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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

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: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: NUNS.A/201707
  • Starts: New York City, United States
  • Finishes: San Francisco, United States
You will Visit
  • New York City
  • Washington DC
  • Appalachia
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Los Angeles
  • Lake Havasu
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York City

Arrive at any time. Consider arriving a few days early to see more of this famous 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.

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Day 2: New York City/Washington DC

Spend the morning exploring one of the Big Apple, then arrive to the US capital in time to wander the monuments by moonlight.
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.

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Day 3: Washington DC

Enjoy a free day to explore.
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.

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Day 4: Washington DC/Appalachia

Visit Arlington Cemetery before continuing through Shenandoah National Park, a truly beautiful, historic national treasure.
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.


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Day 5: Appalachia/Nashville

Drive through the Appalachian Mountains. Travel to the country music capital of the world.
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.

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Day 6: 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.
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.

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Day 7: 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 till the early hours.
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.

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Day 8: New Orleans/Los Angeles

Hop on a flight to LA, and get ready to explore the highlights of the West.

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Day 9: Los Angeles/Lake Havasu

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.

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Day 10: Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon

Visit the mighty Grand Canyon. Take short hikes and enjoy sunset at the edge of the canyon.
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.

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Day 11: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Travel Route 66, then explore Las Vegas along the strip and opt for a VIP party limo experience.
For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.

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Day 12: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.

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Day 13: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.
With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

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Day 14: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

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.

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Day 15: San Francisco

Depart at any time.
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.

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.