America's Coasts Road Trip – Eastbound

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Seattle to New York

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Road tripping is an iconic American pastime, but don't let your lack of a driver's license stop you from exploring the country's best sites. On this 32-day tour, you'll visit the best of the east and west coasts with a flight that connects each leg of the tour, cutting down on long drives so that you have more time to spend at the spots that matter most. Explore Chicago's riverside, be charmed by New Orleans' colonial architecture, and marvel at the rocky cliffs and rolling fog of California's famed Highway 1. Ready to hit the road? Us too.

What’s included

  • Carte Blanche: San Francisco Carte Blanche: Chicago Carte Blanche: New Orleans Carte Blanche: Washington D
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  • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks, and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions
  • Crater Lake NP visit
  • Redwood NP visit
  • Tioga Pass (seasonal)
  • Yosemite NP visit
  • Elephant seal rookery stop
  • Pacific Coast Highway drive
  • Taughannock Falls visit
  • Maid of the Mist tour
  • Cleveland stop
  • St Augustine visit
  • Charleston visit
  • Monuments by Moonlight (Washington DC)
  • Philadelphia stop
  • Free time in Portland, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando, and Washington DC
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Catch a glimpse of san francisco's golden gate bridge
  • Hike through yosemite to see wildlife and waterfalls
  • Get immersed in the blues in memphis
  • Meet mickey mouse at disney world
  • Stroll through the bustling streets of new york city

Itinerary

Day 1 Seattle Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 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 3 Portland/Bend (1B, 1L) Enjoy a few 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.50 hours, 260km)
Day 4 Bend/Redwood National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Leave early to spend a few hours at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Enjoy a short hike in the area before continuing on to Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth. Spend the afternoon taking in 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 5 Redwood National Park/Napa Valley (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel through California to beautiful Napa Valley. Opt for an afternoon wine tasting. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.50-6.50 hours, 450km)
Day 6 Napa Valley/Lake Tahoe (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 300km)
Day 7 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 8 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 9 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 10 San Francisco Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.
Day 11 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: Elephant Seal Rookery Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50 hour(s), 390km)
Day 12 Morro Bay/Los Angeles (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. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 13 Los Angeles/New York Hop on a flight to the Big Apple, and get ready to explore the highlights of the East Coast. Additional Notes: Please note that there may be additional baggage fees for the internal flight if you are checking your bag. Transport: Plane
Day 14 New York/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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 Chicago Enjoy a free day to explore Chicago.
Day 19 Chicago/Louisville (1L, 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 20 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 21 Nashville 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 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 26 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 27 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 28 St. Augustine/Savannah (1B, 1L, 1D) Head to historic Savannah, stopping en route in the oldest city in America, St. Augustine. Opt for a walk around the Bonaventure Cemetery and historic district of Savannah, or stroll through town admiring the architecture and oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 175km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 280km)
Day 29 Charleston/Myrtle Beach (1B, 1L, 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 160km) Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 150km)
Day 30 Myrtle Beach/Washington D.C. (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to the US capital and wander the monuments by moonlight. Included Activities: Monuments by Moonlight Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 700km)
Day 31 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 32 Washington D.C./New York (1B, 1L) 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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