Stroll the hills of San Francisco, look for wildlife in Yosemite, party in Las Vegas and New Orleans, marvel at the Grand Canyon and the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, watch bats in flight at Carlsbad Caverns, relive history in Washington DC, gaze at the New York City skyline.
Get out on the road and follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac to discover the real America. This ultimate coast-to-coast road trip connects you and your small group of fellow travellers to the iconic cities, natural wonders, national parks and monuments that make this land great. Learn about Navajo culture in the Southwest and what the odds are in Las Vegas. Whether it’s comfortable hotels in the cities or campsites in national parks, you’ll always be close to the action. So slide on your cowboy boots in Texas and your dancing shoes in Nashville and Memphis—it’s time to embrace the spirit of this land by hitting the open road.
- Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions. Orientations to Las Vegas, Washington DC and New York. Visit to Arlington Cemetery.
- 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 12 dinners. (Allow USD300-350 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (5 nts), hostel (1 nt), participation camping (16 nts).
- Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
- Small group experience; Max 13, avg 10.
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This trip also runs in reverse from New York to San Francisco. See Southern Cross Country Westbound
Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-3 Yosemite NP (1B,1L,2D)
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way out of one of America's most popular cities, then head to Yosemite to marvel at spectacular views of the park's peaks and granite domes. HIke to majestic waterfalls, lakes, meadows and 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 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 7-8 Grand Canyon National Park (1B,2L,2D)
Trek surrounded by awe-inspiring views, taking in the 'Grandest of Canyons'. 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 NP/Durango (2B,2L,1D)
Learn about Navajo culture and consider an optional 4x4 excursion with a Navajo guide. 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. 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, then 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, tour of the Rock & Soul Museum or Elvis' Graceland or 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 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 NP/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 with its many free museums.
Day 22 New York City (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 New York City
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.
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