Coast to Coast Road Trip Eastbound

18-to-Thirtysomethings, San Francisco to New York

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Get out on the road and follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac to discover the real America. This ultimate coast-to-coast road trip connects you and your small group of fellow travellers to the iconic cities, natural wonders, national parks, and monuments that make this land great. Learn about Navajo culture in the Southwest and what the odds are in Las Vegas. Whether it’s centrally-located hostels in the cities or campsites in national parks, you’ll always be close to the action. So slide on your cowboy boots in Texas and your dancing shoes in Nashville and Memphis – it’s time to embrace the spirit of this land by hitting the open road.

What’s included

  • Carte Blanche: New Orleans Carte Blanche: Washington D
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  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Orientations to Las Vegas and Washington DC
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Guided tour of Mesa Verde cliff dwellings
  • Carlsbad Caverns visit
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Stroll the hills of san francisco
  • Look for wildlife in yosemite
  • Enjoy las vegas’s bright strip and scenic death valley
  • Marvel at the grand canyon
  • Soak in the history and creole flavour of new orleans
  • Brush up on your rock and roll legends in memphis
  • Relive history in washington dc
  • Gaze at the new york city skyline

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/Death Valley (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 (7.00 hour(s), 360km)
Day 5 Death Valley/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 (5.00-6.00 hours, 430km)
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! Included Activities: Grand Canyon Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)
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. Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today. 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 (4.00-4.50 hours, 200km)
Day 10 Monument Valley/Mesa Verde National Park (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: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Mesa Verde National Park/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, 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) 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 D.C. (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: Monuments by Moonlight Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 480km)
Day 21 Washington D.C. (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 D.C./New York (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. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)
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