Southern Cross Country Westbound

23 days,New York to San Francisco

Get wild in San Francisco and Las Vegas, embrace nature in Monument Valley and Yosemite, learn about America’s history in Washington DC, feel the beat in Memphis and Nashville, witness a gorgeous sunset at the Grand Canyon.

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Can one 23-day trip define the elusive essence of a complex nation with centuries of incredible history? Probably not, but it’d be a blast to try, no? Designed specifically for curious travellers with a passion for real experiences and lots of time, this adventure takes you from the busy streets of New York to the shores of San Francisco Bay, with just about every shade of Americana thrown in along the way: Philly steaks, the Alamo, Music City USA, the French Quarter, Tex-Mex, Yosemite, the Vegas Strip… forget e pluribus unum; America’s real motto is “go big or go home.”

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. Visit to Arlington Cemetery. Orientation to Las Vegas, Washington DC and New York. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 12 dinners. (Allow USD175-200 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (16 nts).
  • Air-conditioned private touring van
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO) throughout
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
Day 1 New York City

Arrive at any time. We recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.

Day 2-3 Washington, DC (1B,1L,1D)

Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO, then depart for DC. Tour the monuments and free museums of the nation's capital.

Day 4 Shenandoah National Park/Appalachia (1B,1L,1D)

Pass through Shenandoah NP and the ancient Appalachian Mountains.

Day 5-6 Nashville/Memphis (2B,2L,1D)

Opt to explore Nashville with a visit to Elvis' Graceland, the Grand Ole Opry or a real country bar. Be sure to catch some live entertainment in Memphis, the birthplace of rock & roll and the home of the blues.

Day 7-8 New Orleans (2B,1L)

Crank up the jazz as you drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, join the revelers on Bourbon Street, or take an optional Mississippi River cruise on a steamboat.

Day 9-10 Houston/San Antonio (2B,2D)

Check out historic San Antonio and the Alamo.

Day 11-12 Carlsbad/Santa Fe (2B,2L,1D)

Explore Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset. Visit eerie Roswell then take in Southwest culture and cuisine in Santa Fe.

Day 13-14 Cortez/Mesa Verde/Monument Valley (2B,2L,1D)

Explore the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people on a guided hike to cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. Learn about Navajo culture, and consider an optional Navajo-led 4x4 excursion tour.

Day 15-16 Grand Canyon (2B,2L,2D)

Explore the Grand Canyon along numerous trails. Take an optional helicopter flight over the canyon.

Day 17-18 Las Vegas (1B)

Explore Las Vegas after a brief orientation walk with your CEO along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP limo ride.

Day 19 Death Valley National Park/Bishop (1L,1D)

Visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America: Death Valley. Stargaze at a secluded hot springs.

Day 20-21 Yosemite National Park (2B,2L,2D)

Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Marvel at spectacular views of the park's peaks. Hike to majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows, and amongst giant sequoias.

Day 22 San Francisco (1B,1L)

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way into one of America's most popular cities.

Day 23 San Francisco

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.

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