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Best of the USA Tour–New York to New York

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Tour style - Active & Adrenaline, Trekking/Hiking, Wildlife & Nature, Culture & History, Chill out & Beach

44 days

From hip hop to country fiddles, Yankee accents to a western drawl, businessmen in power suits and ranchers in cowboy hats—the US is one heck of a country. And if you’ve got the time, this—our ultimate American tour—is the best way to explore the iconic cities and the legendary national parks, national monuments and wide-open spaces. Centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.
  • Day 1 New York

    Arrive to our joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:30pm.

  • Day 2-3 New York/Newburgh/Finger Lakes (1B,1L,2D)

    Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with your CEO. Later enjoy your first night camping with the group by chilling out around the campfire. Approximate Distance: 112 km Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 4-5 Niagara Falls/Cleveland (2B,2L,2D)

    Enjoy a day out in nature as you take in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls, dropping 215 foot! Explore this beautiful area on foot or just relax by the lake. Optional canoeing. Approximate Distance: 375 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 6-7 Chicago (1B)

    An exciting adventure awaits you in Niagara Falls that will last a lifetime. Feel the rushing waters of the falls by taking the famous "Maid of the Mist Boat Tour". Optional, dive into a world of discovery at the Cave of the Winds and get soaked! Stay until darkness settles over the falls and witness when the Falls are illuminated in a rainbow of color. Approximate Distance: 190 km Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 8-9 Wisconsin/Sioux Falls/Kennebec (1B,1L,2D)

    Travel to Cleveland. Opt to dive into the history of Rock 'n' Roll at the Rock 'n' Roll Music Hall of Fame before continuing to Sandusky for the night. Approximate Distance to Sandusky: 430 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including a stop in Cleveland)

  • Day 10-12 Badlands National Park/Custer (3B,3L,2D)

    One thing is for sure, you'll never be bored in Chicago. Enjoy your first afternoon in Chi-Town with a brief orientation with your CEO, then explore the many attractions Chicago has to offer. Opt to check out the famous Willis Tower (formerly knows as Sears Tower), relax at the Millennium Park, enjoy dazzling music and stroll the boardwalk of the Navy Pier. In the evening get together with the group for a fun night out in Chicago. For our two nights in Chicago, we stay close to the action in a simple hotel in the city centre. Approximate Distance: 470 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 13-14 Devil's Tower/Cody (2B,1L,2D)

    Stop in Milwaukee and take a tour through America's oldest major brewing company: Millers! Explore the history and brewing process. Before you leave don't forget to taste, what is to be said, the favorite beer by American's! Later visit Madison, the capitol of the US state of Wisconsin. Pass by the capitol itself and enjoy downtown Madison with its unique shopping and entertainment district. Continue to our campground located along the bank of the Mississippi River! Approximate Distance to Winona: 535 km Estimated Travel Time: 9 hrs (including stops in Milwaukee and Madison)

  • Day 15-16 Yellowstone National Park (2B,2L,2D)

    Leaving the "cities" behind we cross native American Sioux terrain and America's original western frontier, the Great Prairie! Take a break in Sioux Falls. Drive past Garretson, famous for Devil's Gulch, a footbridge that crosses the "Mini-Canyon" where Jesse James jumped to prevent being captured. Approximate Distance to Kennebec: 710 km Estimated Travel Time: 9 hrs (including stops in Sioux Falls)

  • Day 17-18 Grand Teton National Park/Jackson/Salt Lake (2B,2L,1D)

    Before we continue our short journey to Badlands National Park, stop at the Original South Dakota 1880's Town for an optional visit and envision life on the prairie. Admire the many props that were used in Kevin Costner's famous movie "Dances with Wolves". In the early afternoon explore the spectacular, bizarre and moon-like landscape at Badlands National Park. The Lakota gave this its name, "mako sica," meaning "land bad." Discover the park on short hiking trails and enjoy the feeling of true isolation, where you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization. We spend the night camping while witnessing an incredible sunset or sunrise over the Badlands! Approximate Distance: 185 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 19-21 Tonopah/Yosemite National Park (2B,2L,2D)

    It all started in the 1930's with free ice-water for thirsty tourists coming from the east that made "Wall" such a famous place to visit. Discover Wall Drug, an American roadside wonder before we reach the famous Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota! This historic area is filled with American history. Black Hills are known to be one of the best places to discover the legend of the old west. Next we take the scenic route to Custer State Park, named after the (in)famous General George Armstrong Custer. Custer State Park is home to the world's largest free-roaming bison herds (about 1,500). Explore this fascinating terrain on short hikes. Approximate Distance to Custer: 250 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops in the state park)

  • Day 22 San Francisco (1B)

    In the morning visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial, one of Americas most inspiring symbols of democracy and freedom. Be amazed at the impressive granite faces, each head as tall as a six-story building, of four of the most influential presidents of the United States including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Visit the "City of Gold" Keystone, once a gold mining boom town in the 1870's. Keystone was also the adult home of Carrie Ingalls of “Little House on the Prairie” fame. In the evening visit spectacular Crazy Horse Memorial. "My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too". These were the words of Chief Standing Bear convincing sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in 1939 to create a Memorial for the Lakota people. Witness the fantastic Laser-Light Show "Legends in Light"!

  • Day 23-24 Yosemite National Park (1B,1L,2D)

    Visit historical Deadwood and take a self-guided walking tour into the past of the Wild West. Be a part of the famous shoot out at the Old Style Saloon #10 as you witness the shooting of Wild Bill. Then enter the fabulous Midnight Star, Kevin Costner's Casino and try your luck at one of the slot machines. On our way to Devils Tower we take the most scenic highway in the Black Hills, Spearfish Canyon. Enjoy spectacular scenery that was the location for several scenes in the movie epic, “Dances With Wolves.” In the evening arrive at America's first national monument, the Devils Tower; it rises over 1200 feet into the air. Approximate Distance to Devil's Tower: 215 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops in Deadwood)

  • Day 25 Bishop (1B,1L,1D)

    With crystal-clear lakes, alpine meadows and glacial carved valleys, the Bighorn National Forest is one of the most scenic drives in Wyoming towards Cody, "the rodeo capital of the world"! The town is named after "Buffalo Bill Cody" and has long been a symbol of the old American West. Optional visit to Buffalo Bill Historical Center to discover the real story of the old west. In the evening optional experience of an authentic Rodeo (depends on the season, check with your CEO for details). Approximate Distance: 500 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 26-27 Death Valley/Las Vegas (1B,1L)

    Discover the wonders of Yellowstone, the world's first National Park! Yellowstone is beyond special. Geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and scenic beauty are around every corner for you to explore. In fact, Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world’s largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S., including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears and of course the famous grizzly bear! Travel to the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone and explore the Northern Loop which features beautiful scenery, exciting wildlife and spectacular hydrothermal features. Admire Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone! Approximate Distance: 320 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 28-29 Grand Canyon (1B,2L,2D)

    Drive to Grand Teton National Park and view more than twelve peaks at elevation greater than 12.000 feet! Stop at beautiful Jenny Lake and take an optional boat ride across the lake to discover Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Grand Teton National Park highlights are numerous and each offers a better understanding of this natural phenomenon. In the late afternoon we reach Jackson, where we marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. The area offers unique mix of boutique and country and western shopping opportunities. Wildlife watching is easy here; elk, deer, and many other small mammals can be found throughout the valley. In the evening step back in time and enjoy a night out with a true Wild Western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar, known world wide for its western dancing and live entertainment! Approximate Distance to Jackson: 230 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops in Grand Teton NP)

  • Day 30-31 Monument Valley/Mesa Verde/Durango (2B,2L,1D)

    Optional guided wildlife and whitewater rafting trip down the snake river in Jackson. Leave Yellowstone National Park behind as we continue to Salt Lake City. Orientation tour of Salt Lake City including a visit to Temple Square for views of the world's largest Mormon Temple. Approximate Distance: 440 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 32-33 Santa Fe/Carlsbad (2B,1L,1D)

    One of the best ways to to experience Nevada is to travel on the "Loneliest Road in America", a fascinating scenic and historic area through a land seemingly untouched by man. In the evening experience Tonopah's night sky, considered among the best in the country for stargazing. After the long drive to Tonopah trade in the camping gear in favor of a night in a hotel. Approximate Distance: 656 km Estimated Travel Time: 9 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 34-35 San Antonio/Houston (2B,2L,2D)

    Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of most scenic drives in California: Tioga Pass. Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent a bike in Yosemite Valley. Approximate Distance: 385 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 36-37 New Orleans (2B)

    Arrive to one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Your CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town–perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and deco design. Go back in time and take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills or rent a bike to explore the city on wheels. In the evening, take an optional sunset sailing trip. For our night in San Francisco, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city center. Approximate Distance: 225 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 38-39 Memphis/Nashville (2B,2L,1D)

    Spend the morning in San Francisco. Continue checking out the sites, or head to the bay and take in the picturesque views before continuing onto Yosemite. Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias. Approximate Distance: 225 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 40 Appalachia (1B,1L,1D)

    Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of most scenic areas in California. Surrounded by peaks which soar to over 14,000 feet in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the center of an incredible area of natural beauty. Enjoy secluded hot springs where star gazing is amazing. Note that we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Yosemite NP with Bishop. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route south, and will spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Approximate Distance: 330 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 41-42 Washington DC (2B,1L,1D)

    Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot and home to the lowest point in North America. In the evening, arrive to the city of lights, Las Vegas. Your CEO will introduce you to the famous Vegas Strip on a brief orientation walk, then you're free to explore the "City of Lights", Las Vegas, as you please. Try your hand with gambling at giant-mega casinos or visit one of the numerous shows offered on the strip. Optional VIP limo ride in Vegas. Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. For our nights in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel either at the end of or just a few blocks off the Strip. Approximate Distance: 590 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 43 New York City (1B,1L)

    Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for you to explore. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face as you admire awe-inspiring views. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. With numerous viewpoints, the Grand Canyon will never look the same. In the afternoon enjoy a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight or watch the most spectacular IMAX Adventure of all, the Grand Canyon Movie. Return to your campsite and enjoy a BBQ around the campfire to recapture the experiences from this memorable visit. Opt to hike the trails of the park on your second day at the Grand Canyon and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Approximate Distance: 475 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 44 New York City

    Discover one of the most majestic places on earth: Monument Valley! Magnificent colors, miles of mesas, buttes and pinnacles make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience. Learn about the Navajo culture that has been passed on through generations in order to keep the sacred traditions, beliefs and ceremonies alive. Take an optional jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley and be inspired by a night under the stars as you camp in this magnificent atmosphere. See the sun rise from a perspective very few ever experience. Approximate Distance: 290 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops)

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