Trans-American Adventure

  • 24 Days

  • Western USA

  • On the go pace

From the iconic monuments of Washington, through the soaring forests of Yellowstone to the sensory overload of Las Vegas: a coast to coast odyssey from east to west.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

  • Day 19

  • Day 20

  • Day 21

  • Day 22

  • Day 23

  • Day 24

of 24 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 25th August 2017

Meals included: 4 breakfasts,

Overview

From the iconic monuments of Washington, through the soaring forests of Yellowstone to the sensory overload of Las Vegas: a coast to coast odyssey from east to west.

At a glance

  • New York City Enjoy an energetic east coast adventure in the ‘Big Apple’.
  • Washington DC Tour the neo-classical monuments of the nation’s political power base.
  • Niagara Falls Experience the full force of the falls up close on a sightseeing cruise.
  • Yellowstone National Park Explore a Wyoming wilderness of soaring forests, hot springs and geysers.
  • Las Vegas Experience the surreal delights of Nevada’s desert city.
  • Los Angeles Discover Beverly Hills, Hollywood and drive down Sunset Strip.

Extensions

  • 3 nights hotel stay in San Francisco

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - New York

Fly to New York where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

New York City

Always thrilling, ever-changing, never boring: New York is a wonderfully exciting place to visit. Explore its iconic attractions and neighbourhoods, including Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village and Trinity Church. The afternoon is free.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

New York City - Philadelphia - Washington DC area

Head through New Jersey to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States and home to the ‘Liberty Bell’ - iconic symbol of American independence. During your free time perhaps visit Independence Hall. Then it's on to Washington DC.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Washington DC area

Today’s sightseeing tour takes in all the city’s highlights including Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and Arlington National Cemetery. The remainder of the day is free.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Washington DC area - Niagara Falls

A long, but worthwhile, scenic day through the gentle, rolling farmlands of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Travel along the snaking Susquehanna River to Williamsport the birthplace of Little League baseball. Later cross the Rainbow Bridge over the Niagara River gorge and into Canada for dramatic views of Niagara Falls.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Niagara Falls - Detroit/Dearborn area

Don your waterproofs and board the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise to feel the spray on your face, and witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles from the base of the falls. Head to Niagara Parkway, admiring Ontario's sweeping landscapes of farmlands and vineyards, and then into Michigan. Stay overnight in the Detroit area, America's traditional automotive centre.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Detroit/Dearborn area - Henry Ford Museum - Chicago

Head to the once-beating heart of the US car industry with a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, which includes presidential vehicles, Rosa Park's bus and original road signs that lined America’s highways. Arrive in Chicago late afternoon for a sightseeing tour of the ‘Windy City’s major landmarks, including the Magnificent Mile and the John Hancock Building.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Chicago

A free day to explore Chicago. Take an optional cruise on Lake Michigan for grand cityscapes of the city. In the evening, you have an optional dinner excursion followed by dramatic views from atop the Willis Tower – courtesy of the stomach-churning Skydeck.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Chicago - Wisconsin Dells - Minneapolis.

First stop today is Wisconsin Dells, a popular Midwestern tourist city. Afterwards, enter Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, to Minneapolis, for a short orientation tour of the city’s bustling downtown area.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Minneapolis - Pierre

This morning continue to Pierre South Dakota: lands of the great Sioux Nation. Stop in Mitchell to see the Corn Palace, a remarkable Moorish-style building covered with designs of corn outlines with grasses and grain.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Pierre - Badlands National Park - Mount Rushmore - Keystone

First a drive through Fort Pierre National Grassland and see the prairie grasslands where part of the film ‘Dances with Wolves’ was shot. Then on to Badlands National Park, where 37 million years of wind and water have carved out its singularly rugged beauty. Deep into the Black Hills, your journey leads you to the remarkable Mount Rushmore, the giant granite monument to four American presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Keystone - Cody.

Today is a long drive passing through Sheridan, the scene of many fierce battles between the US Cavalry and the Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow Indians. Continue through the beautiful Bighorn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest en route to the overnight stop in Buffalo Bill's frontier town of Cody.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Cody - Yellowstone National Park - West Yellowstone

Travel through the Shoshone National Forest to splendid Yellowstone National Park. Follow the grand loop road to Artist Point with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls, nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls. Overnight in West Yellowstone.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

West Yellowstone - Yellowstone National Park - West Yellowstone

 

This morning return to Yellowstone National and visit the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and the reliable "blow" of Old Faithful, Yellowstone's great geyser and West Thumb geyser basin. Return to West Yellowstone and explore on your own. Then head south into magnificent Grand Teton National Park, one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

West Yellowstone - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

South into magnificent Grand Teton National Park, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. Afternoon and evening are free to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Jackson - Salt Lake City

Drive to Salt Lake City: Utah's vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this centre of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, "This is the place." An included sightseeing tour shows you the capital of Utah, including Temple Square, the adjacent tabernacle, and the Beehive House.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon NP - Cedar City

Pass through sagebrush landscapes to Bryce Canyon National Park: sprawling reserve of crimson-coloured sandstone formations and limestone cliffs. Then it’s on to Dixie National Forest and Cedar City for your overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Cedar City - Zion National Park - Grand Canyon North Rim

First stop is Zion National Park. Through Kaibab National Forest to the less visited north rim of the Grand Canyon for dramatic views of flame-coloured walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. The rest of the day is free.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 19

Grand Canyon - Las Vegas

Experience the surreal delights of Nevada’s desert city with its 24-hour gambling tables and lavish cabaret entertainment. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 20

Las Vegas

Today, a whole day to explore the famous Las Vegas strip and casinos of Las Vegas. There will be a choice of optional excursions that you can join or simply relax.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 21

Las Vegas - Calico Ghost Town - Los Angeles

Into California today stopping at Calico Ghost Town to relive the wild, tough days when miners struck it rich. Through the Mojave Desert and over the mountains to Los Angeles.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 22

Los Angeles

Start the day with a sightseeing tour of the world's 'Capital of Glamour'. Drive to Hollywood, see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Bowl. Then on to elegant Beverly Hills followed by a drive down Sunset Strip.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 23

Los Angeles - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in San Francisco.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 24

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • New York: Skyline Hotel
  • Washington DC/Alexandria: Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria
  • Niagara Falls: Best Western Plus Cairn Croft
  • Dearborn: Best Western Greenfield Inn
  • Chicago: Best Western Grant Park (2017) / Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (2018)
  • Minneapolis: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn
  • Pierre: Days Inn Pierre
  • Keystone: Mt. Rushmore White House Resort
  • Cody: Buffalo Bill Village
  • West Yellowstone: Brandin' Iron Inn
  • Jackson: Painted Buffalo (2017) / Mountain Modern Hotel (2018)
  • Salt Lake City: Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites
  • Cedar City: Best Western Town & Country Inn
  • Grand Canyon North Rim: Grand Canyon North Rim Lodges
  • Las Vegas: The Linq Hotel & Suites (2017) / SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (2018)
  • Los Angeles: LA Hotel Downtown

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

Accommodation for the Grand Canyon Lodges will be advised as soon as possible

The operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be offered

Accommodation for the Grand Canyon Lodges will be advised as soon as possible

Latest customer reviews

06/09/2016

EXCELLENT EVERY DAY A NEW EXPERIENCE

29/06/2016

A well organised,fun and educational trip. Fabulous guide and great driver. Will use again. Thanks for a great time.

24/05/2016

Excellent

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