Best of the USA Tour–San Fran to San Fran

Best of the USA Tour–San Fran to San Fran information and booking

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  • Duration
    44
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  • Difficulty
    Hard
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Highlights

Look for wildlife in Yellowstone and Yosemite, learn about Navajo culture in the Southwest and the history of rock & roll in Memphis, follow the trail of independence from Philadelphia to Washington DC, get a taste of cowboy culture.

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Is it possible to capture the complex, diverse flavour of a country and its 300-million-strong people in a single trip? Short answer: Yup. This epic sojourn across America from sea to shining sea (and back again) is, quite possibly, the most ambitious road trip you’ll ever take. Wide-open spaces, iconic monuments, sprawling national parks, quirky local slang, regional delicacies and the incredible cities you’ve always wanted to visit. It’s all here. Welcome to the US of A, where the "A" stands for "Amazing."

Itinerary

Day 1 San Francisco
There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and the city's famous cable cars await you. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park (1D)
Travel through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park. Set up camp for the night and get ready for a full day of exploring the next day. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 225km)
Day 3 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Yosemite has many trails to offer. Be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape and opt to rent a bike to better explore the Yosemite Valley. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit
Day 4 Yosemite National Park/Bishop (1B, 1L, 1D)
Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic areas in California. Additional Notes: Note: we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Yosemite NP with Bishop. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route south, and will spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Included Activities: Tioga Pass Drive Mono Lake Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 330km)
Day 5 Bishop/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)
Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America. Additional Notes: For the nights in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel either at the end of or just a few blocks off the Strip. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Vegas Strip Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 590km)
Day 6 Las Vegas
Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. In the evening, opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.
Day 7 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park (1D)
Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite and recapture the experiences from this memorable day! Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon on either Day 7 or 8. This will be determined by the CEO. Included Activities: Grand Canyon Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 475km)
Day 8 Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to wander throughout the park and take a hike. Hire a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter. Included Activities: Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
Day 9 Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley (1B, 1L)
Take an optional jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley and be inspired by a night under the stars while camping in this magnificent atmosphere. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 290km)
Day 10 Monument Valley/Durango (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hike through history exploring Mesa Verde National Park, which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans. Included Activities: Mesa Verde Guided Tour Transport: Approximate Distance to Durango: 315 km Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Durango/Santa Fe (1B, 1L)
Continue the journey back in time and explore one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe. Take a stroll downtown and visit art galleries, or enjoy some world-famous roasted green chilies. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 12 Santa Fe/Carlsbad (1B, 1L, 1D)
Look for aliens at infamous Roswell en route to exploring the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset. Included Activities: Explore Roswell Carlsbad Caverns Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 470km)
Day 13 Carlsbad/Austin (1B, 1L)
Sit back and gaze at the scenery while travelling through the southern United States. Upon arrival in the 'Lonestar' state, settle in at the campsite for a night under the stars. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 764km)
Day 14 Austin (1B)
Spend a free day in Austin. Opt to visit the SoCo area for thrift shopping, take a dip in the Barton natural pool, or let loose at a local country bar in the evening.
Day 15 Austin/New Orleans (1B)
The CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 820km)
Day 16 New Orleans (1B)
New travellers may join you today for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 17 New Orleans/Memphis (1B, 1L)
Explore the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, the Home of Blues, and the starting point of soul. Music legends, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King, made their marks on Memphis. Optional activities include visiting the National Civil Rights Museum (located where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr took place in 1968) or visiting the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 640km)
Day 18 Memphis/Nashville (1B, 1L, 1D)
In the morning, opt to walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. If Graceland is not for you, enjoy the time to explore more of Memphis on your own. Travel to Nashville in time to check out the nightlife and visit a real country cowboy bar. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 19 Nashville/Appalachia (1B, 1L, 1D)
Experience the Appalachian Mountains on the drive. The mountains are a perfect place to relax and to enjoy the fresh, clean air and see the true beauty of North America. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 575km)
Day 20 Appalachia/Washington DC (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, a truly beautiful, historic national treasure. Standing on top of the peaks of Shenandoah National Park, gaze across the silent mountains. It's hard to believe Washington DC is just a short distance away. Included Activities: Arlington Cemetery Visit Monuments by Moonlight Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 480km)
Day 21 Washington DC (1B)
There is so much to see and do in Washington DC that you can't see it all in one day. Take your time and spend a full day exploring this fascinating city.
Day 22 Washington DC/New York City (1B, 1L)
Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Opt to visit Times Square or stroll through Central Park. Check out the famous nightlife in NYC. Additional Notes: For our night in NYC, we stay close to the action in a hostel in Manhattan close to the subway line. Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)
Day 23 New York City/Newburgh (1D)
Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO, then trade in the big city for a campfire. Additional Notes: This tour departs New York City mid-day on Day 2. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 112km)
Day 24 Newburgh/Finger Lakes (1B, 1L, 1D)
Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls. Take a hike to explore this beautiful area on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake. Opt to taste wine from one of the local vineyards. Included Activities: Taughannock Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)
Day 25 Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)
An exciting adventure awaits in Niagara Falls. Feel the rushing waters of the falls taking the famous "Maid of the Mist Boat Tour." Return after darkness settles over the Niagara region and witness the Falls illuminated in a rainbow of colour! Included Activities: Maid of the Mist Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 26 Niagara Falls/Sandusky (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Sandusky and opt to catch some thrills at a local amusement park. Transport: Approximate Distance to Sandusky: 430km (267 mi) Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 27 Sandusky/Chicago (1B)
Stop for lunch in the Amish community of Shipshewana before continuing on to Chicago. Walk along the river to Millennium Park, enjoy dazzling music, and stroll the boardwalk of the Navy Pier. Opt to ride to the top of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, then hit the town for a night out with the group. Included Activities: Amish Community Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 275km) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 240km)
Day 28 Chicago
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 29 Chicago/Frontenac (1D)
Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Drive through Wisconsin and finish the day at a campground on the banks of the Mississippi River. Included Activities: Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 535km)
Day 30 Frontenac/Sioux Falls (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a free morning at the largest shopping mall in America – the Mall of America. Afterwards, venture into South Dakota and head into the lands of the Sioux and the Great Plains. Included Activities: Mall of America visit Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 500km)
Day 31 Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 450km)
Day 32 Badlands National Park/Custer State Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the spectacular, bizarre, and moon-like landscape at Badlands National Park. Discover Wall Drug, an American roadside wonder before reaching the famous Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota. Then take the scenic route to Custer State Park. Included Activities: Badlands National Park Visit Wall Drug Visit Transport: Approximate Distance to Custer: 250km (155 mi) Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 33 Custer State Park/Devils Tower (1B, 1D)
Check out the larger than life ex-presidents of Mount Rushmore, tour around Crazy Horse Memorial, and stop off at Deadwood en route to Devils Tower in Wyoming. Included Activities: Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visit Crazy Horse Memorial Visit Deadwood Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 240km)
Day 34 Devils Tower/Bozeman (1B, 1L)
Continue on to the university town of Bozeman, Montana, stopping en route to check out the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Included Activities: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 650km)
Day 35 Bozeman/Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Yellowstone is beyond special. Geysers, waterfalls, wildlife, and scenic beauty are around every corner just waiting to be explored. In fact, Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world’s largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S., including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears, and, of course, the famous grizzly bear. Included Activities: Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 220km)
Day 36 Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake. Included Activities: Yellowstone South Loop Excursion Transport: Walking (4.00 hour(s))
Day 37 Yellowstone National Park/Jackson (1B, 1L)
Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings. In the late afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar. Included Activities: Grand Teton National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 38 Jackson/Twin Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)
Choose to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free morning, then cross the border into Idaho. Stop off at Shoshone Falls en route. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 410km)
Day 39 Twin Falls/Reno (1B, 1L)
Sit back and relax during a road trip day, crossing into Nevada. Enjoy the bright lights both in and outside the casinos in "The Biggest Little City in the World." Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 740km)
Day 40 Reno/South Lake Tahoe (1L, 1D)
Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 110km)
Day 41 South Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park (1L, 1D)
With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Included Activities: Tioga Pass Drive Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 385km)
Day 42 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 43 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B)
Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town. For the final night of the tour in San Francisco, stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Additional Notes: Stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre of San Francisco. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 225km)
Day 44 San Francisco
There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco. We recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Included Activities: Departure Day