All the Way - East to West

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All the Way - East to West

from £2,440
Duration: from 23 days
Countries: United States of America
The ultimate American road trip. All the way from New York to San Francisco. In between, visit the home of Jazz - New Orleans and the hottest place on earth - Death Valley, among others!
Summary

All the Way - East to West

Travel from the glitz and glamour of New York City through the southern stylings of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. Then discover a chain of magnificent National Parks between New Mexico and California before finishing up among the free-thinkers of San Francisco. It's almost hard to believe that such diversity can be found in one nation. Indulge in nachos in Texas, gumbo in New Orleans and a shot of wheatgrass in California and meet city slickers in Times Square, Elvis impersonators in Vegas and members of the Navajo Tribe in Monument Valley and forever be confounded by the extreme diversity found in each and every state of this great nation.

Day 1 New York

See why the pulsing urban mass of New York has earned itself the nickname 'the capital of the world'.

Days 2-3 Washington DC
Roll into Philadelphia en route to the nation's capital. Perhaps discover the regal architecture of Washington, DC, including the White House and the Capitol Building, on a night bike ride through the city.

Day 4 Appalachian Mountains
Escape the city grind and cross the jagged Appalachian Mountains, stopping at Shenandoah National Park and setting up camp in the heart of the great outdoors.

Day 5 Nashville
Keep cruisin' in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Country music fans can't afford to miss the Country Music Hall of Fame – the home of Elvis's gold Cadillac. There's also the chance to catch a show at the legendary Wildhorse Saloon.

Day 6 Memphis
Get into the groove of Memphis, the 'home of the blues'. Perhaps pass time by shuffling over to Graceland, chilling out to some Mississippi blues in a Beale Street bar or dropping by Sun Studios – the birthplace of rock'n'roll.

Days 7-8 New Orleans
Head south to New Orleans and get ready to boogie down in a town they call the 'Big Easy'. Get acquainted with an optional tour of the French Quarter, browse the local shops, taste a delicious po'boy and perhaps head out for dinner on the always memorable Bourbon Street.

Day 9 Houston
Hit the road for Houston. Jump straight into Southern culture with an optional swamp tour and a chance to learn about Tabasco sauce while on Avery Island.

Day 10 San Antonio
Begin the day exploring the multi-cultural city of Houston before heading to San Antonio. Take a stroll along the energetic riverfront before visiting a true American icon, the one and only Alamo.

Day 11 Carlsbad Caverns National Park
On the surface, the desert of New Mexico can look like a pretty barren place. But beneath the surface of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, it's a completely different story. With over 118 known tunnels, the caves are also home to a large populations of bats, who make a spectacular exit each night at sunset.

Day 12 Santa Fe
Welcome to a place that the locals call 'city different', where New Mexico's artists and culture-buffs flourish under the hot desert sun and year-round blue skies. Spend plenty of time strolling the numerous markets and take some time out to visit some of the weird, wonderful and just downright bizarre museums and art installations.

Day 13 Mesa Verde National Park
Get a sense of the incredible human history of North America in Mese Verde National Park. The former home to the Ancestral Pueblo people, the park's 600 cliff dwellings offer a great opportunity to learn about this ancient culture.

Day 14 Monument Valley
If Monument Valley seems a little familiar, that's because this American icon has made its fair share of appearances on the silver screen, appearing in everything from old Westerns to Sci-Fi films.

Days 15-16 Grand Canyon
Swap one monumental wonder for another by journeying into Arizona to marvel at the mighty Grand Canyon. After getting your bearings, perhaps embark on an energetic hike among the canyon walls, or take an optional scenic helicopter flight.

Days 17-18 Las Vegas
Continue to Las Vegas and perhaps celebrate with new friends by jumping in a limo and heading to one of The Strip's legendary party spots.

Day 19 Death Valley
Brave the scolding desert heat of Death Valley and, after sweating it out a little, come to terms with one of the United States' most unique ecosystems. If the conditions are favourable, take a small walk onto the sand to see how life manages to survive among the inhospitable terrain.

Days 20-21 Yosemite National Park
It might be a little tough to pronounce at first, but Yosemite is arguably the United States' premier national park. From the giant granite domes to the gushing waterfalls that feed the stunning forests and lakes below, Yosemite will take your breath away at every turn. Enjoy free time in the park to tackle some of the hiking trails, hire bikes or just bliss out at the tranquil surrounds of Mirror Lake.

Days 22-23 San Francisco
Be romanced by the incredible Bay Area, including it's crown jewel – the progressive and popular city of San Francisco. Perhaps enjoy a sunset sail beneath the towering Golden Gate Bridge – a memorable way to end this classic road trip.


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Route

New York >> Washington DC >> Appalachian Mountains >> Nashville >> Memphis >> New Orleans >> Houston >> San Antonio >> Carlsbad Caverns NP >> Santa Fe >> Mesa Verde NP >> Monument Valley >> Grand Canyon >> Las Vegas >> Death Valley >> Yosemite NP >> San Francisco

Inclusions

Group size: Min 1 , Max 13
Ages: Min 15
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Camping (with facilities) (16 nts), Hostel (2 nts), Hotel (2 nts)
Transport: Private vehicle

Included activities:
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley National Tribal Park, Shenandoah National Park, Yosemite National Park

Carbon emissions offset:
1550kg pp per trip

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Central Park in Winter

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The Racetrack at Death Valley NP

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