Cloud Gate, Chicago, Route 66, Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
Cloud Gate, Chicago, Route 66, Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
Navy Pier, Chicago
Navy Pier, Chicago
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles highlights
Los Angeles highlights
Carmel, Monterey & Santa Barbara
Carmel, Monterey & Santa Barbara
San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge & Redwood National Park
San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge & Redwood National Park

Chicago to the Golden Gate

13 Nights from £2,349 Including Flights

Overview

This escorted coach tour lets you see some of USA’s most famous sites over 14 days. Beginning exploring in Chicago and then travel to the mountains to see the impressive Mount Rushmore. Revel in the gorgeous Yellowstone National park with its impressive Old Faithful geyser before continuing on to Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and the impressive Grand Canyon. Swap canyons for casinos as you dive into the Entertainment Capital of the World – Las Vegas before journeying south to Los Angeles and exploring the larger-than-life symbol of entertainment – Hollywood. End your immersive tour in San Francisco whilst seeing the beautiful Santa Barbara and Carmel along the way. A truly amazing tour with cities, beach and natural wonders.

Highlights

  • Orientation Tour of Chicago
  • Visit the famous Mount Rushmore
  • Guided sightseeing tour of the beautiful Yellowstone National Park
  • Half Day Tour of Salt Lake City including Temple Square, Home to the Mormon Tabernacle
  • Explore the natural wonder of Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Marvel at the incredible Grand Canyon
  • Travel along the iconic Route 66
  • Photo opportunity at the landmark “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign
  • Spot the unique Joshua trees in Mojave Desert
  • In depth Los Angeles City Tour
  • Be in awe of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

Itinerary Overview

Fly into Chicago 2 nights – Sioux Falls 1 night – Rapid City 1 night – Cody 1 night – Yellowstone 1 Salt Lake City 1 night – Bryce Canyon National Park 1 night – Flagstaff 1 night – Las Vegas 1 night – Los Angeles 2 nights – Central Coast 1 night – Fly home from San Francisco

Why not extend your stay in San Francisco or perhaps add a three nights in Hawaii from £799 per person including flights - Fly direct from San Francisco to Honolulu, staying on iconic Waikiki Beach.

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Day 1 and 2
Arrive in Chicago

Land in Chicago and make your way independently to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director in the evening.
The next morning you will start your tour of the city’s highlights including Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile and Lake Shore Drive. See the towering skyscrapers including Willis Tower, which held its name as the world’s tallest buildings for over 25 years before the One World Trade Center surpassed it in 2014. How about an optional detour with admission to Willis Tower Observation deck? Ascend to the sky as you receive panoramic views of The Windy City. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight: Best Western Grant Park/ Inn of Chicago

Day 3
Sioux Falls

Next, you’ll travel through the Midwest farm country and see the fields of corn, wheat and dairy farms as you cross the mammoth Mississippi River and travel into the state of Iowa. Overnight in Sioux Falls.

Overnight: Comfort Suites, Bed and Breakfast

Day 4
Rapid City

Journeying towards Badlands National Park, home to bison, antelopes and buffalos, see the incredibly colourful rock formations. Continuing on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to the famous Mount Rushmore. Spend an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Baymont by Wyndham Keystone Near Mt Rushmore, Bed and Breakfast

Day 5
Cody

Leaving Rapid City, you travel towards Cody, Wyoming with its twelve mountain ranges, entwined with deserts and luscious grasslands. Cody was founded by Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody who was impressed by the development potentials that he started a town in the 1890s and has grown into the city it is today. If overnight in Cody is not possible due to weather or adverse road conditions in Yellowstone, overnight will be in Billings/ Livingstone, Montana.

Overnight: Buffalo Bill Village/ Holiday Inn Cody

Day 6
Yellowstone

Drive past the Wyoming’s mountains as you explore the magnificent Yellowstone, America’s first national park. Enjoy an in-depth sightseeing tour including wildlife, geysers, waterfalls and canyons. Memorable highlights will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Hayden Valley and Yellowstone Canyon’s impressive waterfalls.

Overnight: Gray Wolf Inn/ Clubhouse Inn, Bed and Breakfast

Day 7
Salt Lake City

Venture through Grand Teton National Park (weather permitting) as you see it’s towering mountain peaks at over 13,000 ft. Visit the Snake River Overlook for some stunning mountain views before arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah. See the State Capital Building and visit the famed Temple Square and Tabernacle before arriving at your hotel. How about an optional stunning dinner with panoramic views at Rooftop Restaurant to end the evening?

Overnight: Little America Hotel Salt Lake City

Day 8
Bryce Canyon National Park

Continue onwards towards the breath-taking Bryce Canyon National Park as your guided tour will take you through the multi-coloured sandstone spires and famous hoodoos. This evening, experience stargazing like no other as you survey the brilliant night sky for its constellations.

Overnight: Bryce View Lodge

Day 9
Flagstaff

Depart Bryce Canyon this morning as you travel to the stunning Lake Powell with its glittering blue waters and red rock canyon walls. A man-made lake produced by the damming of Colorado River. Then visit the colossal Grand Canyon National Park – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Stop at the East Rim to truly experience the magnificent structures of the plunging gorges, extinct volcanoes and below the rim, the meandering Colorado River.

Overnight: Days Hotel Flagstaff, Bed and Breakfast

Day 10
Las Vegas

As you leave Flagstaff you will travel on to Las Vegas, the glitzy “Entertainment Capital of the World”. En-route you’ll stop by Seligman, a town built along the famous Route 66, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a town built sixty years ago, the characteristics will remind you of the Disney Pixar film “Cars”. Get the photo opportunity at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” as you enter the exciting city. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. How about taking to the strip and embarking on a night time tour? Another fantastic option is seeing one of Las Vegas’ famous shows with an accompanying dinner or how about taking to the nights sky as you get an aerial view of the city in an exhilarating helicopter ride?

Overnight: Luxor Las Vegas

Day 11 and 12
Los Angeles

Before traveling to Los Angeles you’ll see the Mojave Desert with the unique Joshua trees scattered over the mountain landscape. Arriving in Los Angeles you will start a tour throughout the City of Angels including Beverly Hills, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood before reaching your hotel. Optional end to this tour is available, please enquire on prices.

Today, we suggest an optional full-day tour exploring the world’s largest movie studio and theme park - Universal Studio. A joint attraction with an opportunity for behind the scenes tours of the Hollywood blockbusters. Travelling with thrill-seekers? Enjoy the excitement of Universal’s hair-raising Jurassic Park ride and Return of the Mummy. Or explore downtown LA as you see it’s many museums.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza LAX

Day 13
Central Coast

Leave Los Angeles in the morning and travel north through one of California’s favourite holiday destinations, Santa Barbara. With its idyllic white sandy beaches and gorgeous palm tree lined walk ways no wonder the locals flock here for some R&R! Before you leave, you’ll see the iconic “Baywatch” lifeguard tower. Continue north to the Danish-style town of Solvang with its many wineries.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Santa Maria

Day 14
Depart for San Francisco

Today we travel to the gorgeous coastal town of Carmel. Enjoy perusing the shops and galleries of this famous artists’ colony. Travelling north towards Monterey, you’ll be able to see Old Fisherman’s Wharf, stroll the Pier to Cannery Row brought to fame by John Steinbeck’s novel. As you carry on your journey north, you’ll pass by Santa Clara en-route to San Francisco. Your tour ends as you arrive at the hotel. Before your flight home take an optional Bay Cruise to see the famous Golden Gate Bridge and take in the impressive skyline. Or how about taking one of a kind trip to see the enormous redwood trees that can grow upwards of 367ft! Be guided through the impressive park and on your way back you’ll visit the gorgeous town of Sausalito which sits right on the water.

Depart to San Francisco airport for your flight home.

Optional post-tour hotel
Want to explore San Francisco a bit more? How about a post night stay after your tour with us? Have the day at leisure as you explore the “City of the Bay”. Climb those hills on the iconic cable cars, visit the famous Fisherman’s Wharf or head to Union Square for a spot of last-minute shopping.

Hotel Carlton - £98pp or similar accommodation

Or why not extend your stay and perhaps add a Hawaii Extension?

  • Return transatlantic flights
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Hotel accommodation for 13 nights as described above or similar
  • Complimentary breakfast for 4 nights in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Yellowstone and Flagstaff
  • Orientation Tour of Chicago
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Salt Lake City Tour
  • Los Angeles City Tour

What’s not included
Airport transfers

Optional excursions:

  • Willis Tower - $24
  • Chicago Architectural Cruise - $45
  • Dinner in Salt Lake City, Roof Restaurant - $59
  • Ebenezer's Dinner and Country Music - $36
  • National Park Triangle Flight - $399
  • The Grand Canyon by Helicopter – Majestic - $239
  • The Grand Canyon by Helicopter – Grand Kingdom - $299
  • Las Vegas Evening Tour - $32
  • Las Vegas Evening Tour with High Roller - $67
  • Bubba Gump Dinner in Santa Monica - $45
  • Universal Studios Hollywood - $119
  • San Francisco Bay Cruise - $30
  • Redwood Trees and Sausalito - $77

Rates are approximate prices and can be subject to change and availability

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