Watch bats take flight from the Carlsbad Caverns, break a sweat in Death Valley and cool off on the Maid of the Mist, search for aliens in Roswell, dance like a cowboy in Jackson, meet the Navajo in Monument Valley, hike in national parks.
From hip hop to country fiddles, Yankee accents to a western drawl, businessmen in power suits and ranchers in cowboy hats—the US is one heck of a country. And if you’ve got the time, this—our ultimate American tour—is the best way to explore the iconic cities and the legendary national parks, national monuments and wide-open spaces. Centrally located hotels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.
- Entrance fees to all national, provincial and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Orientations to New York City, Salt Lake City, Washington DC and Chicago. Maid of the Mist Tour (Niagara Falls). Beer factory tour and beer tasting (Milwaukee). Guided tour of Carlsbad Caverns and Mesa Verde.
- 33 breakfasts, 29 lunches, 27 dinners. (Allow USD350-400 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (9 nts), hostel (2 nts), participation camping (33 nts).
- Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 13, avg 10.
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Day 1 New York
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-3 New York/Newburgh/Finger Lakes (1B,1L,2D)
Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with your CEO, then trade the big city for a campfire. Visit towering Taughannock Falls and opt to rent a canoe.
Day 4-5 Niagara Falls/Cleveland (2B,2L,2D)
Get wet on the famous Maid of the Mist boat tour. Opt to visit the Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Day 6-7 Chicago (1B)
Enjoy an orientation to Chicago with your CEO. Stroll along the boardwalk of the Navy Pier or consider riding to the top of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. Hit the town for some great music and nightlife.
Day 8-9 Wisconsin/Sioux Falls/Kennebec (1B,1L,2D)
Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee and cruise through Madison, then camp on the banks of the Mississippi. Head west into the lands of the Sioux, with several stops at sites along the way.
Day 10-12 Badlands NP/Custer (3B,3L,2D)
Discover moon-like landscapes on the trails of the Badlands. Dodge free-roaming bison herds while hiking in Custer Park, then visit Mount Rushmore.
Day 13-14 Devil's Tower/Cody (2B,1L,2D)
Step back in time to the Wild West at Deadwood. Marvel at the scenery of Spearfish Canyon and Bighorn National Forest. Opt to visit Buffalo Bill Historical Center or an authentic rodeo (seasonal).
Day 15-16 Yellowstone NP (2B,2L,2D)
Travel to Yellowstone—home to the most wild animals in the US. Tour the Northern Loop—discover wildlife, Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin. Take the South Loop to see Old Faithful and Lake Village. Time for hikes and exploration.
Day 17-18 Grand Teton NP/Jackson/Salt Lake (2B,2L,1D)
Embark on an optional boat ride on Jenny Lake. Visit the One Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, known worldwide for its western entertainment, or go rafting. See the sights of Salt Lake City on an orientation tour.
Day 19-21 Tonopah/Yosemite NP (2B,2L,2D)
Travel on the "Loneliest Road in America". Marvel at spectacular views of Yosemite's peaks and granite domes. Hike to majestic waterfalls, lakes, meadows and amongst giant sequoias. Option to rent a bike to ride in Yosemite Valley.
Day 22 San Francisco (1B)
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way into one of America's most popular cities. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, rent a bike to explore the city on wheels, or set sail to the setting sun.
Day 23-24 Yosemite NP (1B,1L,2D)
Travel towards Yosemite and take advantage of extra time in the park to explore the trails that were left undiscovered on the previous visit.
Day 25 Bishop (1B,1L,1D)
Awe at the spectacular scenery along the Tioga Pass. Marvel at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake. Soak in secluded hot springs.
Day 26-27 Death Valley NP/Las Vegas (1B,1L)
Visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America: Death Valley. Explore Las Vegas after a brief orientation walk with your CEO along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP limo ride.
Day 28-29 Grand Canyon NP (1B,2L,2D)
Trek surrounded by awe-inspiring views, taking in the this natural wonder. Opt to take a helicopter flight for a birds-eye view of the canyon.
Day 30-31 Monument Valley/Mesa Verde NP/Durango (2B,2L,1D)
Learn about Navajo culture, consider an optional Navajo-led 4x4 excursion tour. Explore the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people and enjoy a guided hike to cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde.
Day 32-33 Santa Fe/Carlsbad (2B,1L,1D)
Take in southwest culture in Santa Fe. Explore the Carlsbad Caverns on a guided tour, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.
Day 34-35 San Antonio/The Alamo/Houston (2B,2L,2D)
Cool off in the clear waters of Paradise Canyon, and check out historic San Antonio and the Alamo.
Day 36-37 New Orleans (1B)
Crank up the jazz as you drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, and join the revelers on Bourbon Street. Take an optional swamp tour or cruise the Mississippi on a steamboat.
Day 38-39 Memphis/Nashville (1B,2L,1D)
Opt to relive history at the National Civil Rights Museum—located where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated or take an optional tour of the Rock & Soul Museum. Choose to tour Elvis' Graceland and opt to see a live show on Beale Street at night. Once in Nashville opt to be surrounded in country music at one of the local hangouts.
Day 40 Appalachia (1B,1L,1D)
Travel through the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Trek along one of the trails throughout the park.
Day 41-42 Washington, DC (2B,1L,1D)
Pass through Shenandoah en route to the US capital. Tour the monuments and visit the National Mall with its many free museums.
Day 43 New York City (1B,1L)
Return back to where it all began. Free afternoon to visit any sites you skipped the first time around, then check out the famous nightlife in the Big Apple on the final night of the trip.
Day 44 New York City
Depart at any time.
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