Day 1 : Arrive New York
Welcome to the Big Apple. Every inch is as magical and iconic as you've been imagining. The Big Apple offers Broadway, the Empire State Building, leafy Greenwich Village and the sobering 9/11 Memorial. This evening, go out and perhaps get acquainted with the city's foodie scene. From gourmet food trucks to Michelin Star restaurants, the city that never sleeps ensures you'll never go hungry.
Accommodation : The Paul, NYC
Day 2 : New York - Philadelphia - Washington (2 nights)
Start your morning in New York with an orientation tour before heading on to 'Philly'. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage city in 2015, Philadelphia is the beating heart of the USA's revolutionary history and the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. You'll have time to eat lunch here, likely involving the city's legendary cheesesteak sandwich, before heading on to Washington, America's capital city and the seat of political power. Settle in to your hotel, then pay a visit to bustling Georgetown for a wander round the shops and restaurants.
Accommodation : Courtyard Washington DCUS Capitol
Day 3 : Washington, D.C. Sightseeing
Today's all about unearthing the political and cultural highlights of this high flying city. You'll kick things off with a sightseeing tour that will feel more like a walk through a real life movie set, visiting icons including the gargantuan Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the jewel in America's political crown, the White House. With the rest of the day then free to explore as you please, the question is really where to start? Perhaps treat your cultural side to an afternoon spent browsing the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, pay a visit to George Washington's sprawling Mount Vernon Estate or enjoy a cruise down the scenic Potomac River. This evening we've then got another treat in store - our Optional Washington Illumination Tour, where you'll see DC's most famous monuments all lit up in their night time glory.
Day 4 : Washington, D.C. - Charlottesville
You'll depart Washington this morning and head to happy and easy going Charlottesville. This city is regularly ranked one of America's best places to live. Join us for a winery and tasting tour to commemorate the fact that C'Ville is the birthplace of American wine and visit beautiful Shenandoah National Park.
Accommodation : Courtyard Charlottesville
Day 5 : Charlottesville – Great Smokey Mountains – Pigeon Forge
Today you will say goodbye to Charlottesville. It's back on the road as you head towards the bright lights of Pigeon Forge. An eclectic little city that denotes its name from the Little Pigeon River that runs through the middle of it, Pigeon Forge sits in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains and prides itself on its entertainment capacity.
Accommodation : Ramada Pigeon Forge North
Day 6 : Pigeon Forge - Nashville (2 nights)
Today you will take a short drive into the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in all of the US. Simply stunning is the best way to describe this place, where lush forests and fields of wildflowers bloom all year round. Take your time exploring here, following the various walking routes that will take you past streams, rivers and waterfalls, with Clingmans Dome looming from up above. After visiting Pigeon Forge good old fashioned southern hospitality will await you in Nashville later today. A place of pilgrimage for country music fans, Nashville has been attracting musical icons since the 1920's and whilst country music wasn't born here, the city is certainly responsible for the evolution of the genre. Get your bearings on a tour that will take you to Riverfront Park, Tennessee State Capitol and the 132 acre Centennial State Park, where you'll be transported straight to Athens as you admire the Parthenon, a jawdropping exact replica of the original.
Accommodation : Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown – Stadium
Day 7 : Nashville Sightseeing
Delve into the incredible musical history of the city today with a visit to Music Row, stopping off at Studio B where industry legends like Dolly Parton and the Everly Brothers have all recorded albums. No Nashville musical tour would be complete without a snoop around the Country Music Hall of Fame, so you'll also visit here to trace the history of country music and enjoy priceless memorabilia from Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn. With the rest of the afternoon and evening then yours, why not scout out the tastiest hot chicken and biscuits of the city, dishes synonymous with the south.
Day 8 : Nashville – Memphis (2 Nights)
We say goodbye to Nashville today and hello to the music obsessed city of Memphis. Home to the King who needs little introduction, musical history and influence run through the streets with bluesy Beale Street a fine example of this, whilst the city is also a historical heavyweight for the role it played in the Civil Rights Movement. After all, it was here in 1968 that Martin Luther King was assassinated. Tonight you'll no doubt be keen to put Memphis' legendary barbecue reputation to the test. Make sure you're hungry as the gluttonous portions of smoky pulled pork and juicy ribs will defeat even the keenest of eaters.
Accommodation : Holiday Inn Memphis-Downtown (Beale St.)
Day 9 : Memphis Sightseeing
We hope you didn't peak too soon on last night's barbecue as this morning's Iconic Breakfast is another decadent affair of Southern family style dishes. Likely rolling out of the classic 'greasy spoon' restaurant, today will be a special one for Elvis fans as you have the chance to make the pilgrimage to Graceland. This afternoon perhaps enjoy a guided tour around Sun Studio, where Elvis was first discovered back in 1954. Toe tapping your way into the evening, head over to Beale Street for dinner at the Blue's City Cafe, a lively joint that serves up Southern treats accompanied by live music, naturally.
Day 10 : Memphis - New Orleans (2 nights)
This morning you will go on an orientation tour of the ‘Big Easy'. Famed for its Mardi Gras celebrations and diverse culture, everything in New Orleans is a little larger than life. The weddings are bigger, the funerals are louder, the food is richer, and every single day is a cause for celebration. Perhaps enjoy a po' boy from Cafe du Monde. Tonight it would only be right to sample some good old fashioned Creole cooking, and in our opinion there's only one place to go for the best food in town - the New Orleans institution, Dooky Chase.
Accommodation : Royal St Charles
Day 11 : New Orleans Free Time
Waking up with a NOLA induced spring in your step, go on a sightseeing tour of The Big Easy. The rest of today is entirely free for you to explore the Big Easy your way. Head back to the cute cafes and decadent mansions of the Garden District, have your fortune told in Jackson Square or learn more about the city's fascinating voodoo culture by exploring a cemetery, taking a peek around the elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. If the swamps and bayous of the Mississippi are of interest to you, why not join a boat trip through the Jean Lafitte National Park. Led by a native guide, spot ‘gators, eagles, snakes and egrets as you cruise these lush waters. This evening we doubt you'll be able to resist the prospect of a steamboat jazz dinner cruise, accompanied by the sounds of the Grammy nominated band Dukes of Dixieland.
Day 12 : New Orleans – Lafayette
Today you'll head on to Lafayette. This bubbly little university town is a real under the radar gem and may just end up being one of the surprising stand out stars of your entire trip. Arriving here, you will visit the Acadian Cultural Center and discover more about Lafayette's Cajun culture through stories that explore the origins, migration, settlement and culture of the Acadians. Tonight, for the real Lafayette experience head down to Randol's, where you can eat crab cake au gratin and scoot around the dance floor with the locals to live Cajun tunes.
Accommodation : Tru by Hilton Lafayette River Ranch
Day 13 : Lafayette – Fort Worth (2 nights)
It's big, it's brash, it's flashy - it can only be the ‘Big D', Dallas, your next destination. Synonymous with the Dallas Cowboys and the TV show that became an American household name, Dallas also has a darker history as the spot of JFK's assassination in 1963. Arriving today you'll have time to explore as you please, perhaps heading to one of the city's unique neighborhoods to explore its culinary or cultural scene. The 68 acre Arts District is the nation's largest urban arts district boasting award winning museums and performing art venues, whilst Highland Park is where the city's most beautiful homes and high end shopping can be found. However you explore today, you'll likely end up at Deep Ellum with a cold beer in hand.
Accommodation : Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown
Day 14 : Dallas Fort Worth Sightseeing
This morning you'll have the chance to visit a place of high drama, scandal and romance. The famous home of the Ewing Family, Southfork Ranch has a special place in the nation's hearts as the star of the hit TV show Dallas. Visiting here you can tour the mansion, re-live exciting moments from the show and enjoy a special place in TV history. This afternoon, experience a slice of real Texan life at the Fort Worth Cattle Drive as you watch true Texan handlers drive their longhorn cattle through Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards National Historic District.
Day 15 : Fort Worth – Amarillo
Leaving the cowboy hats and big city antics of Dallas behind, today you'll head on to Amarillo. Straddling the New Mexico / Texas state line, the town was originally built in 1903 as a siding for the Rock Island railway line but began to fall into demise following the development of Route 66. Eerily quiet and equally fascinating, you'll discover the town's history before heading on to the Cadillac Ranch, just outside of Amarillo. An emblem of Route 66 and a testament to America's long standing love affair with wheels, the Ranch features 10 Cadillacs buried face down which visitors are encouraged to leave their mark on. Finally you'll arrive in Amarillo, where you will be staying for the night.
Accommodation : Holiday Inn Medical West
Day 16 : Amarillo – Santa Fe (2 nights)
Head deeper into wild west country today as you journey towards one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, scorching Santa Fe. Founded by Spanish missionaries in 1610 and the capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe claims the title of the nation's highest state capital, sitting at an elevation of 7000 feet. With the towering Sangre de Cristo mountain range surrounding you, admire the rambling abode houses and baroque churches as you explore this timeless, soulful city. Head to The Plaza, the city's cultural heart, to admire crafts and jewellery sold by Native American sellers, or dive in to the Mexican infused culinary scene as you sip margaritas and toast to the electric sunset.
Accommodation : The Lodge at Santa Fe
Day 17 : Santa Fe Sightseeing
Slap on the sunscreen and head out on a sightseeing tour this morning, learning more about the 400 year old history of The Plaza before stopping by the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building in the US. Visit St Francis Cathedral where European and New Mexican influences collide, then this afternoon and with time to yourself why not get to grips with Santa Fe's famous art scene. The distinctive neighbourhoods of Barrio Analco and Canyon Road are both well worth a visit, then finish the day eating tacos on Guadalupe Street.
Day 18 : Santa Fe – Durango
Not done with historical insight just yet you'll leave Santa Fe and finish today in the old Colorado mining town of Durango, which boasts tasteful hotels, lovely tree lined streets and Victorian-era saloons reminiscent of the town's wild west history. Enjoy lunch on your own in Taos Plaza.
Accommodation : Durango Downtown Inn
Day 19 : Durango – Monument Valley
Stand in the exact spot where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet at Four Corners, your first stop today. Feeling like you've taken your place in American history, you'll pay a visit to the UNESCO listed Mesa Verde National Park. Finish up this evening in the Arizonan escape town of Flagstaff.
Accommodation : Goulding's Lodge
Day 20 : Monument Valley – Flagstaff
Leaving Durango behind, you'll then head on to explore a Hollywood great, Monument Valley. Immortalised as the setting for countless movies and TV shows, Monument Valley is an emblem of the wild west, its rusty red spindles and grand buttes thrusting 1200 feet skyward from the barren valley below. Named the ‘Valley Between the Rocks' by the Navajo people who arrived here centuries ago, you'll likely feel very small and insignificant here as you learn about the geology and history of the area from a local Navajo guide on an open-air vehicle tour. During your journey, you will be making a stop at the Cameron Trading Post.
Accommodation : Fairfield Inn Suites by Marriott Flagstaff East
Day 21 : Grand Canyon
Nothing can quite prepare you for your first glimpse of the Grand Canyon. One of the world's 7 natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, it's estimated to be around 2 billion years old, with a layer of rock at the bottom of the canyon said to be some of the oldest exposed rock on the planet. Take your time exploring the incredible geology of the land, or to make your visit extra special why not treat yourself to a money can't buy experience that could see you flying in a helicopter or aircraft over the North and South rims.
Day 22 : Flagstaff – Las Vegas (2 nights)
This morning, you'll head on to explore the neon lights of Las Vegas. An entertainment oasis surrounded by dry desert with a reputation almost as big as the fortune's many have made (and lost) here. Tonight, why not see the city at its finest on our ‘Sights and Lights' tour.
Accommodation : Rio AllSuites Hotel Casino
Day 23 : Las Vegas Free Time
With a free day in Sin City, it's entirely up to you how to explore the entertainment capital of the world. The casinos, the all you can eat buffets, the glittering roof top pools, the biggest names in show business - they're all here for the taking. You could get out of town on our excursion to Hoover Dam for the chance to admire the USA's biggest man made reservoir Lake Mead, or enjoy a singalong at Vegas! The Show, crooning to the best loved hits of Sonny & Cher, Elvis and the Rat Pack. Tonight, head over to the Downtown area to explore Old Town Vegas on Freemont Street.
Day 24 : Las Vegas - Los Angeles
Leaving Las Vegas for the land where it's always 70 degrees and sunny, Los Angeles. The place where dreams are made (and broken), La La Land is a city that exudes talent, creativity and drive, spilling out into its abundant offering of theatres, galleries, museums and street art hubs. Arriving today you'll meet up with your Travel Director in the afternoon before hitting the streets to explore LA, your way. Perhaps the lure of the illustrious Venice neighbourhood will pull you in, where you can wander down Venice Beach and explore its many boutiques and seaside bite cafes, or maybe head to Griffith Observatory for a spot of star gazing. Feeling hungry? LA's food scene needs little introduction, offering California's best tacos, tasty Korean food and more health food offerings than anywhere else in the country
Accommodation : Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside
Day 25 : Depart Los Angeles
With fond memories of giant canyons, musical legends and indulgent southern cuisine still fresh in your mind; your trip will come to an end this morning. If you're not ready to say goodbye just yet, perhaps extend your stay in LA for a few more days.