Looking for wildlife in Yellowstone and Yosemite and aliens in Roswell, learning about Navajo culture in the Southwest and the history of rock & roll in Memphis, following the trail of independence from Philadelphia to Washington DC, getting a taste of cowboy culture in Jackson.
It is possible to capture the complex, diverse flavour of a country and its 300-million-strong people in a single trip? Short answer: Yup. This epic sojourn across America from sea to shining sea (and back again) is, quite possibly, the most ambitious road trip you’ll ever take. Wide-open spaces, iconic monuments, sprawling national parks, quirky local slang, regional delicacies and the incredible cities you’ve always wanted to visit. It’s all here. Welcome to the US of A, where the ‘A’ stands for ‘Amazing’.
- Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation to Las Vegas, Washington DC and New York. Maid of the Mist boat tour in Niagara Falls. Visit Arlington Cemetery. Beer brewery tour and tasting in Milwaukee.
- 33 breakfasts, 29 lunches, 27 dinners. (Allow USD350-375 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (9 nts), hostel (1 nt), participation camping (33 nts).
- Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
- Small group experience; Max 13, avg 10.
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Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-3 Yosemite National Park (1B,1L,2D)
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way out of one of America's most popular cities. Marvel at spectacular views of Yosemite's peaks and granite domes. Take hikes to majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias.
Day 4 Bishop (1B,1L,1D)
Awe at the spectacular scenery along the Tioga Pass. Marvel at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake. Soak it up in secluded hot springs.
Day 5-6 Death Valley National Park/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 7-8 Grand Canyon National Park (1B,2L,2D)
Trek surrounded by awe-inspiring views and take to the skies on an optional helicopter flight for a bird's-eye view of the canyon.
Day 9-10 Monument Valley/Mesa Verde National Park/Durango (2B,2L,1D)
Learn about Navajo culture and consider an optional Navajo-led 4x4 excursion tour. Explore the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people on a guided hike to cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde.
Day 11-12 Santa Fe/Carlsbad (2B,1L,1D)
Take in southwest culture in Santa Fe then explore the Carlsbad Caverns on a guided tour, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.
Day 13-14 San Antonio/The Alamo/Houston (2B,2L,2D)
Cool off in the clear waters of Paradise Canyon, check out historic San Antonio and the Alamo.
Day 15-16 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 17-18 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 immerse yourself in country music at one of the local hangouts.
Day 19 Appalachia (1B,1L,1D)
Travel the beautiful winding roads through the Appalachian Mountains. Trek along one of the trails in the park.
Day 20-21 Shenandoah National Park/Washington DC (2B,1L,1D)
Pass through Shenandoah en route to DC. Explore the capital of the US and the city that the President calls home. Tour the monuments and visit the National Mall and its many free museums.
Day 22 New York (1B,1L)
Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Opt to visit Times Square, stroll Central Park or check out Greenwich Village. Check out the famous nightlife in NYC.
Day 23-24 New York/Newburgh/Finger Lakes (1B,1L,2D)
Enjoy a brief orientation walk with your CEO before leaving New York City behind. Visit towering Taughannock Falls and opt to rent a canoe.
Day 25-26 Niagara Falls/Cleveland/Sandusky (2B,2L,2D)
Get wet on the famous Maid of the Mist boat tour. Once in Cleveland, opt to tour the famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and continue to Sandusky for the night.
Day 27-28 Chicago (1B)
Get your bearings on a brief orientation to the city with your CEO. Stroll along the boardwalk of the Navy Pier or consider riding to the top of Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, then hit the town for some great music and nightlife.
Day 29-30 Wisconsin/Sioux Falls/Kennebec (1B,1L,2D)
Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee and explore charming Madison, then camp on the banks of the Mississippi. Head west into Sioux territory and the Great Plains.
Day 31-33 Badlands National Park/Custer (3B,3L,2D)
Discover moon-like landscapes on the trails of Badlands. Enjoy a night under the stars in this unique environment. Dodge free-roaming bison herds while hiking in Custer Park. Visit Mount Rushmore, and opt for a hot air balloon excursion.
Day 34-35 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 go to an authentic rodeo (seasonal).
Day 36-37 Yellowstone National Park (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—Old Faithful, and Lake Village. Time for hikes and exploration.
Day 38-39 Grand Teton National Park/Jackson/Salt Lake (2B,2L,1D)
Embark on an optional boat ride on Jenny Lake and visit the One Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
Day 40-42 Tonopah/Yosemite National Park (2B,2L,2D)
Travel on the 'Loneliest Road in America'. Marvel at spectacular views of the park's peaks and granite domes. Take hikes to majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias.
Day 43 San Francisco (1B)
Leave the wildlife and complete our full loop, back to San Francisco's bright lights. Visit the sights, take an optional cable car ride, rent a bike and explore or opt to indulge in sunset sailing.
Day 44 San Francisco
Depart at any time.
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