Patriotism, apple-pie, concrete jungles, and zero apologies! America does it bigger. America does it better. In true Yankee spirit, we’ve concocted the road trip to end all road trips. On this absolutely epic 22-day adventure, you’ll travel from the East Coast to the West, cross four time zones, visit 12 states, and experience 16 cities. Get ready to sing the blues in Memphis, taste a cheesesteak in Philadelphia and sin your heart out in Las Vegas!
The first day of our truly epic, coast-to-coast adventure begins in the Big Apple, New York City. We’ll depart early with Philadelphia as our goal and arrive in the late morning. Here in the city that birthed It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Will Smith both, you’ll have ample time to grab a Philly cheesesteak and enjoy sights like the Liberty Bell or some truly impressive street art. We’ll leave Phily in the afternoon and venture onwards to Washington DC. On arrival in the capital we’ll be orientated with a driving tour to soak up all the major landmarks before settling into our accommodation. Come evening, why not take the bus to Arlington and the Iwo Jima Memorials for some spectacular sunset views? Afterwards, treat yourself to a restaurant dinner and see where the bustling city takes you.
Today is your chance to explore every nook and cranny Washing DC has to offer. Take a bike tour around the capital sites to soak up views of the White House, the Capitol Building, the Washington and Lincoln Memorials, and more. After your bike tour, delve into the USA’s rich history by dropping into any number of free Smithsonian Museums. For those who don’t mind spending a cover fee, check out the Newseum for excellent photography and views of the city from a rooftop terrace, or the International Spy Museum for all things espionage. Anyone itching for some top-notch shopping should look no further than Georgetown. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and Federal-style architecture as you hop from shop to shop and indulge in what the US does best: capitalism. Come evening, we’ll find a classic American bar and enjoy some good vibes with good people.
Buckle up because today we’re in full road-trip mode. We bid farewell to Washington DC bright and early and arrive in Asheville in the afternoon. After settling into our accommodations, we’ll shoot back out for a walking tour of downtown Asheville. This sculptural urban trail honours the people and communities that helped shape the vibrant city and urges visitors to walk into history. With the sun starting to dip, we’ll head to a rooftop bar for an unbeatable vantage of the biodiverse Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the city. Once the sun has set, the real fun begins as we delve deeper into Asheville’s renowned music and food scenes.
Get ready to discover Asheville, “The Land of Skies”, on your own terms. There’s so much to see and do it’s no surprise former President Barack Obama expressed a desire to retire here. The River Arts district will appeal to the art-lovers among us with its mural-blanketed-walls, and seas of studios, galleries, and street musicians. Some call Asheville the Paris of the South, others call it Beer Town. Which is no surprise when you wander into the South Slope Brewery Zone to explore the gorgeous industrial district and discover an impressive 30 craft breweries. Here, you’ll not only find hops aplenty, but the best BBQ restaurants in town and beer flavoured doughnuts! What better spot to kick off an evening of merriment?
Another day on the road as we leave early with Tennessee ahead of us and Asheville behind. Along the way, we’ll cross into the Central TIme Zone so make sure to wind your watches back an hour. We’ll stop off at the Knoxville Sunsphere for lunch and take in the impressive structure, which was built in 1982 for the World Fair. Before we hit the road again, make sure to visit the Sunsphere’s observation deck for a 360-degree view of the city. We’ll be arriving in Nashville, home to country music and the best Southern food around. Hot chicken is a local speciality, but be warned: it’s extremely spicy! We’ll end the day at the Wildhorse Saloon for live music, free line dancing lessons, incredible food, and buckets of drinks.
Today you’re free to explore Nashville at your own pace and see that there’s more to this rustic city than country music and spicy food. Kick things off with a trip to the Pedestrian Bridge; one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. It offers phenomenal views of the Nashville skyline and river, so be sure to bring your camera. Next, you could head to the Centennial Park with its exact replica of the ancient Pantheon or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Tonight we’ll be heading to lively Broadway for a night of honky-tonk bar-hopping and incredible nightlife. Make sure to catch a set or two of a local aspirating songwriter and grab a bite to eat in one of the many local restaurants.
We leave the homeland of country music this morning and venture to the birthplace of blues and soul. Memphis is a city with claims to an impressive slice of American culture: rock & roll, the Civil Rights Museum, Elvis Presley, and Justin Timberlake all call or called this richly diverse city home. We’ll arrive in Memphis this afternoon then head out for a city tour where we’ll pass plenty of sights to whet our appetite, such as the National Civil Rights Museum and Mud Island. Tonight, we’ll invade Beale Street to hit up some blues bars and restaurants.
Wander the city’s historic streets at your own pace and lose yourself to the place that birthed two musical movements. Fans of Elvis Presley might consider a trip to Graceland, where the King of Rock & Roll lived. Now Elvis’ mansion is a museum to his legend and his final resting place. Of course, Memphis is also home to the infamous Lorraine Motel where Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr was tragically assassinated. Now the motel is the National Civil Rights Museum and we encourage you to visit. Those wanting a more active day could venture to Mud Island and enjoy the riverwalk, a miniature recreation of the Mississippi. Tonight, head out and soak up some more Blues and Soul on Beale Street.
Bid farewell to Tennessee and say hello to Louisiana, the home of smooth jazz. New Orleans, otherwise known as the Big Easy, is a rare gem of a city just off the Gulf of Mexico. When we arrive in the afternoon you can head out with your Busabout guide to explore the French Quarter’s cobblestone streets and historic Jackson Square. Tonight, we’ll be experiencing some electric live jazz in the city that birthed it. There’re plenty of authentic bars to choose from, but we recommend the Playhouse, Fritzel’s, Maison Bourbon, and Preservation Hall. As you allow the music to take you away, make sure to have a New Orleans cocktail to hand and enjoy your night in the Big Easy.
Today you’re free to explore New Orleans however you see fit. Packed with activities and attractions, it’s hard to head in the wrong direction in the Big Easy. Whichever way you go, start the day right with a coffee and a beignet pastry in Cafe du Monde. Next you could take a bike tour of the city or journey across town to Magazine Street and wander around the flea markets or lapping lakefront. It would be a crime to leave New Orleans without a visit to Rev. Zombie’s House of Voodoo, where you can learn more about the rich spiritual folkways kept alive by the traditions of the African diaspora. Tonight, we wrap up our New Orleans stop in Frenchman Street for live music, casual eateries, and the energetic bustle of a living city.
Come morning we’re back on the road and on our way to Avery Island for a very special visit to the Tabasco Factory. We’ll arrive at the factory in the early afternoon where we’ll enjoy a self-guided tour of the facilities. This is a must-see for anyone who’s ever wondered just exactly how Tabasco sauce was made. After lunch we’re on our way to Lafayette, the unofficial capital of Acadiana and centre of Cajun culture. Fans of all things Cajun will love Lafayette for its food, music, and vibe.
There’s a lot to do and see today so we depart Lafayette bright and early. Before we know it, we’ll be in the Lone Star State - Texas! Our first stop is the Houston Space Centre, the official visitor centre for all things NASA. Here we get to see actual shuttles, spacesuits, and satellites, and learn about the history of space travel. Onwards and we’ll be arriving in Austin in the evening. After checking in we’re back out on the streets to experience Austin’s bohemian vibe and gawp at the Moonlight Towers, the Capitol Building, the University of Texas, and more. After dinner, we’ll hit 6th Avenue, the centre of Austin’s nightlife. Here we’ll lavish in Austin’s astounding atmosphere and booming party spirit.
One of the fastest growing cities in the world, Austin becomes your playground for the day. The city’s motto - Keep Austin Weird - is meant to show the city’s support for local artists and businesses, however unique. We urge you to seek out Austin’s quirky nature, be that in the guise of graffiti parks, the Cathedral of Junk, Zilker Park, swimming at Barton Springs Pool, or rowing on Ladybird Lake. Come sunset, head to the Congress Avenue Bridge to witness almost two million Mexican free-tailed bats take to the skies and feast on a buffet of summer bugs. When the sun’s all but vanished, meet your guide for some live music in the Carousel Lounge, the Hole in the Wall, Hotel Vegas Bar, or Mohawk. Austin’s nightlife is beyond electrifying but just remember to always keep it weird!
We depart Austin early, heading for Fort Worth. We’ll pass through Waco, the birthplace of Dr Pepper, and stop for shopping and food at Magnolia Markets. After checking into our accommodation in Fort Worth, you’re free to explore. Fiercely proud of its cowboy roots, Fort Worth was the centre of Texas’ cattle industry and there’s no better way to experience that cowboy heritage than with a trip to the Stockyard National Historic District. Here you’ll find daily rodeos, horse-and-cart rides, a longhorn drive, and a whole host of BBQ joints. For some history, check out the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Those after a slower pace should set-up by the Trinity River for a dip or a canoe. Tonight, we recommend dropping into Billy Bob’s Texas - the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk. This truly mammoth-sized venue can hold up to 6,000 people and has over 30 bar stations.
Heads full of country tunes, the taste of BBQ lingering on the tips of our tongues, and the beating sun rising over the Texan landscape: this is the way to Amarillo. As we travel we’ll be passing through Wichita Falls, home to the world’s smallest skyscraper, and arrive at Amarillo in the late afternoon. Stroll down Amarillo's Sixth Street Historic District and discover an abundance of vibrant shops, lively restaurants, and antique architecture. Tonight, try the 72-ounce (2kg) Steak Challenge at Big Texan Steak Ranch, a legendary contest started in 1962 that many a traveller has tried their hand at. For added incentive, if you finish in under an hour, it’s free!
Today we’re joining the famous Route 66 and heading for New Mexico. Before we get too far, though, we’ll be making a pitstop at the Cadillac Ranch. A monument to the golden age of American automobiles, the Ranch features ten cadillacs buried halfway in the sand, all covered in wildly colourful paint. Before long we’re back on the road, crossing into the Mountain time zone - our third time zone this trip. We’ll arrive in Santa Fe in the afternoon and head out for an orientation walk. Enjoy one of the oldest locations in the entire United States, settled by Spanish pioneers in the 15th Century. The Pueblo Adobe architecture is a sight to behold and tells tales of a time when the native Navajo Americans peacefully co-existed with the Spanish settlers. The rest of the day is yours to explore this haven of history and art.
We’re back on the road nice and early with Colorado in our sights and Durango our destination. Known for its array of adventure sports, thrill-seekers will find themselves unable to tear themselves away from Durango’s many enticing activities. Once we arrive in the afternoon the rest of the day is yours to do with as you will. Take an optional visit to Mesa Verde, a National Park famous for its ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. White water raft down the Lower Animas River for a truly adrenaline-fueled thrill ride, or embrace the American way and charter a horseback ride across the nearby mountains. Come evening, retire to the city-proper for good grub and energetic nightlife.
Another early start as we make tracks for Williams. On our way we’ll be passing through an American institution: Monument Valley. Famed western director, John Ford, first made these buttes iconic but you might know them from a host of films, including Back to the Future 3 and Forrest Gump. After stopping a few times to take in the sights, we leave the Valley and continue on to Williams. We’ll arrive in the humble town in the early evening to a classic western feel, ready to explore the historic buildings and pine country, Arizona. Spend tonight eating great food whilst guzzling down a few ice cold brews, and sharing a laugh with the friendly locals.
Today we leave our basecamp in Williams and venture to somewhere truly special: the Grand Canyon. One of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is a sight beyond sights. You’ll be humbled by its steep cliff faces whilst you marvel at the incredible power of nature. Those wanting to can take an optional helicopter tour to see this phenomenon from the sky. Anyone looking for a more intimate look can venture down into the canyon on any one of a dozen hiking trails. Alternatively, sit back in a cliff-side cafe and relax with a coffee and an unbeatable view. In the evening you’re free to explore Williams some more. Soak up the small town vibe because tomorrow we depart for Sin City!
On our trip down Route 66 we’ll be visiting some iconic locations. Firstly, Seligman: a legendary town locked in the past. Check out some of the colourful shops and pick up a memento. Kingman next for a bite to eat and a look around the Route 66 museum. As we drive, we’ll pass a whole host of ghost towns, mostly erected and abandoned during the gold rush. We’ll be stopping in one such town, Santa Claus, for some photo opportunities. Next stop: Las Vegas. Tonight we’ll patrol Fremont street for some glitz, glamour, and street performing. Have dinner at the Heart Attack Grill if you feel like being waited on by fake medical staff. Next we’ll have an orientation of the Strip, and get swept up in the city’s non-stop neon glow. We’ll end the evening in a rooftop bar where we’ll sit back and enjoy the view.
Welcome to Las Vegas: Sin City, and gambling capital of the world. Today’s your chance to experience it however you please. Spend the day perusing the Strip, hitting up world-famous casinos like the MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace, and Mandalay Bay. For something more out there we’d recommend the Mob Museum, where you can learn all about Vegas’ gritty underbelly and mafia past. Food joints are plentiful in the city, but if you get the chance check out In-N-Out Burger for an authentic American patty. For anyone wanting something a little more wholesome, Las Vegas is surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty. Head out to the Red Rock Conservation Park for a selection of nineteen walking trails. Come early evening we’ll rendezvous for our second night on the town. We’ve arranged a party bus to cruise the strip, so we can spend our penultimate night in style!
The final day dawns on our epic American adventure and we leave Sin City for pastures new. We’ll travel through Southern California and the Mojave Desert to views of rugged fields of Joshua trees and jagged rock formations. For lunch, we’ll stop at Baker and check out the World’s Highest Thermometer, which commemorates America’s highest recorded temperature: an impressive 56.6 degrees Celsius. We’ll arrive in Los Angeles in the late afternoon, which marks the official end of our amazing, coast to coast tour.
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