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An epic cross country road trip across the USA

Group Size: Max 20

Trip code: DTUS

Duration: 21 days

East to west road trip
Lots of included activities
Cities, coast &national parks

Are you ready for the ultimate American road trip? Take in the bright lights of NYC, party the night away in Vegas, and spot the stars in LA. You’ll learn to surf in laid-back Santa Cruz, hang with the hippies in San Fran and run up the “Rocky” steps in Philadelphia. There’s plenty of natural beauty on the menu too, with a wilderness experience in Yosemite National Park, cycling through picturesque Cape Cod, and two nights camping in the unforgettable Grand Canyon. With all the most iconic destinations, an expert guide, and a ready-made group of mates, it’s a holiday you won’t forget in a hurry. Let’s go!

Trip highlights

• Hike the Grand Canyon and spend two nights camped out under the stars
• Explore the razzle-dazzle of NYC, including the Freedom Tower and Central Park
• Hit the casino tables and enjoy one of the legendary A-list shows in neon-soaked Las Vegas
• Swim in waterfalls and walk beneath redwood giants in Yosemite National Park
• Marvel at the spectacular views from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge
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What's included
  • 20 nights’ accommodation
  • Group leader
  • On-trip transport
  • Freedom Tower & 9/11 Memorial
  • Sunrise experience
  • Walking tour of Washington DC
  • Liberty Bell tour, Philadelphia
  • Boston Freedom Trail
  • Clam chowder cooking experience
  • Ferry to Cape Cod
  • Cape Cod bicycle hire
  • Flight to Vegas
  • Walking Tour of Vegashighlights
  • Vegas micro-brewery experience
  • Hoover Dam experience
  • Route 66 road trip
  • Seligman and Williams visit
  • Grand Canyon hike and camping
  • National Park entry fee
  • Grand Canyon bourbon tasting
  • Flagstaff visit
  • Santa Monica volleyball lesson
  • Santa Monica arcade challenge
  • Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Fame
  • Starlight Train
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Yosemite wine tasting experience
  • San Fran bike tour
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Activities not listed in the inclusions
  • Meals, drinks and snacks
  • Tips for guides
Further trip information

Day 1: New York City. Welcome to the Big Apple! Meet your group at the hotel, before taking in some of the city’s history with a visit to the Freedom Tower, the 9/11 memorial and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Spend the evening bar-hopping in buzzing Williamsburg.

Day 2: New York City to Washington. Start your day with a yoga class with a view in Central Park. Then get ready for a bucket list moment with an optional visit to the iconic Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building! Hop on the train to Washington DC this evening.

Day 3: Washington DC. Rise early today to watch sunrise over the reflection pool at the Lincoln Memorial. Then take a walking tour of the city highlights, including The White House, Capitol Hill, and the Martin Luther King Memorial. Tonight, check out some live jazz.

Day 4: Washington to Philadelphia. We’re off to Philadelphia this morning. Shoot some hoops at Capitolo Playground, then refuel with a Philly cheese steak. This afternoon, explore the city centre including the Liberty Bell and the famous “Rocky” steps. This evening, we’ll head into Fishtown to hang with the hipsters.

Day 5: Philadelphia to Boston. Hop on the train to Boston. This afternoon, we’ve got an optional whale-watching trip on offer, followed by oyster happy hour once you’re back on dry land. Why not check out some comedy improv this evening or a Red Sox game at Fenway Park?

Day 6: Boston. Enjoy a free morning before a lobster roll lunch. Then discover more about Boston’s history on the Freedom Trail. This evening, get fishy with Oyster happy hour, before a clam chowder cooking class, and a night out in Southie. 

Day 7: Cape Cod day trip. Leave the city behind today with a ferry to Cape Cod. We’ll hire bikes and cycle round the peninsula, exploring beaches and the Pilgrim Monument, and stop for a lobster lunch. Then hop back on the ferry to Boston for a big night out. 

Day 8: Las Vegas. Pack your bags – we’re jetting off to Vegas baby with an included flight! When you arrive, check into your flashy casino hotel, before joining our optional pool party – what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

Day 9: Las Vegas. Spend the morning recovering by the pool, before taking a tour of Vegas’ most iconic sights, including a stop at a local microbrewery for a hair of the dog. This evening, we’re hitting a BBQ joint for a group dinner, before leaving you to go large. 

Day 10: Las Vegas to The Grand Canyon. Head to the Grand Canyon via Route 66, with stops at the imposing Hoover Dam and the kitsch town of Seligman. We’ll enjoy a brewery dinner in Williams before continuing to the campsite, where we’ll spend the night under the stars. 

Day 11: The Grand Canyon. As this is an experience not to be rushed you have a full day in the Grand Canyon. Choose to go on some hikes (all maps provided), learn from the Native American communities about the history of the area, or just gaze in awe at the panorama and soak up the surroundings. Tonight we stay overnight in the national park and sample bourbon under the stars.

Day 12: The Grand Canyon to Vegas (via Flagstaff). Wake up to spectacular scenery in the Canyon, before heading to Flagstaff for lunch and an optional visit to a gun club. Then we’re back on the road to Vegas for a classic American barbecue and another big night. 

Day 13: Vegas to LA. Hop on the busto the sun-soaked city of LA. Take a walking tour of Santa Monica, and chill on the beach with the beautiful people, before checking out the stars this evening, with an optional visit to the Griffith Observatory.

Day 14: Los Angeles. Start the day with a volleyball class on the beach and the famous arcade challenge, before a classic California burger lunch. This afternoon, pay homage to LA’s celebrity culture with a visit to the Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame.

Day 15: LA day or theme parks. Take an optional visit to one of the world’s ultimate theme parks - Universal Studios or Disneyland! Alternatively, you might like to stay in the city and give something back to the local community, by volunteering at a soup kitchen.

Day 16: LA to Santa Cruz. Board the Starlight Train and head up the Pacific Coast. It’s one of the world’s most spectacular train rides, so sit back, relax, and take in the scenery. Check into the hostel and hit the beach before heading to a Hawaiian restaurant for some tiki feels this evening. 

Day 17: Santa Cruz to Yosemite. Start your day like the locals with an optional morning surf lesson, before grabbing a breakfast burrito at Point Market. This afternoon, soak up the rays on the beach before jumping in the minivan to our cosy Yosemite lodge.

Day 18: Yosemite National Park. Head inland to the majestic Yosemite National Park. We’ll strike right into the heart of the Park today with an unforgettable wilderness experience, including hiking. Sleep among the redwoods tonight in a camp or lodge.

Day 19: Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. We’ve got another wilderness experience in Yosemite today, including hiking, waterfalls, and swimming in natural pools. Our last stop on this epic trip is San Francisco, where we’ll head out for a big one tonight - San Fran parties like no other!

Day 20: San Francisco. Explore the city on two wheels today with a bike tour, including crossing the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Stop for lunch in pretty Sausalito, then head back to the city on the ferry. Get your glitter on tonight – it’s our last evening together so let’s make it a good one!

Day 21: San Francisco and trip end. You can opt to spend your last free morning visiting the infamous Alcatraz prison, or take your time getting to know the city better. Then it’s time to pack your bags and say your goodbyes. If you’re not rushing off, we’ve got a half day tour to Napa Valley on offer for you to book. If you’re heading home, see you again soon!

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Arrival information

Our pre-departure briefing takes place on day 1 at midday at our starting accommodation in New York. We would suggest that you arrive the day before in case of flight delays (we can advise you on booking pre-tour accommodation). New York has 3 main airports, and we recommend flying into JFK airport. Upon arrival make your way to our starting accommodation which will take around 60 minutes by public transport.

The trip ends on day 21 in San Francisco. We recommend flying out the day after the tour ends if you want to experience more of the Bay Area as there are optional activities available on day 21.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

20 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip in a mixture of hotels and hostels, including 2 nights in a Vegas Casino hotel! We’ll also spend 2 nights camping at the Grand Canyon (rustic lodges during colder months), and 2 nights in a cosy lodge with spa, in a stunning setting in Yosemite. Accommodation is on a multi-share basis. Rooms are a combination of single sex and mixed sex basis during the trip. If you are travelling as a pair and want to upgrade to a double room at an additional cost, contact us for details. If you’d like to book extra nights of accommodation before or after the trip, speak to your travel adviser for more information. 

Meals

No meals are included in this trip so you will have a great opportunity to sample the varied local cuisine and to eat where and when you like. Your guide will be able to make great local recommendations for the group!

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip.

British passport holders can enter the USA for up to 90 days without a visa. You’ll need to apply online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) though. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

If you’re under 21, you won’t be able to enter bars, clubs or other establishments where alcohol is served. It’s recommended that even if you are over 21, you always carry a valid form of ID.

Please note: Visa and passport restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your 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.