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The Great American Road Trip–New York to LA

See a side of the States that few Americans experience in their lifetime on a truly epic 53-day road trip through the country. You'll embark on two comprehensive circuits along the East and West coasts with a flight in between to minimize long drives and maximize your time at the best highlights. What makes this journey even better is the company you'll keep—a fine crew of worldly wanderers like yourself and a CEO taking care of all the little details.

North America
  • Duration: 53 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUYA/133041
  • Starts: New York City, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • New York City
  • Finger Lakes
  • Niagara Falls
  • Detroit
  • Chicago
  • Louisville
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Panama City Beach
  • Orlando
  • Savannah
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Washington DC
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Lake Havasu City
  • Grand Canyon
  • Monument Valley
  • Las Vegas
  • Zion National Park
  • Moab
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir
  • Jackson
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Bozeman
  • Glacier National Park
  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Seattle
  • Portland
  • Bend
  • Redwood National Park
  • Napa Valley
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • Morro Bay

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York City

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: New York City/Finger Lakes

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

Enjoy a free day to explore New Orleans.
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.

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Day 13: New Orleans/Panama City Beach

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.

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Day 14: Panama City Beach/Orlando

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!

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Day 15: Orlando

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.

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Day 16: St. Augustine/Savannah

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.

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Day 17: Charleston/Myrtle Beach

Travel to the city of Charleston, known for its historic, romantic charm. Enjoy a few hours to explore the city before heading to Myrtle Beach for the night.

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Day 18: Myrtle Beach/Washington DC

Travel to the US capital and wander the monuments by moonlight.

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Day 19: Washington DC

Enjoy free time to explore.
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.

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Day 20: Washington DC/New York City

Travel to New York, stopping in Philadelphia en route. Opt to visit Times Square, stroll Central Park, check out Greenwich Village, or experience the famous nightlife of New York.

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Day 21: New York City/Los Angeles

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

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Day 22: Los Angeles/San Diego

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California's most glamorous city. In San Diego, visit Coronado Island or soak up the sun on Mission Beach. Opt to check out the Gaslamp Quarter District in the evening.
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.

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Day 23: San Diego/Lake Havasu City

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.

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Day 24: Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon

Stop along Route 66, then continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.
Hit the road to get some kicks on Route 66. Dive into historic Americana and enjoy lunch at a famous joint before heading on for a breathtaking experience at the Grand Canyon.

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Day 25: Grand Canyon

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.

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Day 26: Grand Canyon/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.
Take an optional jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley and be inspired by a night under the stars while camping in this magnificent atmosphere.

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Day 27: Monument Valley/Las Vegas

Break a sweat with a quick hike to majestic Horseshoe Bend. Continue the journey through Arizona, Utah and Nevada en route to Las Vegas. Tour ends upon arrival to Las Vegas. Opt to take a VIP party limo experience and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening.

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Day 28: Las Vegas

Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.
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.

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Day 29: Las Vegas/Zion National Park

Travel past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls in Zion National Park. Hike diverse and exciting trails.
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.

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Day 30: Bryce Canyon NP/Moab

Rise early to explore Bryce Canyon and see its famous hoodoos. Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12 thru Grand Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park en route to Moab.

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Day 31: Moab

Hike through the surreal rock formations of Arches National Park before free time for optional activities. Opt to go rafting, mountain biking or on a Hummer tour. Catch a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park.
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.

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Day 32: Moab/Glenwood Springs

Travel to Glenwood Springs, 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.

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Day 33: Glenwood Springs/Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Travel to Wyoming and take in a spectacular sunset at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
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!

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Day 34: Flaming Gorge Reservoir/Jackson

Travel to Jackson Hole, and choose to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free afternoon. Tonight, opt to visit a cowboy bar for Western line dancing.
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.

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Day 35: Jackson/Yellowstone National Park

Cross the Continental Divide to Yellowstone National Park, stopping to visit Grand Teton National Park en route. Enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this beautiful drive.
Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.

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Day 36: Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day exploring 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. Discover the highlights of the Southern Loop.
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.

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Day 37: Yellowstone National Park/Bozeman

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.

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Day 38: Bozeman/Glacier National Park

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.

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Day 39: Glacier National Park

Explore Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes and streams. Opt to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road and reach the Continental Divide.

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Day 40: Glacier National Park/Coeur d'Alene

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.

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Day 41: Coeur d'Alene/Seattle

Travel through the state of Washington to Seattle.

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Day 42: 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.

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Day 43: Seattle/Portland

Drive 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.

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Day 44: Portland/Bend

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.

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Day 45: Bend/Redwood National Park

Leave early to take in the sights at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Stare in awe at the crystal blue waters of one of the most pristine lakes on earth before continuing on to Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth. Spend the evening amongst the gigantic coastal redwoods, and keep a keen eye for wildlife throughout the park.

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Day 46: Redwood National Park/Napa Valley

Wake with the sun for a morning hike through mystic old growth forests. Travel through California wine country to beautiful Napa Valley. Opt for an afternoon wine tasting or relax amongst the vineyards.

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Day 47: Napa Valley/Lake Tahoe

Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.

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Day 48: Lake Tahoe/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!
With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

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Day 49: Yosemite National Park

Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.
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.

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Day 50: 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.
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.

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Day 51: San Francisco

Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.

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Day 52: San Francisco/Morro Bay

Visit Santa Cruz and go for a stroll along the boardwalk. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.
Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience.

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Day 53: Morro Bay/Los Angeles

Travel along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles.
Pass by Santa Barbara as we make our way to Los Angeles. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive into the City of Angels.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Discover Moment: Chicago Your Discover Moment: New Orleans Your Discover Moment: Washington DC Your Discover Moment: Las Vegas Your Discover Moment: San Francisco
    • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
    • Taughannock Falls visit
    • Maid of the Mist tour
    • Cleveland stop
    • St Augustine visit
    • Charleston visit
    • Monuments by Moonlight (Washington DC)
    • Philadelphia stop
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • 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
    • Free time in Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (16 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (36 nts)
    • 44 breakfasts, 32 lunches, 25 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:
  • Witness Bryce Canyon's hoodoo rock structures
  • Feel like a kid at Orlando's amusement parks
  • Marvel at the beauty of Yellowstone National Park