Welcome to the land where Chevrolets roam free and smiles are worth more than dollars. A land where a stranger is but a friend you’re yet to meet and Johnny Cash is worshipped as a god. Welcome to the southern and western United States! On this scorching 12-day adventure you’ll travel through the rootinest, tootinest states America has to offer. You’ll hop from honky-tonk to honky-tonk, county ballads following close behind, stetson worn proud as you bellow a glorious rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. This is the America you’ve dreamt of. This is the America waiting for you!
Our glorious trip across the robust southern and western United States begins in New Orleans, the homeland of smooth jazz and voodoo. We’ll depart for Lafayette bright and early but make a pitstop in Avery Island along the way. Here, feel free to take a self-guided tour of the famous Tabasco sauce factory and learn all about the production of this staple of American dining. Back on the road, we’ll arrive at Lafayette in the afternoon where you’re free to enjoy a city known as the unofficial capital of Cajun Culture.
The lone star state calls today and we answer gleefully. To kick off our day in rootin’ tootin’ Texas we drop in on the Houston Space Centre, NASA’s official visitor centre. Spend the morning marvelling at humanity's interplanetary achievements with views of shuttles, space suits, satellites, and more. Once we’ve had our fill of all things celestial, we’re back on the road and heading for Austin. Upon arrival, we’ll take a tour of the city and soak up sights like the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial, the State Capitol Building, and the moonlight towers. Then, we’ll drive up to Mount Bonnell for spectacular views of the city. Tonight, we’ll mosey on down to 6th Avenue - the centre of Austin’s nightlife - for dinner, music, and free spirits.
Today you’re free to experience the weird and wonderful city of Austin. The fastest growing city in the US, Austin attracts 150 new residents and oodles of new businesses daily. Take the day to see all of the best sights, like the Cathedral of Junk or Zilker Park. At sunset, treat yourself to a natural marvel on the Congress Avenue Bridge as almost two-million Mexican Free-Tailed bats flock to the skies, hunting for summer-time bugs. Tonight, meet your guide and enjoy some of the live music Austin’s famous for. We’ll take you to our favourite spots, all you have to do is keep Austin weird.
Cya Austin, we’re headed for new horizons! On our way to Fort Worth today we’ll be stopping off in Waco, where Dr Pepper was first sold. Fans of the prehistoric world should check out the Waco Mammoth National Monument. Back on the road and we’ll arrive in Fort Worth for the afternoon where you’re free to explore this zealously southern city. Ferociously proud of its cowboy heritage, in the Fort Worth Stock Yards you’ll find rodeos, horse-and-cart rides, longhorn drives, and BBQ joints as far as the eye can see. Nab yourself an authentic stetson and a pair of boots in Wild Bill’s then join up with your Busabout team for an evening of beer, BBQ, and boisterous laughter in Billy Bob’s Texas - the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk.
Day five dawns and we bid Fort Worth a contented farewell, our sights set firmly on Amarillo. By now we all know the way to this iconic city, but don’t be surprised if you hear a note or two of Tony Christie’s famous ballad. Along the way, we’ll visit Wichita Falls, home to Lucy Park - a 176 acre park complete with river bends. Perfect for a stroll and a spot of lunch. Come early evening, we’ll arrive Amarillo where you’re free to explore for the rest of the day. Take a gander at Sixth Street Historic District for top-notch shopping, restaurants aplenty, and some rustic architecture. Tonight, meat fanatics might want to try their hand at Big Texan Steak Ranch’s 72-ounce (2kg) Steak Challenge. If you can devour the whole thing in under an hour, your meal’s on the house.
Route 66 beckons so we hit the iconic highway with Santa Fe as our goal. Before we leave Texas for New Mexico, we’ll stop off at the Cadillac Ranch: a monument to the golden age of American automobiles crafted from ten colourfully painted Cadillacs. We’ll arrive in Santa Fe in the afternoon and hit the streets for an orientation walk before you’re free to do your own thing. Soak in the history of one of the United States’ oldest settlement and explore its 15th century, Spanish roots. The older parts of the city feature pueblo adobe architecture and harkens back to an era where Navajo natives and Spanish settlers lived a peaceful co-existence.
This morning we’re back on Route 66 and heading to Durango. We’ll arrive in the early afternoon and after an orientation tour, you’re free to seize the day. Well known for its pulse-pumping activities, Durango offers a whole range of exciting, historic, and natural outings. Brave the rapids of the Lower Animas River during a white water rafting excursion. Horseback ride across the nearby mountain ranges, or venture into the Mesa Verde National Park to see impressive, cliff-side dwellings left by the Ancestral Puebloans. Tonight, seek out some fine dining in a local establishment and settle into the vivid Durango nightlife.
We depart Durango with the rising sun and continue onwards to Williams. Along the way, we’ll be passing through a staple of American cinema: Monument Valley. These historic buttes have found themselves featured in more than a handful of classic films, including Mission Impossible 2, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Easy Rider. As we continue our travels, there’ll be ample opportunity to snap some shots of these awe-inspiring icons of the wild wild west. Onwards and we’ll be arriving in Williams in the early evening. This sleepy town finds itself deep in Pine Country Arizona and makes Apple Pie seem unpatriotic. From its rustic saloons to its charming neon-signs, Williams is the quintessential Route 66 pitstop.
With Williams as our base camp, we head for a truly breathtaking site: the Grand Canyon. This vast, natural phenomenon is 446 kilometres long, up to 29 kilometres wide, almost 2,000 metres deep, and entirely yours for the day. Explore its depths with any number of walking trails or take to the skies to see it all in an optional helicopter ride. Learn all about this incredible marvel, from its vicarious cliff faces to the winding Colorado river coursing through its core. Alternatively, find a cosy cliff-side cafe and absorb the unbeatable views. We’ll head back to Williams in the evening where you’re free to explore some more and grab some food. Get a good night’s rest because tomorrow we’ll be on our way to Sin City.
Today we leave inhibitions at the door because we’re en route to Vegas. Along the way, we’ll be soaking up as many of Route 66’s top sights as possible. We’ll have lunch in Kingman, which features a Route 66 Museum and an In-N-Out Burger joint. Ghost towns are plentiful here, and we’ll be stopping for a photo opportunity in creepy Santa Claus. After a jaunt around the Hoover Dam, we’ll arrive in Vegas and quickly head out to Fremont Street to experience the many dazzling sights and sounds. You’re free to explore the area but afterwards we’ll be jumping over to the Strip for an orientation tour. Later, we’ll bask in the neon-glow of a city that truly never sleeps from a rooftop bar.
The day is yours to experience Vegas in all its glitz and glamour. Cruise along the strip and hit up the most famous casinos in the world. Lose it all on black in the MGM Grand, or check out the Neon Museum where disused neon signs spend their retirement. Food choices are more than plentiful, but we’d recommend a stop at the Heart Attack Grill for mammoth-sized portions and waiting staff ready to serve punishments to anyone with eyes bigger than their bellies. If the flashing lights, roaring shows, and colourful characters prove too much, you can always venture to the Red Rock Conservation Park and undergo one of nineteen walking trails. Here you’ll find gnarly rock formations and stretching desert wilds. Later, join up with your Busabout family and spend the night tearing up the Strip in an inclusive party bus.
We’ll leave Vegas, a little worse for wear, in the mid-morning. Our last stop on this incredible journey is Los Angeles, but there are a few sights left to see along the way! The Mojave desert will accompany us, providing views of jutting rocks and an ocean of stoic, Joshua trees. For lunch, we’ll stop off in Baker, home to the World’s Highest Thermometer. Here, temperatures of 56.6 degrees Celsius were recorded, which is the hottest recorded temperature in the entire United States. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive in Los Angeles, which will mark the official end of our once in a lifetime adventure.
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Trip Name: Big Easy To LA
Duration: 12 Days
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