Spring Adventure Travel by Travel Dream West - Nature Tours of the USA West

Choose from Southwest vacations, grand circle tours and tours of California, each focused on the natural treasures of the region.

Take advantage of mild temperatures, crowd free attractions and spring wildflowers on these varied adventure travel tours. These nature tours explore famous attractions including Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon and Bryce/Arches National Parks during the shoulder season for a crowd-free experience/ Avoiding the crowds of the summer months gives you the opportunity to fully appreciate the serenity and beauty of the various regions that these tours cover.  Choose our Southwest Adventures or Desert Springs tour if you are interested in the California, Arizona and New Mexico desert regions – these tours are perfectly timed with the best temperatures and wildflower blooms.  Every tour incorporates cultural highlights to balance out the natural attractions.


Grand Circle Tours, Monument Valley

Grand Circle Tours, Monument Valley

Canyon Lands
15 Days / 14 Nights
Las Vegas, Nevada (round trip)

Tour Departs:
Sun, 05/13 – Sun, 05/27/2018
From $3765

Our Grand Circle tours take in the highlights of Utah, Arizona and parts of Colorado. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Arches and Canyonlands National Park
– Bryce Canyon National Park
– Monument Valley, overnight in Navajo Hogan
– Grand Canyon National Park
– Mesa Verde National Park
– Zion National Park


Mission San Xavier del Bac near Tucson

Mission San Xavier del Bac near Tucson

Southwest Adventures
15 Days / 14 Nights
Phoenix, Arizona (round trip)

Tour Departs:
Sun, 03/25 – Sun, 04/08/2018
From $3465

Join us on these small group tours of Arizona and New Mexico to experience the region’s amazing variety of desert scenery, culture and National Parks. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Grand Canyon National Park
– Saguaro and Organ Pipe Cactus
– Tombstone and the OK Corral, Pioneer living
– Santa Fe, New Mexico
– White Sands National Monument


Grand Teton Adventures

Grand Teton Adventures

Wild West Yellowstone
15 Days / 14 Nights
San Francisco, CA to Cody, Wyoming

Tour Departs:
Sun, 06/03 – Sun, 06/17/2018
From $ 3770

Embark on adventure travel tours of Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, Yosemite and many lesser known springtime attractions. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park
– Teton National Park
– Western mining and ghost towns
– Great Basin National Park
– Salt Lake City and Olympic Park 2002


Arches National Park vistas

Arches National Park vistas

Western Wonderland
21 Days / 20 Nights
Las Vegas, Nevada to San Francisco, CA

Tour Departs:
Sun, 05/13 – Sat, 06/02/2018
From $4990

Take in the most famous National Parks on this Western USA small group bus tour with attractions that range from beautiful canyons and rock formations to the desert and Pacific coast. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Famous National Parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon,
Arches, Canyonlands
– Monument Valley and Navajo Nation
– Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks
– Monterey, California Coast and San Francisco


American Southwest native culture tour

American Southwest native culture tour

Southwest Native Trails
16 Days / 15 Nights
Phoenix, Arizona (round trip)

Tour Departs:
Sun 04/22 –  Mon, 05/07/2018
From $3935

Walk in Native footsteps as you are immersed in the history of the region on our American Southwest culture tour while enjoying the natural highlights of National Parks in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
– Grand Canyon, Saguaro, Organ Pipe Cactus
White Sands National Parks and Monuments
– Fort Bowie, Fort Davis and Apache Pass
– Overnights at the Tombstone Monument Ranch
– Santa Fe, Sedona, Route 66


Elk in Yellowstone National Park

Elk in Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife Expedition
15 Days / 14 Nights
Salt Lake City, UT to Denver, CO

Tour Departs:
Sat, 05/19 – Sat, 06/02/2018
From $ 3760

Track USA wildlife, including large mammals like bison and bears, on this wild west history tour as you explore Yellowstone National Park and surrounding regions. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, wildlife
and scenery
– Jackson Hole and Cody, wild west towns
– history of Fort Laramie and the Oregon Trail
– colorful Badlands National Park
– Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monuments, Black Hills


Virginia City in Gold Country, photo by VivaVerdi

Virginia City in Gold Country, photo by VivaVerdi

Gold Country and Ghost Towns
9 Days / 8 Nights
San Francisco, CA to Salt Lake City, Utah

Tour Departs:
Sun, 06/03 – Mon, 06/11/2018
From $2380

Embark on an adventure into the past with this mining history tour of the American west, filled with historic sights and beautiful natural settings. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Yosemite National Park
– Tonopah Silver Mine and Ely Railroad
– Great Basin National Park and ancient bristlecone pines
– Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake
– Fort Churchill, Pony Express Station


California Nature Tours, Joshua Tree NP

California Nature Tours, Joshua Tree NP

Desert Springs
7 Days / 6 Nights
Combine for 13 Days / 12 nights
Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Departs: Custom Departures for small groups
From: TBA

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Week One Top Attractions:
– Palm Springs, Indian Canyons
– Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave desert

Week Two Top Attractions:
– Death Valley National Park
– Kern River Valley and Sierra Nevada, Mt. Whitney


Fan Palm oasis on southwest vacation

Fan Palm oasis on southwest vacation

Desert Dream Trails
13 Days / 12 Nights
Las Vegas, Nevada to
San Diego, California

Tour Departs:
by request / custom tour

Hiking in style – this Southwest nature vacation takes you through desert landscapes and southern California towns. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Death Valley National Park
– Palm Springs and Indian Canyons
– Joshua Tree National Park
– Mojave Preserve and Anza Borrego Desert
– Pacific Coast and San Diego


Seattle Downtown

Seattle Downtown

Northwest Now
6 Days / 5 Nights
Portland, OR to Seattle, WA

Tour Departs:
Custom Spring Departures Available for small groups

Summer tours starting from: $1490

spring departures available upon request

This pacific northwest tour takes you from urban centers to outdoor adventures.
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Top Attractions:
– Portland and Seattle
– Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood
– Mt. St. Helens
– Olympic National Park


Pacific Northwest tour along the Oregon coast

Pacific Northwest tour along the Oregon coast

Pacific Northwest Explorer
15 Days / 14 Nights
San Francisco, CA to Seattle WA

Tour Departs:

Custom Spring Departures Available, Groups of 2 or more

Summer departures From $ 3690

Bountiful beauty awaits you on these outdoor adventure tours that take you along the coastline of California, Oregon and Washington. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– California and Oregon Coast
– Temperate Rainforest in Olympic National Park
– Crater Lake National Park
– Mt. St. Helens
– San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington


Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

San Francisco North
10 Days / 11 Nights
San Francisco, CA to Portland, Oregon

Tour Departs:

Sun, 06/24 – Wed, 07/04/2018

Custom Departures for small groups

Summer and Fall Departures Available
From $2895

These California and Oregon outdoor adventure tours combine the highlights of Northern California with the natural splendor of Oregon for a west coast tour unlike any other. …Learn More

Top Attractions:
– Scenic coastal Highway 101
– Giant Redwood forest, Historic Skunk train ride
– San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge
– Crater Lake National Park
– Bend, OR and the high desert region