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Best of America Overview
Explore North America with Intrepid Travel. Starting in New York City, discover the wonders of Washington DC, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Francisco on this all-encompassing journey through the United States.
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
From east to west, see the best of the United States
Travel from the glitz and glamour of New York City through the southern stylings of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. Then discover a chain of magnificent National Parks between New Mexico and California before finishing up among the free-thinkers of San Francisco. It's almost hard to believe that such diversity can be found in one nation. Indulge in nachos in Texas, gumbo in New Orleans and a shot of wheatgrass in California and meet city slickers in Times Square, Elvis impersonators in Vegas and members of the Navajo Tribe in Monument Valley and forever be confounded by the extreme diversity found in each and every state of this great nation.
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See why the pulsing urban mass of New York has earned itself the nickname 'the capital of the world'.
Roll into Philadelphia en route to the nation's capital. Perhaps discover the regal architecture of Washington, DC, including the White House and the Capitol Building, on a night bike ride through the city.
Escape the city grind and cross the jagged Appalachian Mountains, stopping at Shenandoah National Park and setting up camp in the heart of the great outdoors.
Keep cruisin' in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Country music fans can't afford to miss the Country Music Hall of Fame – the home of Elvis's gold Cadillac. There's also the chance to catch a show at the legendary Wildhorse Saloon.
Get into the groove of Memphis, the 'home of the blues'. Perhaps pass time by shuffling over to Graceland, chilling out to some Mississippi blues in a Beale Street bar or dropping by Sun Studios – the birthplace of rock'n'roll.
Head south to New Orleans and get ready to boogie down in a town they call the 'Big Easy'. Get acquainted with an optional tour of the French Quarter, browse the local shops, taste a delicious po'boy and perhaps head out for dinner on the always memorable Bourbon Street.
Hit the road for Houston. Jump straight into Southern culture with an optional swamp tour and a chance to learn about Tabasco sauce while on Avery Island.
Begin the day exploring the multi-cultural city of Houston before heading to San Antonio. Take a stroll along the energetic riverfront before visiting a true American icon, the one and only Alamo.
On the surface, the desert of New Mexico can look like a pretty barren place. But beneath the surface of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, it's a completely different story. With over 118 known tunnels, the caves are also home to a large populations of bats, who make a spectacular exit each night at sunset.
Welcome to a place that the locals call 'city different', where New Mexico's artists and culture-buffs flourish under the hot desert sun and year-round blue skies. Spend plenty of time strolling the numerous markets and take some time out to visit some of the weird, wonderful and just downright bizarre museums and art installations.
Get a sense of the incredible human history of North America in Mese Verde National Park. The former home to the Ancestral Pueblo people, the park's 600 cliff dwellings offer a great opportunity to learn about this ancient culture.
If Monument Valley seems a little familiar, that's because this American icon has made its fair share of appearances on the silver screen, appearing in everything from old Westerns to Sci-Fi films.
Swap one monumental wonder for another by journeying into Arizona to marvel at the mighty Grand Canyon. After getting your bearings, perhaps embark on an energetic hike among the canyon walls, or take an optional scenic helicopter flight.
Continue to Las Vegas and perhaps celebrate with new friends by jumping in a limo and heading to one of The Strip's legendary party spots.
Brave the scolding desert heat of Death Valley and, after sweating it out a little, come to terms with one of the United States' most unique ecosystems. If the conditions are favourable, take a small walk onto the sand to see how life manages to survive among the inhospitable terrain.
It might be a little tough to pronounce at first, but Yosemite is arguably the United States' premier national park. From the giant granite domes to the gushing waterfalls that feed the stunning forests and lakes below, Yosemite will take your breath away at every turn. Enjoy free time in the park to tackle some of the hiking trails, hire bikes or just bliss out at the tranquil surrounds of Mirror Lake.
Be romanced by the incredible Bay Area, including it's crown jewel – the progressive and popular city of San Francisco. Perhaps enjoy a sunset sail beneath the towering Golden Gate Bridge – a memorable way to end this classic road trip.
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