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This whirlwind two-week 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.

North America

Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 154228
Starts: New York City, USA Finishes: San Francisco, USA
You will Visit
  • New York City
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

01

Day 1: New York City

Arrive to the joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:00pm.

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 pre-trip accommodation.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: New York City/Washington DC (1L, 1D)

Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO. Arrive at the capital of the USA, Washington DC, in the late afternoon.

Additional Notes:
This tour departs New York City mid-day on Day 2.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Monuments by Moonlight

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 375km)

03

Day 3: Washington DC (1B)

Today is all about the capital of the United States. There is so much to see and do in Washington DC that you can't see it all in one day. Take your time spending a full day exploring this fascinating city.

04

Day 4: Washington DC/Appalachia (1B, 1L, 1D)

Standing on top of the peaks of Shenandoah National Park while gazing across the silent mountains, it's hard to believe Washington DC is just a short distance away.

Opt to take a short hike on the many trails throughout the park.



Included Activities:
Arlington Cemetery Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 480km)

05

Day 5: Appalachia/Nashville (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue through the Appalachian Mountains, a perfect place to relax. Enjoy the fresh, clean air and see the true beauty of North America. Travel to the country music capital of the world, and be immersed in the local music scene in downtown Nashville at night.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 575km)

06

Day 6: 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)

07

Day 7: 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.


Additional Notes:
For our time in New Orleans, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre (multi-share accommodation).

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 640km)

08

Day 8: 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

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Day 9: 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 Van with Wi-fi (7.00 hour(s), 435km)

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Day 10: 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))

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Day 11: 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 Van with Wi-fi (9.00 hour(s), 475km)

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Day 12: 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)

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Day 13: 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)

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Day 14: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L)

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills, rent a bike to explore the city on wheels, or set sail into the setting sun.

Additional Notes:
For our final night on the tour, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.

Transport:
Includes stops
Private Van with Wi-fi (6.00 hour(s), 225km)

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Day 15: San Francisco

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.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance fees to all national parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions
    • Orientation to Washington DC
    • Arlington Cemetery visit
    • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Death Valley visit
    • Internal flight
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (5 nts, multi-share), participation camping (9 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • See the sights of New York City
  • Feel the beat in Memphis and Nashville
  • Explore monuments in Washington DC
  • Experience a Grand Canyon sunset
  • Roll the dice in Vegas
  • Hike in Yosemite
  • Stroll the streets of San Francisco.