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The Ultimate Road Trip



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The Ultimate Road Trip

This trip brings you the iconic landscapes and outdoor adventures that characterize Western North America. We’ll visit all the major National parks of both countries and enjoy such exhilarating activities as white-water rafting, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, a glacier adventure, a houseboat sailing trip and canyoneering, with many more optional activities and we’ll touch the great cities of Las Vegas and San Francisco.


Meeting Day

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in downtown Vancouver. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many renowned restaurants nearby. Overnight at the joining hotel. Read more


Whitewater Rafting and Camping

We will depart relatively early from Vancouver and travel first through the verdant Fraser Valley that produces most of the British Columbia’s fruits, vegetables, dairy and egg products. At Hope, we turn off the freeway, following the Trans-Canada Highway into the scenic Fraser Canyon. This is the Gold Rush Trail, as well as the route of the railroad project that brought the country together. We follow the spectacular river canyon past Hell’s Gate, where the mighty Fraser River gushes through a very narrow gorge, then on to Lytton, arriving at the rafting resort about noon. This afternoon we hop aboard motorized rafts for a guided trip down the Lower Thompson River, riding class 3 and 4 rapids back down to Lytton. Tonight we set up camp at one of the numerous campgrounds in the area, cooking our food together and enjoying the great outdoors along the Thompson River. Read more

Fraser Canyon


After breakfast and camp clean-up, we travel through arid areas and past scenic lakes through Kamloops and Salmon Arm and eventually on to Sicamous. We’ll be travelling for a good part of the way alongside the incredibly picturesque Shuswap Lake, known as the house-boating capital of Canada. It will likely be dotted with houseboats as we get closer to our destination. After a quick lunch, we head down to the marina for our boarding time on Remote Escape, the houseboat that will be our home for the next 21 hours. We’ll sail into beautiful Shuswap Lake, stopping at various sites. Activities include swimming, sun-tanning, simply relaxing—on the houseboat or along shore, or sitting in the on-board hot-tub. Shared cooking responsibilities for dinner. Note: you may have to share beds on this night. Read more

Shuswap Lake

Yoho National Park

After a gentle night’s sleep on the water and a shared breakfast on board, we sail back to Sicamous and re-board our minibus for a day of sight-seeing as we drive through the grandeur of the Purcell and Monashee Mountain ranges. We’ll stop frequently for jaw-dropping photos. At Rogers Pass, we’ll view the extensive glaciers of the region. After Golden, we travel up what was once known as the treacherous “ten-mile hill.” Then we enter Yoho National Park, one of four contiguous Rocky Mountain national parks. Anywhere in the parks there is a chance we will spot wildlife such as sheep, deer, moose, elk, maybe even bear. If we have time, we may take a side trip to the emerald waters of Emerald Lake (what else?). At Field we turn off the Trans-Canada Highway and make our way into the Yoho Valley to view Takkakaw Falls, Canada’s second highest. We’ll spend the night at one of the area’s campgrounds or, on some trips, go all the way to Lake Louise. Read more


Camping Hiking and stunning lakes

After breakfast and clean-up, we travel the short distance to Lake Louise. If we didn’t have time yesterday, we may first stop at Emerald Lake or the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint to admire the engineering marvel that allowed the Canadian National Railway to descend from the Kicking Horse Pass down to the valley below. At Lake Louise we will set up camp for the next two nights. Besides the incredible scenery this lake is known for, there are numerous hiking trails, from easy to challenging. Your tour guide will fill you in on the great variety of options. Other activities include canoeing, rock-climbing, exploring the world-famous Lake Louise Lodge, cycling, horseback riding, relaxing in any of several tea houses, or simply drinking in the views. Read more

Lake Louise

More of the Canadian Rockies

Enjoy more of the spectacular activities you started exploring yesterday. On either Day 5 or Day 6, your tour leaders will take you on a side trip to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. For many, this photogenic spot defines the Canadian Rockies. Here there are also numerous hiking trails, canoe rentals, and inspiring vistas. Read more

Lakes Louise & Surrounding

Sight-seeing, Hiking, Cycling, Waterfall

After camp clean-up we continue on to Banff, the centre of Canada’s first national park. This is the true heart of the world famous Rocky Mountains, a region named by Lonely Planet as the world’s #1 most spectacular natural attraction. This afternoon you are free to explore the town or participate in some of the many available activities such as sight-seeing, hiking, cycling, waterfall chasing, riding the Sulphur Mtn. gondola, visiting museums or a buffalo paddock, horseback riding, taking the chairlift up Mt. Norquay, or signing up for the via Ferrata. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a soak in the world-famous Sulphur Hot Springs. We’ll be in comfortable hotel accommodations in the Banff area for the next two nights. Read more


Day to explore Banff

This is a full day to enjoy the many options around Banff. Your driver and tour leader will suggest a variety of activities and will be available for a modest amount of side trips if there is sufficient group interest. You may also want to do a second rafting trip, this time paddle rafting on the Kicking Horse River. There is also considerable night-life in the town of Banff, for those who enjoy that kind of activity on a Saturday night. Included activities: sight-seeing side trips Additional suggested activity options in Banff Hiking and sight-seeing: free, Johnson Canyon hike: free, several free museums (at additional cost)Trail rides, Helicopter tour, Paddle boat rentals, Motor boat rentals, Lake Minnewanka cruise, Banff gondola, Via Ferrata, Mt. Norquay chair lift, River Rafting: Kicking Horse Classic Read more


Icefields Parkway & Mt Edith Cavell

We will rise relatively early to travel up the incomparable Icefields Parkway. This is one of the most scenic road trips anywhere on the planet, with spectacular lakes to our left under the backdrop of rugged peaks and glaciers. To our right, another impressive mountain range keeps us wondering which window to look out of. We stop at several viewpoints along the way, and do the short hike to the picturesque viewpoint overlooking Peyto Lake. Shortly after crossing into Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest, we arrive at Columbia Icefield. Here we’ll enjoy an included ride on the glacier in the Ice Explorer designed specifically for glacier travel, then stroll over a glass decked Glacier Skywalk above a 918-ft. (280 m.) vertical drop to the valley below. Continuing on, we stop at Sunwapta and/or Athabasca Falls. Likely, we’ll also stop at Mt Edith Cavell before arriving in Jasper fairly late in the day, setting up camp and having dinner together. Read more

DAY 10

Explore Jasper

This is a free day to explore the many options around Jasper. Like Banff and Lake Louise, Jasper has a great variety of short hikes for all skill levels and is a very popular cycling area. Your tour includes a trip to Maligne Lake, where you can add a boat trip to the famous Spirit Island landmark, rent canoes or kayaks or hike. If we didn’t get to Mt Edith Cavell yesterday, we may add that to today’s agenda, as well. Another option is to ride the gondola up Whistler Mountain. In Jasper National Park you will likely see elk and possibly bear, as well as many other wildlife. Included activities: Maligne Lake excursions Additional suggested activity options in Jasper Hiking and sight-seeing: free (at additional cost) Jasper Sky tram, Bike rentals, Spirit Island cruise, Trail Rides, Canoe/kayak rentals(Maligne Lake) Read more

DAY 11

Overnight Canoe Trip

After breaking camp, we head west through the Yellowhead Pass, shortly stopping to view Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Then we turn southward toward Clearwater and Wells Grey Provincial Park. Entering the park, we have the option of seeing several more amazing waterfalls! At Clearwater Lake we board canoes for an overnight guided wilderness canoe trip. Previous canoeing experience is not required. After several hours of canoeing, perhaps lazily under a warm sun—don’t forget your sunscreen–we reach our campsite and set up camp for the night. Options include more canoeing, sight-seeing, exploring the wilderness or simply relaxing. While this is wilderness camping, it will not be a Survivor-like experience. In case of extreme weather (unlikely in summer), an alternative will be arranged, as your safety is our highest concern. Read more

Wells Grey Provincail Park
DAY 12

Stay in a Guest Ranch

After breakfast, we’ll clean up our wilderness camp and canoe back to the starting point, re-boarding our minibus for a relatively short drive across to Cariboo Country. This is an area of rolling hills, cattle ranches, lakes and resorts. At our destination in the heart of the Cariboo we’ll first enjoy an included horseback trail ride. Then, at the resort, we have a variety of activities to choose from: more horseback riding, spa treatments, hiking and more. Tonight we stay in the resort accommodations. Read more

Cariboo country
DAY 13

From the Guest Ranch to Whistler

Today we travel first down the Cariboo Highway, then turn off toward Lillooet, enroute re-crossing the Fraser River along which we traveled on Day 2. We’ll stop for a First Nations interpretive experience that includes a barbecue salmon meal. Then we’ll travel on to the resort community of Whistler, enjoying the gorgeous scenery of the Duffy Lake Road along the way. Whistler, the site of the mountain sports of the 2010 Winter Olympics is the adrenaline capital of BC, if not all of Canada, with more options than one could exhaust in a week. Your tour guide will point you to the great variety of options. Here we’ll spend the final two nights of the tour. Read more

DAY 14

Explore Whistler's Adventurous side

Today is a free day for you to enjoy the many options available in Whistler. Go zip-lining or bungee jumping. Rent a bicycle, ride the chairlift to the top of Whistler, then enjoy same amazing hikes along the Singing Pass trails. Ride the Peak 2 Peak gondola, the world’s highest and longest gondola, between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. Or rent a mountain bike for some extreme downhill mountain-biking. Or take a ride in a bobsleigh, just like an Olympian! Additional suggested optional activities in Whistler (at additional cost)Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Ziptrek, Bobsleigh(advance booking required), Downhill mountain biking, River rafting, Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler Museum, Escape Rooms, ATV tours, Via Ferrata, Spa service Read more

DAY 15

Transfer from Whistler to Vancouver

After breakfast, we’ll leave for the final leg of our trip back to Vancouver, down the stunningly beautiful Sea-to-Sky Highway. Depending on traffic, we should arrive there by noon, at which time we’ll say good-bye to some of our fellow travelers. You’ll have time to enjoy one of many optional excursions around Vancouver in the afternoon. Because there will likely be new people joining us here, we will have another group meeting tonight. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner to one of Vancouver’s many nearby restaurants. Read more

DAY 16

Travel to Wine Country

We depart relatively early and start by retracing the journey of Day 2 until Hope. But then, instead of turning up the Fraser Canyon, we continue on to BC’s South Okanagan region, stopping along the way to see such sites as Hope Slide, Manning Park, Spotted Lake and the fruit-stand capital of Keremeos. We’ll arrive mid-afternoon in Osoyoos, BC’s summer playground. Options for the rest of the afternoon include beach activities, visiting BC’s only desert, visiting a winery (or two), visiting the model train museum, and much more. Read more

DAY 17

Through Crowsnest Pass to Waterton

This will be a long travelling day, but it is through gorgeous scenery, and there will be plenty of stops. Travelling across Southern BC, we’ll eventually cross the Rocky Mountains through Crowsnest Pass, and into the neighbouring province of Alberta. Waterton National Park lies at the boundary of the Great Canadian Plains and the Rocky Mountains and along the United States border. We’ll arrive in time to set up camp and enjoy a sumptuous campsite dinner, then enjoy a relaxing evening. Read more

Waterton National Park
DAY 18

Exploring Waterton National Park

We have a full day to explore Waterton National Park. There are numerous scenic hikes for all levels of fitness and challenge; it will be hard to choose which one. Maybe you just want to explore the geology around Red Rock Canyon. Or enjoy your time relaxing in the village or around picturesque Waterton Lake, site-seeing at a relaxed pace. Read more

Waterton National Park
DAY 19

Rocky Mountains to Yellowstone National

Today we cross the border into the United States and travel along the foothills of the Rocky Mountain chain to Yellowstone National Park, arriving there mid-afternoon. Yellowstone is the first National Park established in the world, to protect the great volcanic caldera and the geothermal hot spot that created the geysers, hot springs and fumaroles. The park has also become known for the plethora of wildlife, and we’ll be almost sure to have some wildlife encounters. Entering the park, we’ll visit Mammoth Hot Springs and various sites on our way to our campsite for the night. Park fees are included. Read more

Yellowstone National Park
DAY 20

Explore Yellowstone National Park

We have a full day to explore Yellowstone. Your tour driver will take you on a circuit of the park, stopping at numerous sites along the way, including the famous Yellowstone Lodge and at least one stop at the famous Old Faithful geyser.

Yellowstone National Park
DAY 21

Mormon Heaquarters & Ancestry Museum

We travel to Salt Lake City, on the edge of the great Sonoran desert, and beside the lake that shares its name, arriving in time for a late lunch. This is also the headquarters of the Mormon Church. We’ll visit the headquarters of this unique American religious group and learn about their tortured history. After four nights of camping, we’ll be glad for the comfort of a hotel tonight. Read more

Salt Lake City
DAY 22

Explore Zion National Park

Today we’ll leave early, so that we can get to Zion National Park by about noon. In the afternoon we’ll tour the amazing sandstone formations of Zion Park, with time to explore on foot and some time for hiking. You’ll want to spend at least some time hiking the gorge of the Virgin River. We’ll camp just outside the park this night. Read more

DAY 23

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park

After cleaning up camp, we travel through Bryce Canyon National Park, stopping to explore a completely different set of amazing sandstone formations. Each of the Utah national parks is different, but all are worth a significant stop for exploring and photos. We’ll continue on for another 1-2 hours to our campsite for the night. Read more

Bowery Creek
DAY 24

Arches or Canyonlands National Park

Today we have a relatively short travel day to Moab, Utah. We’ll be here for a day-and-a-half. This is the outdoor activity capital of this region of the United States. Options include hiking, cycling, and numerous other activities. You’ll definitely want to visit Arches National or Canyonlands National Park, or both. The minibus will be available for these excursions. Read more

DAY 25

Delicate Arch and other activities

Another day to explore the parks and participate in the activities you started enjoying yesterday. On either Day 10 or day 11 we’ll travel to the iconic Delicate Arch, one of the most photographed scenes in the entire United States. If you’re more into adrenaline-pumping activities, options include zip-lining, river rafting, horseback riding, canyoneering, rock climbing, Jeep and Hummer safaris, mountain-biking and stand up paddle. Or do a night tour of the unpolluted skies guided by a renowned astronomer. Read more

DAY 26

Explore Mesa Verde

Today will include two travel segments and two included activities. First we’ll travel to Mesa Verde (Colorado) to view the ancient home of the first peoples of North America, who lived in caves carved out of the sandstone canyon walls. Then we’ll travel on to the famous Monument Valley, where numerous Western movies have been filmed. At Monument Valley we’ll take a guided sunset tour of the famous formations. Read more

Monument Valley
DAY 27

Explore the Grand Canyon

Today we make our way to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Need we say more? We’ll arrive at Grand Canyon Village on the south rim at about noon. We’ll spend about 24 hours at the Grand Canyon, with the opportunity to view the canyon at both sunset and sunrise. This night we camp near the canyon.

Grand Canyon
DAY 28

Grand Canyon to Las Vegas

After spending a few more hours at the Grand Canyon, we’ll travel on toward Las Vegas. Along the way we’ll travel one of the last segments of historic Route 66, the original highway from Chicago to Los Angeles, then stop at the Hoover Dam. A tour of the dam is included. We’ll arrive at Las Vegas for a late dinner. Read more

Las Vegas
DAY 29

Experience Las Vegas

A free day for you to explore Las Vegas on your own. Take in a show or two. The bus will be available for a minimum amount of travel. Do with your time what you want in the city that never sleeps. And, of course, what happens in Vegas, they say, stays in Vegas. Just be sure to be on time for our departure tomorrow morning. Read more

Las Vegas
DAY 30

Explore Death Valley

Today we explore Death Valley, the lowest, and hottest, spot in the US. We’ll leave Las Vegas relatively early (by Las Vegas standards) and get to Death Valley by noon. At Death Valley we’ll stop at Badwater, Dante’s View, The Devil’s Golf Course, the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Stovepipe Wells, and perhaps other unique places. Then we’ll travel on to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, setting up camp at one of the numerous campsites near Big Pine. Read more

Camping in Big Pine
DAY 31

Explore Yosemite National Park

We travel today through the spectacular Tioga pass and on to the iconic Yosemite National Park. We’ll stop several times along the way for amazing viewpoints. At Yosemite, we’ll tour the various waterfalls, view El Capitan and Half Dome, and have the opportunity to participate in some short hikes, as well as explore the village. Sorry, no extreme mountain-climbing on this trip; you’ll have to come back another time for that. This night we’ll camp at one of the numerous campsites in the area. Read more

DAY 32

Visit Fisherman’s Wharf and more

We leave our campsite and make our way toward San Francisco. This afternoon you’ll have a choice of numerous activities: visit Fisherman’s Wharf, take a tour of Alcatraz, ride a cable car, visit the waterfront market, or ride down curvey Lombard Street.

San Francisco
DAY 33

Full day to explore San Francisco

A full day for you to explore San Francisco. Make sure to visit the downtown on one of the two days, and enjoy the fine dining San Francisco is known for. Your driver will also offer a tour that includes crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco
DAY 34

Napa Wine Tasting

Today is a relatively long day of travel. We’ll start with a tour through Napa Valley, one of North America’s paramount wine regions, then travel up through northern California and into Oregon. Our destination tonight is Crater Lake, the deepest and one of the prettiest, cobalt-blue lakes in the country. Tonight we camp near the lake. Read more

Camping at Crater Lake
DAY 35

Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth

Today’s scenery is of a totally different variety as we travel up through the interior plateau of Oregon and Washington States, crossing the mighty Columbia River about mid-day. Here we’ll examine the geological foundations of the region. We eventually arrive at the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. One of the biggest summer attractions here is a nightly, live, outdoor presentation of “The Sound of Music.” We’ll have a few hours to explore this unique town. Read more

DAY 36

Return to Vancouver for Farewell

We’ll leave relatively early on this, our final day, to reach our Vancouver destination at about noon. If you are flying out today, please do not book flights earlier than 5 pm as border lineups can be unpredictable. If you would like to stay over in Vancouver for several days, we can book city tours or hotels, or an extension to Whistler. If you are continuing on to one of our other tours, you will have the afternoon off, or perhaps for a short city tour, then meet your new tour leader and fellow adventurers at the 6 pm orientation meeting Read more



Day in trip
Day 1
Location Vancouver
Day 2
Location Cache Creek
Hotel Camping
Day 3
Location Shuswap Lake
Hotel Houseboat
Day 4
Location Lake Louise National Park
Hotel Camping
Day 7
Location Banff
Day 9
Location Jasper National Park
Hotel Camping
Day 11
Location Wells Grey Provincial Park
Hotel Camping
Day 12
Location Outside 100 Mile House
Day 13
Location Whistler Blackcomb
Hotel Coast Hotel
Day 15
Location Vancouver
Day 16
Location Osoyoos
Day 17
Location Waterton National Park
Hotel Camping
Day 19
Location Yellowstone National Park
Hotel Camping
Day 21
Location Salt Lake City
Hotel Hampton Inn
Day 22
Location Zion
Hotel Camping
Day 23
Location Bryce
Hotel Camping
Day 24
Location Moab
Hotel Quality Inn
Day 26
Location Mesa Verde
Hotel Camping
Day 27
Location Grand Canyon
Hotel Camping
Day 28
Location Las Vegas
Day 30
Location Big Pine
Hotel Camping
Day 31
Location Yosemite
Hotel Camping
Day 32
Location San Francisco
Day 34
Location Crater Lake
Hotel Camping
Day 35
Location Leavenworth


Package includes

  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Tour Leader Throughout the trip
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees and Park fees included in the itinerary
  • Included meals: 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 19 dinners
  • Included Activities: Whitewater rafting, houseboat adventure, hot springs soak, excursions to Moraine Lake, Mt. Edith Cavell, Maligne Lake and Takakkaw Falls, Ice Explorer glacier tour, Skywalk tour, canoe trip, horseback trail ride, First Nations experience, national park tours, Mesa Verde entrance fees, Monument Valley tour, Hoover Dam tour, Napa Valley wine tour, all park fees, all meals when camping and on houseboat

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers not included in the itinerary

More information

  • August 11 Departure starts with the USA part of the tour and then continues with the Canadian portion.
  • Although we make every effort to provide the listed hotels, they may vary according to availability and our discretion.
  • If you are interested in a private tour on any of our listed dates or alternate dates, please contact us with your date and how many people in the group and we will provide a customized quote for you.


10 Reviews

Andrea, Canada

We saw so much wildlife, & the fact that local guides were at no extra cost made a big difference to the things we saw. Other people without local guides walk right past things that our guides showed us, also very helpful getting great photos. Our tour guide was fabulous. Accommodations were great!

Kelly Brewer, Australia

I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica and am beyond satisfied with the service provided. Everything was super straightforward and we were well looked after from the second we booked our trip. We had really lovely accommodation, reliable transport that ran on time and some delicious meals...

Shendra B, Canada

The West Adventures trip to Costa Rica was better than expected. Beautiful country, excellent guides. Excellent, experienced host guide, Becky. We saw almost all the animals. had wonderful adventures, zipline, exciting river cruise through Tortuguero National Park, a day at the hotsprings.


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