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? We've laid on a 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 on what has been an awesome day.
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 and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando is one big playground and brings out the big kid in us all, no matter how old you are, so don't try to fight it! 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. The laid back Destin nightlife is a perfect end to a relaxed day, so make sure you pack your dancing shoes as well as your flip-flops. Life just got awesome!
New Orleans simmers with Deep South charm! Pull up a chair in the French Quarter to watch the world go by and grab a po-boy, a 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 New Orleans is famous for 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 wild adventures to offer - there really is nowhere else like it.
Head into New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, to explore one of the oldest cave systems in the world with over 100 limestone caves. 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. There's an insane amount of bats roosting in the caves, so head back at sunset to see the spectacle of 250,000 bats feasting on bugs, it's pretty incredible. Did you know that when bats fly out of their cave they always turn left? Put this fact to the test with an optional Bat Flight Amphitheater visit tonight.
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 at the heart of the Colorado Rockies, so get out there and get amongst it! Walking or mountain biking in the craggy scenery will blow your mind as these are some of the world's most loved 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 sunset 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 Dougway, 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 Wonders of the World'. With two days 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 alternatively, you could opt for a flight over the Grand Canyon for the ultimate bird's-eye view. Ready for the best bit? 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 and the perfect spot for a selfie. Enjoy an included visit to beautifully bizarre Antelope Canyon. Explore the incredible colours and 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.
Welcome to beautiful Zion National Park. Kick back and relax beside the gentle flow of the Virgin River, as it cuts its way between sheer red rock cliffs. For the ultimate views, hike to the famous Angels Landing viewpoint 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' with its soaring walls, sandstone grottos and natural springs. It truly is a unique 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'!
Follow the sun to the Pacific Coast, and arrive in the sprawling 'City of Angels'. Have your camera at the ready as you tour Hollywood; spot your favourite celebs handprints on the Walk of Fame and head to a sweet viewpoint of the famous Hollywood sign. If you've got time after the tour, spend a few extra days in this vibrant and exciting city and head down to Venice Beach, the ultimate people watching spot, or let an LA local introduce you to some of the city's famous historic bars on Sips of Old Hollywood tour.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.