Coast to Coast Road Trip Eastbound

18-to-Thirtysomethings, San Francisco to New York City
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Tour description

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

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park Your Discover Moment: New Orleans Your Discover Moment: Washington DC
  • 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 Arrive at any time. We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.

Day 2: San Francisco/Yosemite National Park Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of one of America's most popular cities. Drive into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and set up camp.

Day 3: Yosemite National Park Enjoy a free day in Yosemite National Park.

Day 4: Yosemite National Park/Death Valley Awe at the spectacular scenery along the Tioga Pass. Marvel at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake.

Day 5: Death Valley/Las Vegas Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP party limo.

Day 6: Las Vegas Free time in Las Vegas.

Day 7: Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park Travel Route 66, then arrive at the beautiful Grand Canyon and take in the sunset from the canyon's edge.

Day 8: Grand Canyon National Park Enjoy free time in Grand Canyon NP.

Day 9: Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley Drive along the southern rim of the canyon, then opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley, on an optional overnight excursion.

Day 10: Monument Valley/Mesa Verde National Park Wind up the side of a mountain through Mesa Verde National Park's rocky slopes and inspiring vistas. Hike to ancient cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde.

Day 11: Mesa Verde National Park/Santa Fe Travel to Santa Fe and dive into the Southwest culture in this historic city.

Day 12: Santa Fe/Carlsbad Look for aliens at infamous Roswell en route to exploring the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

Day 13: Carlsbad/Austin Cross into the state of Texas, the birthplace of Tex-Mex food, 10-gallon hats, and Western movies.

Day 14: Austin 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 Crank up the jazz and drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, and join the revellers on Bourbon Street 'til the early hours.

Day 16: New Orleans Enjoy a free day to explore New Orleans.

Day 17: New Orleans/Memphis Explore the vibrant cultural and musical melting pot of Memphis. Take an optional tour of Graceland, opt to relive history at the National Civil Rights Museum, or tour the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Head to Beale Street at night for great food and live music.

Day 18: Memphis/Nashville Take an optional tour of Graceland. Travel to the country music capital of the world and become immersed in local music in downtown Nashville.

Day 19: Nashville/Appalachia Travel the beautiful winding roads through the Appalachian Mountains and absorb their undisturbed natural beauty.

Day 20: Appalachia/Washington DC Pass through Shenandoah National Park, and opt to take a short hike. Arrive in the US capital in time to wander the monuments by moonlight.

Day 21: Washington DC Enjoy free time to explore.

Day 22: Washington DC/New York City Travel to New York, where the trip ends upon arrival. Opt to visit Times Square, stroll Central Park, check out Greenwich Village, or experience the famous nightlife of New York.