Leave the New York area and travel south to Philadelphia to get a taste of what East Coast living is all about! If you're fan of the movie 'Rocky', head to the famous steps and have your own movie moment! Whilst you're here make sure you see the iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. Feeling a little peckish? Make a beeline for the Reading Terminal Market where you might want to tuck into a famous Philly cheesesteak for lunch - yum!Then it's onto another awesome city, Washington DC, for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the USA. Join an included bike tour led by a local to visit the stunning monuments and get to know your way around this beautiful city. Take time to explore the very best of America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks or explore the Smithsonian National Museums, the world's largest museum complex.
As you head south, watch as mountain views begin to morph into swamps, plantations and palms. Beautiful scenery will constantly be flying by your window as you make your way to your campsite for the night. Then there's only one thing left to do: devour s'mores around a roaring campfire. What are s'mores? Melted chocolate and marshmallow heated over a fire and sandwiched between two crackers. We're pretty sure it'll be the best thing you've ever tasted!
Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina, this place just oozes character - and what better way to experience it than with a stroll along the coast? Take photos of the Morris Island Lighthouse that stands far offshore or jump aboard an optional Charleston water taxi, where you can spot some interesting wildlife. Experience the ultimate taste of the South with a Charleston Nasty Biscuit, a chicken biscuit (which is actually more like a scone) covered in gravy. Sounds gross, right? But it's delicious and a favourite with the locals!
St Augustine is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement on US soil, more commonly known as the ??Nation's Oldest City'. Wander down the narrow lanes, visit the many museums and explore some of the city's iconic landmarks such as the Spanish-influenced Plaza de la Constitucion and the ??Fountain of Youth'.
The wonderful city of Miami beckons with miles of golden sand beaches and palm trees; it is easy to see why people flock here. Seek out SoBe (aka South Beach) and stroll along the art deco seafront or pose with the beautiful people in ultra-cool nightspots. With two nights here you have more than enough time to explore everything that Miami has to offer.
Hit the water and swim or snorkel to explore the crystal clear waters of Key West, where the possibilities for water based fun are endless. If you simply want to kick back and relax then you're definitely in the right place for that too. More of a culture vulture? Take an included tour of this eclectic area, finishing with an optional visit to Ernest Hemingway's House. While you're here you simply must try some Key Lime Pie, then sample the nightlife on Duval Street and watch the sun set.
There are plenty of options for a fun day out amongst Orlando's theme parks. Whether you choose Disney's Magic Kingdom or Universal Studios, Orlando is one big playground and brings out the big kid in us all, no matter how old you are! After all that excitement, you'll sleep like a baby.
After all the thrills and excitement in Orlando, it's time to chill out - and what better place to do it than on miles of pristine white sandy beach alongside the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico? Welcome to paradise! Relax with some lazy beach time lying in a hammock or hit the water. Destin simmers into the evening too, so make sure you pack your dancing shoes as well as your flip-flops.
New Orleans oozes Deep South charm, so pull up a chair in the French Quarter to watch the world go by and grab a po-boy, bowl of gumbo or some home-cooked jambalaya for a taste of the South - or a delicious sugary beignet if you've got more of a sweet tooth! If the food of the Deep South gets your mouth watering why not join a cookery course at the New Orleans School of Cookery, so you can make life back home a little tastier with your new-found skills? For something a little different, opt for a 'Voodoo and Graveyard' tour or cruise along the Mississippi River on a traditional steamboat. By night, party hard in legendary Bourbon Street, hear the world-class jazz for which New Orleans is renowned at Preservation Hall, or explore the bars in Frenchmen Street for live music and dancing without the crowds.
As you enter bayou country, you'll be greeted with a big ole' dose of Southern hospitality. Look out for gators and other wildlife in and around the water on our optional Louisana swamp tour, where you'll slowly drift past ancient Indian burial mounds and fishing villages while taking in the unique scenery (it's a must do!). Set up camp for another night under the stars. Next up, you're headed for mighty Texas!
The music keeps on flowing as you arrive in Austin, the self-proclaimed live music capital of America. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city, with a hippie soul. In your free time why not visit Barton Springs or try one of the city's many local food trucks?
You've discovered by now that everything's supersized in the 'Lone Star State', from the steaks to the hats. The second biggest state has plenty of cacti, cowboys and Southern hospitality to offer - there really is nowhere else like it!
Head on to New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the largest cave systems in the world. Gnarled limestone stalactites hang from the ceiling like icicles, and stalagmites that look like twisting totem poles reach upwards, creating a unique and interesting experience for all who walk through this incredible place. The insane amount of bats that roost in the cave are something to admire, so head back at sunset to see the spectacle of 250,000 bats feasting on bugs, it's pretty incredible.
Pass through Roswell, where they say aliens crashed to earth and they have proof... you'll just have to see for yourself! Next up is Santa Fe, one for all the art lovers. Visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Santa Fe will win you over with its laid-back charm.
Adventure is well and truly alive in the Colorado Rockies, so get out there and get amongst it. Walking and biking in the craggy scenery will blow your mind as you walk some of the world's most loved hiking trails. With two nights you'll really appreciate why people travel from all corners of the globe to the Colorado Rockies, the scenery is simply magnificent!
Utah's undisputed adventure capital is next on the cards, and it guarantees non-stop fun. With two days here you'll have plenty of time to explore this incredible place and discover some of the 2,000 gravity defying sandstone arches. Take a stroll and watch as the sun sets over Delicate Arch, the most photographed of the arches. For the action lovers, hire a mountain bike for some adrenaline pumping cycling along Moab's slick rock path. For the ultimate adventure head down the Colorado River on an optional float trip and see this stunning place from a different perspective.
Drive along the Moki Dugway, a switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa, then it's pistols at dawn as the next stop is straight out of a Western. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscape of Monument Valley on a highly recommended Navajo guided backroads tour with a local, and learn more about Navajo culture. This off the beaten track experience will reveal a richer side of the Monument Valley tribal lands. As the sun slowly sets on the towering buttes and mesas which dominate the landscape around you, now's the time to reflect on one truly special day. So grab your marshmallows and swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars!
Just when the scenery seems unbeatable, you journey to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. With two days here, you'll have plenty of time to hike the rim trails for those incredible views looking down into the vast desert canyons. Why not hike down the snaking trails to reveal a very different side, and become one of only 5% of visitors to venture inside, or opt for a flight over the Grand Canyon for the ultimate bird's-eye view? You'll also get to witness the most stunning sunrise that nature can summon as the rocks change colour in celebration of a new day.
Without a doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop. A visit to the beautifully bizarre Antelope Canyon is included, where you can explore incredible curved canyon walls and watch as stunning shafts of light come down through the rocks; this is one incredible place! After all that exploring, wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is a desert paradise. Go for a swim in the crystal clear water or simply sit by the shore and relax.
Start with epic views from the top of Bryce Canyon, then venture down into the canyon on walking trails for close encounters of the hoodoo kind! Hoodoos are weird and wonderful rock spires arranged in rows that have been shaped by the elements and you're about to spend a whole day gawking at them! They look like something out of a fairy tale, while Native Americans believe these crazy shapes to be ??Legend People' who were turned to stone for their sins; we'll let you decide. For close up views, take advantage of the park's incredible system of trails. Wherever you walk, you'll encounter a fantastic kaleidoscope of colours.
Kick back and relax beside the gentle flow of the Virgin River, cutting its way between sheer red rock cliffs. For the best views in the park, hike to the famous Angels Landing which offers 360 degrees of the entire park, it's definitely worth the effort! If you prefer to take the low road, explore The Narrows for soaring walls, sandstone grottos and natural springs. It's truly a one-off experience with great views of Zion from the valley floor.
It's Vegas, baby, and there's nowhere on earth quite like it! Feel like a total legend as you cruise down The Strip on an included limo tour. The neon glitz which Vegas is so famous for will leave you feeling happy to be alive, so why not take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. And if that's not enough, take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. If after all that you're still left wanting more, head on over to a chapel and get hitched (not legally binding!) by the one and only Elvis, and after you've said your vows enjoy a slap-up meal at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Just remember that 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'!
It's time to head to the 'City of Angels', Los Angeles, and make a beeline for Hollywood Boulevard where you can stroll along the Walk of Fame and take that classic photo of the gigantic Hollywood sign. The following day is yours to do as you please. If it's thrills you're after then try the rides at Universal Studios, or just relax and hang with the cool kids at awesome Venice Beach!
With the Californian sun on your face, head north up the sparkling Californian coastline to Santa Barbara - a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rolling valleys and miles of gorgeous beach. End your day under a blanket of Californian stars, perfect!
Heading east through California's 'gold country', enjoy a scenic drive to everyone's favourite national park, Yosemite. You can either hike or bike through this extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Either way, this park rocks! Once inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled for Black Bears and coyotes that roam freely. When the sun goes down, their howling often echoes amidst pines and sequoias - now that's not something you hear every day! A couple of nights under canvas in Yosemite definitely captures the spirit of the great outdoors.
Come fog or shine, this city's always awesome! Start with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, a neighbourhood oozing with hippy vibes and plenty of quirky shops and cafes. Of course you can't go all the way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge too. The highlights keep coming with an included tour of Alcatraz (value US$33). Spend your free time checking out San Francisco's most famous areas. Trekker favourites include the sights of Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Some streets are a little on the steep side, but you can always catch an iconic cable car to scoot around the city and explore more. To top it all off, set sail on an optional sunset cruise and get a different perspective of the famous bridge and this awesome city.
Take in the stunning scenery as you drive up the Californian coast to Redwood National Park. Get out and stretch those legs with a hike through Tall Trees Grove and keep an eye out for elk and bear who can be found hiding under the canopy of the Redwoods. These trees are the tallest on earth, so be prepared to spend a lot of time looking up. As you explore more of the park you might start to recognise the canyons covered in fern and moss, from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World. After an amazing day exploring Redwood National Park watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean on what's virtually your own private beach. Sounds like the perfect day, right?
Call it what you want – ??City of Roses', ??Bridge City', or ??Beervana' - Portland is simply awesome! It's a vibrant city full of quirky cafes and cool hipster folk, so grab yourself a flat white and enjoy some people watching.
Welcome to Seattle! This cool city is home to the iconic Space Needle, so soar to the top for a bird's-eye view - on a clear day you may even be able to see Mount Rainier across the Puget Sound. Visit bustling Pike Place Market where you can see market stallholders 'toss the Pike fish'. Starbucks Coffee was founded here, but the city's got an abundance of other cool and quirky coffee shops too. Later, check out the bohemian Fremont neighbourhood for cool drinking spots and restaurants, or if it's cocktails and secret bars you're after, make sure to check out Capitol Hill.
Cross the border straight into Canada, headed for your next super-cool city. Vancouver boasts outstanding views with its stunning combination of mountains and coastline. Rent rollerblades or take to two wheels to explore Stanley Park, then head over to Prospect Point for the best views in town. For a walk with a difference, check out the stunning Capilano Suspension Bridge, 140 metres long and suspended 70 metres above the river. Later, why not head over to Gastown with its award-winning galleries and tons of cafes and restaurants?
Head through British Columbia where the scenery will impress you from the word go! In every direction you'll see mirrored lakes, snowy peaks and huge forests of conifer. With the nickname 'Gem of the Rockies', Lake Louise is a real showstopper. The imposing chateau looks on and mountains cluster round the turquoise waters. Hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house to be rewarded with some truly stunning views and treat yourself to some chocolate cake too! Alternatively, grab a paddle and inspect the lake up close on an optional canoe trip.
Packed full of showstopping trails and incredible wildlife, Banff is Canada's first national park and the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies. It's no surprise this place is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. If it's a relaxing time you're after, take the scenic tramway up Sulphur Mountain or chill out by one of the picturesque lakes, then opt for a dip in the local hot springs. If you simply can't sit still, there are heaps of trails just waiting for you to explore.
You're back in the USA, and it won't just be Glacier National Park's snow-capped mountains that leave you awestruck. With bear sightings possible and other awesome wildlife in abundance, you're in for a treat. The best way to explore is to lace up your hiking boots and go for a walk. Alpine lakes, sheer peaks and of course the glaciers - all 26 of them - make this a park that'll leave you speechless. Montana is often referred to as 'Big Sky Country', so enjoy a night under its stars.
The scenery just keeps on getting better as you reach Yellowstone National Park. View explosive geysers including 'Old Faithful' and colourful waterfalls while exploring the world's first and most famous national park. Large herds of bison and elk roam the park, so have your camera at the ready. If you're lucky you may also catch the ultimate wildlife sighting, as wolves have recently been re-introduced to the park. There is no doubt about it the next couple of days in Yellowstone National Park will be awesome!
Just a short drive from Yellowstone you arrive in the heart of Old West Country, Cody! Embrace the town's cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! Nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo and a Stetson, so if you're in town from June to August, why not check out Cody's summer rodeo.
We bet you never thought you'd see the faces of some of America's most loved presidents peering out from the side of a cliff face? Well that's exactly what you can expect to see at Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it's pretty darn huge with 18 metre high faces, more than 150 metres up. Close by, another rock-carved epic captures another piece of American history. The Crazy Horse Memorial, in memory of the famed Lakota Indian war leader, is an impressive sight not to be missed.
Head into the excellently named Badlands National Park. It's truly out of this world – well, not literally, but we imagine this is what it would be like making a moon landing! The bizarre lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges are what geology dreams are made of. The rugged beauty draws in people from all over the world and you may even spot bison, Bighorn Sheep and prairie dogs.
Say hello to the Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth. Head out across the great prairies of America's original western frontier. Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle down for some shut-eye under canvas.
The 'Windy City' of Chicago is home to some of the greatest blues music in America, as well as being famous for its deep-dish pizza so be sure to treat yourself to a slice... you deserve it! Why not soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the city, or for awesome views of the city skyline head down to Lake Michigan. Shopaholics can get their fix trawling the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile, or for a little culture check out the city's museums. An optional 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour is a fantastic way to get a new perspective on the city, guided by a local.
Today we're Ohio bound, where you can find out just how cool Cedar Point Amusement Park's roller coasters really are. Millenium Force has been called 'the greatest roller coaster in the world', but you should find out for yourself! After enough thrills and excitement for one day, settle down for the night close by one of the Great Lakes, the beautiful Lake Erie.Please note: Cedar Point in Ohio is open all of June, July and August and on certain days during May, September and October. It may not always be possible to visit Cedar Point Amusement park.
Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only imagine how epic it'll be to witness this natural wonder with your own two eyes. Get as close as you dare to the booming cascades of water on an included 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour - just be prepared to get wet! Tonight head back to the falls for an illuminated view under a blanket of stars.
Leaving the roar of the falls behind, you travel through New York's state's Finger Lakes region and the Pocono Mountains en route to the New York area. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book a few extra nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own. Splash your cash along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, take a selfie with Lady Liberty herself or soak up the trendy, laid-back vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home. Boy, what an adventure! This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.