Day 1 Los Angeles There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.
Enjoy free time today in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California's most glamorous city. Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. In San Diego, soak up the sun on Mission Beach or try one of the many water sports California is known for.
In the evening, head to the Gaslamp Quarter District for dinner and live music. When the sun sets, watch the area come alive with numerous pubs and nightclubs.
Mission Beach Visit
Gaslamp Quarter District Visit
Private Van with Wi-fi (3.00-4.00 hours, 220km)
Day 3 San Diego/Lake Havasu City (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the scenery of the Mojave and the Colorado deserts, massive rock formations, and thousands of Joshua trees. Take a short hike amongst the boulders and the regions distinctly unique flora. Later, cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.
Joshua Tree NP Visit
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 250km)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)
Day 4 Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon (1B, 1D) Hit the road to get some kicks on Route 66. Dive into historic Americana and enjoy lunch at a famous joint and see if you can spot all the movie memorabilia. Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim for a breathtaking experience at the Grand Canyon.
London Bridge Visit
Grand Canyon Sunset
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)
Day 5 Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or pre-book a bird's eye view of the canyon by helicopter.
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
Day 6 Grand Canyon/Monument Valley (1B, 1L) Drive along the southern rim of the canyon taking in final sights of this grand park. Just outside the park, stop for breakfast at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra. Then drive through the desert to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. On an optional pre-booked overnight excursion, take a 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.
Native Grill Food Truck Breakfast
Private Vehicle (4.00-4.50 hours, 200km)
Day 7 Monument Valley/Las Vegas (1B) Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride.
Vegas Strip Visit
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 650km)
Day 8 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 9 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas (1L, 1D) Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park, one of the country's most rugged landscapes; the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America. Pass mountains, valleys, badlands, salt flats, dunes, as we drive through the spectacular landscape of this region.
Stop at Zabriskie Point and hike the short distance to the vista, one of the most photographed spots in the park. Take in the views of diverse geological features as far as the eye can see. Next, descend into Badwater Basin, that sits 282 feet below sea level. Continue past Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes en route to Panamint Valley before ending the day surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas.
Summer itinerary: Travel to Bishop via Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the tufa towers on the way.
Winter itinerary: Continue on to Lake Isabella, where we stay the night.
Note that on Day 3, we intend to use the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. October through May, there's a chance the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In this case, we use an alternate route, and spend the night in Lake Isabella (instead of Bishop). The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plans for the area will be confirmed during the trip.
Death Valley National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 430km)
Day 10 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers (seasonal). Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows. Keep and eye out for glacial erratics, rock climbers and the diverse wildlife, including black bears, within the park.
Mono Lake Visit
Tioga Pass Drive
Yosemite National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)
Day 11 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Full day to explore Yosemite NP. Use free time to explore Yosemite by foot, bike or shuttle. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this stunning landscape. Opt to rent a bike and cycle in Yosemite Valley.
Carved by glaciers, Yosemite National Park became the first protected state park in the US in 1864. It took until 1890 to gain National Park status, with the work of John Muir. Spend the day hiking amongst Giant Sequoias, granite cliffs, and rushing waterfalls and understand why around 4 million people come to the park each year.
Yosemite National Park Visit
Day 12 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L) Cross over the Bay Bridge to arrive on the peninsula of one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Stop on Treasure Island to catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco's skyline. Your CEO will point out some popular sites during the drive into town. On arrival, opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills, explore by bicycle or pre book a sailing trip in the setting sun.
For our nights in San Francisco, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 13 San Francisco Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.
Day 14 Santa Cruz/Morro Bay (1D) Visit Santa Cruz and go for a stroll along the boardwalk. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Stop to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery before catching the sunset on Morro Bay. Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coastal Highway 1 an unforgettable experience.
Elephant Seal Rookery
Private Vehicle (6.50 hour(s), 390km)
Day 15 Morro Bay/New Orleans (1B) Travel along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Be on the lookout for celebrities while passing a few popular sites on the way into California's most glamorous city. Upon arrival, hop on a flight to the Big Easy, and get ready to explore the highlights of the East.
Please note that there may be additional baggage fees for the internal flight if you are checking your bag.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 350km)
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/Panama City Beach (1B, 1L, 1D) Cross the state line into Florida and travel to Panama City Beach. This coastal town is surrounded by 27 miles of white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy an afternoon on the beach and opt to hit the town this evening.
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 500km)
Day 18 Panama City Beach/Orlando (1B, 1L) Travel to the home of 'The Most Magical Place on Earth', Orlando. With great shopping, nightlife, and famous amusement parks like Disney World and Universal Studios, let your inner kid run wild!
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 600km)
Day 19 Orlando (1B) Enjoy a full free day in Orlando. Opt to meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World or discover the magical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
Day 20 St. Augustine/Savannah (1B, 1L) Head to historic Savannah, stopping en route in the oldest city in America, St. Augustine. Opt for a walk around the historic riverfront of Savannah, stroll through town admiring the architecture and oak trees covered in Spanish moss, or head out to Bonaventure Cemetery.
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 175km)
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 280km)
Day 21 Charleston/Myrtle Beach (1B, 1D) Travel to the city of Charleston, known for its historic, romantic charm. Enjoy a few hours to explore the city before heading to Myrtle Beach for the night.
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 160km)
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 150km)
Day 22 Myrtle Beach/Washington DC (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to the US capital and wander the monuments by moonlight.
Monuments by Moonlight
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 700km)
Day 23 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 24 Washington DC/New York City (1B) From the Statue of Liberty to Ground Zero to Chinatown, New York City is full of things to do and see. We recommend spending extra time here; please speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.
Please note this trip ends on arrival to New York. If you wish to spend the night in the city, speak to your sales agent about booking post-accommodation.
Departure Day (Activities)
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)