- Explore the majestic Grand Canyon and spend two nights camping on its southern rim
- Discover the glamour and glitz of NYC, including the Freedom Tower and Central Park
- Make like the Hangover with neon-lit nights on Vegas’ party Strip
- Stay in a cosy lodge in the heart of Yosemite National Park
- Take in misty views across the city as you cycle across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge
- Check out Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame and Santa Monica beach in sun-soaked LA
Explore the best of the US on this amazing road trip from east coast to west. Hang with the hipsters in Brooklyn, party Hangover-style in Vegas, run the “Rocky” steps in Philly, spot the stars in LA and cycle across Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran. It’s not all city life though – we’ve got plenty of natural wonders lined up as well, with hiking under the redwoods in Yosemite National Park, coastal cool in Cape Cod, and two nights’ camping in the majestic Grand Canyon. With all your on-trip transport and accommodation included and a group of like-minded people to travel with, it’ll be the most fun you’ve had in years.
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Day 1: New York City! Welcome to the Big Apple! Meet the rest of your group, before heading into the city for a guided tour, including One World Trade Centre, the 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge. This evening we’ll go bar hopping in characterful Williamsburg.
Day 2: NYC to Washington. Start your day zen, with an optional early morning yoga class in Central Park, before seeing the Statue of Liberty from the water on the Staten Island Ferry. Spend the rest of the morning exploring at your own pace before boarding the bus to Washington D.C.
Day 3: Washington DC. Get up early this morning to watch sunrise over the reflection pool at the Lincoln Memorial. Today’s main event is a walking tour through some of the city’s highlights, including Capitol Hill, the Whitehouse, the Martin Luther King Memorial and more.
Day 4: Washington DC to Philadelphia. Hop on the train to Philadelphia, where our first stop is the famous “Rocky” steps. Recreate Sly’s famous scene before a pizza lunch and a look at Liberty Bell. This evening, tuck into Philly cheese steaks at Geno’s, before hanging with the hipsters in Fishtown.
Day 5: Philadelphia to Boston. Hop on the train to Boston this morning. It’s a decent stretch so grab a window seat, plug in a playlist, and relax. Arrive in Boston around 4.30 pm and hit the bars or catch a baseball game at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
Day 6: Boston. Spend the morning on an optional whale-watching tour or just chill at the hostel. Hit one of Boston’s top dining spots for a lobster roll lunch before walking the Freedom Trail through 16 historic locations. Later, get fishy with an Oyster happy hour, and a clam chowder cookery class.
Day 7: Cape Cod day trip. Board the ferry to Cape Cod, where we’ll rent bikes and spend the day exploring. Pedal over to the dunes, snap some pics at the Pilgrim Monument or enjoy some more lobster on the pier. Take the ferry back to Boston this afternoon, ready for dinner at Mama Anna’s.
Day 8: Boston to Vegas. Take the short flight to Vegas today (flight times vary due to changing airline schedules). If you’re on an evening flight, explore more of Boston’shighlights. If you’re on a morning flight, you’ll have plenty of time to relax by the pool in the Vegas sunshine.
Day 9: Las Vegas. We’ll give you the morning to recover from last night’s Vegas-style fun, before an afternoon tour of the city’s highlights, including a local microbrewery. This evening, we’re dining in one of Vegas’ best BBQ joints before going large on the Strip.
Day 10: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon. Our first stop today is the iconic Hoover Dam, where we’ll have lunch with a view, before hitting the iconic Route 66. We’ll enjoy some vintage Americana at Seligman and Williams, where we’ll grab some dinner before bedding down at our Canyon campsite.
Day 11: Grand Canyon. Today’s yours to enjoy nature’s playground - we’d recommend hiking the Rim Trail. We’ll re-group in time for sunset over the majestic landscape, before an evening of Bourbon tasting around the campfire.
Day 12: The Grand Canyon to Vegas (via Flagstaff). Head to Flagstaff for lunch in an independent restaurant and an optional visit to a local gun club. Then we’re back on the road to Vegas, where we’ve lined up a classic barbecue dinner, before another night out on the town.
Day 13: Vegas to LA. We’re headed to the star-studded streets of LA today, staying in the sunny beach suburb of Santa Monica. Take a walking tour of the area before an optional visit to the Griffith Observatory after dark.
Day 14: Los Angeles. Start the day with an energising volleyball class on the beach. Then have a crack at the classic arcade challenge at the pier. After a Cali-style lunch at the In-N-Out burger. we’ll go star spotting on the Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame.
Day 15: Free day in LA. You’ve got a whole day to yourself in sunny LA. Theme Park fans will love a day at Disneyland or Universal Studios (ask your group leader), or if you’re staying in the city, you might like to give back to the local community on a volunteering project.
Day 16: LA to Santa Cruz. Ride the starlight Train today, all the way up the Pacific Coast - one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. Arrive in Santa Cruz early evening, where we’ll head out to a Hawaiian restaurant for a laid-back meal.
Day 17: Santa Cruz to Yosemite. Start your morning like a local, with an epic surf lesson. Then pick up a breakfast burrito at Point Market before an afternoon lazing about on the beach. Meet the group later on and take the minivan to Yosemite, where we’ll bed down in our cosy lodge.
Day 18: Yosemite National Park. Spend the whole day exploring the wonders of Yosemite. We’d recommend the Yosemite Falls Trail and a trail lunch. Around 5pm, we’ll take the bus back to the lodge, where we’ll shower off before a night tasting some Napa Valley wines together.
Day 19: Yosemite to San Francisco. Take the bus to our final destination today – bohemian San Francisco. Arrive mid-afternoon and drop your bags before heading out to explore. The city’s bars and microbreweries are calling!
Day 20: San Francisco. We’ll pick up hire bikes today and tour the city on two wheels - the highlight has to be pedalling over the Golden Gate Bridge for stunning misty views across the bay. Tonight’s our last so freshen up back at the hostel and head out ready for a brilliant session with the gang.
Day 21: Trip end. Squeeze a few last experiences out of the day with an optional ferry to Alcatraz or a half-day wine tasting tour in the incomparable Napa Valley. Then make your way to the airport and start planning your next trip!
Please note that itineraries and inclusions are subject to change.
- 20 nights’ accommodation
- Group leader
- On-trip transport
- Freedom Tower & 9/11 Memorial
- Sunrise experience
- Walking tour of Washington DC
- Liberty Bell tour, Philadelphia
- Boston Freedom Trail
- Clam chowder cooking experience
- Ferry to Cape Cod
- Cape Cod bicycle hire
- Flight to Vegas
- Walking Tour of Vegashighlights
- Vegas micro-brewery experience
- Hoover Dam experience
- Route 66 road trip
- Seligman and Williams visit
- Grand Canyon hike and camping
- National Park entry fee
- Grand Canyon bourbon tasting
- Flagstaff visit
- Santa Monica volleyball lesson
- Santa Monica arcade challenge
- Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Fame
- Starlight Train
- Yosemite National Park
- Yosemite wine tasting experience
- San Fran bike tour
- 24-hour emergency support
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Activities not listed in the inclusions
- Meals, drinks and snacks
- Tips for guides
20 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip in a mixture of hotels and hostels, including 2 nights in a glitzy Vegas Casino hotel. We’ll also spend 2 nights camping at the Grand Canyon (rustic lodges during colder months), and 2 nights in a cosy lodge with spa, in a stunning setting in Yosemite. 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.
This trip doesn’t include meals, so you’ll have total flexibility to sample the varied local cuisine and to eat where and when you like. Your guide will be able to make great local recommendations.
Our pre-departure briefing takes place on day 1 at midday at our starting accommodation in New York. We recommend that you arrive the day before in case of flight delays (we can book pre-tour accommodation for you). New York has 3 main airports. Most people fly into John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Upon arrival make your way to our starting accommodation which will take around 60 minutes by public transport or less by taxi.
The trip ends on day 21 in San Francisco. We’d suggest 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. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is your nearest. Your trip leader can help with return airport transfers.
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip.
British passport holders can enter the USA for up to 90 days without a visa. You’ll need to apply online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) though. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
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.
Is Transport Included?
International flights aren’t included, but all on-trip transport is. We’ll get about on a mix of buses, coaches, trains, metro and one internal flight.
Can I Travel Alone?
Of course! In fact, most of our customers travel solo, and find it’s a great way to make new friends – often for life!
Are All The Experiences And Excursions Included?
This trip has a lot of included activities, but there are also additional activities that you can pay an extra fee to join. See our ‘what’s included’ section for more information.
Can I Book Extra Nights Of Accommodation Before / After The Trip?
Absolutely. Just speak to our travel advisers for more information.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.