Best of the USA Tour–San Fran to San Fran

44 days,San Francisco to San Francisco

Look for wildlife in Yellowstone and Yosemite, learn about Navajo culture in the Southwest and the history of rock & roll in Memphis, follow the trail of independence from Philadelphia to Washington DC, get a taste of cowboy culture.

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Is it 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’.

What's Included

Free Wi-FiThis adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.
  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions. Maid of the Mist boat tour in Niagara Falls. Visit Arlington Cemetery. Beer brewery tour and tasting in Milwaukee. Orientation to Las Vegas, Washington DC and New York. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 33 breakfasts, 29 lunches, 27 dinners. (Allow USD350-375 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels/hostels (10 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (33 nts).
  • Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO) throughout
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
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 San Francisco. Marvel at 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/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 (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/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 and cuisine in Santa Fe then explore the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

Day 13-14 San Antonio/Houston (2B,2L,2D)

Cross into the state of Texas, birthplace of Tex-Mex food, 10-gallon hats, and Western movies. Check out historic San Antonio and the Alamo.

Day 15-16 New Orleans (1B)

Crank up the jazz on the drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, and join the revelers on Bourbon Street.

Day 17-18 Memphis/Nashville (1B,2L,1D)

Opt to relive history at the National Civil Rights Museum, or tour Elvis' Graceland. Free evening to check out a live show on Beale Street. Once in Nashville, choose 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.

Day 20-21 Shenandoah National Park/Washington DC (2B,1L,1D)

Pass through Shenandoah en route to DC. Explore the capital of the US, touring the monuments and visiting 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 or stroll through Central Park. 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 waterfalls and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Day 25-26 Niagara Falls/Cleveland/Sandusky (2B,2L,2D)

Experience Niagara Falls up close on the famous Maid of the Mist boat tour. Opt to tour the famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and continue to Sandusky for the night.

Day 27-28 Chicago (1B)

Stroll along the boardwalk of the Navy Pier or consider going 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. 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 the Badlands. Dodge free-roaming bison herds while hiking in Custer Park and visit Mount Rushmore.

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 and Southern Loops—discover wildlife, Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin, 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 an authentic cowboy bar.

Day 40-42 Tonopah/Yosemite National Park (2B,2L,2D)

Travel on the 'Loneliest Road in America'. Hike the trails of Yosemite for breathtaking views.

Day 43 San Francisco (1B)

Leave the wildlife and complete the loop back to San Francisco's bright lights. Visit the sights, take an optional cable car ride, or opt to indulge in sunset sailing.

Day 44 San Francisco

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