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The Great American Crossing

19 Nights Tour from £2,469 per Person Including Flights

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Journeying from the east coast to the west, this amazing American tour visits some of the nation’s top highlights, beginning with two nights in New York. Following on from that, you’ll visit Philadelphia, Washington and the Gettysburg battleground before visiting the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls just over the border. From here, make you way to Detroit and Chicago, before moving westwards to the Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore and the Old West history of the Black Hills. Take in the sights of Yellowstone National Park and Teton Mountains on your way to Salt Lake City, then it’s Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and Grand Canyon itself. Venture to Las Vegas down Route 66, before heading back into the desert and into California to arrive in Los Angeles.

If you would like to explore more of the West Coast, you can also extend this tour to continue to San Francisco. Spend two more days travelling up the California coast, ending in San Francisco.


  • Visit the city of Philadelphia with a city tour including a visit to the Liberty Bell and the Independence National Historic Park
  • Tour the capital with a sightseeing trip around Washington, D.C.
  • Witness the thunderous beauty of Niagara Falls
  • Spend some free time in Chicago, sampling the local cuisine and wandering along Magnificent Mile
  • Visit iconic Mount Rushmore
  • Explore the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park
  • Soak up the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas

The maximum altitude on this tour will be 7970 Feet/2,429 Metres


Day 1

New York

On arrival into New York, transfer independently to your hotel.

Hotel: The Lexington Hotel NYC

Day 2

New York – Philadelphia – Washington, D.C.

Today you will depart from New York for Philadelphia, where you’ll spend the morning exploring the historic district of the "City of Brotherly Love" and the National Constitutional Centre. You’ll see the Liberty Bell, the Independence National Historic Park and the Mall. Continue on to Washington D.C – the nation’s capital.

Hotel: Embassy Row Hotel

Day 3

Washington, D.C.

Enjoy a city tour today with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, the site of the John F.Kennedy Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute.

Hotel: Embassy Row Hotel

Day 4

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. You’ll then travel through upstate New York to Buffalo and finally cross the international border to Canada, where the thunderous sound and mist of Niagara Falls permeates the air.

Hotel: Best Western Cairn Croft

Day 5

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 onwards to Detroit, known as motor city USA. Detroit is home to the country’s automobile manufacturing centres. The evening is yours to spend at leisure.

Hotel: Best Western Grenfield Inn

Day 6

Detroit – Chicago

Travel along Lake Michigan today as you leave 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 centre.

Hotel: South Loop Hotel Chicago

Day 7


A full day at leisure in Chicago awaits you, giving you chance to explore the museums, architecture or perhaps take part in a river cruise (optional).

Hotel: South Loop Hotel Chicago

Day 8

Chicago – Mississippi River Crossing - Sioux City

Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in corn fields, wheat fields and dairy farms. Then you’ll cross the mighty Mississippi River and travel into the state of Iowa to arrive just as Lewis and Clark did 200 years ago on the banks of the Missouri River where you’ll overnight in Sioux City.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel

Day 9

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 colourful rock formations. Then you continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Indian Plains and home to Mount Rushmore, an enormous monument to four great American presidents – Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.

Hotel: Baymont by Wyndham Keystone Near Mount Rushmore

Day 10

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

Day 11

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 of the park will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls, and the beautiful Hayden Valley.

Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn or Brandin Iron Inn

Day 12

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. Visit the Snake River Outlook and capture 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. 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: Little America Hotel Salt Lake City

Day 13

Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon National Park

Continue 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

Day 14

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

Day 15

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: Luxor Hotel & Casino

Day 16

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.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor

Day 17

Los Angeles Fly home OR optional 3 night extension

Today you have a full day at leisure, so we suggest you take an optional tour of the world's largest movie studio and theme park - Universal Studios. Here you can take an inside look at the sets and uncover the secrets behind the scenes or take a feature ride such as Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy.

Independent transfers back to the airport for your return flight.

Optional Extension Itinerary

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor

Day 18

Los Angeles - Malibu - Santa Barbara - Central Coast

Leave Los Angeles and head north along the Pacific Coast, through the glamorous resort of Malibu up to the fabulous coastal city of Santa Barbara. Here you will find palm-lined promenades along the white sandy beaches, with the architecture influenced by the Spanish heritage.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Solvang

Day 19

Central Coast - San Francisco

Head north to the charming town of Carmel, home of Clint Eastwood, where quaint boutiques and art galleries are well worth browsing. Continue to Monterey and visit Old Fisherman's Wharf, the Pier and Cannery Row. Arrive in San Francisco late afternoon / early evening.

Hotel: Hotel Carlton

Day 20

Depart San Francisco

Today your tour comes to an end. It's time to head to the airport for your return flight home.



  • International flights
  • Internal travel by motorcoach
  • 15 nights (16 nights 2019 departures) of hotels as detailed above or similar. Additional 3 night tour extension to San Francisco available from £189 per person
  • City tour of Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Washington, D.C.; Sightseeing tour in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Badlands and Grand Canyon National Parks; Visit to Niagara Falls and Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Porterage of one bag per person
  • Tour guide throughout

Please note this tour crosses the Canadian border so visas for both USA (ESTA) and Canada (ETA) will be needed

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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