The Great American Road Trip–San Fran to New York
About United States
There’s no better way to do the US justice than a great American road trip. This 53-day tour hits all the marks, going coast-to-coast from bustling cities to incredible natural wonders, and charming small towns in between. Hike along geysers, waterfalls, and wildlife in Yosemite National Park, get weird among Portland’s artsy shops, indie breweries, and up-and-coming eateries, and join party revellers on New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street. Epic road trips are made of this.
Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. 4×4 tour of Monument Valley. Overnight in traditional Navajo hogan. Zion NP visit. Bryce Canyon NP visit. Arches NP visit. Grand Teton NP visit. Yellowstone NP visit. Glacier NP visit. Crater Lake NP visit. Redwood NP visit. Tioga Pass (seasonal). Yosemite NP visit. Elephant seal rookery stop. Pacific Coast Highway drive. Taughannock Falls visit. Maid of the Mist tour. Cleveland stop. St Augustine visit. Charleston visit. Monuments by Moonlight (Washington DC). Philadelphia stop. Free time in Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando, and Washington DC. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Witness Bryce Canyon’s famous hoodoos, Stay overnight in a Najavo hogan, Hike past towering coastal Redwoods, Feel the roar of Niagara Falls, Join revellers on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, Rekindle your inner child among Orlando’s amusement parks
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
1. An essential part of your trip is participation – from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up – it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.
2. Sleeping bags are a necessary for this tour, and can be purchased upon arrival if required.
3. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.
4. All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape.
5. Tioga Pass is a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, and we travel through the pass en route. In the spring and autumn seasons, there’s a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.
6. Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments.
7. The American west is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing. Please be prepared for such extreme conditions.
8. Regarding our wi-fi equipped vehicles: we have limited bandwidth, and in the interests of allowing all travellers to access the wi-fi, travellers should limit their access to reasonable levels. Please note that wi-fi is not always available due to areas with limited or no cell phone service (e.g. in parts of national parks).
8. Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don’t plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind.
While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.
9. A NOTE ON HOMELESSNESS:
San Francisco hosts a considerable population of homeless. Homelessness is a crisis in America, and nowhere is it more evident than here; with as many as 10,000 people without permanent homes, San Francisco has become the homeless capital of America.
As you explore San Francisco with your G Adventures group, you will likely encounter the city’s homeless. While we understand the urge to help those in need, we recommend that you not donate directly to people you meet on the street. The best response is to smile, say that you do not have any money and continue on your way.
San Francisco is a beautiful and safe city, and our hotel is ideally situated for further exploring on your own. That said, when exploring independently, we suggest you avoid the area to the southwest of the hotel.
We completely understand that stifling the urge to help out can make you uncomfortable. There are dozens of shelters, food banks and aid organizations dedicated to helping the city’s needy, and your CEO will be more than happy to help you make a donation. It really is the best way to make a change.
Group Leader Description
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver – this person is experienced in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups.
As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
If a group exceeds 13 travellers, there will be a second CEO co-leading the group to allow for a better overall experience.
Keep in mind that North America is a really big place – New York to New Orleans alone is the equivalent of driving across most of Europe, and we cover that much ground in a single week. Driving time is the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep, relax, and swap stories with your fellow travellers.
While our CEOs are trained and have resources to assist them along the way, the United States is the fourth largest country on the planet, and it is impossible for them to know everything about this massive country. We recommend local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Please note that specific tour guide licenses are required to guide in certain cities and regions, and as such, our CEOs will oftentimes provide brief orientation walks or drives to point out useful places like supermarkets, main squares and ATMs but for more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Group Size Notes
Max 22, avg 18.
41 breakfasts, 34 lunches, 25 dinners
Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available – we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and taste the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from.
All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for food will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes.
Our CEO will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties.
Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.
Air-conditioned private vehicle, plane, 4×4 vehicle, walking.
About our Transportation
We use 25-passenger vehicles perfect for cross-country road trips on our 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours in the United States. Our new fleet of more cushy vehicles give travellers all the comfort of a big coach bus, but with a small-group experience. They put rider wellbeing first and foremost, with high-backed bucket seats and built-in headrests for all seats on board, huge 92cm-tall (36 in) windows that make every seat a window seat, an aisle way with enough headroom for most of stand upright, sliding seats that free up more shoulder room while on the road, A/C, charging stations, wi-fi, and loads of other features. We use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America.
This is not a physically demanding journey. However, please take note of the travel times and distances in the itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most clients feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience! A typical day of driving will include about six hours driving by one of the CEOs and two to five hours of stops along the way. Keep in mind that North America is a really big place – New York to New Orleans alone is the equivalent of driving across most of Europe, and we cover that much ground in a single week. Driving time is the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep, relax, and swap stories with your fellow travellers.
While we try to travel into and out of cities during non-rush hour times, heavy traffic is a reality of some of the places we visit. As a result, some drives may be a bit longer than listed in the day-to-day itineraries. Bring your patience and a smile, and we’ll get through it!
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels/hostels (14 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (37 nts), traditional Navajo hogan (1 nt).
Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. We use a combination of hotels and hostels, but most of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds.
Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is common in the U.S. and is the way you will be spending your hostel nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavor to your trip.
Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in the U.S., couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warm and comfortable. We supply dome tents that take only 5 minutes to assemble/disassemble. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard 2-person pop-up tents, each with 2 separate and convenient zip-up doors and vestibules, so that each person has his/her own entrance.
We use 2 types of campgrounds in North America:
1. Private campgrounds: These are privately run sites, usually with all services such as fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets & shower buildings. Some have small outdoor swimming pools and laundry facilities. These campgrounds are typically located near national park entrances or towns.
2. Public campgrounds: These are park-run sites, usually with basic facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and drinking water. In some cases, this type of campground doesn’t have showers, only pit toilets and a lake! In other locations, toilet and shower facilities may be located outside the campground, or at times in another location a drive away. Some may have shower fees for onsite facilities ($2-6/shower).
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
When arriving at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) proceed to the Arrivals Hall. From LAX, you have a few transportation options to get to the Joining Hotel, which is 25 miles away: public taxi, door-to-door shuttle also knows as “Shared-ride Vans”, or a ride sharing app such as Uber or Lyft.
Taxi The taxis are located outside of each terminal on the Lower/Arrival Level islands marked with a yellow sign. The cost is approximately $50 plus gratuity but can vary greatly depending on arrival times.
Door-to-Door Shuttle also knows as “Shared-Ride Vans” This is probably the most cost effective way to get to your hotel and definitely cheaper than a taxi ride from the Airport. You will see quite a few shuttle companies, but you can save money and receive detailed joining locations by pre-booking at www.supershuttle.com. The fare to your hotel is around $15-20 plus gratuity.
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other than your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time.
Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call the G Adventures Local Representative. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Representative (Boston)
During office hours (Weekdays, 6:00am-9:00pm EST)
From outside the USA: 1-412-423-8143
From within the USA: 412-423-8143
After hours emergency numbers
From outside the USA: 1-412-423-8143
From within the USA: 412-423-8143
If you are unable for any reason to contact our local representative, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
What to Take
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible.
For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet.
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. Heavy luggage is not recommended for the health of the CEO, who will take a lead in loading the storage trailer. Due to space in the trailer, we will not be able to accommodate more than one piece of main luggage per person. A good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential to carry your personal gear for the day, as access to luggage between destinations will be limited. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle.
The American west is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing. It is therefore important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings – a light jacket is necessary.
Seasonal temperature ranges:
March – May ; September to December: -7 C to +30 C
June – August: 0 C to + 35 C
Additionally, a set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.
Note: For evenings out in some cities there will be a dress code. If you wish to participate, please bring a nicer outfit for these occasions. We recommend a nicer pair of shoes and a collared shirt or blouse.
Laundry can be done at least once a week while on tour. Some private campgrounds and most cities have laundromats where you can buy soap and wash your laundry in coin-operated machines. Your CEO will advise you along the trip where you will be able to do your laundry.
Visas and Entry Requirements
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
The United States currency is the US Dollar (USD).
Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in the US and can be used to purchase small and large items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card in the USA, you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Both Visa and Master Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work check with your bank before you travel. A visit to an ATM can be arranged on Day 1 and other days of the trip.
Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of US Dollars as cash (preferably smaller bills, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s), traveller’s cheques and credit cards is best. Currency exchange is best obtained prior to travel or at the airport, currency exchange is very difficult to find in the USA and most banks do not accommodate.
Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
It is customary in North America to tip service providers such as waiters, bartenders and taxi drivers, at approximately 15-18%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip any local guides used. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $2-8 USD per activity depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $5-10 USD per person, per day can be used as a guide. If your CEO exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.
Optional activity prices are subject to change and can fluctuate in relation to the high/low season and the number of people on a specific excursion. Not all excursions listed here may be available, due to season or weather conditions. As generally not a lot of time is spent in start/end cities, you may want to arrange to arrive early, or stay longer after the trip in order to allow sufficient time to participate in optional activities there.
Please see the full itinerary for information on optional activities, descriptions and estimated pricing.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.
We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:
Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
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Day 1 Los Angeles
There’s a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you’d like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.
Enjoy free time today in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego (1D)
Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive out of town.
Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs.
Coronado Island Visit
Mission Beach Visit
Private Van with Wi-fi (6.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 3 San Diego/Lake Havasu City (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the desert scenery and hundreds of Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.
Joshua Tree NP Visit
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 250km)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)
Day 4 Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)
Charge up your camera batteries in time for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona’s famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Sunset
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 400km)
Day 5 Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
Day 6 Grand Canyon/Monument Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Monument Valley, and discover this magical land on a 4×4 tour with local Navajo people. Stay overnight in the Tribal Park to see the sun rise from a perspective very few ever experience!
Monument Valley 4×4 Overnight Excursion
Private Vehicle (4.00-4.50 hours, 200km)
Day 7 Monument Valley/Las Vegas (1B)
Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Opt to take a VIP party limo experience.
Vegas Strip Visit
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 650km)
Day 8 Las Vegas
Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.
Day 9 Las Vegas/Zion National Park (1L, 1D)
Boasting endless hiking possibilities, the region that the Virgin River has sculpted into a profound landscape masterpiece is a great setting to spend the afternoon. High plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth’s tallest-known sheer sandstone walls surround visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty.
Zion National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 270km)
Day 10 Bryce Canyon NP/Moab (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore Bryce Canyon and see its famous hoodoos. Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12 to Moab.
Bryce Canyon National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 140km)
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 445km)
Day 11 Moab (1B)
Explore Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. It contains the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore the park’s viewpoints and hike to sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, and soaring pinnacles.
Arches National Park Visit
Day 12 Moab/Glenwood Springs (1B, 1L)
Travel to Glenwood Springs in Colorado and opt to go for a hike at nearby Hanging Lake, rent a bike in Glenwood Canyon, or go for a swim in the world’s largest hot springs pool.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 320km)
Day 13 Glenwood Springs/Flaming Gorge Reservoir (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue on to the Utah-Wyoming border and stop at Flaming Gorge for the evening. See how this canyon got its name while watching the sun reflect off the red canyon walls at sunset – don’t forget your camera!
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 375km)
Day 14 Flaming Gorge Reservoir/Jackson (1B, 1L)
In the afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 310km)
Day 15 Jackson/Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.
Grand Teton National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 16 Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Yellowstone is beyond special. Geysers, waterfalls, wildlife, and scenic beauty are around every corner just waiting to be explored. In fact, Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world’s largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S., including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears, and, of course, the famous grizzly bear. Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake.
Yellowstone South Loop Excursion
Walking (4.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Yellowstone National Park/Bozeman (1B, 1L)
Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Northern Loop. Continue on to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Enjoy free time to explore this evening.
Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 18 Bozeman/Glacier National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel through the stunning Montana scenery to Glacier National Park. With over 20 glaciers and 200 lakes and streams, Glacier National Park is a must see. Choose from 730 miles of hiking trails to really enjoy this majestic park.
Glacier National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 19 Glacier National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes and streams. Opt to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road and reach the Continental Divide.
Glacier National Park Visit
Day 20 Glacier National Park/Coeur d'Alene (1B, 1L)
Continue west to beautiful Coeur D’Alene. Surrounded by over 50 lakes, this town is an outdoor haven. Opt to walk the floating boardwalk, go mountain biking, or take part in watersports on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 385km)
Day 21 Coeur d'Alene/Seattle (1B)
Travel through the state of Washington to Seattle.
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 500km)
Day 22 Seattle
Enjoy a free day in Seattle. Opt to visit Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks location, ride to the top of the Space Needle, or take a day trip to nearby Mt Rainier National Park.
Day 23 Seattle/Portland (1B)
Drive south to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this cool city.
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 280km)
Day 24 Portland/Bend (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a few final hours taking in the quirkiness of Portland before continuing on to Bend, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the US. Arrive in time to explore a bit of the town.
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.50 hours, 260km)
Day 25 Bend/Redwood National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Leave early to spend a few hours at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Enjoy a short hike in the area before continuing on to Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth. Spend the afternoon taking in the gigantic coastal redwoods, and keep a keen eye for wildlife throughout the park.
Crater Lake National Park Visit
Redwood National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 330km)
Day 26 Redwood National Park/Napa Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel through California to beautiful Napa Valley. Opt for an afternoon wine tasting.
Private Vehicle (5.50-6.50 hours, 450km)
Day 27 Napa Valley/Lake Tahoe (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 300km)
Day 28 Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes.
Tioga Pass Drive
Yosemite National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 385km)
Day 29 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite National Park Visit
Day 30 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L)
Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 31 San Francisco
Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.
Day 32 San Francisco/Morro Bay (1D)
Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California’s coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience.
Elephant Seal Rookery
Private Vehicle (6.50 hour(s), 390km)
Day 33 Morro Bay/Los Angeles (1B)
Travel along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Be on the lookout for celebrities while passing a few popular sites on the way into California’s most glamorous city.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 34 Los Angeles/New York
Hop on a flight to the Big Apple, and get ready to explore the highlights of the East Coast.
Please note that there may be additional baggage fees for the internal flight if you are checking your bag.
Day 35 New York/Finger Lakes (1D)
Take a hike to explore this beautiful Finger Lakes region on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake. Opt to taste wine from one of the local vineyards.
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 36 Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)
An exciting adventure awaits in Niagara Falls. Feel the rushing waters of the falls taking the famous “Maid of the Mist Boat Tour.” Return after darkness settles over the Niagara region and witness the Falls illuminated in a rainbow of colour!
Taughannock Falls Visit
Maid of the Mist Tour
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 37 Niagara Falls/Detroit (1B, 1L)
Stop in the city of Cleveland before continuing on to Detroit. Detroit is having a resurgence and is quickly transforming with new markets, distilleries, art galleries, and restaurants popping up. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this up-and-coming destination.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 600km)
Day 38 Detroit/Chicago (1B)
Continue west to Chicago. There’s tons to do in the Windy City – 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, or hit the town for a night out with the group.
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 450km)
Day 39 Chicago
Enjoy a free day to explore Chicago.
Day 40 Chicago/Louisville (1L, 1D)
Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to Louisville. Home of the Kentucky Derby, this city is a foodie haven filled with lively bars and farm-to-table restaurants. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore, and don’t forget to indulge in some BBQ and bourbon.
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 475km)
Day 41 Louisville/Nashville (1B, 1L)
Travel to the country music capital of the world. Opt to head out for live music and cowboy nightlife tonight.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 280km)
Day 42 Nashville
Enjoy a free day in Nashville. Opt to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, or take in live music along the “Honky Tonk Highway”.
Day 43 Nashville/Memphis (1B, 1L)
In the afternoon, opt to walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. See how the legend lived and discover videos, pictures, stage costumes, and much more. Then hear the music in Memphis, Tennessee! Explore the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Home of Blues, and the starting point of soul. Music legends, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King, made their marks on Memphis.
Opt to check out the National Civil Rights Museum, located where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 44 Memphis/New Orleans (1B, 1L)
The CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best. Enjoy a night out with the group.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 45 New Orleans (1B)
New travellers may join you today for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 46 New Orleans/Panama City Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cross the state line into Florida and travel to Panama City Beach. This coastal town is surrounded by 27 miles of white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy an afternoon on the beach and opt to hit the town this evening.
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 500km)
Day 47 Panama City Beach/Orlando (1B, 1L)
Travel to the home of ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’, Orlando. With great shopping, nightlife, and famous amusement parks like Disney World and Universal Studios, let your inner kid run wild!
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 600km)
Day 48 Orlando (1B)
Enjoy a full free day in Orlando. Opt to meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World or discover the magical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
Day 49 St. Augustine/Savannah (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head to historic Savannah, stopping en route in the oldest city in America, St. Augustine. Opt for a walk around the Bonaventure Cemetery and historic district of Savannah, or stroll through town admiring the architecture and oak trees covered in Spanish moss.
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 175km)
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 280km)
Day 50 Charleston/Myrtle Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to the city of Charleston, known for it’s historic, romantic charm. Enjoy a few hours to explore the city before heading to Myrtle Beach for the night.
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 160km)
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 150km)
Day 51 Myrtle Beach/Washington D.C. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to the US capital and wander the monuments by moonlight.
Monuments by Moonlight
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 700km)
Day 52 Washington D.C. (1B)
There is so much to see and do in Washington DC that you can’t see it all in one day. Take your time and spend a full day exploring this fascinating city.
Day 53 Washington D.C./New York (1B, 1L)
From the Statue of Liberty to Ground Zero to Chinatown, New York City is full of things to do and see. We recommend spending extra time here; please speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.
Please note this trip ends on arrival to New York. If you wish to spend the night in the city, speak to your sales agent about booking post-accommodation.
Departure Day (Activities)
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)