From hip hop to country fiddles, Yankee accents to a western drawl, businessmen in power suits and ranchers in cowboy hats – the US is one heck of a country. And if you’ve got the time, this – our ultimate American tour – is the best way to explore the iconic cities, the legendary national parks, national monuments, and wide-open spaces. Centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.
Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Orientations to Washington DC and Chicago. Maid of the Mist Tour (Niagara Falls). Beer factory tour and beer tasting (Milwaukee). Guided tour of Mesa Verde. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents. Transportation between destinations and included activities.
Break a sweat in Death Valley and cool off in the spray of Niagara Falls, dance like a cowboy in Jackson, meet the Navajo in Monument Valley, hike in stunning national parks.
Group Size Notes
Max 22, avg 16.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Day 1: New York City
Arrive to the joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:00pm.
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 pre-trip accommodation.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2: New York City/Newburgh (1D)
Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO, then trade in the big city for a campfire.
This tour departs New York City mid-day on Day 2.
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 112km)
Day 3: Newburgh/Finger Lakes (1B, 1L, 1D)
Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls. Take a hike to explore this beautiful area on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake. Opt to taste wine from one of the local vineyards.
Taughannock Falls Visit
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)
Day 4: Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)
An exciting adventure awaits in Niagara Falls. Feel the rushing waters of the falls taking 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!
Maid of the Mist Tour
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 5: Niagara Falls/Sandusky (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Cleveland and opt to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Continue on to Sandusky, and opt to catch some thrills at a local amusement park.
Approximate Distance to Sandusky: 430km (267 mi)
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 6: Sandusky/Chicago (1B)
Stop for lunch in the Amish community of Shipshewana, before continuing on to Chicago. 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 (formerly Sears) Tower, then hit the town for a night out with the group.
Amish Community Visit
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 275km)
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 240km)
Day 7: Chicago
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 8: Chicago/Frontenac (1D)
Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Drive through Wisconsin and finish the day at a campground on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 535km)
Day 9: Frontenac/Sioux Falls (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a free morning at the largest shopping mall in America – the Mall of America. Afterwards, venture into South Dakota and head into the lands of the Sioux and the Great Plains.
Mall of America visit
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 500km)
Day 10: Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 450km)
Day 11: Badlands National Park/Custer State Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the spectacular, bizarre, and moon-like landscape at Badlands National Park. Discover Wall Drug, an American roadside wonder before reaching the famous Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota. Then take the scenic route to Custer State Park.
Badlands National Park Visit
Wall Drug Visit
Approximate Distance to Custer: 250km (155 mi)
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 12: Custer State Park/Devils Tower (1B, 1D)
Check out the larger than life ex-presidents of Mount Rushmore, tour around Crazy Horse Memorial, and stop off at Deadwood on the way to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visit
Crazy Horse Memorial Visit
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 240km)
Day 13: Devils Tower/Cody (1B, 1L)
With crystal-clear lakes, alpine meadows, and glacial carved valleys, the Bighorn National Forest is one of the most scenic drives in Wyoming towards Cody, the “Rodeo Capital of the World.”
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)
Day 14: Cody/Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion
Lamar Valley Visit
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 320km)
Day 15: Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake.
Yellowstone South Loop Excursion
Walking (4.00 hour(s))
Day 16: Yellowstone National Park/Jackson (1B, 1L)
Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.
In the late afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar.
Grand Teton National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 17: Jackson/Twin Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)
Opt to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free morning, then cross the border into Idaho. Stop off at Shoshone Falls en route.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 410km)
Day 18: Twin Falls/Reno (1B, 1L)
Sit back and relax during a road trip day, crossing into Nevada. Enjoy the bright lights both in and outside the casinos in “The Biggest Little City in the World.”
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 740km)
Day 19: Reno/South Lake Tahoe (1L, 1D)
Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 110km)
Day 20: South Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park (1L, 1D)
With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes.
Tioga Pass Drive
Yosemite National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 385km)
Day 21: Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite National Park Visit
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 22: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B)
Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town.
Stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre of San Francisco.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 225km)
Day 23: San Francisco/Yosemite National Park (1D)
Travel through California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park. Set up camp for the night and get ready for a full day of exploring the next day.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 225km)
Day 24: Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park’s magnificent peaks and granite domes. Yosemite has many trails to offer. Be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape and opt to rent a bike to better explore the Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite National Park Visit
Day 25: Yosemite National Park/Bishop (1B, 1L, 1D)
Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park’s magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic areas in California.
Note: we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Yosemite NP with Bishop. In the spring and autumn seasons, there’s a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route south, and will spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.
Tioga Pass Drive
Mono Lake Visit
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 330km)
Day 26: Bishop/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)
Visit one of the country’s most rugged landscapes, legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America.
For the nights in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel either at the end of or just a few blocks off the Strip.
Death Valley National Park Visit
Vegas Strip Visit
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 590km)
Day 27: Las Vegas
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.
Day 28: Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park (1D)
Considered among nature’s most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite and recapture the experiences from this memorable day!
Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon on either Day 7 or 8. This will be determined by the CEO.
Grand Canyon Sunset
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 475km)
Day 29: Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to wander throughout the park and take a hike. Hire a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
Day 30: Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley (1B, 1L)
Take an optional jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley and be inspired by a night under the stars while camping in this magnificent atmosphere.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 290km)
Day 31: Monument Valley/Durango (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hike through history exploring Mesa Verde National Park, which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans.
Mesa Verde Guided Tour
Approximate Distance to Durango: 315 km
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 32: Durango/Santa Fe (1B, 1L)
Continue the journey back in time and explore one of America’s oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe. Take a stroll downtown and visit art galleries, or enjoy some world-famous roasted green chilies.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 33: Santa Fe/Carlsbad (1B, 1L, 1D)
Stop off at infamous Roswell en route to explore the Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.
Carlsbad Caverns Tour
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 470km)
Day 34: Carlsbad/Austin (1B, 1L)
Sit back and gaze at the scenery while travelling through the southern United States. Upon arrival in the ‘Lonestar’ state, settle in at the campsite for a night under the stars.
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 764km)
Day 35: Austin (1B)
Spend a free day in Austin. Opt to visit the SoCo area for thrift shopping, take a dip in the Barton natural pool, or let loose at a local country bar in the evening.
Day 36: Austin/New Orleans (1B)
The CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best.
For our night in New Orleans, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre (multi-share accommodation).
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 820km)
Day 37: New Orleans (1B)
New travellers may join you today for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 38: New Orleans/Memphis (1B, 1L)
Explore the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Home of Blues, and the starting point of soul. Music legends, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King, made their marks on Memphis. Optional activities include visiting the National Civil Rights Museum (located where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr took place in 1968) or visiting the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 640km)
Day 39: Memphis/Nashville (1B, 1L, 1D)
In the morning, opt to walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. If Graceland is not for you, enjoy the time to explore more of Memphis on your own. Travel to Nashville in time to check out the nightlife and visit a real country cowboy bar.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 40: Nashville/Appalachia (1B, 1L, 1D)
Experience the Appalachian Mountains on the drive. The mountains are a perfect place to relax and to enjoy the fresh, clean air and see the true beauty of North America.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 575km)
Day 41: Appalachia/Washington DC (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, a truly beautiful, historic national treasure. Standing on top of the peaks of Shenandoah National Park, gaze across the silent mountains. It’s hard to believe Washington DC is just a short distance away.
Arlington Cemetery Visit
Monuments by Moonlight
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 480km)
Day 42: Washington DC (1B)
There is so much to see and do in Washington DC that you can’t see it all in one day. Take your time and spend a full day exploring this fascinating city.
Day 43: Washington DC/New York City (1B, 1L)
Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Opt to visit Times Square, stroll Central Park or check out Greenwich Village. Experience the famous nightlife of New York.
For our time in NYC, we stay close to the action in a hostel near the city centre.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)
Day 44: New York City
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.