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The Great American Crossing Coach Holiday from New York to Los Angeles

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Total 22 nights

Day 1
Arrival New York City, NY

Depart New York JFK - 9:50
Arrive San Francisco - 12:20

Journey Time 7 hours 30 minutes
(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

The UK benefits from numerous daily departures to New York City, our team can run through the options with you, but our advice is hop on one of the early services from London if you can, get there and get exploring! Some think after a long flight it's good to kick back and recover... nonsense, you are on holiday the adrenlin is flowing so get straight out and explore.

You have 2 days before you meet up with your coach tour party so below we have made some suggestions as to what you might like to do with your time. Of course New York offers endless opportunities with something to suit pretty much all tastes so you are free to go as you please and our team all with numerous visits to New York under their belt can offer sound advice based on first hand experience.

See the skyline - New York City is defined by its skyline, and all city skylines are measured against New York's, the silhouette created by Manhattan's buildings is nothing short of iconic. In fact, NYC is home to more than 100 buildings measuring 500 feet or taller.While you can feel this immensity everywhere in NYC, it's best experienced from the observatories at the Empire State Building and at Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock. Once you've enjoyed the scenery from amid the skyscrapers, you can try a vantage point that lets you see all of Manhattan in perspective, at some point during your stay in NYC we recommend you cross the Brooklyn Bridge and the nearby Brooklyn Heights Promenade will provide precisely this ideal lookout... clickety click camera time!

Walk Through Times Square - Times Square is where it all happens. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the bright lights, big screens and bustling crowds perfectly embody the excitement of the city that never sleeps. For the greatest effect, visit after sunset, all that wattage will make you think it's still light out. And now that much of the area is closed to vehicles, you can safely stroll in the streets. While you're in the area, dine at one of the popular eateries on Restaurant Row, or shop in the huge flagship stores with spectacular extras that are attractions in and of themselves. (Toys "R" Us, for example, has an indoor Ferris wheel.) From Times Square, take a 15-minute stroll heading north on Sixth Avenue, you'll pass classic sites like Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where you can visit one of the world's finest collections of contemporary art.

Give Your Regards to Broadway - Nobody does live theatre like NYC. Whether you're into dramas, comedies or musicals, you'll find them in the City's Theatre District, where the shows burst with eye-popping sets, A-list celebrities and, above all, pizzazz. You can see a long-running show like Chicago or Mamma Mia! Newly acclaimed musicals such as Once and The Book of Mormon or projects featuring film stars (Matthew Broderick, Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin) in stage roles. All of the performances demonstrate why this famed NYC thoroughfare has become synonymous with theater itself. Visit the TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square for discounted tickets to some shows, and climb the red steps for an unmatched view of the area.

Overnight - New York City, NY

Day 2
New York City

OK day two you can either split the day in half and spend half a day in the uptown district and half in lower Manhattan or you might just prefer not to rush and choose one that appeals more. There is always the option to fly out a day earlier and have 3 days in New York

Uptown, the Bronx and Queens -

Travel Museum Mile (Upper East Side) The storied Museum Mile actually measures a couple of blocks longer than a mile. Regardless of its precise length, this Upper East Side stretch of Fifth Avenue may have more culture per square foot than any other place in the universe. The tour starts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on East 82nd Street, where you can view limited-time exhibitions as well as objects in the museum's permanent collection, which consists of more than 2 million works of art that span the breadth of human history. Walk your way uptown to the modern and contemporary artwork housed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The journey continues on to East 104th Street at El Museo del Barrio, which showcases Caribbean, Latino and Latin American art. All told, the mile boasts 10 world-class NYC museums.

Go Wild (The Bronx) The City is known for its cultural offerings, famous skyscrapers and Central Park, but many don't realize that NYC is home to the world's largest urban zoo—the Bronx Zoo, located in Bronx Park and operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The zoo's more than 250 acres house 4,000 animals representing in excess of 600 species. Visitors can marvel at the tremendous diversity of life on Earth while learning about creatures ranging from Madagascar hissing cockroaches and king cobras to snow leopards and sea lion pups. Architecture fans will be impressed by the structures here: Rainey Memorial Gates, the Rockefeller Fountain and the Beaux-Arts buildings of the zoo's Astor Court are all landmarks.
Those visiting the Bronx will find that it is also paradise for flora fanatics. The New York Botanical Garden, located in another section of the expansive Bronx Park, is a National Historic Landmark, and its 250 acres are home to more than 1 million plants. The Garden features the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere, a renowned scientific research program and an extensive schedule of fascinating programs and exhibitions.

Catch a Ball Game (The Bronx or Queens) The Mets and Yankees both play in new stadiums that juxtapose cutting-edge amenities with homages to NYC's unparalleled baseball history. The plaques at Yankee Stadium's Monument Park reveal this rich past with tributes to all the greats—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and many more. Citi Field's majestic Jackie Robinson Rotunda salutes the renowned baseball hero and civil rights pioneer. Both arenas conjure an experience that transcends the game itself.

(Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island)

Cross the Brooklyn Bridge (Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn) The Brooklyn Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge when it was completed in 1883. Though that record has long since been surpassed, the bridge is still an iconic structure and an inspiring symbol of humankind's ability to invent and achieve. The landmark also provides one of the most dramatic walking routes in New York City. As you c

ross over the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn, snap photos of Downtown and New York Harbor along the way (the pics will be helpful when recounting the trip back at home). Waiting on the other side of the bridge is Brooklyn Heights, one of the City's most picturesque residential neighborhoods.

Ride the Staten Island Ferry (Lower Manhattan and Staten Island) This five-mile, 25-minute boat ride from Lower Manhattan to the northern tip of Staten Island is free—and the views are priceless. Throughout the journey, you'll take in magnificent vistas of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. At the end of the ride, ferry riders are transported to the historic St. George District—home of the Staten Island Museum and the magnificent St. George Theatre, which is eight decades old.

Experience American History (Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor)
For more than a hundred years, the Statue of Liberty, with her ascendant torch lighting the way to a better life, has symbolized the promise and opportunities of the United States. Looking up at the statue during a ferry ride in New York Harbor, it's easy to imagine how immigrants must have felt as they first arrived here.

Overnight - New York City, NY

Day 3
New York - Philadelphia - Washington D.C.

This morning your coach tour departs from your hotel and you head to 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.

Overnight - Washington, D.C.

Day 4
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.

Overnight - Washington, D.C.

Day 5
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.

Overnight - Niagara Falls, ON

Day 6
Niagara Falls - 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”. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight - Detroit, MI

Day 7
Detroit - Chicago

Travel along Lake Michigan and on to Chicago, where you will enjoy a short tour of the city’s highlights including Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier. The Windy City’s stunning high rise architecture and one of the world’s tallest buildings, the Willis Tower (admission not included), provide a dramatic backdrop for this cultural and financial centre.

Overnight - Chicago, IL

Day 8

A full day at leisure in Chicago to explore the museums, architecture or perhaps a river cruise. (optional)

Overnight - Chicago, IL

Day 9
Chicago to Sioux City

Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in corn fields, 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 - Sioux City, IA

Day 10
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 colourful rock formations. Then we continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to Mount Rushmore, monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.

Overnight - Rapid City, SD

Day 11
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.

 Overnight - Cody, WY

Day 12
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.

Overnight - West Yellowstone, MT

Day 13
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. (4,000 meters). Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye atcapturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo (Tatonka!), moose and elk. 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. May we suggest dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square (optional)?
Overnight - Salt Lake City, UT

Day 14
Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park

Continue today to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured 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.
Overnight - Bryce Canyon, UT

Day 15
Bryce - 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.
Overnight - Flagstaff, AZ

Day 16
Flagstaff - Selifman / 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.
Overnight - Las Vegas, NV

Day 17
Las Vegas - 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 Angels” 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).
Overnight - Los Angeles, CA

Day 18
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. A universe of excitement awaits in one of California’s premier attractions.
Overnight - Los Angeles, CA

Day 19
Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - Shell / Pismo Beach

Leave Los Angeles in the morning and travel north through one of California’s favourite 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”. Continue along the coast to Shell/Pismo Beach.
Overnight - Pismo Beach, CA

Day 20
Shell / Pismo Beach - Carmel / Monterey - San Francisco

Dip your toes in the cool, refreshing waters of the Pacific during an early morning beach stroll, then we leave Shell/Pismo Beach and make our way north to Carmel, home of actor/director Clint Eastwood. Enjoy browsing the shops and galleries of this famous artists’ colony. Travelling 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.
Overnight - San Francisco, CA

Day 21 & 22
San Francisco

After your tour concludes in San Francisco you have 2 days so hit the streets - and hills and shorelines - of San Francisco for some serious sightseeing. The following are ideas to indulge,  to take in a snippet of the 47 stunning square miles that make up America's Favorite City.

Ride a Bike

Catch the only moving historical landmark in the U.S. when you hop on a cable car up, then down, to Fisherman's Wharf, and slide onto your ride at Bay City Bike, Bike and Roll San Francisco or Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals. Enjoy the festivity of the Wharf and then peddle into tranquility when you reach the bike path on the newly preserved shoreline park of Crissy Field, on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Breathe in the breathtaking beauty of this easy ride (great for beginners as well as experienced riders) when you cross the Bridge, as sailboats linger and cruise ships coast along the Bay. When you get to the other side for the view, you'll know why Tony left his heart in San Francisco. Take a Walk...
The only problem with choosing a walking tour is deciding what part of this culturally diverse and historically strident city suits your style. Check out the city's hippie history with the Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour, follow the tumultuous Barbary Coast Trail or be dazzled by the murals in the Mission on the Precita Eyes Mural Arts. The architecturally inclined can lap up the beauty of the Painted Ladies on the Victorian Home Walk, or gain access to hard-to-find rooftop gardens and some of San Francisco’s most famous buildings on the San Franci
sco Architecture Walking Tour. The home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park, is also very fan friendly with tours offered of the dugout, the visitors’ clubhouse and field.

Do Some Time

Set sail on Alcatraz Cruises from Pier 33 and head for The Rock - a.k.a. Alcatraz - the maximum security prison which operated from 1934 to 1963 among the icy waters of the Bay. The short cruise takes visitors to the island (which is now a National Park) where they walk the cell blocks where the Birdman of Alcatraz and Al Capone spent time, while learning about notorious escapes, island wildlife and its history as a military prison and the site of a Native Americans occupation from 1969-1971. Try to plan ahead, these tickets sell out fast.

Shop Til You Drop
Since the Gold Rush, when ships stuffed with goodies from around the globe began pulling into port to satisfy the city's burgeoning populace, the city has been poised to peddle. Bargain shoppers, vintage seekers or feverish fashionistaswill find there's a place for everyone: Union Square boutiques offer up top designers; South of Market hosts outlets with cut-rate clothing; Haight Ashbury has hip threads, tie dye to die for and every type of hippie doohickey to be had;Presidio Heights caters to society sophisticates and dainty dames; and the Marina and Pacific Heights serve up the sublimely stylish for young and young-at-heart urbanites.

Get Cultured
If modern art is your mantra, San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art is a must. Drop in to peruse the iconic works of Warhol or Rauschenberg or the latest exhibitions in the architecturally stunning South of Market structure. If you have time for lunch, enjoy the first rate café with stylish fare - and peruse the museum store, which sells everything from plates to postcards, all with must-have modern design. Up and over Market Street toward the Civic Center, is the Asian Art Museum, one the largest museums in the world devoted exclusively to Asian art. The more than 15,000 treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, and all Asian cultures, will have the novice admirer in awe and the expert enamored. Of course, exquisite Asian-inspired eatables are available in the chic café. The de Young Museum and Legion of Honorshare same-day admission fees and both offer extraordinary views of San Francisco – the de Young from its 144-foot tower and the Legion of Honor from its plaza overlooking the Golden Gate. But if these don't fit your fancy, one of the 60-plus other museums in the city surely will.
Overnight - San Francisco

Day 23
Depart San Francisco

Today you still have most of the day to enjoy this wonderful city before making your way to the airport for an evening flight home to the U.K. You will fly during the night and arrive back to the UK the following day.

Depart San Francisco - 19:00
Arrive London Heathrow - 13:15*

Journey Time - 10 hours 15 minutes
* = Next Day Arrival

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

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CNA Opinion

This tour takes you across America from the east coast to the west by deluxe motorcaoch, starting in New York City & finishing up in the City by the Bay, San Francisco. A popular and jam-packed tour that includes, amongst others, Washington, Niagara Falls and Chicago before headin' west to cowboy country taking in Mount Rushmore and the Old West history of the Black Hills. Yellowstone National Park is a highlight before heading to the canyons where you'll see the incredible landscapes of Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon! Take a  trip down world famous Route 66 en route to glitz & glamour of the Las Vegas Strip before heading back into the desert and into California, staying in the City of Angels, Los Angeles then its up the California coast to your final destination San Francisco. 3 star accommodation throughout. The advantage of having a knowledgeable tour guide cannot be underestimated, worry about nothing and learn about everything as your tour guide takes very good care of you. Remember we can tailor this tour with pre & post additions to suit you.

Tour Highlights

Welcome reception
Tour Philadelphia and see the Liberty Bell
Half day city tour of Washington DC and time to visit the museums
Tour Gettysburg National Military Park
Time to stroll the banks of Niagara Falls
City tour of Chicago including Lake Shore Drive, Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile
Guided tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City
Take a 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 and shops of Carmel
“Shop ‘til you drop” at designer discount outlets in Las Vegas
Early morning stroll along Shell/Pismo Beach

Optional Experiences

Washington Monuments at night with dinner in fashionable Georgetown
Maid of the Mist ride with lunch at the revolving Skylon Tower at Niagara Falls
Architectural river cruise in Chicago
Visit the Willis Skydeck
Santa Monica visit with dinner
Tour Universal Studios and 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


As we trade under a fully bonded ATOL license we are able to tailor a complete package to include this coach tour. We have access to reduced rates of travel in all classes of service on all major scheduled airlines. The only condition we are bound by with the airlines is not to quote or book these deals as flights only. Call us today to discuss you tailored package.

Meals & Tips

Meals are not included in our prices. Tips are not included, we recommend you budget for at least 15% but if you are unsure about any aspect of this culture please speak to your Tour Director


The tour allows one rugged suitcase per person (They do get on and off the coach alot!) but the weight will be determined by your airline, for example British Airways currently allow one piece of checked luggage per person weighing 23 kilos free of charge.

Pre/post nights available

We can extend your stay at the beginning or end of the tour, or perhaps tailor an extended holiday that might include car rental, flights, further tours, cruises, the options are endless..


There is no official rating of hotels in America but in our judgement UK travellers would consider most of these hotels to be of a 3 star standard, however in National Parks and some of the remote locations lodges can be a little rustic but clean and comfortable and in keeping with the limited amount of accommodation available in these remote and beautiful locations

Day City Hotel
01-02 New York City Sheraton Tribeca Manhattan
03-04 Washington, D.C. Washington Hilton
05 Niagara Falls Best Western Cairn Croft
06 Detroit Best Western Greenfield Inn
07-08 Chicago Best Western Grant Park
09 Sioux City Marina Inn & Suites
10 Rapid City Historic Alex Johnson Hotel
11 Cody Buffalo Bill Village
12 Yellowstone Gray Wolf Inn / Brandin Iron Inn
13 Salt Lake City Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake Downtown
14 Bryce Canyon Bryce View Lodge
15 Williams Days Hotel Flagstaff
16 Las Vegas Circus Circus West Tower Rooms
17-18 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza LAX
19 Pismo Beach (Central Coast) Seacrest Oceanfront Resort
20-22 San Francisco Powell Hotel
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Hawaii add-on 

From £699 per person

Paradise awaits...

Extend your trip with a visit to the beautiful island of Oahu, the Heart of Hawaii. Oahu is home to the State capital of Honolulu, which offers magnificent palaces, museums and art galleries as well as the world famous Waikiki Beach. Indulge in world class hotels, shopping and dining and visit the Memorial of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor or the Polynesian Cultural centre to experience the rich island tradition.

6 days/ 5 nights add-on to include: Roundtrip Transpacific flights (Between Mainland USA & Hawaii), Lei Meet & Greet at airport in Hawaii, Round-trip Airport Transfers and 5 nights hotel accommodation*

*'From' price based upon a Standard room at the Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel, Oahu (Upgrade options available)... Contact us for more details

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The Great American Crossing

Itinerary Summary

New York City, NY
2 nights
Washington, D.C.
2 nights
Niagara Falls, ON
1 night
Detroit, MI
1 night
Chicago, IL
2 nights
Sioux City, IA
1 night
Rapid City, SD
1 night
Cody, WY
1 night
West Yellowstone, MT
1 night
Salt Lake City, UT
1 night
Bryce Canyon, UT
1 night
Williams, AZ
1 night
Las Vegas, NV
1 night
Los Angeles, CA
2 nights
Pismo Beach, CA
1 night
San Francisco, CA
3 nights

Total 22 Nights





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