Day 1: New York
Your arrival in the US kicks off with a bang in the vibrant city of New York! As you touch down, the excitement begins, meeting your Adventure Leader and group at the hostel's lobby. Gear up for your first thrill??a high-speed boat ride into New York Harbor. Wave hello to Lady Liberty and embrace the grandeur of this iconic city.
Once back on solid ground, dive into the Midtown Magic walking tour, exploring Fifth Avenue highlights, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, the New York City Public Library, and the dazzling Grand Central Terminal.
Evening brings a delightful pizza meal at Bryant Park, offering stunning views of the Empire State Building. With the night still young, immerse yourself in the Times Square buzz, soaking in the city's vibrant energy.
Day 2: New York
After a hearty breakfast, cross the historic Brooklyn Bridge, delving into its rich history. On the No Sleep ??Til Brooklyn tour, explore Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, and the trendy Timeout Market.
Venture into Williamsburg via a scenic ferry ride, discovering its famed street art, vintage stores, and lively outdoor bars. The evening is yours to roam at leisure, or seek local tips for hidden gems from your guide.
Day 3: New York
Start the day with quintessential New York bagels, while melodies of the Beatles in Strawberry Fields set the tone for Central Park exploration. Visit the High Line, an elevated green space on abandoned train tracks, adorned with captivating murals. Savour lunch at the artisanal Chelsea Market before delving downtown on the ICONYC Tour, exploring Wall Street, Federal Hall, the 9/11 Memorial, and the stunning One World Trade Center.
Cap the evening with a Broadway show or immerse in the city's theatre district, revelling in the vibrant artistic vibes.
Day 4: Washington DC
An early start leads you to the nation's capital via Amtrak, offering scenic glimpses of small towns and bays. Dive into Ben's Chili Bowl for lunch, endorsed even by President Obama, marking your arrival in Washington DC.
Afternoon explorations unfold at your pace. Visit the National Gallery of Art or delve into the rich heritage of historic Georgetown.
Day 5: Washington DC
As the sun casts its first rays, savour a delightful breakfast that epitomizes the essence of DC – perhaps indulge in a traditional Capitol Hill brunch. Subsequently, embark on an all-encompassing Washington Revelations walking tour, an immersive journey through the city's iconic sites, from the dignified halls of the Supreme Court to the stately presence of the Lincoln Memorial. Pause at the historic Library of Congress and marvel at its architectural brilliance.
The afternoon heralds freedom to explore the city at your own pace. Wander through Georgetown's cobblestone streets or delve into the culture and cuisine of Eastern Market. Come evening, choose between a leisurely drink in the sophisticated ambience of Adams Morgan or dive into the pulsating energy of U Street, brimming with live music venues and lively nightlife spots.
Day 6: Boston
Rise with the city and embrace an early start as you board the Amtrak to Boston. As the train weaves through picturesque landscapes, soak in the tranquillity and charm of the journey, catching glimpses of quaint towns and serene countryside. Arriving in Boston, delve into its rich history at the country's oldest park, the Boston Common. Traverse the North End, affectionately known as Little Italy, sampling delectable cannolis from Mike's Pastry.
Day 7: Boston
Amidst the crisp morning air, embark on an unparalleled adventure across Boston Harbor. Aboard a boat, set sail for an unforgettable whale-watching expedition, where majestic marine giants paint a breathtaking picture against the backdrop of the Atlantic. Upon your return to land, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Quincy Market, navigating through eclectic shops and savoring local culinary treasures. As dusk descends, traverse the Freedom Trail, retracing the footsteps of the nation's Founding Fathers, and culminate your day with an insightful visit to Harvard University.**
Day 8: Las Vegas
Bid adieu to Boston, commencing a thrilling new chapter in Las Vegas. Upon arrival, relish the opportunity to unwind and revel in the glitz and glamour of the city. Meet your Adventure Leader at Luxor Hotel's Aurora Bar for a captivating tour briefing before setting off to explore the iconic Strip. Amidst the dazzling lights and bustling energy, enjoy a classic diner experience at Cafe Hollywood and witness the enchanting Bellagio Water Show.
The night beckons with myriad options – from the vibrant nightlife to captivating shows that define Las Vegas's allure. Surrender to the city's charm or explore its hidden gems.
Day 9: Las Vegas
Emerge from a morning of relaxation by the Luxor's pool or venture into the opulent world of Caesar's Palace or the Venetian. Join the Viva Las Vegas tour in the afternoon, immersing yourself in the city's most iconic landmarks, from the iconic Vegas sign to the vibrant Arts district. Indulge in authentic Mexican flavors at Dona Maria's for dinner, tantalizing your taste buds with home-style tamales and sizzling fajitas.
As night descends upon the city, immerse yourself in the allure of Las Vegas's legendary entertainment – be it the mesmerizing magic shows or the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil performances.
Day 10: Vegas, Seligman & Williams
Embark on an adventure-filled day, departing Vegas to explore iconic locations en route to your next destination. Begin with a pit stop at Trader Joe's to stock up on provisions for the day. Your first marvel is the Hoover Dam, a testament to engineering brilliance. Take a brief hike to the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for an awe-inspiring view.
Continue your journey to Kingman, Arizona, where the Locomotive Park offers a picturesque setting to enjoy your stocked-up food. Next on the itinerary is the historic town of Seligman, the birthplace of Route 66 and a living inspiration for Pixar's "Cars." Capture iconic snapshots and immerse yourself in the nostalgic ambience.
Arriving in Williams, Arizona, you'll settle into an exquisite glamping site, cosying up in cabins before relishing a delightful dinner at the Cruiser's Route 66 Cafe.
Day 11: Grand Canyon
This morning we head off for the Grand Canyon! You've got the whole day free to hike – but if you want a recommendation, try the Rim Trail! While the whole thing is a whopping 21km, there's shuttle stops dotted throughout, so if you get far out and don't fancy the return journey, you can hop on it and return to Grand Canyon Village.
For a full list of day hikes, you can visit the National Park Service's website: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/day-hiking.htm
We'll rendezvous this evening at the Hopi House, next door to the El Tovar Hotel. Here, we'll watch the spectacular sunset and wait for the stars to come out, before we grab the shuttle back to our cabin camp. Then it's time for s'mores around the campfire before bed.
Day 12: Williams & Las Vegas
Journey back to Las Vegas, with intriguing experiences awaiting en route in Williams. Begin the day with a unique opportunity – axe throwing or a visit to a local shooting range, offering insight into America's complex history.
Following this engaging activity, indulge in a spot of shopping, enjoy a delightful lunch, and savour the cowboy-esque charm of Williams before boarding the bus back to Vegas. Upon your return, relish a free evening to explore the city's diverse offerings, whether it's a visit to the MOB Museum or soaking in the themed atmosphere of the Millennium Fandom Bar.
Day 13: Santa Monica
Transition to the next leg of your journey, bidding farewell to Vegas and embracing Los Angeles. Arriving in Santa Monica during the early afternoon, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the 3rd Street Promenade, exploring eclectic shops and embracing the local culture.
As evening unfolds, relish a flavorful meal at Trejo's Tacos before embarking on a sunset beach stroll. The Santa Monica Pier awaits with its arcade challenge, inviting you to relive a touch of nostalgia amidst the sparkling ocean breeze.
Day 14: Santa Monica
The day commences with a metro ride to the iconic Sunset Boulevard, offering a glimpse into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As you stroll through this iconic avenue, soak in the glamour and legacy of the entertainment industry.
Satisfy your taste buds with a visit to In-N-Out Burger before indulging in free time to explore the area. Discover the allure of the Hollywood Film Museum or embark on an invigorating hike from Griffith Park to the iconic Griffith Observatory, offering panoramic views of the Hollywood sign and the cityscape.
As the sun sets, explore the Observatory before immersing yourself in the mystical allure of the City of Angels against the backdrop of a stunning sunset.
Day 15: Santa Monica
Today offers a plethora of options for your free day. For those wanting to make the most of LA, consider splurging on a day pass to Disneyland or Universal Studios, immersing yourself in the enchantment of these iconic amusement parks.
If Santa Monica beckons, revel in the laid-back vibes of Venice Beach, embrace the lively ambiance while inline skating along the boardwalk, or embark on a captivating tour of Paramount Studios. For those inclined towards environmental stewardship, contribute to the local community by volunteering with Heal the Bay, partaking in coastal cleanup efforts.
Savor your last night in LA by venturing out into the city's vibrant street art and cultural scene, relishing great food while soaking in the diverse atmosphere.
Day 16: Santa Monica
Rise and shine for an invigorating morning activity – volleyball on the sun-kissed shores of Santa Monica beach. Engage in this fun-filled session, learning and perfecting your bumps, sets, and spikes under the guidance of your dedicated coach.
Post-volleyball, seize the day with diverse activities such as lounging under the warm SoCal sun, taking a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean, or even trying your hand at surfing. Alternatively, explore the Getty Villa, a stunning Roman-style palace museum perched atop Malibu beach, offering captivating vistas and a cultural immersion.
Conclude your stay in LA with an evening spent embracing the local street art, culture, and relishing sumptuous cuisine.
Day 17: Yosemite
Embark on an extensive journey today, transitioning from the urban vibrancy of LA to the picturesque landscapes of Midpines, accessed via a bus and train journey. Arriving after a day of travel, you'll relish a delightful meal at the June Bug Cafe, offering a taste of comfort and relaxation ahead of the days to come.
Day 18: Yosemite
Prepare for an unforgettable experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Yosemite National Park. The day begins with a bus ride to the Visitor's Center, setting the stage for an immersive guided hike led by expert guides.
Traverse along captivating trails, marvel at the park's natural wonders, and explore the serene beauty of this iconic destination. After the guided hike, indulge in moments of personal exploration, exploring hidden gems or must-see landmarks before rendezvousing for a well-deserved dinner.
Day 19: San Francisco
Transition to the final stop of your tour – San Francisco! Board the Amtrak to Oakland, relishing scenic vistas during the journey. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the quintessential San Francisco experience with a cable car ride, offering a unique perspective of the city's eclectic charm.
Following this, embark on a scenic walk through Chinatown and North Beach (Little Italy), immersing yourself in the distinct vibes and cultural flavors before enjoying dinner, perhaps opting to join your group at the House of Nanking for a delectable meal.
Day 20: San Francisco
Commence the day with a memorable bike ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, a bucket-list experience that culminates in Sausalito. Revel in the enchanting atmosphere of this coastal town before ferrying back for lunch at the Joinery Beerhall.
The afternoon grants you leisure time to explore San Francisco at your pace. Venture to Baker Beach, immerse in the vibrant energy of the Castro District, or marvel at the famed Painted Ladies. As night falls, consider joining the group for a lively evening, perhaps attending a Giants' baseball game or visiting Pier 39 for a taste of dining, shopping, and the beloved sea lions.
Day 21: Farewell
The time has come to bid adieu to your enriching three-week journey across the United States. While today marks the conclusion of your Full Coyote USA tour, a final optional excursion awaits. Opt to take a ferry to the infamous Alcatraz Island, offering an insightful exploration of the prison and the fascinating history encapsulated within 'The Rock.'