Best of America Overview

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      CAD $3,525
      AUD $3,455
      EUR €2,375
      GBP £1,995
      NZD $3,845
      ZAR R34,585
      CHF FR2,880
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There is an earlier version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View earlier Best of America.

Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

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.

  • See why New York is nicknamed the 'city that never sleeps'
  • Take a history lesson while touring Washington, DC
  • Pay respects to the king of rock 'n' roll in Nashville
  • Sample Creole food in the French Quarter of New Orleans
  • Learn about the history of the Ancestral Pueblo people in Mese Verde National Park
  • Stare into the mouth of the Grand Canyon in Arizona
  • Roll the dice in Las vegas
  • Float down the Merced River in Yosemite National Park

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New York, United States
  • Finish:

    San Francisco, United States
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 13
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with facilities) (16 nts), Hostel (3 nts), Hotel (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley National Tribal Park, Shenandoah National Park, Yosemite National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1174kg pp per trip
  • Total price from

    USD $3,415
    CAD $3,525
    AUD $3,455
    EUR €2,375
    GBP £1,995
    NZD $3,845
    ZAR R34,585
    CHF FR2,880
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $148
    CAD $153
    AUD $150
    EUR €103
    GBP £86
    NZD $167
    ZAR R1,503
    CHF FR125
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Day 1 New York

See why the pulsing urban mass of New York has earned itself the moniker 'capital of the world'.

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.

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.

Day 5 Nashville

Keep cruisin' in the heart of Tennessee. Country music fans can't afford to miss Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame – the home of Elvis's gold Cadillac. There may also be the chance to catch a show at the legendary Wildhorse Saloon.

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.

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 a drink on the always memorable Bourbon Street.

Day 9 Houston

Hit the road for Houston and jump straight into Southern culture with an optional swamp tour, and a chance to learn about Tabasco sauce on Avery Island.

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.

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 huge colony of bats that make a spectacular exit each night come sunset.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Days 17-18 Las Vegas

Welcome to Vegas – a hedonistic, hell-raising, party town. Perhaps arrive early and get a few hangovers under the belt before you hit the road, or simply enjoy this crazy place at a pace that suits you.

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.

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.

Days 22-23 San Francisco

Be romanced by the incredible Bay Area, including its crown jewel – the progressive and popular city of San Francisco. Time-permitting, consider sticking around for a few days after the trip's end to check out some of this great city's other attractions.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,415
      CAD $3,525
      AUD $3,455
      EUR €2,375
      GBP £1,995
      NZD $3,845
      ZAR R34,585
      CHF FR2,880
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