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Best of America's Southwest Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Explore the USA from New Orleans to San Francisco
Set out eastbound across the USA's great southwest for a sampling of the classic American road trip. Journey from the vibrant jazz and colourful Creole scene of New Orleans through the deserts of New Mexico to the Carlsbad Caverns and Santa Fe's artsy hub. Learn about Anasazi Indian culture in Mesa Verde National Park, be dwarfed by the towering sandstone structures of Monument Valley, live it up in Las Vegas then wander through Death Valley and into the wilds of Yosemite. With a perfect blend of natural wonders and urban treasures, this is the perfect trip for understanding the diversities and contrasts that make up this larger-than-life nation.
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Take in the sights and sounds of a town they call 'The Big Easy'. Whether its intriguing history, hearty Creole cuisine or a night on the town you're after, this Southern city has it all.
Make tracks for Houston and the hallmarks of Southern culture with an optional swamp tour or Tabasco sauce factory tour on Avery Island.
Begin the day exploring the multi-cultural city of Houston before heading to San Antonio. Set out on a stroll along the delightful riverfront before visiting the 18th-century Spanish-Mexican fort, Alamo.
Head underground to navigate the extensive tunnel network of the Carlsbad Caverns. Come sunset, watch as an immense colony of bats stream out - an impressive sight to behold.
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 browsing the numerous markets and take some time out to visit some of the city's 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.
Take in the iconic landscape of Monument Valley – a location which has served as the dramatic backdrop to countless movies over the years. Learn about Navajo culture and customs on a jeep guided tour with a Navajo guide.
Swap one monumental wonder for another and journey 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.
Travel on to Las Vegas, and perhaps jump in a limo and head to one of The Strip's legendary party spots.
Descend into the desert heat of Death Valley and, if the conditions are favourable, take a small walk onto the sand to see how life manages to survive in such extreme conditions.
From giant granite peaks to gushing waterfalls to dense redwood forests, Yosemite National Park is a joy to explore. Set out for a hike along any number of nature trails, pop into the park's museum or just float down tranquil Mirror Lake.
Arrive in stunning San Francisco, finishing point of this fantastic American adventure. Perhaps gather the group and head out for a final dinner or a sunset sail beneath iconic Golden Gate Bridge – the perfect way to wind up this classic road trip.
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