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Coast to Coast USA Road Trip

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Recommended duration

8 weeks


Los Angeles/New York

Travel type

Road trip


Flights and car hire

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Travel from the west coast of America to the east coast on this epic road trip that encompasses 12 states and a load of incredible experiences! Take 8 weeks to see the best of the U. S. of A travelling by car with the flexibility to make as many stops as you like.

From the Cali-vibe in west all the way to hip New York, the route we've suggested here takes you through California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania & New York. This itinerary is packed with so many cool sights that we couldn't list them all, so be aware that the suggested stops are just a fraction of the whole itinerary - view them as "stops not to be missed". 

We've included a car in this road trip, but you can change it to a campervan if you'd like - the choice is yours! It's also good to mention that when you're renting a car abroad, make sure to have your travel insurance in order. Don't have one yet? No worries - we can help you out with that.

What is road trippin’ the KILROY Way?

Well, we always encourage our travelers to be curious. To open up, and to embrace the unexpected. Stop where you can, go down the narrow side street and don’t get stuck in the camper. Don’t just drive for the sake of driving. Approach new people. Approach new ways of doing things. Explore and be open to changes – that’s where the magic happens. 

*Price is a from price per person and based on two people over 25 travelling together. Reach out to us if you're younger than that - it's not a problem!

What's included:
  • Return flights to the USA from the UK (into Los Angeles, out of New York)
  • 3 nights' accommodation in Los Angeles
  • 8 weeks of car rental (Hertz FCAR model)
  • 2 nights' accommodation in New York
  • Booking fees
  • Your own travel specialist
What's not included:
  • Travel insurance (but we can help you with that)
  • One way fee of USD $500 + local tax
  • Vaccinations
  • Meals
  • Accommodation between Los Angeles and New York (but we can help you with that too)
  • Optional activities

Road trip suggestion Coast to coast

Home - Los Angeles - Death Valley - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Roswell & Santa Fe - Amarillo - Oklahoma City - Memphis - Nashville – Knoxville - New York - Home

If you want to do this route in the late autumn, start in New York and end in Los Angeles for better weather conditions as you travel across the country.

Remember, this is only a suggested itinerary for your cross-country road trip. You can tweak this itinerary to get it just right - spend more time in one place, skip another place. Add a tour here, or a surf camp there. Let us know what you want and we'll create your dream trip.

Los Angeles, California

First stop on this itinerary is Los Angeles. We've included 3 nights in our favourite hostel at Venice Beach, so you have time to explore the surroundings by foot, bike or one of the electric scooters. It's a nice way to get around the nearby neighborhoods, whereas if you'd like to cover bigger distances in the city, for instance to check out some of the fashionable areas such as Beverly Hills and Hollywood, a car would be a better solution - so it's up to you if you want to pick up the car straight away. While you're in Los Angeles, don't miss the view from Griffith Observatory.

Las Vegas, Nevada

It's time to explore Sin City! Las Vegas is a paradise if you're looking for a party. Make sure you check out the infamous Strip during the nighttime. The lights and spectacles here are amazing - especially if it's your first time in the city. If you can, drive the I-15 to Las Vegas from the north when it's dark, so you can soak in the neon lights and dazzling city skyline in all its glory.

After exploring the city, you could also drive to see the Hoover Dam about 40 minutes from Las Vegas. This place is a magnificent combination of nature, history and physics!

Grand Canyon, Arizona

With its stunning and unique landscape, the Grand Canyon is a true natural wonder. The surroundings are beautiful, and the place also contains an exciting cultural history. This is one of the classic must-dos when you're road trippin' across the US.

Roswell & Santa Fe, New Mexico

After "The Roswell UFO incident" in 1947, this sleepy town in the Southern States has become world famous. But what actually happened back then? Was it aliens or a weather balloon? Make your own conclusion when you set the route on the GPS to Roswell. Digest your findings in one of New Mexico's many hot springs and make sure you check out one of USA's oldest towns, Santa Fe, as well.

Amarillo, Texas

Howdy y’all! Everything is bigger in America and the best place to test this theory is in Texas. Test the stretching ability on your stomach when you visit the Big Texan Steak Ranch - if you manage to eat the 2kg steak in less than an hour, you get it for free. For an authentic cowboy experience make your way to the Amarillo Livestock Auction where you can meet real cowboys.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City is the capital of the state if Oklahoma. Make sure you check out the Science Museum of Oklahoma, which is both interactive and with a lot of hands-on-activities. In Oklahoma you'll also find The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum which is all about, well you guessed it, the old Western days. Make sure you visit Bricktown which is not only picturesque but filled with nice places for food and beverages.

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is famous for its delicious fried catfish, as well as being the home for the King, Elvis. His private residence Graceland is a must-visit whether you're a fan or not. It's an attraction in itself to view all the Elvis imitations that travel from all over the world to this special place. In addition to this, Memphis is, of course, well known for its amazing music scene where you'll find live soul, blues and rock n' roll performances every night.

Nashville, Tennessee

Continue to another music capital in the US. Nashville is the home for country music, and the city boasts country musicians, cowboy hats and colourful boots in all shapes. Don't miss the dancing on the tables, beer mugs served with straws and locals heavily discussing which songs should be played at the city's many honky tonk bars.

Knoxville, Tennessee

The contrast is big between men and women dressed up in business attire and the more down to earth vibe in Knoxville. Explore the hometown of the Jackass-legend Johnny Knoxville, and enjoy the pleasant vibe at the square by Gay Street, for instance.

New York City, New York

End your coast-to-coast adventure in "The city that never sleeps" - New York! Drop off your car and look forward to spending your time sightseeing, shopping, visiting the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn, Harlem, Wall Street, street musicians at Times Square, donut-eating policemen and artists of all kinds in Central Park. You won't ever have enough days to explore New York, so make sure you set aside plenty of days here!

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