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Great American Road Trip

See the best of the USA on an epic road trip adventure!

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Group Size: Max 28

Trip code: TRTLN2

Duration: 18 days

Guided group tour of the USA
Also runs from New York to LA
Visit 12 amazing US states

Hit the highway on this incredible 18 day trip through America's big hitters. From the silver screen energy of sunny LA, to the cultural power-houses of Washington DC and New York, this is the trip everyone's talking about. We're stacked to the rafters with unforgettable experiences - we're talking glitter-covered nights on the Vegas strip, Cadillacs on Route 66, beignets and jazz in New Orleans, honky-tonks in Dallas, super-sized steaks in Amarillo, rhinestones and country music in Nashville and so much more. The open road, endless possibilities and a gang of mates to share your adventure with - what could be better? 

Want to start things off in New York? This trip also runs in the reverse direction from New York to Los Angeles.

Trip highlights

  • Marvel at the jaw-dropping majesty of the Grand Canyon
  • Party all night long on the neon-lit Vegas strip
  • Take a driving tour of LA's movie-famous streets, beach communities and A-list homes
  • Grab a Sazerac and join the non-stop jazz party in New Orleans' atmospheric French Quarter
  • Take a dazzling night illuminations tour of Washington DC's iconic monuments
  • Grab your partner by the hand at the world's biggest honky-tonk in glitzy Dallas
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What's included
  • 17 nights' accommodation
  • Coach transport
  • Los Angeles highlights drive
  • Las Vegas Strip highlights drive
  • Entry to Grand Canyon National Park
  • Entry to Monument Valley Tribal Park
  • Visit the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
  • Visit Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
  • Walking tour of New Orleans with trip leader
  • Driving/walking tour of Nashville with trip leader
  • Night illumination tour of Washington, DC
  • Philadelphia highlights drive
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals and snacks
  • Drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Pre- or post-tour accommodation
Further trip information

Day 1: Los Angeles. Tinseltown, La La Land, The City of Angels - whatever you call it, it's a heck of a place to kick off our incredible trip! Meet your new travel mates, and get your bearings on a driving tour of the highlights. Tonight, tuck into a yummy group dinner at the iconic Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Day 2: LA to Las Vegas. Grab some snacks and cue your top road trip playlists, we're hitting the highway to Las Vegas today. Arrive in Sin City in time for a neon-soaked driving tour of the best bits, before throwing on the sequins ready for a seriously big night out. Vegas baby!

Day 3: Las Vegas. Take a full day to do whatever you want in the one-and-only Vegas. Take a heli-tour over the iconic Vegas Strip, have a spin on the High Roller Observation Wheel, or visit a shooting range. Tonight, hit the blackjack tables one last time, or recharge your batteries back at the hotel.

Day 4: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Head into amazing Arizona today - land of red desert and endless skies. Today we're paying a visit to the unforgettable Grand Canyon with the option to see the world wonder from the sky on an optional heli-tour - wow!

Day 5: Grand Canyon to Durango (via Monument Valley). Our first stop today is Monument Valley Tribal Park, a Martian landscape of red desert and crazy rock formations. Explore it like a local with an optional jeep tour then hit the highway to Durango, where we'll enjoy a shared ranch-style dinner.

Day 6: Durango. Spend a full day exploring the historic mining town. Check out the railroad, cruise round the Victorian-era saloons, or get out into the great outdoors with our optional zip-lining experience, horse riding or snowmobile excursion (winter only).

Day 7: Durango to Albuquerque (via Santa Fe). Our first stop today is arty, alternative Santa Fe. Explore the markets, grab a bite for lunch and take a stroll round the historic centre. Binge-watched Breaking Bad when it came out? Our next stop is Heisenberg's hood - Albuquerque.

Day 8: Albuquerque to Amarillo. Hit Route 66 to the quirky art installation at the Cadillac Ranch this morning. Then show me the way to Amarillo, because that's our next stop! We've lined up a saloon-style dinner at the Big Texan so make sure you've got your eating trousers on!

Day 9: Amarillo to Dallas. Head deep into the Wild West today with a visit to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Yee-ha your way round the historic district before continuing to dazzling Dallas. It's up to you what you get up to tonight, but if it was us, we'd head to Billy Bob's Texas - the world's largest honky-tonk.

Day 10: Dallas. The 'Big D' is your oyster today. Hop on the vintage McKinney Avenue Trolley, explore the largest art district in the US or head up the Reunion Tower for the best views in Dallas. Tonight, grab some Tex-Mex and explore the city's hottest nightspots.

Day 11: Dallas to New Orleans. Next up, it's the Big Easy. Take a walking tour of the atmospheric French Quarter, then seek out some of the city’s legendary cuisine (po-boys, jambalaya, beignets and more). This evening, hit Bourbon Street, where the music throbs and the Sazeracs flow freely.

Day 12: New Orleans. You’ve got 24 free hours in New Orleans, so make the most of it. Check out the open-air gallery in Jackson Square, get up close with some ‘gators on a swamp tour, or learn to cook Creole-style at a cooking demo. This evening, join the non-stop jazz party on Frenchmen Street.

Day 13: New Orleans to Nashville. Pull out that cowboy hat and saddle up – we’re headed to Nashville, Tennessee. We'll arrive in time for a tour of the city’s highlights. This evening, get stuck into what ‘Nash Vegas’ is best known for, with fried chicken followed by some live country music.

Day 14: Nashville. Did somebody order a free day in one of the South’s most characterful cities? Hunt for the perfect pair of cowboy boots, get an education in local music at the Country Music Hall of Fame, or head to a Tennessee whiskey distillery. This evening, it’s all about the honky-tonks.

Day 15: Nashville to Charlotte. We’re headed to North Carolina’s largest city. Petrol-heads will love our optional tour of Charlotte Motor Speedway, or how’s about the high-octane NASCAR Hall of Fame? Tonight, a crawl of some of the city’s 60 plus breweries is a must – cheers!

Day 16: Charlotte to Washington, DC. Travel to the USA’s iconic capital today. We’ll arrive in time for a dazzling night illumination tour – we’re talking the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, the Whitehouse and Capitol Hill, lit up like Christmas! Then settle in to one of the local bars for a session.

Day 17: Washington, DC. You’ve got 24 hours to explore the monuments, museums and corridors of power that make up this dynamic city. Our recommendation? Get yourself some wheels with a bike or Segway tour. Tonight, we’ve lined up a farewell dinner with the gang.

Day 18: Washington to New York (via Philadelphia). The Big Apple is our final destination, but first we’re paying a visit to Philly. Take a driving tour of the UNESCO World Heritage City for a serious dose of history and culture, before continuing to NYC, where we’ll say our goodbyes. See you next time!

This trip also runs in reverse from New York to Los Angeles. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

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Arrival information

This trip begins on day 1 in Los Angeles with a welcome meeting at 4pm. We've got loads of fun stuff lined up today so we'd recommend that you arrive in LA the day before and book an extra night of accommodation. Your travel adviser can help you arrange this. Fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and make your own way into the city. Taxi is the easiest way to do this and takes around 30 minutes (depending on traffic).

Your trip ends on day 18 in New York City. We'd recommend that you book your onward flight the day after the trip ends and arrange an additional night of accommodation as we will get to NYC in the middle of the afternoon. Transfers are not included so you'll need to arrange your own to JFK International Airport (JFK). Taxi is the easiest way to get there and takes around 45 minutes depending on traffic. Please make sure you leave plenty of time for any transfers, to allow for delays.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

17 nights' of twin-share accommodation are included on the trip. You'll stay in a mix of classic American hotels, motels and lodges.

Meals

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners are included on this trip. You'll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself. The States is an amazing place for dining out and meals are usually affordable. From California bowls in LA and Gumbo in New Orleans to slow and low barbecue in Nashville, it's an all-American party for your taste buds!

Minimum age & eligibility

You'll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join this trip. The trip is designed for participants aged 18 - 39. Please note that the minimum legal age for drinking alcohol in America is 21, and you will not be allowed into bar or nightclub environments if you are under 21, whether you're drinking alcohol or not.

British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for durations of up to 90 days. All travellers going to the United States will have to complete the ESTA form online for authorisation under the Visa Waiver Programme.

If you intend to stay for longer than 90 days, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions you will need to apply for a visa. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.

This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.