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National Parks Included: Zion, Carlsbad, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon
This trip is perfect for the gap year traveller not wanting to travel solo or friends wishing to travel together with a small group of like-minded, fun-seeking explorers! We believe there’s no better way to travel than in a small, informal group of like-minded friends. With travellers joining our groups from over 45 countries. With our adventure tours, holiday time isn’t wasted waiting for a big group or spent hoping a bus will be on time. Our private transportation provides the freedom of the open road and the flexibility of independent travel – so getting off the beaten track is never a problem. Fun times, late nights and incredible scenery lie ahead as you explore from west to east on this epic road trip!
USA Road Trip LA to New York
This trip takes in some incredible USA highlights, and because you are travelling in a group, you are going to make some good lifelong friends along the way.
- Cruise the Las Vegas Strip on a party bus
- Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC’s famous monuments
- Explore Hollywood Boulevard
- Discover red canyons & hanging gardens of Zion National Park
- Dip your toes in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell
- Awe-inspiring sunset / sunrise over the Grand Canyon
- Navajo culture & famous scenery of Monument Valley
- The sweet sounds of Austin, New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville
- Climb Philadelphia’s famous ‘Rocky’ steps & visit the Liberty Bell
- Admission to national parks & monuments – Zion, Grand Canyon & Monument Valley
Starting in Las Vegas, you will be taken up “The Strip” in a limo, before hitting the casinos. Try not to go bust, as this is the start of the trip, you never know, you may just get lucky! After Vegas you have an epic journey ahead, stopping in New Orleans, Camping in the Grand Canyon, and mixing with cowboys in Texas. For the conspiracy theorists out there we will be stopping in Roswell New Mexico to meet the local aliens, and then there are plenty of scenic hikes and walks in some impressive National parks. Carlsbad and Monument Valley will leave you speechless. But it is not all the wild west on the trip, you take in some of the big cities too: LA, Vegas, New Orleans, Washington and of course New York.
With so much on the itinerary to cover in 21 days, this trip will leave your head spinning and your camera memory full! Be sure to check the video section for more of an insight into what happens on tour.
Tour can also be booked the other way around.
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local conditions and passenger requests vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the guidance of your group leader, you may modify certain night stops and highlights to give a truly unique experience!
Day 1-2: Los Angeles – Las Vegas
With the California sunshine on your face it’s time to visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and a chance for a quick snap of the Hollywood sign before leaving LA. If you’re feeling lucky then you’re heading in the right direction – next up, it’s that little place called Las Vegas. With so much to see and do why not start with an included tour of The Strip in a party bus? Afterwards, indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. And if that’s not enough, you could even take a helicopter flight back down The Strip!
It’s onwards and upwards to Zion National Park where you and your fellow Trekkers can explore the hidden canyons and take a walk through the incredible Narrows. For the ultimate view of the entire national park, hit the Angels Landing Trail. Even though the hike can be strenuous at times, this thrilling adventure will no doubt impress you with a superb 360 degree display of this magnificent national park as your reward. We promise you won’t regret it.
Wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. This really is the perfect place to take a dip or just sit back on the shore and soak up the magnificent views of this beautiful and surreal man-made desert oasis.
Without doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop before the main event. No trip west is complete without a stop at the mighty Grand Canyon, to experience the grandeur of one of the earth’s natural wonders. Pack your walking boots and don’t forget your camera for a sunrise or sunset hike along the rim. For the more ambitious, take the long hike down Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or take to the sky and see the Grand Canyon in all its glory on an optional helicopter flight. The Grand Canyon is magnificent from any angle, but one thing’s for sure you’ll never forget your first glimpse of the canyon, whether that’s from a walk along the rim or the ultimate bird’s-eye view overhead.
On the road again and off to one of North America’s most iconic landscapes, used as the set for countless Western movies, including the recent remake of The Lone Ranger. Immerse yourself in the native culture on a highly recommended optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads, an experience that many travellers don’t get. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day and when the sun goes down swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars.
For all the art lovers out there, Santa Fe is for you. Visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Our top tip here is to visit the brilliantly weird Meow Wolf, an immersive art experience like no other.
Next up is a state which is larger than some countries, Texas! Follow part of the original Route 66 and pay a visit to Cadillac Ranch for unique desert art and one of the most talked about roadside attractions in the US. Spend the night in Amarillo and make sure you head out for an evening meal at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, they’ll even pick you up in a swanky limousine (free with group bookings) for that 100% real Texas experience.
The tunes keep on flowing in Austin, claiming the title for ‘live music capital of the world’. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city that packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week, so get an enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. During the day check out Barton Springs or hit up one of the city’s local food trucks for some tasty cuisine.
We say farewell to the biggest state of continental USA and the home of ‘Tex-Mex’ cuisine and say a big hello to Louisiana, home of gumbo stews and all that jazz.
On your way to New Orleans you can search for gators on an optional swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!). Next up is the ‘Big Easy’, New Orleans. It’s a place every music lover should visit at least once in their life! Head into the enchanting French Quarter and hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, before tucking into some classic and delicious Southern cuisine. If you don’t want to stop at just eating the likes of gumbo and jambalaya, why not take part in an optional New Orleans cookery class and really impress the folks back home. Make a beeline for the notorious nightlife of Bourbon Street, where almost anything goes. New Orleans is a place full of life and is an experience you won’t forget in a long, long time.
Turn up that radio as you’re about to hit Memphis, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll! With that in mind why not visit Sun Studio, where many great names in music have passed through since the 1950s. Stroll along Beale Street where the electric atmosphere will keep you entertained for hours as you listen out for some of the best blues music in town. There is more to Memphis than just music, so pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Memphis is nothing short of awesome.
From honky-tonk bars to The Grand Ole Opry, they don’t call Nashville the ‘centre of the music world’ for nothing! This place is full of life and you’ll be hotfooting your way from one country bar to the next. Find out all about the history of music at the Country Music Hall of Fame, home to the largest collection of country music memorabilia in the world. Even if country music isn’t your thing, there are live bands of all genres everywhere you go, so you’re sure to be singing along by the end of the day.
In 1996 the world’s eyes were on Ocoee as it hosted the world’s first Olympic white water event and it still boasts some of the world’s best rafting. Why not put on a life jacket, grip a paddle and bounce along an exhilarating stretch of white water on an optional rafting trip? But don’t forget to look up as you’ll fly past some pretty awesome scenery. For those of you not keen on the rapids, there are a number of surrounding trails to explore, so don’t forget your camera!
You’ll certainly appreciate the grand views of the rolling green slopes of the Appalachian Mountains as you cruise through Virginia. Today’s a big travel day, but there may be time for a short hike if time allows. With photo opportunities around every bend, make sure you also keep an eye out for Appalachian residents such as cougars, deer, Black Bear and Great Horned Owls.
Next up is Washington DC, the social, cultural and political hub of the United States. From the Smithsonian Museums to the Lincoln Memorial, the culture vultures amongst you will be in your element here. During the day the city is awash with greenery, so once you’re done with sightseeing, you can go people watching in the parks. Included in your tour and a great way to see Washington DC, is a bike tour of the monuments led by a local. Sights include the Lincoln Memorial, White House & Smithsonian Museums.
Leaving the capital behind we head to Philadelphia where you can have your own movie moment with a climb up the famous ‘Rocky’ steps. See Independence Hall and the symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell, then perhaps grab a Philly cheesesteak for an early lunch. It’s food galore at the Reading Terminal Market, so find yourself some tasty treats for your journey to the New York area, your final stop on what has been one heck of a journey. Make sure you book yourself an extra couple of nights to explore this vibrant and exciting city. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laid-back vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home.
This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
Based on sharing accommodation in hostels and campsites. Tents and camping gear is included with the exception of sleeping bags (these can be hired if you do not wish to take one, please advise us at time of booking).
Meals are included in the food kitty (us 10 dollar a day): The group takes turns in cooking and washing up! It is a group travel adventure so expect to get involved!
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
1) The services of a professionally-trained tour guide
2) Transportation in a 15 passenger air-conditioned maxi van
3) All necessary camping equipment including tents, cold food storage containers, camp lights, stoves and other camp accessories
4) Admission to all National Parks and monuments as per the “Flexible Night Stops”
5) Special included activities unique to each Trip
One suitcase or rucksack with a maximum weight of 20 KG, plus your sleeping bag and one carry on bag for the van. Be sure to check the weight allowance of your luggage with your airline as well.
The reason many en route hotels are paid locally is due to fluctuation of hotel prices throughout the year. Instead of getting ‘locked’ into a contract with one hotel for an entire year, we are able to choose one that has the most reasonable price for that time of year. This saves you money in the end
This trip requited a 25% deposit on booking.
- Whitewater rafting (in season) US$30-$175
- Great National Park hikes US$FREE
- Waverunners US$50
- New Orleans Jazz Clubs US$10-$20
- Mississippi Riverboat Cruise US$40-$125
- Southern Mansion Tour US$10
- Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE
- Grand Canyon scenic flights US$160-$400
- Navajo guided backroads tour US$50-$95
- Western horseback riding US$45-$95
- IMAX theatre US$8-$12
- Las Vegas casinos shows US$50-US$200
- Swamp tour US$20-$40
- Services of a tour leader
- All transportation by private adventure vehicle
- Private transportation is with free Wi-Fi
- All accommodation and camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)
- Evening illumination visit to Washington DC monuments
- Limousines in Las Vegas
- New Orleans’ Bourbon Street
- Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
- San Antonio’s Riverwalk
- Alien spotting in Roswell
- Scenic walks and hikes
- National parks and monuments – Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion
Local Payments apply to this trip:
- Food Kitty: US$10 per day
- Travel Insurance
- Sleeping Bag
MAR 25 – APR 14
MAY 28 – JUN 17
JUN 04 – JUN 24
JUL 02 – JUL 22
JUL 16 – AUG 05
JUL 23 – AUG 12
JUL 25 – AUG 14
AUG 06 – AUG 26
AUG 13 – SEP 02
AUG 17 – SEP 06
AUG 20 – SEP 09
AUG 27 – SEP 16
SEP 03 – SEP 23
SEP 08 – SEP 28
SEP 18 – OCT 08