Coast to Coast
An unmissable treat for music lovers and sightseers alike, the Coast to Coast adventure brings the best of the U.S to the table – in style. Experience country and western in Nashville, rock ‘n’ roll in Memphis, the bayou beats of New Orleans and the electric vibes in Austin (the “live music capital of the world”). From the landmarks of Washington DC and the awe inspiring sights of the Grand Canyon, to the hipster streets of L.A. and flashy Vegas lights.
Day 1: Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada
After a drive through the cactus-scattered Mojave desert, start your stay in Las Vegas in style with a driving tour of The Strip. You’ll go around the world, ‘Vegas-style’ to see the Eiffel Tower, an Egyptian pyramid, the New York City skyline and Venice's St. Mark's Square. Then when the sun sets, board the bus and do what Vegas does best - parties.
-Las Vegas party bus
Day 2: Las Vegas
Anything goes in Vegas. You could go high with a heli-tour over The Strip or ride the High Roller Observation Wheel. If you feel the need for speed, get your go-karting on. You can even go to a heavy equipment playground and drive a bulldozer around. Just remember to save some energy for a nightclub crawl among the bright lights and sights.
Day 3: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon region, Arizona
From the Strip in Vegas, towards the red stripes of the Grand Canyon, via the oh-so-famous Route 66. But there’s a good amount of road between us and that great big hole, so we’ll rest up for the night in Flagstaff before hitting the canyon tomorrow.
Day 4: Grand Canyon
Take your free day and soak it all in (including billions of years of rock history). If you take the chopper tour, you’ll get a 360° view of the grandest of canyons. Or stay grounded (and feel smug) by hiking the rim. This is going to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime-type experiences, however you spend your day.
Day 5: Grand Canyon to Albuquerque, New Mexico
After leaving the red rocks of the canyon behind we’ll motor on to Albuquerque. Heisenberg and Jesse fans stand-by, in Albuquerque we’ll do a Breaking Bad driving tour. We’ll be sure to ‘tread lightly’.
-Breaking Bad driving tour
Day 6: Albuquerque to Amarillo, Texas
There’s a chance to take to the skies with hot air ballooning in Albuquerque before taking to the road. We’ll do a walking tour in Santa Fe, then channel your inner Banksy at Cadillac Ranch on Route 66 - an art installation of half-buried Cadillacs - where you’ll get to crack out the spray paint and get creative on the tailfins of these all-American automobiles. In Amarillo it’s a case of go big or go home. See someone take the 72 oz (2kg) steak challenge at the Big Texan Steak Ranch for proof.
-Brief walking tour of Santa Fe
-Spray painting Cadillacs at the Cadillac Ranch.
Day 7: Amarillo to Dallas/Fort Worth
On to Fort Worth - the city of ‘cowboys and culture’! Watch the Texas longhorn cattle drive at the Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, and explore its Western heritage by checking out the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, shops, restaurants, and saloons.
-Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
Day 8: Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas will always be synonymous with JFK. We’ll visit the JFK 6th Floor Museum to learn about the life and legacy of this late president. The rest of the day is yours to explore ‘Big D’! You could check out the views from the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower, or wheel your way around the streets on a segway tour. Tonight, back in Fort Worth, we highly recommend Billy Bob’s Texas - the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. This 127,000 square feet (nearly 12,000 square metres) dancehall is outfitted with over 30 bar stations and can hold up to 6,000 people! Time to get your two step on.
-Entry to JFK 6th Floor Museum in Dallas
Day 9: Dallas/Fort Worth to Austin
From the cowboy capital to the State Capitol in Austin. There’s a pub crawl you can join tonight, unless you prefer to watch 1.5million bats emerge from the underside of Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. In fact, that happens about 20mins before sunset (March to October), so there’s time for bats and then beers around the bars.
Day 10: Austin
Hello thrift shopping, Airstream cuisine (cooler than regular food trucks) and the ethos “Keep Austin Weird”. Need more? Nudists, boot scooters, cheese makers and a cathedral of junk - just a few of the things you might see on your free day in Austin. And when you’re done with the weird, there’s Zilker Park and SoCo to see. But be sure to hit 6th Street tonight for a live music smorgasbord.
Day 11: Austin to Houston
An afternoon in Houston is all yours. Seek out the live music in Discovery Green Park, take a stadium tour, or chill out in a beer garden in the east end after wandering amongst the more than 25 street art murals. Make sure to get a photo in front of the Water Wall.
Day 12: Houston to Lafayette, Louisiana
Reawaken those childhood dreams of riding in a rocket at the Space Center Houston, then get a behind-the-scenes look at space travel on the NASA Tram tour. Back on terra firma, prepare for spice, rice and all things nice at tonight’s Cajun dinner in Lafayette.
-Space Center Houston & NASA Tram Tour
Day 13: Lafayette to New Orleans
Before hitting the hubbub of New Orleans, you can dip into a swamp tour. You’ll travel through a beautiful and strangely surreal cypress/tupelo swamp, spotting alligators and egrets and other wildlife found in this part of the world. Then ready yourself for the awesome assault on the senses that is New Orleans. After dinner, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the jazz clubs and cajun dancing spots. A good bet is to just hit up Bourbon Street or Frenchmen Street for live music every night of the week.
Day 14: New Orleans
Time to get under the skin of this city. You could take to the water and see New Orleans from a steamboat tour. On dry land you could browse the shops and stalls of the French Market, peruse the art and antiques on Royal and Chartres Streets and learn about the local brewing scene in NOLA. All for free. Be sure to try the food - gumbos, po-boys, jambalaya, muffulettas, beignets and bananas Foster. Good luck trying them all.
Day 15: New Orleans
Today’s the day to tick off any leftover items on your ‘things I MUST do in the bayou’. Swing dance in NOLA, creep yourself out in one of the ‘Cities of the Dead’, find out what a Steam Calliope sounds like, or just have a last taste of true New Orleans crawfish.
Day 16: New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee
Swap one musical city for another today, but before hitting Memphis, we’ll stop in Jackson, ‘the city of soul’ to stretch our legs. After dinner in Memphis, there’s only one thing to do, check out the nightlife. Best to make a bee-line for Beale Street and hop from one live music spot to another.
Day 17: Memphis
Today we’ll grace Graceland with our presence and take the Elvis Experience Tour. After getting that bit closer to ‘The King’, you could head off for the Sun Studios Tour - the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll - or switch things up a bit at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Memphis isn’t all music, the National Civil Rights Museum deserves a visit too.
-Elvis Experience tour of Graceland
Day 18: Memphis to Nashville
Anyone going from Memphis to Nashville knows that Casey Jones Village is the place for a pitstop. Pop in to the old school ice cream parlour and fill your boots in the ‘Fudge Shoppe’. Head on inside to learn about historic Southwest Tennessee. Once in Nashville, you’ve got the afternoon to yourselves. Walk the line to the Johnny Cash Museum, or weave your way through the Honky Tonk Highway bars. Be sure to stock up on Goo Goo Clusters.
Day 19: Nashville
To keep the country music ringing in your ears, you could take a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry (the famous concert hall - book in advance), a self-guided tour of Ryman Auditorium, or hit up the Country Music Hall of Fame. Head downtown to bar hop and hear live music in practically every place.
Day 20: Nashville to Atlanta, Georgia
After leaving the country music mecca of Nashville, we’ll stop in Chattanooga to let you loose for a look around. Then it’s on to ‘Hotlanta’, our home for the night. As the sun sets, Atlanta starts to heat up. Prime time to check out the nightlife.
Day 21: Atlanta
Today is yours for the taking. For a taste of history, head to the MLK Jr. National Historic Site and Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Into Zombies? Take an optional Walking Dead film sight tour. Or for a more modern take on Atlanta, there’s the Inside CNN Studio Tour and Skyview – a 200ft high ferris wheel – for a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Day 22: Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina, via Greenville, South Carolina
Time to head north through South Carolina. On the way, Greenville beckons. Use your free time to take the open-air, vintage-looking trolley to do a loop of Greenville’s historic neighbourhoods. (Find out what a cow-catcher is while you’re at it!) Or there’s Falls Park to explore with its green spaces and walking trails. There a shops a-plenty too, prime for exploring. Then, petrol-heads prepare, you’ll stop off at the home of four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams at Hendrick Motorsports, before dinner in Charlotte.
Day 23: Charlotte to Washington, District of Columbia
We’re motoring our way out of Charlotte, heading for the bright lights of this nation’s capital. Tomorrow will give you a chance to explore Washington by day, but tonight it’s all about crossing that Potomac River into DC and enjoying an illuminated tour of the capital’s monuments. The White House at night is a sight not to be missed.
-Illumination tour in DC
Day 24: Washington, DC
Snap yourself in front of some of the US’s most iconic buildings, recreate famous movie moments or spot a senator – today you can get a real feel for the powerhouse that is DC. Get your bearings and tick off all the must-see places with an optional hop on/off bus tour. Most of the museums are free, so get hopping and make the most of them.
Day 25: Washington, DC
Day two of doing your own thing. Speed your way past the likes of The White House and Washington Monuments by seeing the city on a segway tour, or go for pedal-power with a leisurely bike tour. This is the place to clue yourself up on all things about American history, and visit some of the many memorials, monuments and museums.
Day 26: Washington, DC to New York City, via Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
It’s time to leave the capital behind for a pitstop in Philly. For a bird’s eye view of the city, you can choose to head to the One Liberty Observation Deck. We’ll do a driving tour of Philadelphia to see the sights – you’ll channel your inner champ at the Rocky statue, feel the love as you swing by the Love statue – before heading for the bright lights of the Big Apple.
-Driving tour of Philadelphia
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