Mother Nature fans, step right up. Boy, do we have a treat in store for you! Forget city slicking - this All-American Outdoors adventure is the stuff backpackers' dreams are made of. We're talking mountains. We're talking forests. We're talking canyons, geysers and more. Is that a moose? Probably! We're in the heart of the American countryside, after all. Breathe deep and taste that fresh air before we arrive in Vegas and San Fran for the grand finale. This is one for the history books.
Ready to see the REAL America? Then you’re on the right trip! Meet up with your fellow nature-loving Topdeckers in Seattle and get to know each other over tonight’s welcome dinner. We’re all budding buddies here.
Day two in Seattle and we’ve got a visit to the iconic Space Needle all lined up for you. Wanna do some optional kayaking? Your wish is our command. If you’d rather see the city that spawned grunge, Nirvana and Starbucks by foot, we suggest heading over to Pike Place Market or taking a selfie at the gum wall (Google it).
Next stop, Missoula: home of the Swimming Fish, the Peace Sign and the ‘M’.
Get pumped: we’re about to roll into our first national park! Can we get a hell, yeah? Rest up tonight. You’re going to need all your energy for tomorrow’s explore-athon.
Quick fact: Yellowstone not only packs canyons, mountains and forests, but it’s also home to two thirds of the world’s geysers. That’s some serious shiz. Spend the day losing (and finding) yourself in this beautiful chunk of American countryside. Anyone for a round of spot the grizzly?
Tear your eyes away from Yellowstone – we’re off to Jackson Hole. One word: mountains! After a visit to Grand Teton National Park (two words: stunning lakes), prep your beer-swilling arm for the all-singing, all-dancing Chuckwagon Dinner Show.
On your second day in this lil’ slice of paradise, you can choose between optional horseback riding, whitewater rafting and paragliding. Or maybe just try them all? Whatever you do, get outside and get exploring! That fresh mountain air isn’t going to breathe itself.
Next up, we set our sights on Utah’s fine-looking capital: Salt Lake City. After we’ve got our bearings on a driving tour, you’re free to check out Temple Square, the Red Butte Arboretum and Hogle Zoo. Or, you could always just sit back and gaze at the city’s breathtaking mountain backdrop. Up to you.
We’re rollin’ onto Moab, the home of Arches National Park, today. But first: a pit stop at Park City. Nestled amid the craggy Wasatch Mountains, this place is (unsurprisingly) a skiing and snowboarding wonderland in the winter months. And in the summer? Well, there’s ziplining, comet bobsledding and a thrill-seeking lil’ option called the Alpine Coaster to get involved with.
What will we see at Arches National Park? We’ll give you one guess. That’s right, this place has natural red stone archways for days – over 2,000 of them, in fact. Take a stroll around and soak up the otherworldly vibes. Top tip: the sunsets here are unreal.
Before we hit the Grand Canyon, there’s just enough time to squeeze in a jeep tour of Monument Valley with a super knowledgeable Navajo guide. The sacred heartland of the Navajo people, this rugged landscape has acted as the backdrop to a ton of classic Western movies. Feeling starstruck yet?
It’s time to bring out the big guns. Get ready to make memories that last a lifetime as we get up close and personal with one of the seven natural wonders of the world. That’s right, today’s the day we crack on to the one, the only... Grand Canyon. Jaw-dropping heli-tour: optional. *Goosebumps*
Ready to get your soul set on fire by the Bright Light City? Yeah you are! It’s time to go big. It’s time to go YOLO. It’s time for a Vegas party bus. Dress to impress and prepare to pop a fair few corks. Wanna keep the good times rolling? No worries - we’ll hook you up with some optional nightclub entry passes. Best. Night. Ever.
To help you shake off your inevitable post-night out hangover, we’ve got optional High Roller Observation Wheel rides, helicopter tours over The Strip and shooting range shenanigans. Aww yeah! Ain’t nothing fixes the beer sweats like an adrenaline boost.
Yosemite, we’re coming for ya. Feeling tired after Vegas? Don’t worry – we’ve got some major sights for sore eyes coming up. Settle down to a tasty group meal tonight and get pumped for another wholesome serving of Mother Nature’s finest work tomorrow.
Ready to lace up those hiking boots and let loose on Yosemite? Feel small and insignificant as you swing by giant sequoia trees (and we mean GIANT sequoia trees), the Sierra Nevada mountains and the breathtaking Bridalveil Fall. #Bliss
Hills. Cable cars. A layer of magical fog. They can only mean one thing: we’ve made it to San Francisco! Try not to leave your heart behind as we drive around to see Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown – and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.
Wanna hire a bike and ride to Sausalito? Now’s the time to do it! Wanna sample some of the city’s famous clam chowder? Go right ahead! Wanna hike to the top of Twin Peaks and take in the view of Downtown San Fran? What’s stopping you? You’ve got one full day left, so make it count. Tonight, there’s the option to celebrate our final night together with an optional sunset catamaran cruise. Emosh.
The City of Angels is where our epic jaunt around the all-American outdoors ends – but LA could be the perfect place to start a new adventure. Round up your fellow Topdeckers and get planning!
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