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Best of the US Express

This whirlwind 18-day camping trip throughout the United States covers nearly every major cultural touchstone of this massive (and hugely exciting) destination. Experience the lights of NYC's Times Square, discover the Elvis fan in you at Graceland, mosey down noisy Bourbon Street in New Orleans, peer across the majesty of the Grand Canyon, and then walk down the crookedest street in the world in San Francisco, all the while camping out beneath a night sky that has had countless songs written about it. Come along and see the best of the USA the way it was meant to be seen.

North America
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUNZ/224038
  • Starts: New York, United States
  • Finishes: San Francisco, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • New York
  • Finger Lakes
  • Niagara Falls
  • Detroit
  • Chicago
  • Louisville
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Los Angeles
  • Lake Havasu
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: New York/Finger Lakes

Enjoy a free morning in the Big Apple. Travel to the Finger Lakes region, and take in the natural beauty of the area. Opt to cool off in the lake, or sample wine from a local winery.
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.

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Day 3: Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls

Visit towering Taughannock Falls, before travelling to Niagara Falls. Get wet on the Maid of the Mist boat tour and be sure to check out the falls illuminated in the evening.
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!

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Day 4: Niagara Falls/Detroit

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.

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Day 5: Detroit/Chicago

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 Tower, or hit the town for a night out with the group.

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Day 6: Chicago

Enjoy a free day to explore Chicago.

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Day 7: Chicago/Louisville

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.

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Day 8: Louisville/Nashville

Travel to the country music capital of the world. Opt to head out for live music and cowboy nightlife tonight.

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Day 9: 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".

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Day 10: Nashville/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.
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.

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Day 11: Memphis/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.
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.

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Day 12: New Orleans/Los Angeles

Hop on a flight to LA, and get ready to explore the highlights of the West.

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Day 13: Los Angeles/Lake Havasu

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of California's most glamourous city. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.

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Day 14: Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon

Visit the mighty Grand Canyon. Take short hikes and enjoy sunset at the edge of the canyon.
In the morning, discover something unexpected, the London Bridge, in Lake Havasu City. Continue across vast desert landscapes to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles: the Grand Canyon. Take short hikes at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim as you view the stunning sunset.

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Day 15: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Travel Route 66, then explore Las Vegas along the strip and opt for a VIP party limo experience.
For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.

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Day 16: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.

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Day 17: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.
With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

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Day 18: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Trip ends upon arrival to San Francisco. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills, rent a bike to explore the city on wheels, or set sail into the setting sun.
There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Carte Blanche: Chicago
    • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
    • Taughannock Falls visit
    • Maid of the Mist tour
    • Cleveland stop
    • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Death Valley visit
    • Free time in Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, Nashville, and Memphis
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (11 nts)
    • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take a bite of the Big Apple
  • Feel the beat in Memphis and Nashville
  • Experience a Grand Canyon sunset
  • Roll the dice in Vegas
  • Hike in Yosemite
  • Stroll the streets of San Francisco.