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Best of the US Express – New York to Los Angeles

This whirlwind 14-day camping trip throughout the United States covers nearly every major cultural touchstone of this massive (and hugely exciting) destination. Feel the mist of Niagara Falls, experience the lights and glitz of Las Vegas, peer across the majesty of the Grand Canyon, and walk the city streets 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.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUEA/257747
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: New York City, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • New York City
  • Niagara Falls
  • Detroit
  • Chicago
  • Louisville
  • Nashville
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Bishop
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon
  • Lake Havasu
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York City

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: New York City/Niagara Falls

Depart early to beat the traffic out of the city. Drive across the state, and watch as the city turns to the rolling hills of Upstate New York. Arrive in Niagara and feel the rushing waters of the falls splashing you on 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 3: 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. Stop at The Heidelberg Project to see some of this community development in action. Enjoy a free evening to explore this up-and-coming destination.

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Day 4: Detroit/Chicago

Continue west to Chicago. Enjoy a walking tour of some of the best highlights of the city, ending at one of the best pizza joints in town. No trip to Chicago is complete without their signature deep dish pizza. Dive into this specialty with an included group dinner.

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.

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Day 5: Chicago

Enjoy a free day to explore Chicago.

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Day 6: 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.

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Day 7: Louisville/Nashville

Travel to the country music capital of the world. Stroll the streets of Nashville and check out what the city's known for: live music, line dancing, and cowboy nightlife. Keep your eyes peeled for some of country music's biggest stars.

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Day 8: Nashville/San Francisco

Wake up early and board a plane and head westward to the seaside allure of San Francisco. Enjoy a free evening in the iconic city by the bay.

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Day 9: 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 Sierras amongst the beautiful mountains.
Travel through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park.

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Day 10: Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevadas

Set off on a hike through beautiful scenery, such as waterfalls and giant sequoias. Drive through Tioga Pass (seasonal) and take in scenic views of Yosemite's Valley. Marvel at spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes and enjoy one of most scenic areas in California.

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Day 11: Sierra Nevadas/Las Vegas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride.

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Day 12: Las Vegas/Grand Canyon

Travel Route 66 and cruise towards the Grand Canyon and take in a sunset at the canyon's edge.
Considered to be among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite, huddle around the campfire and recapture the experiences from this memorable day!

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Day 13: Grand Canyon/Lake Havasu

Hike around the grandest of canyons or pre-book a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Continue to Lake Havasu and cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River.

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Day 14: Lake Havasu/Los Angeles

Take a short hike in Joshua Tree National Park amongst the boulders and famous Joshua trees. Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the drive into California's most glamorous city. Trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles.
Enjoy free time this afternoon in Santa Monica, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Foodie Moment: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Dinner, Chicago Your Discover Moment: Chicago
    • Maid of the Mist tour
    • Yosemite NP Visit
    • Death Valley NP Visit
    • Grand Canyon NP Visit
    • Joshua Tree NP Visit
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Chicago Walking Tour
    • Nashville Music City
    • Route 66 Visit
    • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
    • Free time in Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, Nashville, and Las Vegas
    • Internal flight
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (7 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take a bite of the Big Apple
  • Feel the beat in Nashville
  • Experience a Grand Canyon sunset
  • Roll the dice in Vegas
  • Hike in Yosemite
  • Stroll the streets of San Francisco.