Best of the USA Tour

Company : G Adventures
Activity: Tours
Country: United States
Duration: 6 weeks to 2 months
Approx Costs: 3000+ to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

This epic sojourn across America from sea to shining sea (and back again) is, quite possibly, the most ambitious road trip you’ll ever take. 

Wide-open spaces, iconic monuments, sprawling national parks, quirky local slang, regional delicacies and the incredible cities you’ve always wanted to visit. It’s all here. Welcome to the US of A, where the ‘A’ stands for ‘Amazing’.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 San Francisco
Arrive at any time. We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.

Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of one of America's most popular cities. Drive into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and set up camp.

Day 3 Yosemite National Park
Enjoy a free day in Yosemite National Park.

Day 4 Yosemite National Park/Bishop
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 5 Bishop/Las Vegas
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 6 Las Vegas
Free time in Las Vegas.

Day 7 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park
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 8 Grand Canyon National Park
Enjoy free time in Grand Canyon NP.

Day 9 Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley
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 10 Monument Valley/Durango
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 11 Durango/Santa Fe
Continue to Santa Fe and dive into the Southwest culture in this historic city.

Day 12 Santa Fe/Carlsbad
Stop off at infamous Roswell en route to explore the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

Day 13 Carlsbad/San Antonio
Cross into the state of Texas, the birthplace of Tex-Mex food, 10-gallon hats, and Western movies.

Day 14 San Antonio/Houston
Visit the Alamo in historic San Antonio, deep in the heart of Texas, then continue on to Houston in the afternoon.

Day 15 Houston/New Orleans
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 16 New Orleans
Free time in New Orleans

Day 17 New Orleans/Memphis
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 18 Memphis/Nashville
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 19 Nashville/Appalachia
Travel the beautiful winding roads through the Appalachian Mountains and absorb their undisturbed natural beauty.

Day 20 Appalachia/Washington DC
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 21 Washington DC
Enjoy free time to explore.

Day 22 Washington DC/New York City
Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Opt to visit Times Square or stroll through Central Park. Check out the famous nightlife in NYC.

Day 23 New York City/Newburgh
Spend the morning exploring the USA's biggest urban playground.

Day 24 Newburgh/Finger Lakes
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 25 Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls
Get wet on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, and be sure to check out the falls illuminated in the evening.

Day 26 Niagara Falls/Sandusky
Travel to Cleveland and opt to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Continue on to Sandusky, and opt to catch some thrills at a local amusement park.

Day 27 Sandusky/Chicago
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 28 Chicago
Free time to explore Chicago.

Day 29 Chicago/Winona
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 30 Winona/Kennebec
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 31 Kennebec/Badlands National Park
Discover moon-like landscapes on the trails of the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.

Day 32 Badlands National Park/Custer State Park
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 33 Custer State Park
Enjoy the Black Hills; trek around Mount Rushmore, which honours US presidents, and tour around Crazy Horse Memorial.

Day 34 Custer State Park/Devils Tower
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 35 Devils Tower/Cody
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 36 Cody/Yellowstone National Park
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 37 Yellowstone National Park
Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Southern Loop.

Day 38 Yellowstone National Park/Jackson
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 39 Jackson/Salt Lake City
Opt to go horseback riding or rafting down the Snake River. See the sights of Salt Lake City and tour Temple Square.

Day 40 Salt Lake City/Tonopah
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 41 Tonopah/Yosemite National Park
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 42 Yosemite National Park
Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.

Day 43 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco
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 44 San Francisco
Depart at any time.

 

Cost

From £3799

 

What's Included

  • Free Wi-Fi - This 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
  • Maid of the Mist boat tour in Niagara Falls
  • Visit Arlington Cemetery
  • Beer brewery tour and tasting in Milwaukee
  • Orientation to Las Vegas, Washington DC and New York
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 33 breakfasts, 29 lunches, 27 dinners. (Allow USD350-375 for meals not included.)
  • Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
  • Hotels/hostels (10 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (33 nts).
     

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