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Southern Cross Country Westbound

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Tour style - Wildlife & Nature

23 days

Can one 23-day trip define the elusive essence of a complex nation with centuries of incredible history? Probably not, but it’d be a blast to try, no? Designed specifically for curious travellers with a passion for real experiences and lots of time, this adventure takes you from the busy streets of New York to the shores of San Francisco Bay, with just about every shade of Americana thrown in along the way: Philly steaks, the Alamo, Music City USA, the French Quarter, Tex-Mex, Yosemite, the Vegas Strip… forget e pluribus unum; America’s real motto is “go big or go home.”
  • Day 1 New York City

    Arrive to our joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:30pm. From the Statue of Liberty to Ground Zero to Chinatown, New York City is full of things to do and see. We recommend spending extra time here; please speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. With a skyline that’s recognizable worldwide and more than 8.3 million people from all corners of the globe who call it home, New York City is a one-of-a-kind destination. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, there’s always something new to see and do. From world-class dining to shopping to nightlife to culture, New York City’s streets pulsate with an unmistakable rhythm that attracts more than 45 million visitors annually: and you are one of them!

  • Day 2-3 Washington, DC (1B,1L,1D)

    Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with your CEO. This tour departs New York City mid-day on Day 2 before continuing on to Washington DC in the late afternoon. Day 3 is yours to explore the capital of the United States. There is so much to see and do in Washington DC. Take your time as you spend a full day exploring this fascinating city. Tour the national monuments and memorials - Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial. Visit the National Mall that includes 15 museums such as the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. Take a moment of silence as you gaze into the eternal flame of John F Kennedy's grave at the Arlington Cemetery and pay respect to the many other fallen soldiers around you. In the evening return to camp. Approximate Distance to DC: 375 km Estimated Travel Time to DC: 7 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 4 Shenandoah National Park/Appalachia (1B,1L,1D)

    Travel through the Appalachian Mountains visiting Shenandoah National Park. Optional short hikes on the many trails throughout the park before continuing on the Skyline Drive. Approximate Distance: 480 km Estimated Travel Time: 9 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 5-6 Nashville/Memphis (2B,2L,1D)

    See remains of the settlements along the Parkway, learn their history as we take our time exploring this fabulous drive. The Mountains are a perfect place to relax and to enjoy the fresh, clean air and see the true beauty of North America. Optional short hikes on the many trails throughout the park. In the afternoon we arrive in Nashville! Check out the nightlife and visit real country cowboy bars. Approximate Distance: 575 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 7-8 New Orleans (2B,1L)

    In the morning walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland (optional). See how the legend lived and discover videos, pictures, stage costumes and much more. Then Hear the beat in Memphis, Tennessee! Explore the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, Home of Blues and the starting point of soul. Music Legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B.King made their marks on Memphis. Optional activities include visiting the National Civil Rights Museum (located where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr took place in 1968) or visitng the Rock & Soul Museum. In the evening stroll one of America's most famous streets: Beale Street with it's live entertainment! Approximate Distance: 380 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 9-10 Houston/San Antonio (2B,2D)

    Crank up the jazz as you drive into the home of Mardi Gras. You CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best. Party in the French Quarter till the early hours, dance to great jazz bands and try out delicious Creole food. Enjoy a last dinner our with the group before it's time to say goodbye. For our two nights in New Orleans, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre (multi-share accommodation). Approximate Distance: 640 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 11-12 Carlsbad/Santa Fe (2B,2L,1D)

    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 dinner under the stars. Approximate Distance to Houston: 535 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 13-14 Cortez/Mesa Verde/Monument Valley (2B,2L,1D)

    Deep in the heart of Texas, historic San Antonio has a lot offer. 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 before it's time say good night! Approximate Distance to the San Antonio: 375 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops at The Alamo)

  • Day 15-16 Grand Canyon (2B,2L,2D)

    Enjoy 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)

  • Day 17-18 Las Vegas (1B)

    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)

  • Day 19 Death Valley National Park/Bishop (1L,1D)

    Free morning to explore Santa Fe's downtown and enjoy some world famous roasted green chilies before continuing on through the Animas River valley to Cortez where we will spend the night. Approximate Distance: 350 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 20-21 Yosemite National Park (2B,2L,2D)

    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)

  • Day 22 San Francisco (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 day! Note: If you have pre booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon on either Day 15 or 16, this will be determined by your CEO. Approximate Distance: 290 km Estimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including stops)

  • Day 23 San Francisco

    In the evening arrive in the city of lights, Las Vegas! Stroll the famous "Las Vegas" strip and experience this unique city with an optional VIP limo tour! Try your hand with gambling at giant-mega casinos or opt to visit one of the numerous shows offered on the strip. Or spend your time shopping, dining, or poolside. For the more adventurous consider riding one of the many roller coasters, or even signing up for a zip line tour. 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)

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