- 31 Nights / 32 Days
- Beach, Desert, Forest, Mountains
- Travel Style:
- Chauffeur Driven, Self Drive
- Architecture, Helicopter Ride, Nightlife, Road Trip, UNESCO Sites, Walking Tours
The adventure of a lifetime kicks off this week! Arrive in San Francisco and get ready for the journey of a lifetime and to make some everlasting memories and friends. After getting adequate rest & overcoming your jet-lag, you will get to meet your fellow participants along with the Expedition Leaders. You will also be handed over with the keys to your incredible SUV, your partner-in-crime on this trip. San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. Whether you are a first time visitor or a local, Golden Gate welcomes all. Visit Alcatraz, a former prison and go see the world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf.
On day three, the real action begins. The road trip flags off in classic American style. We will drive on the Pacific Highway that connects San Francisco and Los Angeles, two places you are more or less guaranteed to want to see in the States. Frequently coined as one of the most scenic drives in America, California’s State Highway 1 or the Pacific Coast Highway as it’s popularly known is well worth the hype and you’ll see why. En route Los Angeles, we will make our first night stop at Big Sur, one of the world’s most unforgettable stretches of coastline. It is roughly a 90-mile-long stretch of redwood- and fog-trimmed waterfront between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle. Next day, we continue our drive and head towards Los Angeles. Packed with glamour, legends, art galleries, wide beaches and more, Los Angeles will hit you right in the feel. No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a visit to Hollywood, the home of movie studios, many of L.A.’s most popular and historic tourist destinations, and its world-famous namesake boulevard. Bye-Bye L.A., Hello Death Valley. Stark in appearance and haunting in name, Death Valley is a very-much-alive desert set between high, snow-capped mountains. Do you know what they say about our next stop? “If you don’t see the sunrise, you probably didn’t do your Vegas vacation right.” Choose to roll the dice in the massive casinos or travel the world in a day as you take a Venetian Gondola, pose in front of Eiffel Tower, or witness the famous Bellagio Fountain, who are we to judge?
We drive away from the flashy Vegas ‘Strip’ to the dramatic landscape of Zion National Park, this change of scenery will bring you and the convoy back to nature again. Zion National Park is a scenic wonder and national treasure. No wonder the park attracts over three million visitors each year. Our night halt for that day is the vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful, the Grand Canyon, easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark. Spend a day at this natural wonder, located in the southwestern region, the Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a good night sleep and eating a hearty breakfast, we leave behind the majestic Grand Canyon and start our long drive towards Albuquerque, New Mexico via Durango, Colorado. We make a stop at Albuquerque for the night and leave early morning for our next destination, Oklahoma city via the iconic Route 66. What’s up OKC? Whether you’re travelling to Oklahoma City for the first time or are a repeat visitor, you’ll find an eclectic assortment of museums such as Oklahoma City National Museum, Skeletons: Museum of Osteology and much more. Some call it the Space City, some call it Bayou City, others call it the Energy Capital of the World, Beyonce calls it H-Town. We conclude week two with visiting one of the most popular and well-known Space Center’s in the world – Space Center Houston. It is a leading science and space exploration learning center and the area’s number one attraction for international visitors.
Start week three with a long drive to the city of Memphis, a city located along the Mississippi River in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee for a visit to Graceland – home of Elvis Presley. After paying homage to the King of Rock and Roll, next on the route map is ‘Big Easy’. We just love New Orleans, Louisiana. With a free day in hand, visit Bourbon Street’s plentiful live-music clubs of nearly every style. Tours of the French Quarter or the Garden District will easily fill the day of those who love to stroll. We leave New Orleans and heads towards the southernmost contiguous state in the United States – Florida and on the way pass through the State of Mississippi and Alabama. We reach Orlando, home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. There’s no limit to the many adventures and exciting times that await in Orlando, a city that’s inspired by dreams and wonder. Bid adieu to Orlando as we drive to the southernmost point of Continental U.S., the city of Key West via Miami. Taking a road trip through the Florida Keys is one of the best adventures you can have and the 110 mile stretch from Miami to Key West traverses the appropriately named Overseas Highway, crossing 42 bridges while taking you on a wild ride through one of the most picturesque, quirky and fun places. After making a short stop in Key West and marvel at the views, we drive back to Miami.
Miami is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. The city sits between the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay on the east. It is one of Florida’s – and the world’s most popular vacation spots with trendy nightlife, beaches, art galleries and world-class hotels. After rejuvenating your senses in the sensual and beautiful city of Miami, hit the road once more for a new adventure. Savannah, Georgia here we come. The oldest city in Georgia, Savannah is known for manicured parks, cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum architecture. Before reaching Niagara Falls, how can we not stopover in Washington DC? Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It’s defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings – including the iconic ones that house the federal government’s 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Up next, journey into the heart of one of North America’s most powerful waterfalls – Niagara Falls. The most famous waterfall in the world, Niagara Falls attracts around 12 million visitors every year. The magnificent Niagara Falls can be enjoyed by boat, helicopter or on foot. The most popular way to experience the grandeur of the falls and to feel the mighty rush of the mist on your face is by taking a cruise aboard the Maid of the Mist. It’s definitely the best way to experience one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders, right here in the US. New York is calling, our final stop on the Great American Road Trip!
The final week of the journey will begin with the penultimate drive from Niagara Falls to New York City, the final destination on The Great American Road Trip. After driving for a full day, you will be greeted by the iconic and the world famous New York skyline and that’s when it will hit you. You made it to New York, ‘The City That Never Sleeps’! Is it really over, San Francisco to New York City? Give yourself a pat on the back for completing a road trip that most can only dream about. It is time to switch off the engine, wear your tourist hats and start exploring the greatest city in the world! It is going to be hectic as New York City has so much to offer. Rest in Central Park, check out the Statue of Liberty, shop at 5th Avenue, spend the evening in Times Square, visit the Empire State Building or watch a Broadway Musical, the list is never-ending. In this trip, learning about yourself and other people will be your greatest joy. Exchange emotional hugs with your new friends (who won’t be feeling so new by this point) with whom you have made some unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. You will look back on this epic journey with the fondest of memories and the utmost gratitude. It was a one Hell of a Drive!