California, Nevada and Arizona holiday
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Description of California, Nevada and Arizona holiday
The western US is home to incredible natural beauty, fascinating history and dynamic cities, and this California, Nevada and Arizona holiday will take in some of the regionís top highlights. Outdoorsy types can trek around the Grand Canyon, bake in the searing heat of Death Valley, marvel at the otherwordly rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park and walk beneath Yosemite National Parkís centuries-old sequoia trees.
Thereís plenty on offer for urbanites too, from the bright lights and unapologetic kitsch of Las Vegas, to beach life and top-notch Mexican eats in San Diego, to the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles.
This is a well-balanced and exciting trip that will leave you energised and ready to come back for more.
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3 Reviews of California, Nevada and Arizona holiday
Reviewed on 07 Aug 2022 by Sara NixBrilliant. Donít delay - book it! Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Aug 2015 by Barry MellBest bits: The Bright Angel walk in the Grand Canyon, seeing the sunset from the South Rim of the GC and the Nevada Falls hike in Yosemite. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2014 by Lesley HaleThe time spent in Monument Valley was probably the most memorable for me...Memories of my fellow travellers will last. We had fun. Read full review
PlanetThe very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. We travel by these values wherever our groups go; whether exploring remote regions of South East Asia to road trips like this one from LA to San Francisco, exploring the famous National Parks along the way.
This trip takes in some outstanding wilderness areas including the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks. We not only take the opportunity to explore these stunning landscapes but also assist in the conservation efforts of these amazing natural wonders through the entrance fee we pay for access and through the camping fees we pay to stay overnight. We ensure that our visits leave no trace, taking away our rubbish, recycling where possible and staying at approved campsites within the parks with the infrastructure to support our small groups. There will be much opportunity during your park visits to explore on foot, and again in order to protect these conservation areas youíll be asked to follow and stick to the paths while hiking.
These small steps combined make a big difference to the overall responsibility of touring holidays and youíll notice other measures we take en route too. For example, youíll be encouraged to travel with a refillable water bottle during the trip rather than purchasing a new plastic bottle each time you want a drink. The overuse of plastic bottles is becoming a massive problem and one which our travellers can easily stop contributing too.
PeopleAs well as your local, American group leader and driver who will be with you for the duration of the tour, we also employ local site guides at certain points en route. Employing locally not only contributes financially to the local economy and assists employment opportunities, but it gives our travellers experiences those travelling with a UK group leader just canít match. Exploring Monument Valley in the company of Navajo guide, offering fascinating insights about the largest Native American tribe in the US, whilst revealing the secrets of a region where more than two hundred thousand Native Americans currently live, is a truly memorable experience.
This trip involves a lot of camping and as such many meals will be prepared by the group as a whole using a food kitty system to buy supplies en route. We encourage the use of local, smaller suppliers who have often sourced the fresh foods they are selling regionally, reducing the food mile carbon emissions of our food. When eating out, weíll tend to lean towards smaller, family run restaurants for the same reason. Not only does this allow us to sample local specialities, but it helps keep the money our visit is generating with those who will see the benefit from it most.
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