Southern Cross Country Westbound

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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.)
  • Air-conditioned private touring van
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
  • Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (16 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/Washington DC(1L, 1D)

Spend the morning exploring one of the best cities in the world, then arrive to the US capitol in time to wander the monuments by moonlight.

Day 3Washington DC(1B)

Enjoy free time to explore.

Day 4Washington DC/Appalachia(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Arlington Cemetery before continuing on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah NP, a truly beautiful, historic national treasure.

Day 5Appalachia/Nashville(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue through the Appalachian Mountains. Travel to the country music capital of the world.

Day 6Nashville/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 7Memphis/New Orleans(1B, 1L)

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

Day 8New Orleans(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore New Orleans.

Day 9New Orleans/Houston(1D)

Enjoy the morning in New Orleans before continuing on to Houston for the night.

Day 10Houston/San Antonio(1B, 1D)

Stroll San Antonio's River Walk, and visit the Alamo.

Day 11San Antonio/Carlsbad(1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

Day 12Carlsbad/Santa Fe(1B, 1L)

Stop by infamous Roswell before taking in Southwest culture in Santa Fe.

Day 13Santa Fe/Cortez(1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Santa Fe in the morning before travelling towards Cortez for the night.

Day 14Cortez/Monument Valley(1B, 1L)

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. Opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley.

Day 15Monument Valley/Grand Canyon(1B, 1L, 1D)

Hike the trails of the Grand Canyon or take an optional helicopter flight over the natural wonder. Enjoy a sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Day 16Grand Canyon(1B, 1L, 1D)

Free time in Grand Canyon NP.

Day 17Grand Canyon/Las Vegas(1B)

Travel Route 66 and stop at a wacky burger joint. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP party limo.

Day 18Las Vegas

Free time in Las Vegas.

Day 19Las Vegas/Bishop(1L, 1D)

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley NP. Opt to stargaze at secluded hot springs.

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

Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.

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

Enjoy free time in Yosemite NP.

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

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 or set sail into the setting sun.

Day 23San Francisco

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

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