Epic New York to San Fran Road Trip

22 Days | Take on an epic USA adventure from The Big Apple to The Golden City

18 to 35s
USD $6,116
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

This 22-day road trip adventure through the USA’s many highlights is an epic way to see a lot of this diverse country in just three weeks! From New York to San Fransisco, you’ll see natural landscapes that wow, big cities that inspire and different cultures that bring it all together. Starting in the Big Apple, see monumental Washington DC, drive through the fabled Appalachian Mountains and follow the legendary music trail through Nashville and Memphis. Head deep into the country’s desert to marvel at iconic sites like the Grand Canyon (one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World) and Monument Valley (the backdrop of many famous Westerns). Spend your days travelling through ever changing scenery with your newfound friends and your nights in glittering cities like Vegas, or camping beneath a blanket of stars in Yosemite National Park.

Trip overview

Map of Epic New York To San Fran Road Trip including United States Of America
New York, United States
San Francisco, United States
18 to 35s
United States
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Take in the incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Shenandoah National Park and look out for deer, birdlife, squirrels and the elusive black bear.
  • Learn how to line dance in Nashville, Tennessee – the home of country music in the USA – then tuck into a Meat and Three lunch of fried chicken and sides (a southern classic).
  • Spend two nights right in the heart of Grand Canyon National Park. With plenty of time to explore its steep red-rock escarpments and gorges, you can tick off one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World off your bucket list.
  • Discover the glitz and glam of Las Vegas – let your hair down and be wowed all things over-the-top in this neon-lit desert city.
  • Cover Yosemite National Park’s many trails with a full day and two starry nights in this iconic park. With your free time, you can hike and explore until your heart (and camera) is content.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • Although our private vehicles do have air conditioning, it has to work pretty hard to keep a full group cool. Expect to feel hot during summer and cold at other times of the year, especially at night. Please consider the season and research the weather conditions to determine the best time to travel for you. Remember to come prepared with adequate clothing.
  • This trip involves either a partial or full camping experience, giving you access to more remote destinations at close proximity, and the joy of camping under the night skies and beside a campfire. This is a participatory trip – a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride, but you are part of a team! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand, and everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
  • Ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.


Map of Epic New York To San Fran Road Trip including United States Of America



2 dinners


Private van


Hostel (multishare) 8 nights, Cabin (with shared facilities) 3 nights, Camping (with facilities) 10 nights

  • New York City - Greenwich Village & The Highline Leader-led Walk
  • Philadelphia - City highlights stop
  • Washington DC - Leader-led walking tour
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Nashville - Meat & Three Dinner
  • Nashville - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Nashville - Wildhorse Saloon & line dancing
  • Memphis - Leader-led orientation walk
  • New Orleans - Po'Boy dinner
  • New Orleans - Leader-led French Quarter orientation walk
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Entrance
  • Grand Canyon National Park - Entrance
  • Bishop - Keough Hot Springs
  • Visit to Mono Lake
  • Yosemite National Park - Entrance Fee
  • San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge walk
Add on activities
  • Washington DC - National Gallery of Art - Free
  • Washington DC - National Museum of American History - Free
  • Washington DC - National Museum of Natural History - Free
  • Washington DC - National Air & Space Museum - Free
  • Arlington - National Cemetery DC - Free
  • Washington DC - Bike and Roll Tour - USD45
  • Washington DC - International Spy Museum - USD21
  • Washington DC - National Museum of Crime and Punishment - Free
  • Washington DC - Newseum - USD22
  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame - Free
  • Nashville - Johnny Cash Museum - USD17
  • Nashville – Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry - Free
  • Nashville - Ryman Auditorium Tour - USD14
  • Memphis - Graceland, The Home of Elvis Presley - USD45
  • Memphis - National Civil Rights Museum - USD20
  • Memphis - Peabody Hotel Duck March - Free
  • Memphis - Stax Museum of American Soul Music - USD13
  • New Orleans - Bourbon Street - Free
  • New Oleans - Cabildo - USD10
  • New Orleans - Cemetery Tour - USD25
  • New Orleans - French Market - Free
  • New Orleans - Mississippi River Steamboat Jazz Dinner Cruise - USD85
  • New Orleans - New Orleans School of Cooking - USD35
  • New Orleans - Presbytere - USD7
  • New Orleans - Preservation Hall Jazz - USD40
  • New Orleans - Ursuline Convent Tours - USD8
  • New Orleans - Voodoo Museum - USD7
  • New Orleans - Swamp Tour - USD30
  • San Antonio - The Alamo - Free
  • San Antonio - Riverwalk - Free
  • San Antonio - The Alamo IMAX Theater - USD14
  • Santa Fe - San Miguel Mission - USD1
  • Santa Fe - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - USD13
  • Santa Fe - Loretto Chapel - Free
  • Monument Valley - Jeep tour & overnight experience - USD90
  • Monument Valley - Navajo-guided jeep tour (2.5 hrs) - USD55
  • Grand Canyon - Hiking - Free
  • Grand Canyon - IMAX Movie - USD15
  • Las Vegas - Limo (per group) - USD300
  • Las Vegas - Big Apple Express roller coaster - USD15
  • Las Vegas - Bellagio Fountains - Free
  • Las Vegas - Monorail - USD5
  • Las Vegas - Fremont Street Zip Line - Free
  • Las Vegas - Mob Museum - USD27
  • Las Vegas - Eiffel Tower - USD22
  • Yosemite - Cycling in Yosemite Valley - USD12
  • Yosemite - River Float Raft Rental (seasonal) - USD30

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins promptly at 10am on Day 1 at Grove Street Station in Jersey City, and finishes on arrival in San Francisco at approximately 5pm on Day 21.
2. A sleeping bag is required for this trip.
3. Please note that the legal drinking age in the US is 21 and in some parts of Canada it's 19.
4. Tipping your Leader: While it may not be customary in your home country, tipping it is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry in North America. As a guideline, US$10-20 per person per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length and involvement of your leader on your trip. Tipping is always appreciated.

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Epic New York to San Fran Road Trip
USD $6,116