We haven’t seen the original blueprints, but the Pacific Coast of California seems to have been custom built for road trips. Climb in and prepare for eight days spent cruising around Los Angeles and up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, stopping in Santa Barbara, checking out San Simeon and Monterey, exploring San Francisco on foot, playing in the surf and generally having the time of your life, Cali-style. The best part? On this road trip, we do all the driving.
Highlights: Drive the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, ride a bike around Monterey and eat on Cannery Row, lounge on the beach in Santa Barbara, walk the hilly streets of iconic San Francisco, search for stars in Hollywood
Western Express Northbound (NUPN)
From ghost towns and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sights—like the atmospheric mining town of Laughlin—you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.
Highlights: Bask in big city lights of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, wind through the streets of San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, feel the heat in Death Valley, get your kicks on Route 66
Western Express Southbound (NUPS)
From ghost towns and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, the San Francisco to Los Angeles itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sites—like the atmospheric mining town of Laughlin—you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances fees are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.
Highlights: Basking in big city lights in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, hiking through Yosemite, sweating buckets in Death Valley, driving Route 66, reliving the Wild West at the ghost town of Calico
USA Hike, Bike & Raft (NUSA)
America’s national parks are a gift to the world. We wrapped up four of our favourites, mixed in some high-energy outdoor thrills, and put a nice little Sin City bow on them, just for you. Here, you’ll hike among the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, refresh yourself with a river swim in Zion, marvel at the sandstone formations of Arches NP, raft the Colorado River, and gape at the awesome majesty of the Grand Canyon. Add in a little R&R (yeah, right) in Las Vegas to top it all off and you’ve got yourself the perfect mix of outdoor adrenaline and downtown glitz.
Highlights: Explore four of the United States' national parks and monuments, mountain-bike in Moab, raft the mighty Colorado River, go canyoneering in impressive Zion National Park
Imagine a land of lava and geysers, bears and bison, mountains and glaciers—now open your eyes to the possibilities of Yosemite, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. This ultimate journey through these iconic national parks offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty of time to spot wildlife, soak in the scenery and experience the bubbling, gushing wonder of it all—there is more geothermal activity in Yellowstone than anywhere else in the world. Even when you close your eyes, you can sense the immense beauty surrounding you.
Highlights: Be inspired by wilderness in the Rockies, dance at the One Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, watch geysers erupt in Yellowstone, stroll the hilly streets of San Francisco.
Highlights of the Deep South (NUSH)
There aren’t many places in the US—or the world, frankly—that can match the Deep South for charm, character and quirkiness. This 9-day trip pulls back the curtain on this unique part of the country by way of groovy Charleston, cosmopolitan Atlanta, sultry Savannah, the Elvis mecca of Memphis and other hotspots while serving up heaping helpings of colonial estates, Cajun cuisine, country music, whiskey and fun. It’s different down here. Way different. Come on down and git yer drawl on, y’all.
Highlights: View the historic houses in Charleston, explore the dark and mysterious side of Savannah, get into the country groove in Nashville, learn about the Blues in Memphis, eat Cajun and party on Bourbon Street
Sin, Surf & Sierras (NUVA)
For the traveller who wants it all, this desert-to-coast journey delivers in spades. Throw caution to the wind in Sin City, Las Vegas, then cleanse those chakras with pristine national park hiking. You’ll drive the legendary Pacific Coast Highway for views that are postcard-perfect and finish in Los Angeles for a final burst of movie star glamour. A private touring van and participation camping offer affordability and flexibility while letting you get to know your fellow travellers and making this a road trip to remember.
Highlights: Hike in Yosemite National Park, drive along California's beautiful coastline, revel in the glitz of Las Vegas, break a sweat in Death Valley, stargaze in Los Angeles.
Yosemite Park & Napa Valley (NUVF)
The perfect blend of wildlife, active excursions and the charm of wine country, this week-long journey from Las Vegas to San Francisco packs a punch. Explore Yosemite—famous for its waterfalls and fantastic landscapes—and paddle the Russian River in Sonoma wine country. These diverse areas offer plenty of options and our nimble touring van makes the most of sites. Camping keeps you close to the land while offering great value, so you’ll have money left to sip or slurp you way through Napa Valley.
Highlights: Check out the beautiful scenery in Napa Valley, hike the trails of Yosemite, revel in the bright lights of Las Vegas, break a sweat in Death Valley, stroll the hills of San Francisco.
Never mind the minivans and cheesy tourist attractions – our 12-day trip across the western United States puts a whole new spin on ol’ America the Beautiful. Your family will breathe free in famous national parks (Zion & Bryce among them), stand in wonder at the Grand Canyon, and bunk at a cowboy camp. With a great mix of culture and activities, this is an ideal trip for families looking to see the USA in a new light.
Highlights: Hike in the natural splendour of Zion and Bryce national parks, learn horseback-riding at a cowboy ranch, visit Canyonlands National Park for sunset, marvel at the sight of the Grand Canyon.
Western Express Loop (NUWL)
You’ve got two weeks and the entire West Coast of the United States at your disposal. Where do you go? Start in Los Angeles and cruise the fabled Pacific Coast Highway, cross the Golden Gate into San Francisco and then work your way swiftly through a handful of national parks (Bryce, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon), sow some wild oats in Vegas, and finally work your way back to Hollywood before heading home. (Hey, we don’t call it the ‘Express’ for nothing.)
Highlights: Drive the Pacific Coast Highway, ride a bike around Monterey, bask in big city lights in Los Angeles and San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, try your luck on the Las Vegas strip
Yosemite Active Adventure (NUYA)
California is no stranger to flashbulbs, but some of her incredible sights just can’t be framed by a photograph. On this active trip, you’ll meet some of the best of them face to face. Heading out of San Francisco, the wide open spaces of Yosemite National Park beckon you for a trip that has it all – rafting, hiking, mountain biking and backpacking. The backdrop of the spectacular granite cliffs and towering sequoias of Yosemite surrounds you as you roll out your tent to camp in the middle of the park itself. Nature: Ready when you are.
Highlights: Sleep out under the stars in Yosemite National Park, raft the rapids and churning waters of the American River, trek overnight into the high sierra of Yosemite
New York to Chicago (NUYC)
The Big Apple, Finger Lakes, a Windy City and some waterfalls that are so famous they don’t need a nickname—welcome to the most jam-packed week-long road trip in America. Experience skyscrapers, music and street life in two of the coolest cities in the US and breathe in the fresh air in upstate New York. We’ll throw in Niagara Falls for good measure. You’ll stay in the heart of the cities, and camping will keep you snug in the region's wild heart. Quick and affordable—how’s that for a great deal?
Highlights: See the sights in New York City, get wet on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls, revel in the beauty of the Finger Lakes, sample Chicago-style pizza.
Yellowstone Active Escape (NUYE)
For the active traveller who loves the outdoors, there is simply no bigger playground than Yellowstone National Park. Imagine biking in Jackson Hole Valley, kayaking Yellowstone Lake, and hiking the upper Geyser Basin to Old Faithful. Hike at Jenny Lake, explore Teton National Park, and experience wilderness in a whole new way on a Wildlife Float Trip. The days are full, but with nights in comfortable hotels and lodges in or near the parks, you’ll be rested – and inspired – for the next adventure.
Highlights: Explore amazing geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone by foot, understand the volcanic forces that helped forge the Rockies, spot wildlife in Grand Teton National Park, saddle up to a real cowboy bar, take in some of the world's greatest vistas
Yellowstone, the Badlands and Niagara Falls—once you’ve escaped the city limits, the US is a country defined by incredible wilderness. This affordable cross-country adventure keeps you on the ground between New York City, Chicago and San Francisco so you can experience what lies in between. Days feature magnificent sites like Yosemite and Old Faithful, while evenings offer experiences like cooking over a fire and camping in the great outdoors—imagine waking up beside the Mississippi. Travel coast to coast and embrace the soul of this great land.
Highlights: Explore New York City and San Francisco, get wet on the Maid of the Mist, feel like a cowboy in Jackson, camp beside the Mississippi River, meet the presidents at Mount Rushmore, hike in beautiful national parks.
This grand tour of the eastern US and Canada is a sensory overload of everything that makes North America great—skyscrapers, monuments, Niagara Falls, ice cream, canoeing, poutine, subways, whales, sunshine, designer boutiques and nature hikes. On this adventure, we’ll ditch the big, clunky buses and pile small groups into private vans, clocking miles of smiles all over New York, Washington, Toronto, Montreal, Vermont and all points in between. Your friends are already jealous.
Highlights: Take a bite out of the Big Apple, embrace the diversity of Toronto and Montreal, hike through paradise in Algonquin Provincial Park, follow the Freedom Trail in Boston and the path to independence in Philadelphia, get wet on the Maid of the Mist.
Here’s an adventure that explores the best the Bay Area and Yosemite National Park have to offer. Kayak along the incredible shoreline of Monterey Bay and bike the famous 17-Mile Drive. Marvel at spectacular views while hiking on the most breathtaking trails in Yosemite. Perfect for the active traveller, this trip will have you breaking a sweat amid some of the world’s most amazing scenery. With comfortable lodging in the park itself and only minutes away from the shore, you’ll have every minute of the day to discover the world around you.
Highlights: Explore hip San Francisco by bike, paddle picturesque Monterey Bay, take in Yosemite's best hikes and views, rest up and chow down at comfortable accommodations
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.
Highlights: 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.
Highlights of the Deep South (NUSH)
Sin, Surf & Sierras (NUVA)
New York to Chicago (NUYC)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Pacific Coast California Express (NUPC)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Western Express Northbound (NUPN)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Western Express Southbound (NUPS)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|USA Hike, Bike & Raft (NUSA)||12 days||Active||Camping||
|Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF)||15 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Highlights of the Deep South (NUSH)||9 days||Classic||Standard||
|Sin, Surf & Sierras (NUVA)||9 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Yosemite Park & Napa Valley (NUVF)||7 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Western USA Family Experience (NUWF)||12 days||Family||Camping||
|Western Express Loop (NUWL)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Yosemite Active Adventure (NUYA)||10 days||Active||Camping||
|New York to Chicago (NUYC)||7 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Yellowstone Active Escape (NUYE)||6 days||Active||Upgraded||
|Coast to Coast Camping Westbound (NUYF)||23 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Highlights of the Eastern US & Canada (NUYH)||15 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Yosemite & Monterey Active Escape (NUYO)||6 days||Active||Upgraded||
|Best of the USA Tour - New York to New York (NUYY)||44 days||Yolo||Camping||