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Teenage Dreams - The Ultimate USA Adventure

Colorado and California

Teenagers, and parents, looking for a Stateside summer vacation full of excitement and new experiences should look no further than this dude ranch and Rocky Mountain adventure, that finishes with an injection of LA cool on the sunny California coast.

At a Glance

  • Ideal family summer vacation with outdoor adventure, beach and city fix

  • Teens will feel like they're in a Wild West movie at Smith Fork Ranch riding, fishing and shooting

  • Star-studded Santa Monica is ideally located for Hollywood, theme parks, shopping and the beach

  • Outdoor thrills in Snowmass from biking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning and music concerts

  • Share authentically American family experiences from a baseball game to the rodeo

Adventure, Family

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

This family adventure to America has all the elements that teenagers with a love of adventure will be looking for. With the summer slopes of Aspen Snowmass offering adrenaline-fuelled adventures and summer concerts, Smith Fork Ranch straight from a Wild West film with horseback riding and skeet shooting and star-studded Los Angeles for theme parks, shopping, pop concerts and surfing down at Santa Monica Pier.

The adventure starts in the mile high city of Denver, and after a restful and acclimatising night at Four Seasons Hotel, collect your Jeep and drive over Independence Pass towards Smith Fork Ranch, at 3725 meters this drive is a glorious introduction to the American Rocky Mountains.

Stay 6-nights at Smith Fork Ranch set amid striking mountains and the Gunnison National Forest, Smith Fork is a dude ranch for active families that still like to be pampered. With a genuinely Western spirit, it's a place for teenagers to disconnect from high-speed life and have a real taste of adventure. They can chose to spend days enjoying their favorite sports, or learning new ones.

From horse-riding and rodeo arena lessons, fly-fishing, biking, archery, shooting sporting clays and cooking classes to hanging out on the pontoon at the swimming pond, there's something to capture every imagination and all are included in the price of your stay. Families can try new activities together or go their separate ways with private guides, and then reconnect in the evening for star-gazing, roasting marshmallow s'mores around the camp fire and the freshest farm-to-table cuisine. Parents will enjoy the Wine Spectator awarded private cellar.

Next, drive 2 hours over spectacular McClure Pass to stay three-nights at Viceroy Snowmass, with hip, luxurious studios designed for a true home-from-home experience for all the family. Snowmass is a hub for outdoor adventure, with the Viceroy being ideally located at Base Village for the Elk Camp Gondola that accesses the epic downhill mountain biking trails designed for all levels. Free mountain biking clinics are scheduled daily and expert guides are available to introduce all the family to this awesome sport. At Snowmass, hot air ballooning, white water rafting, fly-fishing and mountain-top hiking are also not to be missed. Aspen itself, the picture-postcard 19th century silver boomtown with designer shops to rival Bond Street, trendy cafes and restaurants and renowned Art Museum, is an easy seven-mile drive from Snowmass Base Village.

Finish with a short flight from Aspen into Los Angeles for studded Los Angeles. Located just off famous Sunset Strip, The London West Hollywood boasts a fantastic roof top pool with views of the Hollywood Hills and provides the perfect base for exploring the best of LA. From star-spotting on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, going behind the scenes at Universal Studios, cheering on the Dodgers at the ballpark, pop concerts at the Staples Center to learning to surf off Santa Monica Pier, this vacation will provide teens with some serious back-to-school bragging rights and indelible family memories together.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Denver
Denver Airport - Four Seasons Hotel Approximately 40 minutes
1 night

Denver, Colorado

Four Seasons Hotel Denver
Denver - Smith Fork Ranch Approximately 5 hours
6 nights

Crawford, Colorado

Smith Fork Ranch
Smith Fork - Aspen Approximately 2 hours
3 nights

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Viceroy Hotel Snowmass
Fly Aspen - Los Angeles Day Flight 2 hours
Los Angeles Airport - Santa Monica Approximately 30 minutes
4 nights

West Hollywood

The London West Hollywood
Santa Monica - Los Angeles Airport Approximately 30 minutes
Fly home from Los Angeles

Location & Directions

Colorado and California

When to go

An ideal family summer vacation, this itinerary is best from the start of June through to September. The summer months of June to August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Outside of traditional summer vacations, Fall fall brings shimmering golden fall foliage and it's still t-shirt weather in Santa Monica.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

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