America's Coasts Road Trip – Eastbound

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Seattle to New York City

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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, 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

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park Your Discover Moment: San Francisco Your Discover Moment: Chicago Your Discover Moment: Nashville Your Discover Moment: New Orleans Your Discover Moment: Washington DC
  • 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

Seattle Arrive at any time. Welcome to Seattle! Spend your first night out on the town with your CEO and group as you explore this free-spirited Pacific Northwest city. From mini golf to gum walls, and made-up games there’s plenty to choose from. So grab your fellow adventurers and get ready to make some memories.
Seattle/Portland 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.
Portland/Bend After enjoying the quirkiness of Portland, continue 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.
Bend/Redwood National Park 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.
Redwood National Park/Sonoma County 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.
Sonoma County/Lake Tahoe 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.
Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic drives in California: Tioga Pass!
Yosemite National Park Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park/San Francisco Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills or explore the city by bicycle.
San Francisco Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.
San Francisco/Morro Bay Visit Santa Cruz and go for a stroll along the boardwalk. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.
Morro Bay/Los Angeles Journey along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Stop in Santa Barbara for lunch in this famous coastal city as we make our way to LA (maybe sneak in a volleyball game on the beach if you have time). Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive. And even though the trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles you ca certainly book some post accommodation and continue enjoying one of most geographically diverse states in America.
Los Angeles/New York City We're not done just yet! It's time to give the East Coast some attention. Hop on a flight to the Big Apple, and get ready to see more highlights of the other side of the U.S.
New York City/Finger Lakes Travel to the Finger Lakes region, and take in the natural beauty of the area. Opt to cool off in the lake, or sample wine from a local winery.
Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls Visit towering Taughannock Falls, before travelling to Niagara Falls. Get wet on the Maid of the Mist boat tour and be sure to check out the falls illuminated in the evening.
Niagara Falls/Detroit 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.
Detroit/Chicago 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.
Chicago Enjoy a free day to explore Chicago.
Chicago/Louisville 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.
Louisville/Nashville 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.
Nashville Enjoy a free day in Nashville. Opt to visit the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, or take in live music along the "Honky Tonk Highway".
Nashville/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.
Memphis/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.
New Orleans Enjoy a free day to explore New Orleans.
New Orleans/Panama City Beach 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.
Panama City Beach/Orlando 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!
Orlando 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.
St. Augustine/Savannah 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.
Charleston/Holden Beach 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.
Holden Beach/Washington DC Travel to the US capital and tour the monuments by moonlight with your CEO.
Washington DC Enjoy free time to explore.
Washington DC/New York City Travel to New York, stopping in Philadelphia en route. Trip ends on arrival to New York. Opt to visit Times Square, stroll Central Park, check out Greenwich Village, or experience the famous nightlife of New York.
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