New York to San Francisco Adventure
Discover the best of the US
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Group Size: Max 20
Trip code: DTUS
Duration: 21 days
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 day under the redwoods in Yosemite National Park and hiking 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!
- Marvel at the majesty of the one and only Grand Canyon
- Experience the razzle-dazzle of NYC, including taking a speedboat to Lady Liberty
- 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
- Cycle across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge
Day 1: New York City!Welcome to the Big Apple! Our first activity is as iconic as it gets with a high-octane speedboat ride to Lady Liberty! Then take a walking tour of some of the city’s highlights before a trip up One World Trade Center Observatory, a pizza party in Brooklyn Bridge Park, drinks in hip DUMBO, and dessert on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade!
Day 2: New York City. Start your day with a stroll through the Highline Garden, before savouring the flavours of Chelsea Market. Then head to Central Park before getting your culture on with our “Secrets of the Met” tour.
Day 3: NYC to Washington DC. Arrive mid-afternoon and refuel with a Chilli bowl at Obama’s favourite eatery! The afternoon’s yours to explore. Head to historic Georgetown or visit Arlington National Cemetery before an evening in the city’s awesome bars.
Day 4: Washington DC. We’ve got a whole day tour lined up including the U.S. Capitol, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Whitehouse, the Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and more!
Day 5: Washington to Philadelphia. Arrive mid-afternoon ready for a tasty Philly cheese steak at a legendary diner. Then take a city tour before hitting the famous “Rocky” steps for some epic selfies. Tonight, enjoy a sports bar dinner before exploring the hip Fishtown area.
Day 6: Philadelphia to Boston. Arrive in Boston in the afternoon and walk across the Common to Little Italy for dinner. After some delicious pizza and pasta, round off with a world-famous cannoli from Mike’s Pastry – deliziosa!
Day 7: Boston. Start your day with an unforgettable whale-watching tour. Then head to one of Boston’s favourites, Quincy Market, for lunch, before spending the afternoon walking the Freedom Trail and visiting Harvard University.
Day 8: Boston to Las Vegas. Pack your bags – we’re flying to Vegas baby! Check into your luxe casino hotel in the heart of the entertainment district and enjoy a drink in the bar with the group before strolling down to the neon-lit Strip.
Day 9: Las Vegas. Spend the morning by the pool, before a tour of Vegas’ most iconic sights, including a stop at the famous Vegas sign, Area 51, and the legendary Fremont Street. After dinner at Nacho Daddy get ready to go large. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
Day 10: Las Vegas to Williams. So long Vegas! Visit the Hoover Dam, take a hike up the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and roll down Route 66 to kitsch Seligman. Spend the evening at Frontier BBQ and Beer Garden before a night in our Arizona camp.
Day 11: The Grand Canyon. Tick off a bucket-list biggie today with a visit to one of the most spectacular places on Earth. Hike through the jaw-dropping scenery and gaze in awe. This evening, catch the shuttle back to camp in time for s’mores under the stars.
Day 12: The Grand Canyon to Vegas. Start the day with some coffee and American pie before trying axe-throwing! Then get the chance to fire some guns on an optional shooting range visit, before travelling back to Vegas for another night on the Strip.
Day 13: Las Vegas to LA. Take the bus to the sun-soaked city of LA today where we’ll be staying in beautiful Santa Monica. Head to the 3rd Street Promenade for stellar shopping and dining, then enjoy a sunset stroll before joining the arcade challenge on Santa Monica Pier!
Day 14: Los Angeles. Take a volleyball class on Santa Monica Beach this morning, before a classic California burger lunch on Sunset Boulevard, and a visit to the Walk of Fame. This evening hike up to Griffiths Observatory for incredible views and a jaw-dropping show at the Planetarium.
Day 15: LA day or theme parks. We’ve got some amazing optional activities on offer today with trips to Universal Studios or Disneyland! If you’re not planning to live the theme park life, you might like to give something back to the local community and volunteer at one of the city’s soup kitchens
Day 16: LA to Santa Cruz. Board the Starlight Train and head up the Pacific Coast on one of the world’s most spectacular train rides! Santa Cruz has a counterculture feel and easy-going attitude that’s infectious. This evening, we’ll head to a Hawaiian restaurant for some tiki feels.
Day 17: Santa Cruz. Start your day like the locals with a breakfast burrito at The Picnic Basket. Then the day’s yours to enjoy Santa Cruz’ laid-back lifestyle. Join an optional morning surf lesson, watch the sea lions on the Wharf, or play some beach volleyball with your travel buddies.
Day 18: Santa Cruz to San Francisco. Arrive in San Fran in time for a guided tour of the downtown area. Dinner tonight is in Chinatown. Then head out to sample the historic saloons, atmospheric speakeasies, and host of local distilleries and winemakers. San Fran parties like no other.
Day 19: San Francisco. Take a street cable-car to Fisherman’s Wharf before an unforgettable bike tour of the city, including crossing the Golden Gate Bridge! Stop for lunch in Sausalito before heading back to the city on the ferry, arriving back in time for an afternoon exploring the tram-lined streets.
Day 20: Yosemite National Park. Enjoy a half day tour of amazing Yosemite with a specialist mountain guide. Hike into the heart of the park and soak up the natural beauty of El Capitan, Half Dome and Sequoia Grove! Go large tonight back in San Fran – it’s our last evening!
Day 21: Trip end. Spend your last morning on an optional visit to Alcatraz or take your time getting to know the city better. Then it’s time to pack your bags, say goodbye to the group and either head home or continue your travels.
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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.
20 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip in a mixture of hotels and hostels, including 2 nights in a Vegas Casino hotel and 2 nights in cosy cabins at the Grand Canyon. Accommodation is on a multi-share basis. Rooms are a combination of single sex and mixed sex 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.
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!
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip.
You will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need.
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.
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.
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.