Arrive to our joining hotel at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.
Travel day from New Orleans to Houston. Take advantage of the morning to explore the city before the drive ahead. Sit back and gaze at the scenery as you travel through the southern United States. Upon arrival in the 'Lonestar' state settle in at the campsite for a Texan barbeque. Approximate Distance to Houston: 535 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Visit historic San Antonio, deep in the heart of Texas. Discover the battle of Alamo in the 18th century while you walk amongst the largest concentration of missions remaining in North America. Continue your journey back in time on the San Antonio River Walk, winding along the San Antonio River or just relax and enjoy the city at a slower pace. Approximate Distance to the San Antonio: 375 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops at The Alamo)
Travel to one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world. Explore the cave on self-guided trails and be fascinated by the largest underground chambers and countless formations. In the evening witness the stunning spectacle as nearly 400,000 Mexican free-tail bats exit Carlsbad Cavern. Approximate Distance: 744 km Estimated Travel Time: 9 hrs (including stops)
On the night of July 2nd in 1947 something (or someone) crashed into the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico. Was it a balloon, or really extra-terrestrial life? Find out what all the hype is about as we pass through this funky town. Continue your journey back in time and explore one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe. Approximate Distance: 470 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Free morning to explore Santa Fe's downtown and enjoy some world famous roasted green chilies before continuing onto Cortez. Approximate Distance: 350 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)
Drive to Mesa Verde National Park which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo-ans. Take a guided hike through history as you explore the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, some of the most notable and best preserved in North America. Then 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 to Mesa Verde NP: 315 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops in Mesa Verde NP)
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. Enjoy evenings around the campfire to recapture the experiences from thes memorable days. Approximate Distance: 290 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops)
In the evening arrive in the city of lights, Las Vegas! Explore the "Las Vegas" strip and experience this unique city with an optional VIP limo tour! Try your hand with gambling at giant-mega casinos or visit one of the numerous shows offered on the strip. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or the slots. Or spend the day shopping, dining, or even poolside. For the more adventurous consider riding one of the many roller coasters, or even signing up for a zip line tour. Try your hand with gambling at giant-mega casinos or visit one of the numerous shows offered on the strip, just up the road from our well-located hotel. Or do it up in VIP limo touring Vegas in style! For our two nights in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city center. Approximate Distance: 475 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)
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. 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 on Day 13, we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. 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 today, 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: 590 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)
Visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers. 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: the Tioga Pass! 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. 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 bikes in Yosemite Valley. Approximate Distance: 330 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)
Discover one of the greatest cities in the world: San Francisco! Check out some of the most iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and art deco design. Enjoy a last group dinner before it's time to say good bye! For our final night in San Francisco, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city center. Approximate Distance: 225 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Depart at any time.