Best of the US Express

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

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

This whirlwind 18-day camping trip throughout the United States covers nearly every major cultural touchstone of this massive (and hugely exciting) destination. Experience the lights of NYC's Times Square, discover the Elvis fan in you at Graceland, mosey down noisy Bourbon Street in New Orleans, peer across the majesty of the Grand Canyon, and then walk down the crookedest street in the world in San Francisco, all the while camping out beneath a night sky that has had countless songs written about it. Come along and see the best of the USA the way it was meant to be seen.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Chicago
  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Taughannock Falls visit
  • Maid of the Mist tour
  • Cleveland stop
  • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Death Valley visit
  • Free time in Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, Nashville, and Memphis
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Take a bite of the big apple
  • Feel the beat in memphis and nashville
  • Experience a grand canyon sunset
  • Roll the dice in vegas
  • Hike in yosemite
  • Stroll the streets of san francisco.

Itinerary

Day 1 New York City Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Please note this trip leaves the city first thing the following morning. If you wish to spend time in New York City, speak to your sales agent about booking pre-accommodation. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 New York City/Finger Lakes (1D) Take a hike to explore this beautiful Finger Lakes region on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake. Opt to taste wine from one of the local vineyards. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 3 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: Taughannock Falls Visit Maid of the Mist Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 4 Niagara Falls/Detroit (1B, 1L) Stop in the city of Cleveland before continuing on to Detroit. Detroit is having a resurgence and is quickly transforming with new markets, distilleries, art galleries, and restaurants popping up. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this up-and-coming destination. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 600km)
Day 5 Detroit/Chicago (1B) Continue west to Chicago. There's tons to do in the Windy City – 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 Tower, or hit the town for a night out with the group. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 450km)
Day 6 Chicago (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore Chicago.
Day 7 Chicago/Louisville (1B, 1D) Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to Louisville. Home of the Kentucky Derby, this city is a foodie haven filled with lively bars and farm-to-table restaurants. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore, and don't forget to indulge in some BBQ and bourbon. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 475km)
Day 8 Louisville/Nashville (1B, 1L) Travel to the country music capital of the world. Opt to head out for live music and cowboy nightlife tonight. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 280km)
Day 9 Nashville (1B) Enjoy a free day in Nashville. Opt to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, or take in live music along the "Honky Tonk Highway".
Day 10 Nashville/Memphis (1B, 1L) In the afternoon, opt to walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. See how the legend lived and discover videos, pictures, stage costumes, and much more. Then hear the music in Memphis, Tennessee! Explore the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, 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. Opt to check out the National Civil Rights Museum, located where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 11 Memphis/New Orleans (1B, 1L) The CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best. Enjoy a night out with the group. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 12 New Orleans/Los Angeles Hop on a flight to LA, and get ready to explore the highlights of the West. Additional Notes: Please note that there may be additional baggage fees for the internal flight if you are checking your bag. Transport: Plane
Day 13 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu (1D) Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of California's most glamourous city. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu. Included Activities: Joshua Tree NP Hike Transport: Includes stops Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 435km)
Day 14 Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, discover something unexpected, the London Bridge, in Lake Havasu City. Continue across vast desert landscapes to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles: the Grand Canyon. Take short hikes at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim as you view the stunning sunset. Included Activities: London Bridge Visit Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Hiking Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (9.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (1B) For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Included Activities: Vegas Strip Visit Transport: Includes stops along Route 66. Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 480km)
Day 16 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas (1L, 1D) Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 450km)
Day 17 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Additional Notes: We intend to use the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. In the spring and autumn seasons, 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 plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Includes stops Private Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 305km)
Day 18 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L) 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. Additional Notes: If you are departing on arrival to San Francisco, you will not have enough time to participate in the Sunset Sailing extra. Post-tour accommodation is required to purchase this extra. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Includes stops Private Van with Wi-fi (6.00 hour(s), 225km)
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