Best of America Itinerary

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.

    • 23
    • SSRXC
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,295
      CAD $3,340
      AUD $3,460
      EUR €2,295
      GBP £2,080
      NZD $4,115
      ZAR R31,605
      CHF FR2,835
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
    •  
       
       
       
       
    • Explorer
    • Basix
Book
There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Best of America.
Grand Canyon student group, USA

Bagel, USA

Monument Valley, USA

Vegas sign, USA

Day 1 New York

See why the pulsing urban mass of New York has earned itself the nickname 'the capital of the world'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Washington DC

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 4 Appalachian Mountains

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 5 Nashville

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 6 Memphis

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 7-8 New Orleans

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.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 9 Houston

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 10 San Antonio

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 11 Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 12 Santa Fe

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 13 Mesa Verde National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 14 Monument Valley

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 15-16 Grand Canyon

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 17-18 Las Vegas

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 19 Death Valley

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 20-21 Yosemite National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 22-23 San Francisco

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.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1