27 Day Trans American Grand Adventure
A cross-country exploration of America, we head from Los Angeles to New York City, with every stop on our most comprehensive U.S. journey revealing more about its history, culture, and beauty. It's Insider moments like... sipping wine from nearby Madison County winery, as we enjoy a leisurely lunch with a local in Winterset, where the famous Clint Eastwood movie was filmed. A leading expert on its legendary bridges, they share stories of life here and proudly take you to some of the historic crossings. And it's exploring the bustling metropolises of Washington, D.C. and New York – meeting a local in each city who takes you beyond the city's landmarks to reveal a different side to the destinations and add personal stories along the way.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day Arrive in Los Angeles
Welcome to Los Angeles, the City of Angels! Enjoy some time to explore this vibrant city before gathering at the hotel at 6 p.m. with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception..
Second Day enjoy Los Angeles Sightseeing and Free Time
Join an orientation tour of L.A. and discover the highlights of the city. Enjoy a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, current home of the Oscars. This afternoon, follow the sleek, stylish Angelenos to beachside Santa Monica with its pedestrian-friendly Third Street Promenade and its iconic pier for lunch on your own. Visit the famous Getty Museum. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Third Day go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
Depart for the City of Angels for Sin City, famous Las Vegas, the city that is unlike any other!.
Hotel: Paris Las Vegas
Fourth Day take some Free Time in Las Vegas
A full free day to take in all that Las Vegas has to offer; hit the casinos, do some shopping, or take in a show.
Fifth Day Travel from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon
Depart the glittering lights of Las Vegas for the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Meet a Local Expert who explains the history and geology of the national park..
Hotel: National Park Lodges
Sixth Day see Zion National Park
From one national park to another, today head to the otherworldly Zion National Park. On the way, visit the historic Cameron Trading Post, and see Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell.
Hotel: BW Zion Park Inn
Seventh Day from Zion National Park to Salt lake City
Before departing Zion, hop on board the park's tram for a ride through the amazing scenery. Then it's on to beautiful Salt Lake City.
Hotel: Little America
Eighth Day your off to Jackson
Today it's off to Jackson, home to the famous Antler Arch in the historic town square. Enjoy a Chuckwagon dinner with your travelling companions tonight.
Ninth Day journey from Jackson and Yellowstone
Embark on an optional float trip this morning down the Snake River (seasonal) before heading to Yellowstone, the world's first national park. Meet a Local Expert who takes you on a guided walk among the geysers, mudpots and hot springs, and learn about the park's geothermal activity.
Hotel: National Park Lodges
Tenth Day enjoy Yellowstone Sightseeing and Free Time
Discover all of the incredible features of Yellowstone with a full day of sightseeing. See the geysers, including famous Old Faithful, the thundering Yellowstone Falls, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and countless brilliantly coloured thermal springs.
Eleventh Day travel from Yellowstone to Cody then Sheridan
Depart Yellowstone for Cody where you visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West with the world's largest collection of Western artefacts. While here, a Local Expert reveals stories of this famous western icon. This evening, arrive in Sheridan.
Hotel: Holiday Inn
Twelfth Day go from Sheridan to Rapid City
Head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood. Explore the town before you journey on to Rapid City where you'll enjoy dinner this evening with your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Adoba Hotel Rapid City
Thirteenth Day experience a Black Hills Excursion
Today, discover the massive Crazy Horse Memorial of the famed chief of the Lakota people before heading to the famous sculpture that is carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore. It memorialises four of the U.S Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Fourteenth Day Journey from Rapid City to Sioux Falls
Travel to Badlands National Park, stopping along the way at two of America's most famous roadside stops, Wall Drug and Corn Palace. See the waterfalls of Big Sioux Rivers Falls Park. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Sheraton Sioux Falls
Fifteenth Day its onto Des Moines
This morning visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center before continuing to Winterest, home to the famed Bridges of Madison County as featured in the hit blockbuster film. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch hosted by a foremost expert on the history of the bridges as well as the Hollywood connection to them. Later, visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum.
Hotel: Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Sixteenth Day Travel from Des Moines to Chicago
Today, visit Iowa's beautiful State Capitol Building, famous for its elaborate architecture, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum. Then it is on to Chicago with a stop at the John Deere Pavilion and World Headquarters. Enjoy a Regional Meal this evening and indulge in a local favourite, deep dish pizza.
Seventeenth Day enjoy Chicago Sightseeing and Free Time
Embark on a sightseeing tour of Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper. Visit the observation deck of the 360 Chicago building and enjoy an architectural cruise on the Chicago River.
Eighteenth Day more Free Time in Chicago
Today is yours to discover Chicago at your leisure. Browse the shops along Magnificent Mile, visit the Field Museum or walk the famous Navy Pier.
Nineteenth Day Trip to Cleveland
Travel to Cleveland where you'll visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Westin Cleveland Downtown
Twentieth Day your off to Niagara Falls, Canada
Cross the border and head to the incredible Niagara Falls where you'll enjoy a Be My Guest dinner at a local winery featuring ice wine, a speciality of the region.
Twenty-First Day enjoy Niagara Falls Free Time
Embark on a boat cruise to the base of the awe-inspiring Horseshoe Falls and feel the power of this incredible natural wonder of the world. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Twenty-Second Day see Pittsburgh
Continue on to Pittsburgh and en route, visit the Erie Maritime Museum and learn about one of the pivotal battles of the war of 1812. Enjoy dinner tonight with your fellow travellers at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Omni William Penn
Twenty-Third Day leave Pittsburgh for Washington
On the way to Washington, D.C., visit the site of the Gettysburg battlefield with a Local Expert and learn about the pivotal turning point in the Civil War. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Twenty-Fourth Day amazing Washington D.C Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a city tour of Washington, D.C. with a Local Expert and discover amazing memorials and monuments in the nation's capital city. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Twenty-Fifth Day its off to Philadelphia then New York
Bid farewell to D.C. and stop in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, on the way to the Big Apple, New York City.
Hotel: New York Marriott East Side
Twenty-Sixth Day enjoy Free Time and Sightseeing in New York
Embark on a city tour of New York with a Local Expert. Head to Rockefeller Center and climb to the top for the famous Top of the Rock view. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight.
Twenty-Seventh Day Depart New York
Your holiday ends with a transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in New York City.
- City tours of Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New York City
- Travel along the Chicago River during an architectural cruise
- Orientation tours of Los Angeles and Salt Lake City
- See Lake Powell
- Visit the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, five national parks including Grand Canyon, Zion, Yellowstone, Badlands and Gettysburg, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills, and the Bridges of Madison County in Winterest
26 full breakfasts, 11 dinners (including Be My Guest, Regional Meal, 8 three course dinners, and Farewell Dinner). Be My Guest lunch. Welcome Reception with light appetisers.
This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park, and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid Sep. Subject to weather conditions. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 12 guests).
Join this exciting night on the town! You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the other. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Tour length: 3.5 hours.
Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous Modern Marvels of our time, the Hoover Dam. First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010. Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United State’s largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Enter the base of the dam on a guided tour and hear the vibrating hums of rushing water and Hydroelectric Turbines. Visit Boulder City, a town created just to support the building of the dam, including frontier style outdoor cafe's and unusual shops. Tour Duration: 5.5 hours
Same as Hoover Dam and Boulder City Excursion, plus Mob Museum Visit. The Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. With high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can finally discover "the whole truth and nothing but the truth."
Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – The Rat Pack is indeed back and alive and kicking in Sin City! Enjoy a buffet dinner before the show, a throwback to the Golden Era of Las Vegas showrooms when booths were the norm and doormen walked you to your table. The Los Angeles Times might have said it best when they claimed, “Some would swear they’ve stepped into a time machine!” Neither the original gang, nor the Sands Hotel, is still around – but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive some of the most memorable times in Las Vegas history. Duration: 4 hours.
Come join us, as we dine and enjoy majestic views of the surrounding Niagara Falls region. Resting 775 feet above the ground, the Skylon Restaurant is considered one of the premier restaurants in Niagara Falls. The Revolving Dining Room slowly rotates once per hour. Enjoy award winning continental cuisine while you take in spectacular views of the world famous Falls and on a clear evening the skylines of both Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Ontario.
Salt Lake City
Start your evening viewing the world-renowned gardens surrounding Temple Square, the 35-acre site of the Mormon religion headquarters. These gardens include 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world arranged in designs from formal French parterres to old-fashioned English cottage gardens. Then, enjoy a savory dinner at a local restaurant. Duration: 3 hours. (Minimum: 10 guests).
You’ll be wowed by this illuminated overview of the nation’s capital city at night! See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. Visit the Kennedy Center for a rooftop walk and end the evening at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. (Stops are subject to weather and local restrictions). Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests).
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- A travel wallet with your documentation
- 13 nights' First Class accommodation
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
Guarantees, Bonds and Awards
- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
- Part of the Trade Right Foundation
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