The Great American Road Trip–New York to LA

18-to-Thirtysomethings, New York City to Los Angeles

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See a side of the States that few Americans experience in their lifetime on a truly epic 53-day road trip through the country. You'll embark on two comprehensive circuits along the East and West coasts with a flight in between to minimize long drives and maximize your time at the best highlights. What makes this journey even better is the company you'll keep—a fine crew of worldly wanderers like yourself and a CEO taking care of all the little details.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Native Grill Food Truck Breakfast Your Discover Moment: Chicago Your Discover Moment: Nashville Your Discover Moment: New Orleans Your Discover Moment: Washington DC Your Discover Moment: Las Vegas Your Discover Moment: Seattle Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park Your Discover Moment: San Francisco
  • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Taughannock Falls visit
  • Maid of the Mist tour
  • Cleveland stop
  • St Augustine visit
  • Charleston visit
  • Monuments by Moonlight (Washington DC)
  • Philadelphia stop
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Zion NP visit
  • Bryce Canyon NP visit
  • Arches NP visit
  • Grand Teton NP visit
  • Yellowstone NP visit
  • Glacier NP visit
  • Crater Lake NP visit
  • Redwood NP visit
  • Tioga Pass (seasonal)
  • Yosemite NP visit
  • Elephant seal rookery stop
  • Pacific Coast Highway drive
  • Free time in Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Witness bryce canyon's hoodoo rock structures
  • Feel like a kid at orlando's amusement parks
  • Marvel at the beauty of yellowstone national park

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! Additional Notes: Opening day for Maid of the Mist is usually the end of April or beginning of May, but is dependent on ice conditions and varies year by year. 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) Drive along Lake Erie, through 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 evening 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. Included Activities: Chicago Walking Tour 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, 1L) 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. Head out for live music, line dancing, and cowboy nightlife tonight. Keep your eyes peeled for some of country music's biggest stars. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 280km)
Day 9 Nashville (1B) Nashville has so much unique culture to experience while visiting. No stay would be complete without trying some of the cities famous hot fried chicken, or visiting one of its many country bars or music museums.
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. Included Activities: Memphis Night Out Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 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 (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 13 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 500km)
Day 14 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! Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 600km)
Day 15 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 16 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 175km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 280km)
Day 17 Charleston/Holden Beach (1B, 1D) Travel to the city of Charleston, known for its historic, romantic charm. Explore the cobblestone streets and pre-civil war houses, and look across the water to Fort Sumter, the location of the first shots of the Civil War. Opt to visit the Charleston City Market before heading up the coast to camp for the night. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 160km) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 18 Holden Beach/Washington DC (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to the US capital and tour the monuments by moonlight with your CEO. Included Activities: Monuments by Moonlight Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 600km)
Day 19 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 20 Washington DC/New York City (1B, 1L) Travel to New York, stopping in Philadelphia en route. Opt to visit Times Square, stroll Central Park, check out Greenwich Village, or experience the famous nightlife of New York. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)
Day 21 New York City/Los Angeles Hop on a flight to LA, and get ready to explore the highlights of the West. Enjoy a free evening to explore Santa Monica, Venice Beach, or opt to head out in Hollywood. Additional Notes: Please note that there may be additional baggage fees for the internal flight if you are checking your bag. Transport: Plane
Day 22 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. Included Activities: Mission Beach Visit Gaslamp Quarter District Visit Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (3.00-4.00 hours, 220km)
Day 23 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. Included Activities: Joshua Tree NP Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 250km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)
Day 24 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. Included Activities: London Bridge Visit Seligman (Route 66) Visit Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Grand Canyon Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)
Day 25 Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, or check out a museum. Additional Notes: Opt to pre-book a bird's eye view of the canyon by helicopter on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
Day 26 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. Additional Notes: Opt to pre-book a jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley on the checkout page of this tour. Included Activities: Native Grill Food Truck Breakfast Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-4.50 hours, 200km)
Day 27 Monument Valley/Las Vegas (1B) Break a sweat with a quick hike to majestic Horseshoe Bend. Continue the journey through Arizona, Utah and Nevada en route to Las Vegas. Opt to take a VIP party limo experience and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Included Activities: Horseshoe Bend Hike Fremont Street Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 650km)
Day 28 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 29 Las Vegas/Zion National Park (1L, 1D) Boasting endless hiking possibilities, the region that the Virgin River has sculpted into a profound landscape masterpiece is a great setting to spend the afternoon. High plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls surround visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty. Included Activities: Zion National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 270km)
Day 30 Bryce Canyon NP/Moab (1B, 1L) Rise early to explore Bryce Canyon and see its famous hoodoos. Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12 thru Grand Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park en route to Moab. Included Activities: Bryce Canyon National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 140km) Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 445km)
Day 31 Moab (1B, 1D) Explore Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. It contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore the park's viewpoints and hike to sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, and soaring pinnacles. Included Activities: Arches National Park Visit Dead Horse Point State Park Visit
Day 32 Moab/Glenwood Springs (1B, 1L) Travel to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and opt to go for a hike at nearby Hanging Lake, rent a bike in Glenwood Canyon, or go for a swim in the world's largest hot springs pool. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 320km)
Day 33 Glenwood Springs/Flaming Gorge Reservoir (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to Wyoming and take in a spectacular sunset at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Opt to hike along the canyon rim, or explore the reservoir shoreline by kayak. See how this canyon got its name while watching the sun reflect off the red canyon walls at sunset – don't forget your camera! Get your views while hiking along the rim for multiple lookouts of the gorge. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 375km)
Day 34 Flaming Gorge Reservoir/Jackson (1B, 1L) Travel to Jackson Hole and marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. Explore the countryside or take a horseback ride during a free afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere and visit a cowboy bar to see and partake in a little Western line dancing at the Million Dollar Bar. Additional Notes: Opt to pre-book the "Whitewater Rafting on Snake River" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 310km)
Day 35 Jackson/Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Stop at Jenny Lake or Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park to take in the tranquil surroundings. Included Activities: Grand Teton National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 36 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. 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/Bozeman (1B, 1L) Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Northern Loop. Continue on to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Enjoy free time to explore this evening. Included Activities: Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 38 Bozeman/Glacier National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel through the stunning Montana scenery to Glacier National Park. With over 20 glaciers and 200 lakes and streams, Glacier National Park is a must see. Choose from 730 miles of hiking trails to really enjoy this majestic park. Included Activities: Glacier National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 39 Glacier National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes and streams. Opt to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road and reach the Continental Divide. Included Activities: Glacier National Park Visit
Day 40 Glacier National Park/Coeur d'Alene (1B, 1L) Continue west to beautiful Coeur D'Alene. Surrounded by over 50 lakes, this town is an outdoor haven. Opt to walk the floating boardwalk, go mountain biking, or take part in watersports on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 385km)
Day 41 Coeur d'Alene/Seattle (1B) Travel through the state of Washington to Seattle. The evergreen state makes for great scenery as you sit back and relax. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 500km)
Day 42 Seattle Enjoy a free day in Seattle. Opt to visit Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks location, or ride to the top of the Space Needle.
Day 43 Seattle/Portland (1B) Drive to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this cool city. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 280km)
Day 44 Portland/Bend (1B, 1L) Enjoy a couple final hours taking in the quirkiness of Portland before continuing on to Bend, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the US. Arrive in time to explore a bit of the town. Opt to canoe, kayak or check out one of the region's famous breweries. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.50 hours, 260km)
Day 45 Bend/Redwood National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Leave early to take in the sights at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Stare in awe at the crystal blue waters of one of the most pristine lakes on earth before continuing on to Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth. Spend the evening amongst the gigantic coastal redwoods, and keep a keen eye for wildlife throughout the park. Included Activities: Crater Lake National Park Visit Redwood National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 330km)
Day 46 Redwood National Park/Sonoma County (1B, 1L, 1D) Wake with the sun for a morning hike through mystic old growth forests. Travel down the coast before driving inland through California wine country. Opt for an afternoon wine tasting or relax amongst the vineyards en route before camping for the night outside of beautiful Napa Valley. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-6.50 hours, 450km)
Day 47 Sonoma County/Lake Tahoe (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe, a jewel of the Sierra Nevadas. Known for it's crystal clear waters and sweeping mountain views, it is truly a nature-lover's paradise. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 48 Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park (1B, 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 49 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
Day 50 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L) 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. Additional Notes: Opt to pre-book the "Sunset Sailing – San Francisco" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 51 San Francisco Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.
Day 52 San Francisco/Morro Bay (1D) Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Included Activities: California's Pacific Coast Highway Elephant Seal Rookery Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50 hour(s), 390km)
Day 53 Morro Bay/Los Angeles (1B) Pass by Santa Barbara as we make our way to Los Angeles. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive into the City of Angels. Additional Notes: Please note this trip ends on arrival to 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 and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (5.50-6.00 hours, 350km)
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