Best of America's Southwest Overview

Embark on a classic American road trip from New Orleans to San Francisco and visit Santa Fe and Yosemite.

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      USD $2,270
      CAD $2,340
      AUD $2,295
      EUR €1,580
      GBP £1,325
      NZD $2,555
      ZAR R22,970
      CHF FR1,895
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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's Southwest.

Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

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.

  • Seek out New Orleans' world-renowned jazz clubs
  • Wander through history at Alamo
  • Soak up the eclectic atmosphere of Santa Fe
  • Learn about the history of the Anasazi Indians in Mese Verde National Park
  • Gaze out over the Grand Canyon
  • Explore the city sights of San Francisco

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New Orleans, United States
  • Finish:

    San Francisco, United States
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 13
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with facilities) (11 nts), Hostel (1 nt), Hotel (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Yosemite National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1094kg pp per trip
  • Total price from

    USD $2,270
    CAD $2,340
    AUD $2,295
    EUR €1,580
    GBP £1,325
    NZD $2,555
    ZAR R22,970
    CHF FR1,895
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $141
    CAD $146
    AUD $143
    EUR €98
    GBP £82
    NZD $159
    ZAR R1,435
    CHF FR118
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Day 1 New Orleans

Take in the sights and sounds of a town they call 'The Big Easy'. Whether you're after history, word-class cuisine or a night on the town, this Southern city has it all.

Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8-9 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 10-11 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 12 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 13-14 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 15-16 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 $2,270
      CAD $2,340
      AUD $2,295
      EUR €1,580
      GBP £1,325
      NZD $2,555
      ZAR R22,970
      CHF FR1,895
      *
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