Best of the USA Tour–New York to New York

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44 days,New York to New York
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Break a sweat in Death Valley and cool off in the spray of Niagara Falls, dance like a cowboy in Jackson, meet the Navajo in Monument Valley, hike in stunning national parks.

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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 hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.

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 and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Orientations to New York City, Salt Lake City, Washington DC and Chicago
  • Maid of the Mist Tour (Niagara Falls)
  • Beer factory tour and beer tasting (Milwaukee)
  • Guided tour of Mesa Verde
  • Transportation between destinations and included activities
  • 35 breakfasts, 29 lunches, 27 dinners. (Allow USD350-400 for meals not included.)
  • Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout depending on group size, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
  • Hotels/hostels (10 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (33 nts).

Day 1New York City

Arrive at any time. Consider arriving a few days early to see more of this famous city.

Day 2New York City/Newburgh(1D)

Spend the morning exploring the USA's biggest urban playground.

Day 3Newburgh/Finger Lakes(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a day out in nature taking in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. Visit towering Taughannock Falls, cool off in the lake, or sample wine from a local winery.

Day 4Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls(1B, 1L, 1D)

Get wet on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, and be sure to check out the falls illuminated in the evening.

Day 5Niagara Falls/Sandusky(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to Cleveland and opt to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Continue on to Sandusky, and opt to be thrilled at a local amusement park.

Day 6Sandusky/Chicago(1B)

Walk along the river to Millennium Park, enjoy dazzling music, and stroll the boardwalk of the Navy Pier. Opt to ride to the top of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, then hit the town for a night out with the group.

Day 7Chicago

Free time to explore Chicago.

Day 8Chicago/Winona(1D)

Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Explore charming Madison, Wisconsin's state capitol, on the way to the a campground on the banks of the Mississippi.

Day 9Winona/Kennebec(1B, 1L, 1D)

Venture into South Dakota and head into the lands of the Sioux and the Great Plains. Stop at Sioux Falls and take in the beauty of the green hills and cascading water.

Day 10Kennebec/Badlands National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Discover moon-like landscapes on the trails of the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.

Day 11Badlands National Park/Custer State Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Take a final look at Badlands NP en route to Custer State Park. Dodge free-roaming bison herds while exploring Custer's diverse lands.

Day 12Custer State Park(1B, 1L)

Enjoy the Black Hills; trek around Mount Rushmore, which honours US presidents, and tour around Crazy Horse Memorial.

Day 13Custer State Park/Devils Tower(1B, 1D)

Travel back in time to the Wild West at the once illegal settlement of Deadwood. Marvel at the scenery of Spearfish Canyon on the way to Devils Tower.

Day 14Devils Tower/Cody(1B, 1L, 1D)

On the way to Cody, the "Rodeo Capital of the World," drive through the Bighorn National Forest. Opt to go to an authentic rodeo (seasonal).

Day 15Cody/Yellowstone National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to Yellowstone, the world's first national park, and be in awe of the colourful geysers, powerful waterfalls, exciting wildlife, and contrasting scenic beauty around every corner.

Day 16Yellowstone National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Southern Loop.

Day 17Yellowstone National Park/Jackson(1B, 1L)

Cross the Continental Divide en route to Grand Teton NP. Enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this beautiful drive. Opt to visit a cowboy bar for Western line dancing and live music.

Day 18Jackson/Salt Lake City(1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to go horseback riding or rafting down the Snake River. See the sights of Salt Lake City and tour Temple Square.

Day 19Salt Lake City/Tonopah(1B)

Travel the 'Loneliest Road in America' towards Tonopah. Check out one of the best night skies for some stargazing in an old silver mining town.

Day 20Tonopah/Yosemite National Park(1L, 1D)

Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic drives in California: Tioga Pass!

Day 21Yosemite National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.

Day 22Yosemite National Park/San Francisco(1B)

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.

Day 23San Francisco/Yosemite National Park(1D)

Travel towards Yosemite and take advantage of extra time in the park to explore trails that were left undiscovered on the previous visit.

Day 24Yosemite National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day in Yosemite National Park.

Day 25Yosemite National Park/Bishop(1B, 1L, 1D)

Awe at the spectacular scenery along Tioga Pass. Marvel at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake. Opt to soak in secluded natural hot springs.

Day 26Bishop/Las Vegas(1B, 1L)

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP party limo.

Day 27Las Vegas

Free time in Las Vegas.

Day 28Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park(1D)

Travel Route 66, then arrive at the beautiful Grand Canyon. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight, then enjoy a sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Day 29Grand Canyon National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy free time in Grand Canyon NP.

Day 30Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley(1B, 1L)

Drive along the southern rim of the canyon, then opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley, on an optional overnight excursion.

Day 31Monument Valley/Durango(1B, 1L, 1D)

Wind up the side of a mountain through Mesa Verde NP's rocky slopes and inspiring vistas. Hike to ancient cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde before continuing on to Durango.

Day 32Durango/Santa Fe(1B, 1L)

Continue to Santa Fe and dive into the Southwest culture in this historic city.

Day 33Santa Fe/Carlsbad(1B, 1L, 1D)

Stop off at infamous Roswell en route to explore the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

Day 34Carlsbad/San Antonio(1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross into the state of Texas, the birthplace of Tex-Mex food, 10-gallon hats, and Western movies.

Day 35San Antonio/Houston(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the Alamo in historic San Antonio, deep in the heart of Texas, then continue on to Houston in the afternoon.

Day 36Houston/New Orleans(1B)

Crank up the jazz and drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, and join the revellers on Bourbon Street 'til the early hours.

Day 37New Orleans(1B)

Free time in New Orleans

Day 38New Orleans/Memphis(1B, 1L)

Explore the vibrant cultural and musical melting pot of Memphis. Take an optional tour of Graceland, opt to relive history at the National Civil Rights Museum, or tour the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Head to Beale Street at night for great food and live music.

Day 39Memphis/Nashville(1B, 1L, 1D)

Take an optional tour of Graceland. Travel to the country music capital of the world and, at night, become immersed in local music in downtown Nashville.

Day 40Nashville/Appalachia(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel the beautiful winding roads through the Appalachian Mountains and absorb their undisturbed natural beauty.

Day 41Appalachia/Washington DC(1B, 1L, 1D)

Pass through Shenandoah NP, and opt to take a short hike. Visit Arlington Cemetery, and arrive in the US capital in time to wander the monuments by moonlight.

Day 42Washington DC(1B)

Enjoy free time to explore.

Day 43Washington DC/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. Experience the famous nightlife of New York.

Day 44New York City

Depart at any time.

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