Best of the USA Tour?New York to New York

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43 days, from £4199
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Description

From hip hop to country fiddles, Yankee accents to a western drawl, businessmen in power suits and ranchers in cowboy hats ? the US is one heck of a country. And if you?ve got the time, this ? our ultimate American tour ? is the best way to explore the iconic cities, the legendary national parks, national monuments, and wide-open spaces. Centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.

What's Included: Hands-On: Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting, Milwaukee. Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Orientations to Washington DC and Chicago. Maid of the Mist Tour (Niagara Falls). Amish community visit. Wall Drug visit. Mt Rushmore visit. Deadwood visit. Death Valley visit. Sunset at the Grand Canyon rim. Guided tour of Mesa Verde. Carlsbad Caverns visit. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents. Transportation between destinations and included activities.

Highlights: Kick off with free time to explore the Big Apple, Break a sweat in Death Valley and cool off in the spray of Niagara Falls, Tour Miller Brewery in Milwaukee, Dance like a cowboy in Jackson, meet the Navajo in Monument Valley, hike in stunning national parks.

Group Size Notes: Max 22, avg 16.

Meals Included: 35 breakfasts, 25 lunches, 23 dinners

Meals: 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.

Transport: Air-conditioned private vehicle, boat, walking

Minimum Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Travel Style:18-to-Thirtysomethings

Physical Grading:3 - Average

Itinerary


 Day 1 New York

Arrive to the joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:00pm.

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 pre-trip accommodation.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


 Day 2 New York/Newburgh (1D)

Dive into the hustle and bustle of NYC on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO, then trade in the big city for a campfire.

Additional Notes:
This tour departs New York City mid-day on Day 2.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 3 Newburgh/Finger Lakes (1B, 1L, 1D)

Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls. Take a hike to explore this beautiful area on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake. Opt to taste wine from one of the local vineyards.

Included Activities:
Taughannock Falls Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 4 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!

Included Activities:
Maid of the Mist Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 5 Niagara Falls/Sandusky (1B)

Travel to Sandusky and opt to catch some thrills at a local amusement park.

Transport:
Approximate Distance to Sandusky: 430km (267 mi)
Private Vehicle


 Day 6 Sandusky/Chicago (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Amish Community Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Private Vehicle


 Day 7 Chicago

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.


 Day 8 Chicago/Frontenac (1D)

Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee and enjoy a beer tasting, then camp on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Included Activities:
Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 9 Frontenac/Sioux Falls (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free morning at the largest shopping mall in America ? the Mall of America. Afterwards, venture into South Dakota and head into the Great Plains and lands of the Sioux.

Included Activities:
Mall of America visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 10 Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 11 Badlands National Park/Custer State Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore the spectacular, bizarre, and moon-like landscape at Badlands National Park. Discover Wall Drug, an American roadside wonder before reaching the famous Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota. Then take the scenic route to Custer State Park.

Included Activities:
Badlands National Park Visit
Wall Drug Visit

Transport:
Approximate Distance to Custer: 250km (155 mi)
Private Vehicle


 Day 12 Custer State Park/Devils Tower (1B, 1D)

Check out the larger than life ex-presidents of Mount Rushmore, tour around Crazy Horse Memorial, and stop off at Deadwood en route to Devils Tower in Wyoming.

Included Activities:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visit
Crazy Horse Memorial Visit
Deadwood Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 13 Devils Tower/Bozeman (1B, 1L)

Check out the the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument en route to the university town of Bozeman, Montana.

Included Activities:
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 14 Bozeman/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.

Included Activities:
Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 15 Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake.

Included Activities:
Yellowstone South Loop Excursion

Transport:
Walking


 Day 16 Yellowstone National Park/Jackson (1B, 1L)

Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.

In the late 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.

Additional Notes:
For the Aug 11, 2017 departure we will be spending the day in Grand Teton NP before returning to Yellowstone NP for an additional night in the park.

Included Activities:
Grand Teton National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 17 Jackson/Twin Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)

Choose to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free morning, then cross the border into Idaho. Stop off at Shoshone Falls en route.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 18 Twin Falls/Reno (1B, 1L)

Sit back and relax during a road trip day, crossing into Nevada. Enjoy the bright lights both in and outside the casinos in "The Biggest Little City in the World."

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 19 Reno/South Lake Tahoe (1L, 1D)

Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 20 South Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

Included Activities:
Tioga Pass Drive
Yosemite National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 21 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.

Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


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

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.

Additional Notes:
Stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre of San Francisco.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 23 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park (1D)

Travel through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park. Set up camp for the night and get ready for a full day of exploring the next day.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 24 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Yosemite has many trails to offer. Be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape and opt to rent a bike to better explore the Yosemite Valley.

Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit


 Day 25 Yosemite National Park/Death Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)

Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic areas in California.

Additional Notes:
Note: we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Yosemite NP with Bishop. 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 south, and will spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

Included Activities:
Tioga Pass Drive
Mono Lake Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 26 Death Valley/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)

Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America.

Additional Notes:
For the nights in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel either at the end of or just a few blocks off the Strip.

Included Activities:
Death Valley National Park Visit
Vegas Strip Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 27 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 28 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park (1D)

Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite and recapture the experiences from this memorable day!

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon Sunset

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 29 Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to wander throughout the park and take a hike. Hire a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

Additional Notes:
Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit


 Day 30 Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley (1B, 1L)

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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 31 Monument Valley/Mesa Verde National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Hike through history exploring Mesa Verde National Park, which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans.

Included Activities:
Mesa Verde Guided Tour

Transport:
None


 Day 32 Mesa Verde National Park/Santa Fe (1B, 1L)

Continue the journey back in time and explore one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe. Take a stroll downtown and visit art galleries, or enjoy some world-famous roasted green chilies.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 33 Santa Fe/Carlsbad (1B, 1D)

Look for aliens at infamous Roswell en route to exploring the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

Included Activities:
Explore Roswell
Carlsbad Caverns Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 34 Carlsbad/Austin (1B, 1L)

Sit back and gaze at the scenery while travelling through the southern United States. Upon arrival in the 'Lonestar' state, settle in at the campsite for a night under the stars.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 35 Austin (1B)

Spend a free day in Austin. Opt to visit the SoCo area for thrift shopping, take a dip in the Barton natural pool, or let loose at a local country bar in the evening.


 Day 36 Austin/New Orleans (1B)

The CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 37 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 38 New Orleans/Memphis (1B, 1L)

Explore the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, the 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. Optional activities include visiting the National Civil Rights Museum (located where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr took place in 1968) or visiting the Rock ?n? Soul Museum.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 39 Memphis/Nashville (1B, 1L)

In the morning, opt to walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ?n? Roll at Elvis Presley?s home, Graceland. If Graceland is not for you, enjoy the time to explore more of Memphis on your own. Travel to Nashville in time to check out the nightlife and visit a real country cowboy bar.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 40 Nashville/Appalachia (1B, 1L, 1D)

Experience the Appalachian Mountains on the drive. The mountains are a perfect place to relax and to enjoy the fresh, clean air and see the true beauty of North America.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 41 Appalachia/Washington D.C. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, a truly beautiful, historic national treasure. Standing on top of the peaks of Shenandoah National Park, gaze across the silent mountains. It's hard to believe Washington DC is just a short distance away.

Included Activities:
Monuments by Moonlight

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 42 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 43 Washington D.C./New York (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Private Vehicle


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