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AMERICANA CROSS COUNTRY

24 days departing SAN FRANCISCO May-Aug from £2024

Cross Country | Camping/Hotels

America being so monumental in size naturally results in a multitude of magnificent and contrasting vistas and when choosing a trip, it can be difficult to choose from the red rock deserts and canyons of the west, the delicious flavours of the southern states, and the chilled nature in the east. This trip was created for travellers who don't want to choose; who want to sample all the highlights that the lower 48 states offers. Starting in everyone's favourite city, San Francisco, your journey through America's heartlands will just keep on getting better; be transfixed by the neon lights of Las Vegas, hike down into the mighty Grand Canyon, explore Monument Valley with a Navajo guide and feel the musical pulse of Nashville and Memphis. Finish your epic road trip with time at the Great Lakes and feel the intense spray of Niagara Falls before rolling into the New York area with a bag full of wonderful memories.

 

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Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1-2: San Francisco & Yosemite National Park

After departing San Francisco you head east through California's historic gold country and then high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. You begin with an easy trail walk to the Giant Sequoias before your two night stay. Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. Hiking in Yosemite is pretty special and anyone who visits the park must hit one of the many trails, which enable you to leave the crowds far behind. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breath-taking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your mind. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 3: Nevada Desert

From the forests to the desert, the drive through Nevada is incredible and you will be amazed at the fascinating and contrasting scenery throughout the day from your window. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 4-5: Las Vegas

Leave nature behind and head into Las Vegas, Nevada, and all of its neon splendour. Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in the United States and the entertainment capital of North America - home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If you fancy trying your hand at a spot of gambling, you have definitely come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many casinos, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6-7: Grand Canyon National Park

Today you stop for a view of the Hoover Dam, and visit the quirky town of Seligman, filled to the brim with pure Americana en route to the Grand Canyon - an iconic symbol of the desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. This incredible natural wonder is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that you cannot see when exploring by foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theater which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy to moderate ones and we recommend following the Bright Angel Trail down to Plateau Point, a challenging hike with incredible views of the Colorado River. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 8: Monument Valley

Today you travel northeast along the border of Arizona and Utah to the most photographed location in the USA - Monument Valley in the heart of the Navajo Nation. This is sacred land to those who call it home and the red sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless 'westerns'. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided back roads tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture. Accommodation: Camping with all meals including Navajo Taco Dinner

Day 9: Mesa Verde National Park

Crossing the border into Colorado, you enter the archaeological wonderland of Mesa Verde, a world heritage site which once was home to the Anasazi who lived here hundreds of years ago. This is some prime real estate at Mesa Verde National Park and the stone cut cliff dwellings are highly recommended. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 10: Durango

Durango is next on the itinerary and only a short distance from Mesa Verde. Situated at the base of San Juan National Forest this quaint town offers great activities the whole year round. Visit the breath-taking canyons in the forest or jump aboard the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge, and make sure you check out the buildings on Main Street that still resemble the old Wild West. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 11: Santa Fe

Then it's on to New Mexico and the city of Santa Fe. Although it is the state capital it's only the state's fourth largest city and known for its adobe architecture and new world spiritualism. The earliest settlements in the area were Pueblo Native villages that date back 1000 years, but the Spanish took over in 1598 and laid down the city's foundations. It wasn't till 1912 that the state of New Mexico became part of the United States. The historic downtown area called the Plaza still retains reminders of the Hispanic era whilst the Palace of the Governors and the San Miguel Mission both date back to 1610 and are said to be the oldest European-era buildings in the USA. For people who want a spot of culture walk down Canyon Road, visit the art galleries and peruse the Navajo treasures that line the streets. If it's excitement you're after then the eclectic mix of great bars and restaurants will keep you entertained all evening. You may wish to visit Tomasita's for hands down, the best hatch green chili before overnighting in the Historic El Rey Inn. Accommodation: Historic hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 12: Amarillo

Located on the famous Route 66, Amarillo in the state of Texas is your destination for today but en route you visit the world famous Cadillac Ranch. As a celebration of America's love for this classic car, make sure you pay a visit to the 10 Cadillac's buried nose deep in the sand. Then it's on to Amarillo where there are a number of attractions waiting for you, from outdoor activities to western heritage to a flourishing arts scene. In the evening you make your way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a steak meal (optional). If you can eat a 72 oz. steak in less than one hour, you get it for free! Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 13-14: Oklahoma City

Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old Route 66 highway than any other state, is a mecca for fans of the Mother Road. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and enjoy a full day to discover some of the city's many cultural attractions. Upon arrival you'll enjoy a driving tour to become better acquainted with the city. Why not visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the Coleman Theatre - built in the late 1920's, it defines an era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Originally established in 1955 as the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum, it has broadened its scope to encompass both Western and Native American artwork and artefacts as well as historic photographs. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 15: Hot Springs, Arkansas

No prizes for guessing how Arkansas' Spa City got its name. It's now time to take a dip in `The American Spa', surrounded by the National Park with the same name. These lovely thermal pools have been attracting people for years and you will soon see why. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 16-17: Memphis

Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past and music runs through the very heart of this city. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map. A highlight of your stay in Memphis is a driving tour of the city and an included excursion to 'Graceland', the home of Elvis Presley, who is the biggest influence on country, blues and rock & roll music. You also have the chance to visit Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and a place where many great names have passed through. Outside of music, you may also like to pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated or visit the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 18: Nashville

From here you make your way to Nashville - the undisputed capital of country music. It is home to the famous Wildhorse Saloon and Country Music Hall of Fame, which offers the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing. Broadway is lined with honky-tonks and live music venues playing not only country, but all music genres - the perfect introduction to the Deep South. As well as its indelible country music links, Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state's second largest city after Memphis. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. Your time in Nashville is free for you to enjoy, indulge in your choice of the many music and entertainment options available. There are entrance fees for the various sites and shows you wish to attend however, the Grand Ole Opry is the world's longest running radio show and a recommended highlight (please let your leader know on day 1 if you wish to attend). You can enjoy performances at the famous Grand Ole Opry House located 14 kilometres (9 miles) east of the city however, you should book these before arriving to avoid missing out. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 19: Louisville

Famous for its culinary delights and home to a huge supply of bourbon this place is packed full of flavour. Louisville is one good looking city, with a picturesque waterfront, over 120 parks and the nation's largest urban forest, there are lots of green spaces for you to explore and relax in. Louisville will definitely put a smile on your face. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 20-21: Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in North America and the perfect place to wind down with some swimming, relaxation or a boat trip on your finishing leg across Eastern USA. Lake Erie is also the perfect place for anyone keen on hiking. Enjoy a driving tour of the Lake Erie area for an overall perspective. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 22: Niagara Falls

These famous falls are located on the Niagara River, which drains from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario; forming the actual border between USA and Canada. There are two major falls - the American Falls and the iconic Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. The Horseshoe Falls has a drop of 53 metres (173 feet) and the American Falls has a drop of between 21-30 metres (70-100 feet). You can enjoy an included cruise on the 'Maid of the Mist', which takes you right up to the base of the falls, just be prepared to get a little wet. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 23: Finger Lakes

Leaving the thunder of Niagara behind, make your way towards the long and narrow lakes in the upper New York Area; Finger Lakes, a beautiful forested region filled with lakes and inland waterways are some of the deepest lakes in USA. The area is also New York State's largest wine producing region with over 100 vineyards located around the lakes. Visit one of the famous wineries for some wine tasting and then take a dip in the cool waters of one of the lakes. Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

 

Day 24: New York Area

It's time to get back to civilisation as you return to New York via one of America's biggest shopping malls. With its 228 department stores, shops, bars and restaurants, you really will shop `till you drop. Once you have returned to the city that never sleeps the exploration doesn't stop, take a walk around idyllic Central Park, splurge along Fifth Ave or take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, the opportunities for fun are endless. 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.

Included Highlights

Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset

Backroads Navajo 4X4 tour of Monument Valley

Visit Mariposa Grove for the Giant Sequoias in Yosemite

The home of Elvis Presley, Graceland

Maid of the Mist Cruise, Niagara Falls

Wildlife viewing opportunities

Driving tour of the Las Vegas Strip

Stay at the historic El Ray Inn, Santa Fe

Driving tour of Memphis, Lake Erie & Oklahoma City

Travel along Route 66 and stop in its official museum

Live music opportunities in Memphis and Nashville

Explore the ruins at Mesa Verde

National Parks and Monuments: Yosemite, Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley

3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  6 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation, 1 historic property, 16 camping nights with equipment (except sleeping bag). For your own tent/room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle

Meals:  All meals included whilst camping, hotel meals paid locally

Guided:  Services of a professional tour leader

Group size:  Maximum 13

Age range:  18+

Wifi:  Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users)

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$274

Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15

Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+

Limo ride in Las Vegas US$25-$30

Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32

Cave of the Winds tour at Niagara US$14

Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115

Grand Ole Opry, Nashville US$32-$75

Sun Studios in Memphis US$12

Civil Rights Museum in Memphis US$13

Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30

Las Vegas rollercoasters US$14-$30

Country Line Dancing in Nashville US$10

Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$25-$40

Spray graffiti at Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo US$free

Las Vegas Gun Range from US$20-$100

Go Karting in Las Vegas US$25

Buckstaff Baths Hot Springs US$30-$70

Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$221

Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$11

Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12

The Peabody Hotel US$free

Dig This - Heavy Equipment Playground (Las Vegas) US$249

A 10% deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from £527 per person. This will guarantee you your own tent & room for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

 

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.  

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