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Best of the US Express (New York to Los Angeles)

14 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 New York City
Arrive at any time. Towering skyscrapers, flashing lights, and a pulsing energy you can’t quite escape from. First impressions matter so get to know New York City the right way; after dark with your CEO and group. Roam through the crowds, take in the sounds, the smells, and gear up for a good time in the Big Apple. Journey through the Hamilton Heights neighbourhood in Brooklyn in search of the perfect enclave to sip a cocktail, maybe two, and have some laughs with your newest adventure pals.

Day 2 New York City/Niagara Falls
Rise and shine nice and early to beat the traffic out of the city. Gaze out the window as you drive across the state and watch as the city gives way to the rolling hills of Upstate New York. Next, get up close and personal with Niagara Falls! Board the Maid of the Mist and feel the strength behind 3,160 tons of water cascading over the falls every second. Return after dark, try your hand at a local casino and witness the magical atmosphere and fun light show of Niagara Falls at night. (B, D)

Day 3 Niagara Falls/Detroit
Cruise along Lake Erie, passing through Cleveland before arriving in Detroit. Experience the new markets, distilleries, art galleries, and restaurants of this quickly transforming city. Visit The Heidelberg Project to witness some of this community development in action. Then enjoy a free evening to explore this up-and-coming destination with your new pals! (B, L)

Day 4 Detroit/Chicago
Next stop...Chicago! Enjoy a walking tour and take in some of the best highlights the city has to offer like, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the beginning of Route 66, and the Cloud Gate. The tour ends at one of the best pizza joints in town where you can stuff your face with some famous deep dish pizza together before hitting the town on a night out with your travel tribe. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Chicago
Take a free day to explore Chicago, because this is America after all, ‘the land of the free’. Besides, there's tons to do in the Windy City – walk along the river to Millennium Park, enjoy dazzling music, and stroll the boardwalk of the Navy Pier. To get a birds eye view take a ride to the top of the Willis Tower, then maybe grab a selfie under the famous ‘Bean’, or hit the town for another night out with the group. (B)

Day 6 Chicago/Louisville
It’s time to head south Y’all! Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to Louisville. Home of the Kentucky Derby, this city is a foodie haven filled with lively bars and farm-to-table restaurants. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore and don't forget to indulge in some BBQ and bourbon. (B, L)

Day 7 Louisville/Nashville
Travel to the country music capital of the world. Stroll the streets of Nashville and check out what the city's known for: live music, line dancing, and cowboy nightlife. Visit The Parthenon in Centennial Park to understand why Nashville has been called the ‘Athens of the South’, listen to live music in the honky tonks along Broadway, and indulge in some finger-licking good barbecue in the West End. (B)

Day 8 Nashville/San Francisco
Jump aboard a plane and head across the country to the iconic city by the bay; San Francisco! Enjoy a free evening in this seaside metropolis. Feel the allure as you explore Fisherman's Wharf, sample chocolate at Ghirardelli, and snap photos of the skyline from the water. (B)

Day 9 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park
Today, let the scenery guide you out of San Francisco across the Bay Bridge and onwards through California's Central Valley. Stop, nestled between the Coastal Range and Sierra Nevadas to stretch your legs and sample some of the freshest produce in the country. Then tip your head back and relax as you continue to wind through looming mountains to reach Yosemite National Park... your next destination.

Travel through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park. (D)

Day 10 Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevadas
Let your mind wander as you hike past roaring waterfalls and giant sequoias. Gaze in wonder at Yosemite's magnificent peaks and granite domes before turning your attention to the tranquil nature of the valley floor. Snap photos or simply take in the splendour of one of the country's most beautiful national parks. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Sierra Nevadas/Las Vegas
Experience a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Visit the driest, the hottest, and the lowest places in the U.S. From Badwater Basin to Zabriskie Point and Dante's View to Furnace Creek – it is easy to fall in love with this desolate landscape. The adventure doesn't stop here! Continue on to the Las Vegas Strip for a truly unforgettable evening of fun with your fellow trip mates. If you decide you want to cruise Vegas in style head out on an optional VIP party limo ride. (B, L)

Day 12 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon
Cruise along historic Route 66 en route to the magnificent Grand Canyon. Leave ghost towns and funky roadside attractions behind and bask in the fading sun at the canyon's edge. Get ready to feel incredibly small as the world opens up at your feet.

Considered to be among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite, huddle around the campfire and recapture the experiences from this memorable day! (D)

Day 13 Grand Canyon/Lake Havasu
Grab a buddy or set off on your own into one of the deepest canyons in the world. Flip a coin to decide if you should hike along the rim or down into the canyon itself (just remember if you hike down you must hike up). Not feeling a hike? That's cool, you have the option to splurge on an unforgettable helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Then head onwards to Lake Havasu where you can dip a toe or dive right in to the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Lake Havasu/Los Angeles
Your visit to Joshua Tree National Park will be short and sweet but no less impactful. Trek amongst the boulders and famous Joshua trees and find the unexpected beauty and serenity of such a barren landscape. Don't forget to watch for celebrities as you pass by some iconic sites into California's most glamorous city. Now, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and hugs before you head on your way.

Enjoy free time this afternoon in Santa Monica, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. (B, L)
Map
All This Included
Now's the time to explore the United States on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Why choose between the East Coast and West Coast when you can hit both in two weeks? This 14-day tour takes you from New York City to Los Angeles with some incredible stops in between. Explore the country music capital of Nashville (hello honky-tonks!), catch a glimpse of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and hike the trails of Joshua Tree National Park. It's the most epic way to cross the country.
  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Dinner, Chicago Your Big Night Out Moment: Taste of Chicago , Chicago Your Discover Moment: Chicago Your Big Night Out Moment: Spring Break , Lake Havasu
  • Maid of the Mist tour
  • Yosemite NP Visit
  • Death Valley NP Visit
  • Grand Canyon NP Visit
  • Joshua Tree NP Visit
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Chicago Walking Tour
  • Nashville Music City
  • Route 66 Visit
  • London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu)
  • Free time in Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, Nashville, and Las Vegas
  • Internal flight
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Hotels (3 nts)
    Hostels (3 nts, some multi-share with 4-6 people)
    Participation camping (7 nts)
  • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Transportation: Air-conditioned private vehicle, plane, walking.
Highlights
  • Explore the roar of Niagara Falls
  • Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to Louisville
  • Hike past waterfalls and giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park
  • Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park
  • Take in a sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon
Accommodations
Hotels/hostels (6 nights, some multi-share)
Las Vegas, United States: Golden Nugget Las Vegas (or similar)
Nashville, United States: Quality Inn Nashville Downtown - Stadium (or similar)
Chicago, United States: HI Chicago Hostel (or similar)
San Francisco, United States: HI San Francisco City Center Hostel (or similar)

Participation camping (7 nights)
Detroit, United States: Detroit Greenfield Campground (or similar)
Yosemite National Park, United States: Indian Flats Campground (or similar)
Bishop, United States: Browns Town Campground (or similar)
Grand Canyon, United States: Mather Campground (or similar)
Louisville, United States: Louisville South KOA Holiday (or similar)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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