Best of the USA
42 days from $11,823
- See the mighty Niagara Falls up close
- Enjoy included guided bike rides around Chicago and Washington DC
- Witness an unforgettable sunrise/sunset at the Grand Canyon
- Discover the spectacular beauty of Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion National Parks
- Enjoy a musical journey through New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville
- Spend your evenings camping in the great American outdoors!
Discover the mind-boggling beauty of the USA on this epic 42 day road trip! Starting and ending near New York, this coast to coast adventure takes in the very best of America’s marvellous cities and stunning natural landscapes. Explore Chicago on a bicycle, party in Las Vegas, gaze out over the Grand Canyon, discover the musical heritage of Memphis and Nashville, & much more on this fantastic group trip. Travel with an expert guide and spend the majority of your evenings camping under the American stars! It’s an awesome American adventure!
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Day 1: New York Area – Niagara Falls
Leave the east coast behind and head inland to see the mighty Niagara Falls illuminated. The trip kicks off at 7:30am this morning, so we recommend arriving the day before and arranging a night of accommodation at the trip joining point, please contact us for details and prices.
Day 2: Niagara Falls – Cedar Point
See the falls up close with an optional ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise. Then venture into Ohio and discover beautiful Lake Erie.
Day 3-4: Chicago
Next up: the so-called ‘Windy City’. Soak up some classic American blues music and discover the city’s best bars, clubs and shopping districts. Enjoy an included bike tour of the main sights!
Day 5: Minnesota
Cruise through Wisconsin and Minnesota, stopping off at the weird and wonderful roadside attractions along the way. Check out the Jolly Green Giant statue (of sweetcorn fame) and listen out for the howl of coyotes as you settle down for a night under the stars.
Day 6: Badlands National Park
Check out Wall Drug, a gigantic drugstore in the town of Wall. Then head into Badlands, a dramatic lunar landscape of soaring spires and craggy ridges.
Day 7: Mount Rushmore
Stare up at the presidential faces carved into the mountain and then check out the nearby monument to Crazy Horse, a highly revered Native American war leader.
Day 8: 1880's Town
Venture into cowboy territory next and visit the 1880's Town where you can walk around the whole town and imagine you are in a western!
Day 9-10: Yellowstone National Park
There are few national parks that are as visually impressive as Yellowstone. With explosive geysers, volcanic pools, gushing waterfalls, and wandering buffalo, this park delivers jaw-dropping scenery at every turn.
Day 11-12: Grand Teton National Park – Jackson
With gorgeous coloured trees, vast reflective lakes and dramatic mountain slopes, Grand Teton is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy a night of cowboy antics in Jackson this evening.
Day 13-14: Great Basin Nevada – Lake Tahoe
We’ll journey further west today across the Northern Great Basin and the Nevada Desert. Arrive at Lake Tahoe and cool off with a swim.
Day 15-16: Yosemite National Park
Arguably one of America’s most beautiful national parks, Yosemite (pronounced Yo-sem- it-ee) has marvellous mountains, plummeting waterfalls and gentle rivers. Soak it all in. You won’t forget this incredible area in a hurry.
Day 17-18: San Francisco
Keep an eye out for the iconic red arches of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy an included tour of San Francisco’s most famous areas, including North Beach and Chinatown, plus free time to explore the city’s friendly and diverse neighbourhoods.
Day 19: California Coast
Snake down the west coast, basking in the gorgeous sunlit views across the Pacific Ocean.
Day 20: Santa Barbara – Los Angeles
We’ll continue down the coast, stopping in Santa Barbara for some beach bliss. Then we’ll roll into L.A. Keep your eyes peeled for celebs!
Day 21: Los Angeles
Enjoy a free day to explore the city of Angels. Chill out on Venice Beach, get a selfie with the iconic Hollywood sign or head to Universal Studios for some rollercoaster action!
Day 22-23: Las Vegas
Hit Las Vegas, Sin City itself, and immerse yourself in this neon-soaked wonderland. Enjoy an included party bus down The Strip to get you in the Vegas mood!
Day 24-25: Zion National Park
Next up: the red rocks of Zion National Park. Trek to Angels Landing for a spectacular 360-degree view of the park.
Day 26-27: Grand Canyon National Park
Here it is, the USA’s most famous natural wonder. Gaze out across this incredible canyon and delve into the depths on the fantastic hiking trails.
Day 28: Monument Valley
Into Western territory now, as we journey through the iconic landscapes of Monument Valley. Enjoy an optional 4x4 tour into the heart of the valley with a Navajo guide.
Day 29: Santa Fe
No road trip is complete without a drive along Route 66. We’ll follow this iconic road today, stopping of at Cadillac Ranch for some unique desert art. We’ll then roll into Santa Fe, where you can grab some nifty souvenirs at the arts and crafts shops, including hand-woven Navajo rugs!
Day 30: Amarillo
Is this the way? It sure is! We’ll hit Amarillo and enjoy the Texas charms here.
Day 31-32: Austin
Time for some musical heritage in Austin, the live music capital of the world! Take a tour, visit Barton Springs or catch some world-famous live music.
Day 33: Louisiana
Discover the swamps on an optional tour (extra cost). Cruise past ancient Indian burial mounds and keep an eye out for crocs! Enjoy another night of camping under the stars.
Day 34-35: New Orleans
Roll into the jazz-soaked streets of New Orleans today. Enjoy some traditional southern cuisine, discover the Mississippi River by steamboat or party in Bourbon Street.
Day 36: Memphis
Discover the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll today. Enjoy some rockin’ optional activities today, including a visit to the legendary Sun Studio, or a visit to the home of Elvis Presley, Graceland.
Day 37: Nashville
Home of country music, Nashville has bags of toe-tapping things to do. Make sure to bring your dancing boots!
Day 38: Ocoee
Ocoee is home to some of the world’s best white water rafting! Enjoy an optional rafting experience or explore the incredible walking trails in the area.
Day 39: Virginia
A full travel day today, but there is plenty going on out the window to keep you entertained. Sit back and watch the spectacular Appalachian Mountains roll by.
Day 40-41: Washington, DC
Explore the nation’s capital and political hub. We’ll embark on an included bicycle tour of the city’s monuments and then enjoy free time. See the iconic White House, wander the city’s fantastic free museums or simply lie down on the green grass of the parks.
Day 42: Philadelphia – New York Area
Check out the famous ‘Rocky’ steps and tuck into an iconic Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Other highlights include the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Our tour ends in the New York Area at around 5pm, if you plan to fly out on this day please ensure your flight departs after 9pm to allow enough time for your transfer to the airport and check-in.
Please note: All optional activities are at your own cost. Please download the trip notes for approximate costs.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- 41 nights’ accommodation (29 camping, 6 hotel, 6 budget lodging)
- Transport between included destinations
- Dedicated driver and tour guide
- Sightseeing bike tours in Chicago and Washington, DC
- Guided San Francisco tour
- See iconic sights including Mount Rushmore and Niagara Falls
- Admission to awesome National Parks and monuments, including Yosemite and Yellowstone
- Sunrise or sunset at the Grand Canyon
- Party bus in Las Vegas
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Meals (compulsory USD10 per day contribution to food kitty for meals at camp)
- Optional Activities
- Airport transfers
- Sleeping bag
41 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. 29 nights will be spent camping in the great American outdoors. 6 nights will be spent in hotels and 6 nights will be spent in budget lodging.
Meals are not included on this tour. You are required to contribute USD10 per day to a food kitty that will cover your meals at camp. You will take turns in the group to prepare and shop for food. When you are in the cities you will be free to head out and eat in restaurants or delis. This is a great chance to soak up American culture by sampling local delicacies!
Your tour starts in the New York Area at 7:30am on day 1. Due to this early start, we recommend you arrive the night before and book an extra night of accommodation at your own cost.
Your tour ends in the New York Area on day 42 at approx. 5pm. If you plan to fly out that night, please don’t book a flight that departs before 9pm to allow time for transfers and check-in.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. Please be aware that the legal drinking age in the USA is 21. If you are under 21 years old you will not be able to buy alcohol or enter clubs/casinos.
British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for up to 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than this, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions, you will need to apply for a visa. American immigration procedures can be a little confusing, so for full and further details please either call us, or contact the US Embassy.
How Many People Will There Be On The Tour?
Between 6 and 13 people with one tour leader.
What Is The Average Age Of The Tour Participants?
The age range is 18-38 and early to mid twenties are the most common ages.
Does The Tour Include Any Time In New York City?
This tour does not have any scheduled time in New York City itself. We recommend staying a few days after this tour finishes to see the sights. Why not book our 4-day I Love New York programme and see the very best of this awesome city?
How Fit Do I Need To Be?
There will be a fair bit of walking and hiking on the tour as well as the opportunity to do lots of activities. So you should be relatively fit but dont forget that activities are optional so you can do the trip at your own pace.
Will I Be The Only Person Travelling On My Own?
No, the majority of our travellers are solo travellers and you will meet lots of people on your tour!
What If I Have Never Camped Before?
Don't worry, your fantastic tour leader will show you how to put your tent up and use your camping equipment.
How Much Money Do I Need To Bring On The Tour?
For camping tours you will need to budget for the food kitty. This is usually US$10 a day however see individual tour pages for specific details. This will cover all of your meals while camping but does not cover meals during hotel stops or when the group chooses to sample regional cuisine.
Do I Need To Tip?
Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff, any type of guide and taxi drivers. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 15% is standard in restaurants. Your tour leader works long and hard for you. He or she may well become your close friend during the tour, but they also need to pay their bills. If the leader's performance meets or exceeds your expectations we recommend a tip of US $5 per person, per day.