Beginning in New York and ending in Los Angeles, this 15 day tour takes travellers on a truly fascinating journey.
Starting out in New York, the tour heads north crossing the border into Canada to visit the spectacular Niagara Falls before travelling the width of America, stopping off at the most popular tourist attractions, including Yellowstone National Park, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon National Park and Las Vegas.
This tour allows you to take in some of the most amazing sights and stunning vistas that the USA has to offer while you don't have to worry about your travel in between destinations.
|Day-1||New York - Philadelphia - Washington D.C.|
|Day-3||Washington D.C. - Gettysburg - Niagara Falls, Canada|
|Day-4||Niagara Falls - Detroit|
|Day-5||Detroit - Chicago|
|Day-7||Chicago - Sioux City|
|Day-8||Sioux City - Badlands National Park - Mt. Rushmore National Memorial - Deadwood / Rapid City|
|Day-9||Deadwood / Rapid City - Bighorn Mountains - Cody|
|Day-10||Cody - Yellowstone National Park|
|Day-11||Yellowstone - Grand Teton National Park - Salt Lake City|
|Day-12||Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park|
|Day-13||Bryce - Lake Powell - Grand Canyon - Flagstaff|
|Day-14||Flagstaff - Seligman / Route 66 - Las Vegas|
|Day-15||Las Vegas - Mojave Desert - Los Angeles|
We depart New York for Philadelphia, where we 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, D.C.
Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capital 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.
Today, visit Gettysburg National Military Park, site of one of the most decisive battles 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.
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.
Travel along Lake Michigan and on to Chicago, where you will enjoy a short tour of the city’s highlights, including Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier. The Windy City’s stunning high rise architecture and one of the world’s tallest buildings, the Willis Tower (admission not included), provide a dramatic backdrop for this cultural and financial centre.
A full day at leisure in Chicago. Perhaps join your Tour Director and fellow travellers on an Architectural River Cruise, the best way to see Chicago’s impressive and famous architecture up close (optional).
Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in corn fields, wheat fields and dairy farms. Then we cross the mighty Mississippi River and travel into the state of Iowa to arrive just as Lewis & Clark did 200 years ago on the banks of the Missouri River. Overnight in Sioux City.
Travel westward through the grasslands of South Dakota and onwards to Badlands National Park, once home to buffalo and antelope, and filled with strange shaped and colourful rock formations. Then we continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to Mount Rushmore, an enormous monument to four of the great presidents of America: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.
Enter the state of Wyoming, which has twelve mountain ranges intermixed with deserts and rolling grasslands, and continue to Cody for the night.
If overnight in Cody is not possible due to weather or adverse road conditions in Yellowstone, overnight will be in Billings/Livingston, Montana.
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.
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 iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo, moose and elk. 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. May we suggest dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square (optional)?
Continue today to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured world of sandstone spires and pinnacles, "Hoodoos", will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars & brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.
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 manmade lake in America, and one in a series of lakes formed by the damming of the Colorado River. 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 plunging gorges, rising spires, extinct volcanoes, and below the rim, the winding Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff, a famed stop on historic Route 66.
This morning depart Flagstaff and 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 if it were frozen in time sixty years ago. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the famous Las Vegas strip.
Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert, home of the world’s tallest thermometer, at 134 feet (41 meters) high. Clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour through the City of Angels including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, after which your tour concludes.