Fly to New York
On arrival in New York, transfer independently to your hotel.
Hotel: Sheraton Tribeca
New York – Philadelphia – Washington, D.C.
We depart New York for Philadelphia, where we spend the morning exploring the historic district of Brotherly Love. Explore the National Constitutional Center, see the Liberty Bell, and stroll through Independence National Historic Park and Mall. Then continue to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital.
Hotel: Washington Hilton
Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetry, site of the John F.Kennedy Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute.
Hotel: Washington Hilton
Washington, D.C. – Gettysburg – Niagara Falls, Canada
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 to Canada, where the thundering noise and mist of Niagara Falls permeates the air.
Hotel: Best Western Cairncroft
Niagara Falls – The Great Lakes - Detroit
Spend the morning sightseeing at Niagara Falls. Stroll along Table Rock and view the thundering waters of Horseshoe Falls. Travel on to Detroit, known as motor city USA. Detroit is home to the country’s automobile manufacturing centers. Evening at leisure.
Hotel: Best Western Greenfield Inn
Detroit – Chicago
Travel along Lake Michigan, leaving Detroit. Continue 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 Sears Tower (admission not included), provide a dramatic backdrop for this cultural and financial center.
Hotel: Best Western Grant Park
A full day at leisure in Chicago to explore the museums, architecture or perhaps a river cruise (optional).
Chicago – Mississippi River Crossing - Sioux City
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 when we overnight in Sioux City.
Hotel: Marina Inn & Suites
Sioux City–Badlands National Park–Mt. Rushmore National Memorial-Deadwood/Rapid City
Travel westward through the grasslands of South Dakota and onwards to Badlands National Park, once home to the buffalo and antelope and filled with strange shaped and colorful 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 great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.
2013 Hotel: Cambria Suites, 2014 Hotel: Historic Alex Johnson Hotel
Deadwood/Rapid City – Bighorn Mountains – Cody
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.)
Hotel: Buffalo Bill Village/Holiday Inn
Cody – Yellowstone National Park
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.
Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn
Yellowstone National Park – Grand Teton National Park – Salt Lake City
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 (Tatonka!), 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 Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening. Why not have dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square (optional)
Hotel: Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake Downtown
Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon National Park
Continue today to Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured world of sandstone spires and pinnacles 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.
Hotel: Bryce View Lodge
Bryce Canyon National Park – Lake Powell– Grand Canyon National Park – Flagstaff
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 man made 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.
Hotel: Days Hotel Flagstaff
Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas
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.
Hotel: Circus Circus Hotel
Las Vegas – Mojave Desert - Beverly Hills - Los Angeles
Travel to Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert, where 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, before arriving at approximately 6.30pm.
Independent transfers back to the airport for your return flight.
If returning from Los Angeles today a late evening departure flight is required
Arrival back home.
Return scheduled transatlantic flights from the UK
Professional Tour Director Service
Deluxe air-conditioned Motorcoach Transportation throughout the tour
Hotel accommodation as per hotels listed above (or similar standard)
Washington D.C City Tour
Gettysburg National Military Park
Chicago City Tour
Badlands National Park
Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing Tour
Grand Teton National Park
Salt Lake City Tour
Grand Canyon National Park
Visit Las Vegas
Los Angeles City Tour
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