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The Great American Roadtrip

Take a scenic tour through 12 of America's 50 states passing by iconic sights, breathtaking landscapes and tasting delicious food and drink. You'll see the best of America on this trip of a lifetime. Discover the sights of New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC before crossing the border into Canada to see the mighty Niagara Falls. Explore Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore, journey along the famous Route 66 and walk the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park. This self drive tour is full of memory making moments. 

Duration
22 days
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Start your journey
a view of a city

Trip highlights

  • Travel across the USA
  • Stop in some iconic cities
  • See incredible scenery

Arrive in New York, the city that never sleeps, and transfer independently to your hotel. Spend the rest of your day explore the sights, head up the Empire State at dusk to watch the city light up before your eyes. 

The following morning enjoy the city of New York. Catch glimpses of the famous skyline as you absorb the bustle and energy of the Big Apple. May we suggest a stroll through Central Park, a bird's eye view on a Manhattan Helicopter Tour (optional), or re-enact history with a kiss in Times Square. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Lexington Hotel or similar

Depart New York for Philadelphia, where you may spend the morning exploring the historic district of the City of Brotherly Love and the birthplace of a nation. See the Liberty Bell, and stroll through Independence National Historic Park and Mall.

Then continue to the nation's capital, Washington DC for your overnight stay. Head to George Town for dinner, this lively neighbourhood will give you a real feel for DC.

The following morning head out and enjoy DC with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or simply stroll the banks of the Potomac River.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Washington Hilton or similar

Today, visit Gettysburg National Military Park, site of one of the most decisive bathes during the American Civil War, and the place where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address in 1863. We then travel through upstate New York to Buffalo and finally cross the international border into Canada, where the thundering noise and mist of Niagara Falls permeates the air.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel or similar

Spend the morning sightseeing at Niagara Falls. Stroll along Table Rock and view the thundering waters of Horseshoe Falls. In the late afternoon, return to the United States, crossing the border and continuing to your hotel in a suburb of Detroit, known as Motor City USA. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront or similar

Travel along Lake Michigan and on to Chicago, where you can soak up the city's highlights including Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier and one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower (admission not included). 

The following morning why not book yourself a boat tour and see the amazing architecture of Chicago from the river. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Whitehall Chicago or similar

Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in corn fields and dairy farms. Then cross the mighty Mississippi River into the state of Iowa to arrive just as Lewis & Clark did 200 years ago on the banks of the Missouri River. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Ramada City Center or similar

Travel westward through the grasslands of South Dakota to Badlands National Park, once home to the buffalo and antelope, and filled with colourful rock formations. Continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to Mount Rushmore, monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Roosevelt.

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Rushmore Hotel and Suites or similar

Enter the state of Wyoming, which has twelve mountain ranges intermixed with deserts and rolling grasslands, continue to Cody for the night.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Buffalo Bill Village Cabins or similar

Drive past the mountains in Wyoming to Yellowstone, America's first National Park, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland including: geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and canyons. Highlights will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Canyon's majestic falls, and the beautiful Hayden Valley.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Brandin Iron Inn or similar

Travel through Grand Teton National Park (weather permitting) and see awesome mountain peaks towering over 13,000 ft. (4,000 meters). Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam's tonic shot. Later, arrive in the Mormon State of Utah and take a short city tour of its capital, Salt Lake City. The followers of Brigham Young built one of the best-planned cities in the country. See the State Capital building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel RL Salt Lake City or similar

Continue to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured world of sandstone spires, pinnacles and hoodoos, will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and constellations.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn or similar

Depart Bryce Canyon this morning and journey to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Lake Powell is the second-largest man made lake in America. Then visit colossal Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the Canyon rim to fully experience this mile-deep canyon's gorges, rising spires, extinct volcanoes and, the winding Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff, a famed stop on Historic Route 66.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Little America Hotel or similar

This morning travel on to Las Vegas, the dazzling Entertainment Capital of the World. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed Route 66 that looks as it were frozen in time sixty years ago. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the dazzling Las Vegas Strip.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Luxor Hotel and Casino or similar

Travel to Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert, where clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy driving through the City of Angels passing through areas such as Hollywood, Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel or similar

Today we suggest an optional full-day tour visiting Universal Studios. Get an inside look at the sets and behind the scenes secrets of legendary films or perhaps, for the more adventurous, take one of the Studios' feature rides including Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel or similar

Leave Los Angeles in the morning and travel north through one of California's favourite vacation spots, Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. The city is famous for its mission and Spanish heritage. Along the way, stop at an tonic California lifeguard tower made famous in Baywatch. Continue along the coast to Shell Pismo Beach.

Suggested Accommodation

  • SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel or similar

Dip your toes in the cool, refreshing waters of the Pacific during an early morning beach stroll, then we leave SheIl Pismo Beach and make our way north to Carmel, home of actor/director Clint Eastwood. Enjoy browsing the shops and galleries of this famous artists' colony. Travelling further north, visit Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf. Stroll the Pier to Cannery Row, brought to fame by John Steinbeck's novel. In the afternoon pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route to San Francisco, the City by the Bay.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Americania or similar

A full day at leisure to explore San Francisco and make any last minute purchases as a reminder of your great trip across North America.

Return your car in time for your return flight or maybe extend you holiday?

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Americania or similar

Included

  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • Car hire
  • Car insurance

Not included

  • One way drop car hire fees (if applicable)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Ferry charges (if applicable)