path to avoid damaging this special soil which can be hard to see.

We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations.

Our tour leaders will educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans.
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