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West Coast America Holidays


The west coast of The USA promises breathtaking national parks, incredible wildlife and some of the most exciting cities on the planet.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the national parks of America's west are amongst the best in the world. Yellowstone National Park alone, with its geysers, canyons, lakes and waterfalls, would make it worthwhile getting on the flight and California’s magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range is home to three national parks, 20 wilderness areas and two national monuments. Clustered in the desert east of Las Vegas lies an astonishing collection of the USA’s most incredible national parks. Zion’s sculptured canyons, Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos and Monument Valley’s ochre red monoliths all beggar belief but even these fall at the feet of the mighty Grand Canyon.

The wildlife is no less astonishing; you stand a good chance of spotting bears, elk and coyote in California’s mountains, whales off the coast of Monterey and bears and wolves in the forests of Yellowstone.

The cities of the west coast are reason enough to visit all on their own. LA, San Francisco and San Diego in California are justly famous but by no means the whole story. Portland, Oregon's largest city, combines cosmopolitan charm with a touch of quirkiness and boasts a thriving craft beer scene whereas sparkling Seattle homes diverse neighbourhoods, bustling Pike Place Market and enough coffee shops to keep you awake during your entire stay! Colorado's cultural capital of Denver, which dates back to the Old West era, showcases music, sport and stunning scenery and the eye-popping hotels and shows of Las Vegas have to be seen to be believed.

Trailfinders helps ten of thousands of people a year plan their holidays to western USA and most of our travel consultants have travelled extensively here. Our speciality is tailormade holidays in and with us you can pick and choose how you’d like to get around, where you’d like to stay and how you’d like to experience the attractions.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO WEST COAST USA

Here's a selection of our most popular holidays.
If you'd like to see how you could fit this region into a wider exploration of the country - take a look at our USA Holidays page.

From Glaciers to Geysers
15 days / 14 nights
from €2,252
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park

  • Viva Las Vegas
    8 days / 7 nights
    from €1,043
  • High Roller & Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Cirque du Soleil

  • The Grand Circle
    10 days / 9 nights
    from €1,136
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Lake Powell
  • Grand Canyon National Park

  • Route 66 - The Mother Road
    16 days / 15 nights
    from €1,349
  • Chicago
  • Americana
  • Grand Canyon
  • Los Angeles

  • Western Discovery
    15 days / 14 nights
    from €1,896
  • Los Angeles
  • Grand Canyon NP
  • Lake Powell
  • Las Vegas
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • Yosemite NP
  • San Francisco

  • Cowboy Country - Road Bear RV
    15 days / 14 nights
    from €1,228
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Grand Teton National Park

  • WHERE TO GO ON AMERICA'S WEST COAST

    Stretching over 2,000 miles and encompassing 10 glorious states there’s enough holidays here to keep you occupied for a lifetime. You might choose to opt for The Pacific Northwest, combining the natural glories of Mount Rainier, Olympic National Park and the striking coasts with the thriving culinary scenes of Seattle and Portland or perhaps you’d prefer glitzy Vegas and the awesome red rock national parks of Utah and Arizona? Or how about Yellowstone and the wild west, New Mexico’s Spanish and Native American culture or the North-West’s glacier’s and geysers?

    Click on the links below to discover further or give us a call if you are looking for some inspiration.

    Western USA holiday highlights map

    HOW TO GET AROUND WESTERN USA

    With wide open horizons, empty roads and scenic vistas at every turn this is classic road trip country. Follow one of our classic car or motorhome itineraries or ask our fly drive experts to put something tailormade together for you.

    If you’d rather not drive how about joining a sociable escorted coach tour taking in all of the highlights of the west or a fun small group tour through the Rockies from Seattle to Salt Lake City? Our multi centre holidays could also fit the bill perfectly – hopping by air between the major cities and taking advantage of our comprehensive local tours to experience the attractions.

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN WESTERN USA

    We feature a great range of accommodation in the Western USA, with something to suit all budgets.

    Maybe you’re looking for a cabin in the middle of Yosemite National Park or the LA hotel that’s best for shopping, star-spotting or the theme parks? Or perhaps it’s a scenic lodge on Highway 1, a cowboy ranch in Arizona or a hotel with sensational views of Monument Valley? We can help you with hotels, resorts, lodges, cabins, spas, ranches and apartments all over the west.

    What you won’t find here are thousands upon thousands of hotels where you have to wade through endless reviews of questionable origin to find the best one. We have done the hard work for you and selected the best places to stay so you don’t have to and our travel consultants are on hand to help, often with first-hand experience.

    Bellagio
    Las Vegas
    from €98
  • 20 restaurants & bars
  • Fountain view dining
  • ‘O™’ by Cirque du Soleil
  • 5 outdoor pools
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn
    The Grand Canyon
    from €58
  • 2 restaurants & a lounge
  • Pub & games room
  • Fitness centre
  • Bowling alley
  • Free shuttle to the Canyon (seasonal)
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
    Arizona
    from €112
  • 4 restaurants & 5 bars
  • Fun pool complex with lazy river
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Golf courses
  • Kids’ club for ages 4-13
  • Parking from $16 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • Stagecoach Trails Ranch
    Arizona
    from €243
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Horseback riding
  • Recreation room
  • Free parking

  • The View Hotel
    Arizona
    from €91
  • Restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Thompson Seattle
    Seattle & The Pacific Northwest
    from €139
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Parking from $53 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • THINGS TO DO IN WESTERN USA

    If the west’s sights are exciting then our selection of local tours make experiencing them even more so.

    One day you might be swooping over the Grand Canyon on a thrilling helicopter ride, the next enjoying a sunset cruise on the Colorado River. Whether you are exploring the fascinating history of Alcatraz, hiking through the slot canyons of Utah, sailing by orcas on Puget Sound or riding the Napa Valley Wine Train our collection of unmissable experiences will really help bring your holiday to Western USA alive.

    Silver Cloud Helicopter Flight
    Approx 3.5 hours
    from €322
  • Great flight only tour
  • Awe-inspiring aerial views of the Grand Canyon
  • State of the art helicopters

  • Grand Canyon Classic - West Rim
    Approx 9-10 hours
    from €272
  • Fantastic desert canyon scenery
  • Opportunity to experience the 'Skywalk'

  • 'O' - Cirque du Soleil
    Attraction Ticket
    from €185
  • Pre-book to guarantee the best seats
  • Experience an Aquatic Masterpiece

  • Mt St Helens Monument Tour
    Approx 12 hours
    from €231
  • Picturesque Mt. St. Helens National Monument
  • Small groups of no more than 10
  • Expert naturalist guide

  • Antelope Canyon Cruise from Lake Powell
    Approx 1.5 hours
    from €65
  • Canyon Cruise
  • Lake Powell
  • Incredible views

  • Canyon Spirit Helicopter Flight
    Approx 50 minutes
    from €271
  • Awe-inspiring aerial views of the Grand Canyon
  • Departs from Grand Canyon Airport at the South Rim
  • Stunning scenery

  • When is the best time to visit West Coast USA?

    West Coast USA Climate Guide
    Las Vegas

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    Western USA Fast Facts

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    Time Zone

    GMT
    -8 hours

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    Flight Time to Western USA

    Approx
    11 hours

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    Currency

    US Dollar

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    Visa Required?

    Visa Waiver Scheme

    €20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Recommended Immunisations

    None

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Trailfinders Travel Insurance

    Enjoy comprehensive cover in Western USA from just €78 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

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    Climate for in
    Visa information given is given for Irish citizens holding a valid Irish passport with at least 6 months validity remaining. Immunisation guidelines assume routine Irish childhood immunisation has been given and will not apply to all situations. Medical advice should be sought. Your Trailfinders consultant will advise you of the specific visa and immunisation requirements for your trip.

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