The Big American

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The Big American

from £1,999
Duration: from 23 days
Countries: United States of America
Can one 23-day trip define the elusive essence of a complex nation with centuries of incredible history? Probably not, but it’d be a blast to try, no?

The Big American

Designed specifically for curious travellers with a passion for real experiences and lots of time, this adventure takes you from the busy streets of NYC to the shores of San Francisco Bay, with just about every shade of Americana thrown in along the way: Philly steaks, Lincoln, Music City USA, the French Quarter, Tex-Mex, Yosemite, the Vegas Strip… forget e pluribus unum; America’s real motto is “go big or go home.”

Day 1 New York City

Arrive at any time. We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.

Day 2-3 Washington, DC

Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with your CEO, then depart for DC. Tour the monuments and free museums of the nation's capital.

Day 4 Shenandoah NP/Appalachia

Pass through Shenandoah National Park and explore the ancient Appalachian Mountains.

Day 5-6 Nashville/Memphis

Opt to explore Nashville with a visit to Elvis' Graceland, the Grand Ole Opry or a real country bar. Be sure to catch some live entertainment in Memphis, the birthplace of rock & roll and the home of the blues.

Day 7-8 New Orleans

Crank up the jazz as you drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, and join the revelers on Bourbon Street. Take an optional swamp tour or cruise the Mississippi on a steamboat. Bourbon Street anyone?

Day 9-10 Houston/The Alamo/San Antonio

A morning in New Orleans before continuing on to Houston. On Day 10, check out historic San Antonio and The Alamo.

Day 11-12 Carlsbad/Santa Fe

Explore the Carlsbad Caverns on a guided tour, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset. Visit eerie Roswell then take in southwest culture in Santa Fe.

Day 13-14 Cortez/Mesa Verde NP/Monument Valley

Explore the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people on a guided hike to cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. Learn about Navajo culture, consider an optional Navajo-led 4x4 excursion tour.

Day 15-16 Grand Canyon NP

Explore the Grand Canyon along numerous trails. Take an optional helicopter flight or watch a spectacular IMAX movie. Return to camp for a campfire BBQ.

Day 17-18 Las Vegas

Explore Las Vegas after a brief orientation walk with your CEO along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP limo ride.

Day 19 Death Valley NP/Bishop

Visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America: Death Valley. Stargaze at a secluded hot springs.

Day 20-21 Yosemite NP

Morning trip to Mono Lake, walk among the tufa towers. Marvel at spectacular views of the park's peaks. Take hikes to majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows, and walk amongst giant sequoias. Option to rent bikes for a ride in Yosemite Valley.

Day 22 San Francisco

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way into one of America's most popular cities.

Day 23 San Francisco

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.

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New York City >> Washington, DC >> Shenandoah NP/Appalachia >> Nashville/Memphis >> New Orleans >> Houston/The Alamo/San Antonio >> Carlsbad/Santa Fe >> Cortez/Mesa Verde NP/Monument Valley Grand Canyon NP >> Las Vegas >> Death Valley NP/Bishop >> Yosemite NP >> San Francisco


Vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.

Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation to Las Vegas, Washington DC and New York. Visit to Arlington Cemetery.

Food: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 12 dinners. (Allow USD175-200 for meals not included.)
Accommodation: Centrally located hotel (6 nts), participation camping (16 nts).

Air conditioned private touring van
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Small group experience; Max 13, avg 10.

About StudentUniverse

StudentUniverse has been supplying the best flight, hotel and tours deals to students around the world for years now and we’re delighted to be the preferred travel partner of and to make your travel experience even more amazing.

We have a great team of travel gurus that understand what a gap year is all about just waiting to help you, and since we are part of the Flight Centre Travel Group we are able to offer the best flights, gap year packages, hostels, tours, volunteer placements and insurance - the works. This is not your average travel agency, it’s the ultimate backpacker travel agency.

If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your travels, even if you’re in the preliminary stages and you’d just like some advice, give us a call on 0333 333 9923 or submit an enquiry to StudentUniverse – we’d love to hear from you.

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