The Great American Crossing

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

New York Arrival

Arrive in New York City and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Director in the evening.

Day 2

New York – Philadelphia – Washington D.C.

We depart New York for Philadelphia, where we spend the morning exploring the historic district of the “City of Brotherly Love” and the birthplace of a nation. See the Liberty Bell, and stroll through Independence National Historic Park and Mall. Then continue to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

Day 3

Washington D.C.

Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or simply stroll the banks of the Potomac River.

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. We then travel through upstate New York to Buffalo and finally cross the international border into Canada, where the thundering noise and mist of Niagara Falls permeates the air.

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. In the late afternoon, return to the United States, crossing the border and continuing to your hotel in a suburb of Detroit, known as “Motor City USA”.

Day 6

Detroit – Chicago

This morning we make an early start to visit the fascinating Henry Ford Museum. After time exploring the many exhibits of the museum we will visit the nearby Ford plant and watch a modern production vehicle roll off the ever busy factory floor. We then leave Motor City behind and travel along Lake Michigan to Chicago for our overnight stay.

Day 7


Today we will enjoy a short tour of the city’s highlights including Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 8

Chicago – Mississippi River Crossing – Sioux City

Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in cornfields, 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. Overnight in Sioux City.

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 colorful rock formations. Then we continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to 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.

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

Day 12

Yellowstone – 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 try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. 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 Capital building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening.

Day 13

Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon National Park

Continue today to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles, "hoodoos", 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.

Day 14

Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – 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.

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 dazzling Las Vegas strip.

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 Angeles" including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel.

For passengers leaving the tour in Los Angeles today, we will arrive at the hotel by approximately 18:30 hours.

Day 17

Los Angeles

Today we suggest an optional full-day tour visiting the world’s largest movie studio and theme park: Universal Studios. Get an inside look at the sets and uncover the behind the scenes secrets of legendary films or perhaps, for the more adventurous, take one of the Studios’ feature rides including Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy.

Day 18

Los Angeles – Malibu – Santa Barbara – Central Coast

Leave Los Angeles in the morning and travel north through one of California’s favorite vacation spots, Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. The city is famous for its mission and Spanish heritage. Along the way, stop at an iconic California lifeguard tower made famous in “Baywatch”.

Day 19

Central Coast – Carmel/Monterey – San Francisco

Today we make our way north to Carmel, home of actor/director Clint Eastwood. Enjoy browsing the shops and galleries of this famous artists’ colony. Traveling further north, visit Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Stroll the Pier to Cannery Row, brought to fame by John Steinbeck’s novel. In the afternoon pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route to San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.” Tour concludes upon arrival at the hotel.

Prices, Dates, Hotels & Conditions


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The final price you will pay for this tour is that displayed in USD. Prices converted in other
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(19 DAYS)
(16 DAYS)
MAY 11 2478 2284
JUNE 1, 29 2478 2284
JULY 27 2696 2479
AUG 10, 31 2696 2479
SEP 21 2696 2479

- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

- Welcome reception
- Tour Philadelphia and see the Liberty Bell
- Half day city tour of Washington DC & time to visit the museums
- Tour Gettysburg National Military Park
- Visit the Henry Ford Museum and Ford Plant in Detroit
- Time to stroll the banks of Niagara Falls
- City tour of Chicago including Lake Shore Drive, Navy Pier & the Magnificent Mile
- Guided tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City
- Walk along the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park
- Travel along Route 66 and stop in the historic town of Seligman
- Enjoy a city tour of Los Angeles including a tour of the stars in the sidewalk (Walk of Fame)
- Stop at an iconic California lifeguard tower
- Visit the famous Cannery Row in Monterey & shops of Carmel
- “Shop ‘til you drop” at designer discount outlets in Las Vegas

1 New York Westin Grand Central
2-3 Washington D.C. Marriott Wardman Park
4 Niagara Falls Ramada Hotel Niagara Falls
5 Detroit Best Western Greenfield Inn
6-7 Chicago South Loop Hotel Chicago
8 Sioux City Marina Inn & Suites
9 Rapid City Howard Johnson Rapid City
10 Cody Buffalo Bill Village / Comfort Inn
11 Yellowstone Park Brandin Iron Inn / Gray Wolf Inn
12 Salt Lake City Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
13 Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce View Lodge
14 Flagstaff Days Hotel Flagstaff
15 Las Vegas Luxor Las Vegas
16-17 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor
18 Central Coast Holiday Inn Express Solvang

PRE: New York, Westin Grand Central
POST: San Francisco, Hotel Carlton

This tour crosses the U.S./Canada border. Passengers should obtain relevant visas for both nations prior to travel where necessary.

- Washington Monuments at night with dinner in fashionable D.C.
- Maid of the Mist ride with lunch at Niagara Falls
- Architectural river cruise in Chicago
- Visit the Willis Skydeck
- Santa Monica visit with dinner
- Tour Universal Studios, learn how movies are made
- Dinner at the Roof Restaurant in Salt Lake City for panoramic views of Temple Square
- Stop by the finish line of historic Route 66
- “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route

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