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Best of the USA Tour–New York to New York
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

From hip hop to country fiddles, Yankee accents to a western drawl, businessmen in power suits and ranchers in cowboy hats – the US is one heck of a country. And if you’ve got the time, this – our ultimate American tour – is the best way to explore the iconic cities, the legendary national parks, national monuments, and wide-open spaces. Centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.

North America
  • Duration: 43 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUYY.B/201727
  • Starts: New York, United States
  • Finishes: Washington D.C., United States
You will Visit
  • New York City
  • Newburgh
  • Finger Lakes
  • Niagara Falls
  • Sandusky
  • Chicago
  • Frontenac
  • Sioux Falls
  • Badlands National Park
  • Custer State Park
  • Devils Tower
  • Bozeman
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Jackson
  • Twin Falls
  • Reno
  • South Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • Bishop
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • Durango
  • Santa Fe
  • Carlsbad
  • Austin
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Appalachia
  • Washington DC

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York

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/Newburgh

Spend the morning exploring the Big Apple before heading to Newburgh.
Dive into the hustle and bustle of NYC on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO, then trade in the big city for a campfire.

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Day 3: Newburgh/Finger Lakes

Enjoy a day out in nature taking in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. Visit towering Taughannock Falls, cool off in the lake, or sample wine from a local winery.
Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls. Take a hike to explore this beautiful area on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake. Opt to taste wine from one of the local vineyards.

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Day 4: Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls

Get wet on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, and be sure to check out the falls illuminated in the evening.
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!

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Day 5: Niagara Falls/Sandusky

Travel to Sandusky and opt to catch some thrills at a local amusement park.

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Day 6: Sandusky/Chicago

Stop for lunch in the Amish community of Shipshewana before continuing on 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 (formerly Sears) Tower, or hit the town for a night out with the group.

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Day 7: Chicago

Free time to explore Chicago.
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

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Day 8: Chicago/Frontenac

Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee and enjoy a beer tasting, then camp on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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Day 9: Frontenac/Sioux Falls

Enjoy a free morning at the largest shopping mall in America – the Mall of America. Afterwards, venture into South Dakota and head into the Great Plains and lands of the Sioux.

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Day 10: Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park

Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.

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Day 11: Badlands National Park/Custer State Park

Discover moon-like landscapes on the trails of the Badlands, then drive to Custer SP. Dodge free-roaming bison herds while exploring Custer's diverse lands.
Explore the spectacular, bizarre, and moon-like landscape at Badlands National Park. Discover Wall Drug, an American roadside wonder before reaching the famous Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota. Then take the scenic route to Custer State Park.

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Day 12: Custer State Park/Devils Tower

Check out the larger than life ex-presidents of Mount Rushmore, tour around Crazy Horse Memorial, and stop off at Deadwood en route to Devils Tower in Wyoming.

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Day 13: Devils Tower/Bozeman

Check out the the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument en route to the university town of Bozeman, Montana.

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Day 14: Bozeman/Yellowstone National Park

Travel to Yellowstone, the world's first national park, and be in awe of the colourful geysers, powerful waterfalls, exciting wildlife, and contrasting scenic beauty around every corner.
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.

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Day 15: Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Southern Loop.
Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake.

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Day 16: Yellowstone National Park/Jackson

Cross the Continental Divide en route to Grand Teton National Park. Enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this beautiful drive. Opt to visit a cowboy bar for Western line dancing and live music.
Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.

In the late afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square's elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar.

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Day 17: Jackson/Twin Falls

Choose to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free morning, then cross the border into Idaho. Stop off at Shoshone Falls en route.

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Day 18: Twin Falls/Reno

Sit back and relax during a road trip day, crossing into Nevada. Enjoy the bright lights both in and outside the casinos in "The Biggest Little City in the World."

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Day 19: Reno/South Lake Tahoe

Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.

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Day 20: South 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!
With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

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Day 21: Yosemite National Park

Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.
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.

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Day 22: 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, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.
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.

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Day 23: San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of one of America's most popular cities. Drive into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and set up camp.
Travel through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park. Set up camp for the night and get ready for a full day of exploring the next day.

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Day 24: Yosemite National Park

Enjoy a free day in Yosemite National Park.
Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Yosemite has many trails to offer. Be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape and opt to rent a bike to better explore the Yosemite Valley.

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Day 25: Yosemite National Park/Death Valley

Awe at the spectacular scenery along the Tioga Pass. Marvel at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake.
Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic areas in California.

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Day 26: Death Valley/Las Vegas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP party limo.
Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America.

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Day 27: Las Vegas

Free time in 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.

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Day 28: Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park

Travel Route 66, then arrive at the beautiful Grand Canyon and take in the sunset from the canyon's edge.
Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite and recapture the experiences from this memorable day!

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Day 29: Grand Canyon National Park

Enjoy free time in Grand Canyon NP.
Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to wander throughout the park and take a hike. Hire a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

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Day 30: Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley

Drive along the southern rim of the canyon, then opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley, on an optional overnight excursion.
Take an optional jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley and be inspired by a night under the stars while camping in this magnificent atmosphere.

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Day 31: Monument Valley/Durango

Wind up the side of a mountain through Mesa Verde National Park's rocky slopes and inspiring vistas. Hike to ancient cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde before continuing on to Durango.
Hike through history exploring Mesa Verde National Park, which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans.

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Day 32: Durango/Santa Fe

Travel to Santa Fe and dive into the Southwest culture in this historic city.
Continue the journey back in time and explore one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe. Take a stroll downtown and visit art galleries, or enjoy some world-famous roasted green chilies.

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Day 33: Santa Fe/Carlsbad

Look for aliens at infamous Roswell en route to exploring the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

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Day 34: Carlsbad/Austin

Cross into the state of Texas, the birthplace of Tex-Mex food, 10-gallon hats, and Western movies.
Sit back and gaze at the scenery while travelling through the southern United States. Upon arrival in the 'Lonestar' state, settle in at the campsite for a night under the stars.

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Day 35: Austin

Spend a free day in Austin. Opt to visit the SoCo area for thrift shopping, take a dip in the Barton natural pool, or let loose at a local country bar in the evening.

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Day 36: Austin/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.
The CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best.

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Day 37: New Orleans

Enjoy a free day to explore New Orleans.
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.

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Day 38: New Orleans/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.
Explore the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, the 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. Optional activities include visiting the National Civil Rights Museum (located where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr took place in 1968) or visiting the Rock ‘n' Soul Museum.

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Day 39: Memphis/Nashville

Take an optional tour of Graceland. Travel to the country music capital of the world and become immersed in local music in downtown Nashville.
In the morning, opt to walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n' Roll at Elvis Presley's home, Graceland. If Graceland is not for you, enjoy the time to explore more of Memphis on your own. Travel to Nashville in time to check out the nightlife and visit a real country cowboy bar.

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Day 40: Nashville/Appalachia

Travel the beautiful winding roads through the Appalachian Mountains and absorb their undisturbed natural beauty.
Experience the Appalachian Mountains on the drive. The mountains are a perfect place to relax and to enjoy the fresh, clean air and see the true beauty of North America.

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Day 41: Appalachia/Washington DC

Pass through Shenandoah National Park, and opt to take a short hike. Arrive in the US capital in time to wander the monuments by moonlight.
Continue on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, a truly beautiful, historic national treasure. Standing on top of the peaks of Shenandoah National Park, gaze across the silent mountains. It's hard to believe Washington DC is just a short distance away.

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Day 42: Washington DC

Enjoy free time to explore.
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.

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Day 43: Washington DC/New York

Travel to New York, where the trip ends upon arrival. Opt to visit Times Square, stroll Central Park, check out Greenwich Village, or experience the famous nightlife of New York.
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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting, Milwaukee
    • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
    • Orientations to Washington DC and Chicago
    • Maid of the Mist Tour (Niagara Falls)
    • Amish community visit
    • Wall Drug visit
    • Mt Rushmore visit
    • Deadwood visit
    • Death Valley visit
    • Sunset at the Grand Canyon rim
    • Guided tour of Mesa Verde
    • Carlsbad Caverns visit
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
    • Transportation between destinations and included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (9 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (33 nts)
    • 35 breakfasts, 25 lunches, 23 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout depending on group size, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Kick off with free time to explore the Big Apple
  • Break a sweat in Death Valley and cool off in the spray of Niagara Falls
  • Tour Miller Brewery in Milwaukee
  • Dance like a cowboy in Jackson
  • Meet the Navajo in Monument Valley
  • Hike in stunning national parks.