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The Great American Road Trip – LA to New York

There's no better way to do the U.S. justice than a great American road trip. This 56-day tour hits all the marks, going coast-to-coast from bustling cities to incredible natural wonders, and charming small towns in between. Hike alongside sequoias, waterfalls, and wildlife in Yosemite National Park, get weird among Portland's artsy shops, indie breweries, and up-and-coming eateries, and join party revellers on New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street. Epic road trips are made of this.

  • Duration: 56 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUWU/257735
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Los Angeles, United States
  • Finishes: New York City, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Lake Havasu City
  • Grand Canyon
  • Monument Valley
  • Las Vegas
  • Zion National Park
  • Moab
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir
  • Jackson
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Bozeman
  • Glacier National Park
  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Seattle
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Portland
  • Bend
  • Redwood National Park
  • San Francisco
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Santa Cruz
  • Morro Bay
  • New York City
  • Niagara Falls
  • Detroit
  • Chicago
  • Louisville
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Panama City Beach
  • Orlando
  • Savannah
  • Charleston
  • Richmond
  • Washington DC

Itinerary

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Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.
There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

Enjoy free time today in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.

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Day 2: Los Angeles/San Diego

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California's most glamorous city. Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. In San Diego, soak up the sun on Mission Beach or try one of the many water sports California is known for.

In the evening, head to the Gaslamp Quarter District for dinner and live music. When the sun sets, watch the area come alive with numerous pubs and nightclubs.

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Day 3: San Diego/Lake Havasu City

Travel to Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the scenery of the Mojave and the Colorado deserts, massive rock formations, and thousands of Joshua trees. Take a short hike amongst the boulders and the regions distinctly unique flora. Later, cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.

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Day 4: Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon

Hit the road to get some kicks on Route 66. Dive into historic Americana and enjoy lunch at a famous joint and see if you can spot all the movie memorabilia. Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim for a breathtaking experience at the Grand Canyon.

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Day 5: Grand Canyon

Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, or check out a museum.

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Day 6: Grand Canyon/Monument Valley

Drive along the southern rim of the canyon taking in final sights of this grand park. Just outside the park, stop for breakfast at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra. Then drive through the desert to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley.

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Day 7: Monument Valley/Las Vegas

Break a sweat with a quick hike to majestic Horseshoe Bend. Continue the journey through Arizona, Utah and Nevada en route to Las Vegas. Opt to take a VIP party limo experience and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening.

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Day 8: Las Vegas

Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.
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 9: Las Vegas/Zion National Park

Travel past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls in Zion National Park. Hike diverse and exciting trails.
Boasting endless hiking possibilities, the region that the Virgin River has sculpted into a profound landscape masterpiece is a great setting to spend the afternoon. High plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls surround visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty.

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Day 10: Bryce Canyon NP/Moab

Rise early to explore Bryce Canyon and see its famous hoodoos. Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12 thru Grand Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park en route to Moab.

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Day 11: Moab

Enjoy a free morning in Moab to take full advantage of this adventure capital. Opt to go rafting, mountain biking, or on a Hummer tour through the surrounding natural playground. Regroup in the afternoon to hike through the surreal rock formations of Arches National Park. To cap off this packed day, catch a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park.
Explore Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. It contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore the park's viewpoints and hike to sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, and soaring pinnacles.

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Day 12: Moab/Glenwood Springs

Travel to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and opt to go for a hike at nearby Hanging Lake, rent a bike in Glenwood Canyon, or go for a swim in the world's largest hot springs pool.

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Day 13: Glenwood Springs/Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Travel to Wyoming and take in a spectacular sunset at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Opt to hike along the canyon rim, or explore the reservoir shoreline by kayak. See how this canyon got its name while watching the sun reflect off the red canyon walls at sunset – don't forget your camera! Get your views while hiking along the rim for multiple lookouts of the gorge.

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Day 14: Flaming Gorge Reservoir/Jackson

Travel to Jackson Hole and marvel at the town square's elk antler arches. Explore the countryside or take a horseback ride during a free afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere and visit a cowboy bar to see and partake in a little Western line dancing at the Million Dollar Bar.

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Day 15: Jackson/Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day visiting Grand Teton National Park. Take a hike or a swim and enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this park. On the beautiful drive, keep your eyes peeled for moose, bears, and more. Cross the Continental Divide en route to Yellowstone National Park, where we stop for the night.
Stop at Jenny Lake or Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park to take in the tranquil surroundings.

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Day 16: Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day exploring 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. Discover the highlights of the Southern Loop.
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. 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 17: Yellowstone National Park/Bozeman

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Northern Loop. Continue on to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Enjoy free time to explore this evening.

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Day 18: Bozeman/Glacier National Park

Travel through the stunning Montana scenery to Glacier National Park. With over 20 glaciers and 200 lakes and streams, Glacier National Park is a must see. Choose from 730 miles of hiking trails to really enjoy this majestic park.

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Day 19: Glacier National Park

Explore Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes and streams. Opt to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road and reach the Continental Divide.

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Day 20: Glacier National Park/Coeur d'Alene

Continue west to beautiful Coeur D'Alene. Surrounded by over 50 lakes, this town is an outdoor haven. Opt to walk the floating boardwalk, go mountain biking, or take part in watersports on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

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Day 21: Coeur d'Alene/Seattle

Travel through the state of Washington to Seattle. The evergreen state makes for great scenery as you sit back and relax.

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Day 22: Seattle

Enjoy a free day in Seattle. Opt to visit Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks location, or ride to the top of the Space Needle.

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Day 23: Seattle/Mount Rainier National Park

Drive to Mt Rainer National Park and enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. Hike throughout the park towards the snowy mountain peaks. Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this park home, including Black Bears, fishers, mountain lions, bobcat, fox, deer, mountain goats, chipmunks, more. Continue to camp just outside of the park for the night.

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Day 24: Mount Rainier National Park/Portland

Drive to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this cool city.

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Day 25: Portland/Bend

Continue on to Bend, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the US. Arrive in time for lunch and to explore a bit of the town. Opt to canoe, kayak or check out one of the region's famous breweries.

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Day 26: Bend/Redwood National Park

Leave early to take in the sights at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Stare in awe at the crystal blue waters of one of the most pristine lakes on earth before continuing on to Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth. Spend the evening amongst the gigantic coastal redwoods, and keep a keen eye for wildlife throughout the park.

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Day 27: Redwood National Park

Wake for a morning hike through mystic old growth forests. This park is known for more than just its ancient trees though. Spend the afternoon along the rocky coast, tidepooling and enjoying the small beach communities.

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Day 28: Redwood National Park/San Francisco

Drive south along the coast and then through some of California's famous wine region en route to San Francisco. Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, and stop for pictures of this iconic sight. In San Francisco, take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun on an optional pre-booked extra.

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Day 29: San Francisco

Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.

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Day 30: San Francisco/Lake Tahoe

Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe, a jewel of the Sierra Nevadas. Known for its crystal clear waters and sweeping mountain views, it is truly a nature-lover's paradise. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing. In the evening, hit up the Nevada side of the Lake and try your hand at the Casinos.

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Day 31: Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park

Depart Lake Tahoe and travel through National Forests and the Sierra Nevada mountain Range en route to Yosemite National Park. With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Hike amongst the giant sequoias and past magnificent waterfalls before heading to camp for the night.

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Day 32: Yosemite National Park

Enjoy a full free day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Keep and eye out for glacial erratics, rock climbers and the diverse wildlife, including black bears, within the park. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley.

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Day 33: Yosemite National Park/Santa Cruz

Leave the mountains behind and head to the coastal city of Santa Cruz. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the wharf, vintage rides, shops, and the beach.

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Day 34: Santa Cruz/Morro Bay

Travel down the Pacific Coast Highway and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur. Make multiple stops along the way to take in the crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs that make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.

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Day 35: Morro Bay/Los Angeles

Travel along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Be on the lookout for celebrities while passing a few popular sites on the way into California's most glamorous city.

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Day 36: Los Angeles/New York City

Hop on a flight to the Big Apple, and get ready to explore the highlights of the East Coast.

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Day 37: 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 38: 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 39: 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 40: Chicago

Enjoy a free day to explore Chicago.

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Day 41: 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 42: 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 43: Nashville

Enjoy a free day in Nashville. Opt to visit the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, or take in live music along the "Honky Tonk Highway".

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Day 44: Nashville/Memphis

Travel south through Tennessee to 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. Music legends, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King, made their marks on Memphis.

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Day 45: Memphis

Enjoy a free day in Memphis: Home of Blues, Soul & Rock 'N' Roll.

Opt to check out Sun Studios, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and the National Civil Rights Museum, located where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. 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.

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Day 46: Memphis/New Orleans

Drive through the bayous, crank up the jazz and head into the Big Easy. Home of Mardi Gras, explore the French Quarter, and join the revellers on Bourbon Street till the early hours.

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Day 47: New Orleans

Enjoy a free day to explore New Orleans. Opt to take part in a creole cooking demonstration, take a biking tour around the city, eat beignets at Café du Monde, or wander the streets soaking up the music and culture around town.

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Day 48: New Orleans/Panama City Beach

Cross the state line into Florida and travel to Panama City Beach. This coastal town is surrounded by 27 miles of white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy an afternoon on the beach and opt to hit the town this evening.

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Day 49: Panama City Beach/Orlando

Travel to the home of 'The Most Magical Place on Earth', Orlando. With great shopping, nightlife, and famous amusement parks like Disney World and Universal Studios, let your inner kid run wild!

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Day 50: Orlando

Enjoy a full free day in Orlando. Opt to meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World or discover the magical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

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Day 51: Orlando/Savannah

Head to historic Savannah, stopping en route in the oldest city in America, St. Augustine. Opt for a walk around the historic riverfront of Savannah, stroll through town admiring the architecture and oak trees covered in Spanish moss, or head out to Bonaventure Cemetery.

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Day 52: Savannah/Charleston

Travel to the city of Charleston, known for its historic, romantic charm. Enjoy a free afternoon in this southern charmed city.

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Day 53: Charleston/Richmond

Head to one of the oldest cities in the US, Richmond, the capital of Virginia. Home to the famous quote “Give me liberty or give me death” this city played a large part in the US Civil War.

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Day 54: Richmond/Washington DC

Travel to the US capital and enjoy time to explore Georgetown, one of the oldest districts in DC. In the evening, enjoy a tour of the monuments by moonlight.

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Day 55: Washington DC

Enjoy free time to explore.

There is so much to see and do in Washington DC. Head to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to see where the President lives, tour the Capitol Building, explore the Smithsonian Museums, wander the monuments, or take a trolley tour.

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Day 56: Washington DC/New York City

Travel to New York, stopping in Philadelphia en route to see the Liberty Bell and opt to try a famous Philly Cheesesteak. Continue to New York City, where the trip ends on 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
    • Your G for Good Moment: Native Grill Food Truck Breakfast Your Discover Moment: Las Vegas Your Discover Moment: Seattle Your Discover Moment: Portland Your Discover Moment: San Francisco Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park Your Foodie Moment: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Dinner, Chicago Your Discover Moment: Chicago Your Discover Moment: Nashville Your Foodie Moment: Central BBQ Lunch, Memphis Your Discover Moment: Memphis Your Discover Moment: New Orleans Your Discover Moment: Washington DC
    • Joshua Tree NP Visit
    • Grand Canyon NP Visit
    • Zion National Park Visit
    • Bryce Canyon National Park Visit
    • Arches National Park Visit
    • Dead Horse Point State Park Visit
    • Grand Teton National Park Visit
    • Yellowstone National Park Visit
    • Glacier National Park Visit
    • Mt Rainier NP Visit
    • Crater Lake NP Visit
    • Redwood NP Visit
    • Yosemite NP Visit
    • Mission Beach Visit
    • Gaslamp Quarter District Visit
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Route 66 Visit
    • Horseshoe Bend Hike
    • Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas
    • Golden Gate Bridge Visit
    • Pacific Coast Highway Drive
    • Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon
    • Maid of the Mist Tour
    • Chicago Walking Tour
    • Nashville Night Out
    • Memphis Night Out
    • New Orleans Night Out
    • St Augustine visit
    • Monuments by Moonlight, Washington DC
    • Liberty Bell Visit, Philadelphia
    • Free time in San Diego, Las Vegas, Moab, Glenwood Springs, Seattle, Portland, Bend, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz, Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Savannah, Charleston, and Washington DC
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (19 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (36 nts)
    • 49 breakfasts, 31 lunches, 23 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:
  • Marvel at the massive depths of the Grand Canyon
  • See (and sniff!) the hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park
  • Stand in the shadows of Yosemite National Park's granite cliffs
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of New York City
  • Feel the roar of Niagara Falls
  • Join revellers on New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • Rekindle your inner child among Orlando's amusement parks