Trans American Adventure Itinerary
DAY 1: UK - New York.
Fly to New York where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.
DAY 2: New York City. Included Manhattan sightseeing.
On today's sightseeing tour, see New York City's major attractions, including Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, City Hall, Wall Street and Trinity Church. The afternoon is free.
DAY 3: New York City - Philadelphia - Washington DC.
Head south through New Jersey to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States. During your free time in Philadelphia you may wish to visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. Then it's on to Washington DC.
DAY 4: Washington DC. Included sightseeing.
Your local guide points out all the major highlights on this morning's tour, including Capital Hill, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Then cross the Potomac River to see the graves of American heroes, including that of John F Kennedy, in Arlington National Cemetery. As the remainder of the day is free, why not visit the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian.
DAY 5: Washington DC - Niagara Falls.
A long and scenic day as you head north through Pennsylvania Dutch Country, home of the Amish and Mennonite religious sects. Then along the Susquehanna River to Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League baseball and site of the league's annual World Series. Later cross the Rainbow Bridge into Canada and arrive at Niagara Falls, Ontario.
DAY 6: Niagara Falls (included sightseeing) - Detroit.
This morning board the Maid of the Mist for amazing close up views from the base of the falls. Then travel the Niagara Parkway, admiring the sweeping landscapes of this scenic countryside. Head south-west and cross the farmlands and vineyards of Ontario. Through London, nicknamed Forest City because 1,000 trees are planted along its streets each year, and then into Michigan.
Note: The operation of the Maid of the Mist cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Usually favourable conditions exist from May to the end of October. If unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour of the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
DAY 7: Detroit - Henry Ford Museum - Chicago.
Begin the day with a visit to the Henry Ford Museum. Don't miss the 'Automobile in American Life' exhibit. Reach Chicago, America's third largest city, in the late afternoon.
DAY 8: Chicago. Included sightseeing.
See all the major landmarks on your morning city tour of the 'windy city'. This afternoon take an optional cruise on Lake Michigan and through the locks of the Chicago River. As the evening is free, join the optional outing for a delicious dinner at a Chicago restaurant, followed by spectacular views of the city from atop the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), one of the World's tallest buildings.
DAY 9: Chicago - Wisconsin Dells (included 'duck' cruise) - Minneapolis.
Enter Wisconsin with a leisurely break in pretty Wisconsin Dells - a popular spot for photographers. Enjoy an included boat trip in a unique amphibious vessel. Journey through Eau Claire on the Chippewa River before entering Minnesota - the land of 10,000 lakes. Drive through St Paul, Minneapolis' twin city, before reaching your overnight hotel in Minneapolis.
DAY 10: Minneapolis. Mall of America.
Begin the day with a short city sightseeing tour of the bustling downtown area as well as the many beautiful parks, gardens and residential neighbourhoods. Then head out to the fabulous Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States featuring over 400 speciality stores as well as several large retailers. Tonight take an optional dinner cruise aboard a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River.
DAY 11: Minneapolis - Pierre.
Into the rich farmlands of South Dakota and homeland of the great Sioux Indian Nation. A stop in Mitchell to see the Corn Palace, a remarkable Moorish-style building whose interior and exterior are covered with designs of corn outlined with grasses and grain. Then a scenic drive through the Crow Creek Indian Reservation and along the mighty Missouri River. Overnight in Pierre, the state's capital.
DAY 12: Pierre - Badlands National Park - Mount Rushmore - Keystone.
First a drive through Fort Pierre National Grassland and see the prairie as it once was when only buffalo and the Sioux Indians occupied the land. Next is Badlands National Park, where 37 million years of wind and water erosion have carved out a remarkably colourful sight. Then head deep into the Black Hills and behold the granite faces of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four American presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
DAY 13: Keystone - Cody.
Head through the rich mountainous country to Buffalo, where open-range cattle kings made war on the sheep ranchers of the 1880's. Drive past Sheridan, the scene of many fierce battles between the US Cavalry and the Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow Indians. Then climb over the Bighorn Mountains en route to the overnight stop in Buffalo Bill's frontier town of Cody.
DAY 14: Cody - Yellowstone National Park.
Travel through the Shoshone National Forest to splendid Yellowstone National Park. Follow the grand loop road to Artist Point with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls, nearly twice the height of Niagara. Next are the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and finally the reliable 'blow' of Old Faithful, Yellowstone's great geyser.
DAY 15: Yellowstone - Grand Teton National Park - Salt Lake City.
Head south into the magnificent Grand Tetons with saw-toothed, 13,770 ft high ridges crested with snow most of the year. Next, journey through western Jackson with its wooden pavements and swing-door saloons, and arrive in Salt Lake City in the late afternoon. Magnificently set on the edge of a salt desert, near forest-covered mountains and an area abundant with lakes, this is the centre of the Mormon religion. Enjoy a brief orientation drive before reaching your hotel.
DAY 16: Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon - Cedar City.
Through the sagebrush landscape of southern Utah to Bryce Canyon National Park with its 20 miles of breathtaking sandstone and limestone cliffs and ever-changing colours. West through the Dixie National Forest and Cedar Breaks National Monument to Cedar City for your overnight stay.
DAY 17: Cedar City - Zion National Park - Grand Canyon North Rim.
First stop is Zion National Park, a landscape that was carved out by rushing streams over a period of a million years. Through Kaibab National Forest to the less visited north rim of the Grand Canyon, where you'll marvel at the stunning views of the flame-coloured walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. The rest of the day is free.
DAY 18: Grand Canyon - Las Vegas.
Head to the unique phenomenon of Las Vegas, where today's fortune hunters try their luck at the 24-hour gambling tables of the 'Strip'. The afternoon is at leisure so you can explore the casinos.
DAY 19: Las Vegas.
A free morning and afternoon for you to swim and sunbathe at the hotel pool. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for the best shows to see this evening.
DAY 20: Las Vegas - Calico Ghost Town - Los Angeles.
Into California today with a stop at Calico Ghost Town to relive the wild, tough days when miners struck it rich. Through the Mojave Desert and over the San Gabriel Mountains to Los Angeles.
DAY 21: Los Angeles. Included sightseeing.
Start the day with a sightseeing tour of the world's 'Capital of Glamour'. You'll drive to Hollywood, see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre, famous Hollywood Bowl and the Kodak Theatre. Then on to elegant Beverly Hills followed by a drive down Sunset Strip. A suggestion for this afternoon is an optional excursion to Universal Studios®.
DAY 22: Los Angeles - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
DAY 23: Home landing in the UK.
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