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Grand Tour America

San Fran, Big Sur, LA, Las Vegas, Zion NP, Grand Canyon, Texas, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Blue Ridge Parkway, Washington DC, NYC & more

Span the whole of the USA on our Grand Tour America. Our most adventurous road trip crossing the continent. See the very best America has to offer over at least 4 weeks – this road trip does exactly that. Start in San Francisco and make your way to the East Coast, finishing in NYC!


Grand Tour America 28+ nights

All of our American road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 28 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

We couldn't get enough of this incredible journey. We'd do it all again if we could!


Golden Gate Bridge

Day 1

Arrive in San Francisco

Arrive in California, and take a taxi from the airport to find your hotel in the cosmopolitan city of San Francisco. Enjoy an evening meal in one of the city's excellent restaurants before settling in for the night, so you are ready and refreshed for two full days exploring in this wonderful city on the bay.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • San Francisco1
  • 29 Miles

The Painted Ladies

Day 2

A full day on the bay

Enjoy a full day exploring San Francisco.You'll find a list of recommendations of what to see and do in your personalised Road Trip Pack. Some of our 'must see' places include Coit Tower, Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies, Union Square and Alcatraz to name just a few. Whilst you’re in San Francisco be sure to try and sample some of the best Chinese food in the world in Chinatown near Knob Hill.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • San Francisco

Humpbacks in the bay

Day 3

Collect your hire car and head south

Today you'll make your way out of the city to Monterey. This town was once California’s capital but today it's best known for the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium presiding on Cannery Row. Want to experience the bay first hand? Take a whale watching trip from Fisherman’s Wharf. In the early evening, cruise along the famous “17 Mile Drive” on your way to Carmel-by-the-Sea. You’ll pass millionaire mansions, Pebble Beach Golf Club and a beautiful rugged coastline.

  • Key location: Monterey
  • Monterey/Carmel

Beautiful Beaches

Day 4

Enjoy beautiful Carmel-By-The-Sea

Carmel offers two world-class beaches backed by a small town made up of beautiful homes, quaint streets and fabulous restaurants. The wild and wonderful Point Lobos is just a couple of miles south of Carmel and offers pure beauty that can be enjoyed through the many short hikes.

  • Key location: Carmel
  • Monterey/Carmel
  • 124 Miles

Pacific Coast Highway

Day 5

Big Sur and the world’s best road await

Start the day at Point Lobos, you’ll take short hikes around this stunning coastal reserve. Watch seals bask on the beaches and Sea Otters float in the turquoise waters. From here head south down the coast enjoying Big Sur and Highway 1 south to the town of Santa Barbara with a busy but beautiful range of beaches to enjoy. Nearby Hearst Castle is worth sampling too.

  • Key location: Big Sur
  • Santa Barbara
  • 235 Miles

Griffith Observatory

Day 6

Hollywood Glamour

Continue south to Los Angeles today. Once settled into your hotel you may want to stay close to the coast sampling Santa Monica or Venice Beach which are both best explored by bike. Alternatively, head for the Hollywood Hills to see the Griffith Observatory for great views overlooking the city. Nearby Hollywood Boulevard is a tacky but important celebrity fan pilgrimage not to be missed. Tonight, you may want to enjoy dinner in downtown Los Angeles as you take in the skyscraper scenery.

  • Key location: Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles
  • 95 Miles

Santa Monica Pier

Day 7

Enjoy another day in LA

There's plenty to keep you busy in Los Angeles for a full day. In downtown, the Grand Central Market is a fantastic place to grab breakfast from one of the local vendors. Nearby is the Los Angeles Art District too which is great to explore by foot.

  • Key location: Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles

Joshua Tree NP

Day 8

Palm Springs, deserts and Vegas

Leaving Los Angeles today you'll drive east to Palm Springs. The city is a great place to fill up with a good lunch before exploring the Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve. As the sun starts to set, You'll witness another jewel in the desert, as the lights of Las Vegas start to appear on the horizon.

  • Key location: Joshua Tree NP
  • Las Vegas
  • 336 Miles

Vegas Baby!

Day 9

Enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer

If your head hurts after a big night out, you can always relax by the amazing pools adorning nearly every hotel. Stretch your legs with a walk along the legendary 'strip', book tickets to one of the incredible shows or take some retail therapy. We recommend visiting one of the over the top buffets in the hotels. Just make sure you are hungry when you go, the range and quality of the food is amazing value!

  • Key location: Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas

Enjoying the pool

Day 10

More Las Vegas fun

Today you'll head to Springdale, Utah, which is the park entry point for Zion National Park. Emerald pools, lush green trees, rust red canyon walls and crystal clear skies are all crammed into this narrow valley which makes up the park. The combination of colours is a visual delight and the park's trails offer many more. Zion National Park is one The American Road Trip Company’s favourite destinations.

  • Key location: Las Vegas
  • Zion National Park
  • 163 Miles

Gorgeous Zion NP

Day 11

Hike around Heaven On Earth - Zion National Park

More time to wander the trails and take in the geological wonders of Zion National Park. You may want to try and tackle Angel's Landing trail, culminating at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent 360-degree views over the valley below. Alternatively, walk the famous 'Narrows' which are often knee deep in water. Tonight, enjoy a meal in Springdale, with plenty of local options to choose from.

  • Key location: Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park

Hello Grand Canyon!

Day 12

Bryce Canyon by sunrise to The Grand Canyon by sunset

Travel to Bryce Canyon today. This National Park is famous for more unique geology made up of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheatres carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. You'll then continue east to the Grand Canyon staying at the North Rim. Be sure to try and catch the sunset over the rim for a truly memorable evening.

  • Key location: Grand Canyon
  • Grand Canyon
  • 250 Miles

Monument Valley at sunset

Day 13

Iconic Wild West scenery in Monument Valley

Put your spurs and chaps on, and head to cowboy country. As you cross the Utah and Arizona border you’ll witness proud and majestic “Mittens” of Monument Valley made up of every shade of orange and red. Spend the night on Navajo Territory taking in the view.

  • Key location: Monument Valley
  • Monument Valley
  • 242 Miles

Santa Fe

Day 14

New Mexico today

Cross the continental divide as you continue east. You'll pass Mesa Verde National Park which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who carved out home here for over 700 years. Continue onto the noted scenic highway 84 on your way to Santa Fe.

  • Key location: New Mexico
  • Santa Fe
  • 382 Miles

Route 66 kicks

Day 15

Join Route 66, before heading deeper into Texas

After 30 miles or so you’ll join Interstate 40 which parallels or overlays the historic Route 66. After getting your kicks on Route 66 for a while, you'll pull off the Mother Road and head southeast towards the heart of the Texas panhandle.

  • Key location: Route 66
  • Amarillo, TX
  • 280 Miles

Texas - Oil & horses

Day 16

Put on your cowboy boots

Continue east onto the city of Dallas. With a past and present rich in the stuff that American legends are made of. The 'Big D' is famous for its contributions to popular culture – notably the Cowboys and their cheerleaders, and Dallas, the TV series that once was a worldwide symbol of the USA.

  • Key location: Dallas
  • Dallas
  • 280 Miles


Day 17

Houston, the home of NASA

Spend the morning in Dallas if you wish before heading south to Houston. NASA belongs to America’s fourth-largest city, the Johnson Space Center literally providing you with an otherworldly experience. Witness the thrills that come with being an astronaut, or venture through the city to partake in shopping or the urban tunnel adventures.

  • Key location: Dallas
  • Houston
  • 239 Miles

The Big Easy

Day 18

New Orleans is up next

East to the Big Easy. Along the way, you’ll pass multiple former plantation homes and the state capital Baton Rouge. Once you reach New Orleans, check in to your hotel before spending the evening at your leisure, perhaps hit the atmospheric Bourbon Street for dinner or drinks.

  • Key location: New Orleans
  • New Orleans
  • 348 Miles

Explore New Orleans

Day 19

The French Quarter and all that Jazz

Built on the mouth of the Mississippi, New Orleans is the home of the blues, voodoo and the colourful craziness of Mardi Gras. The French Quarter offers great charm and is a great place to lose the car and take a walking tour.

  • Key location: New Orleans
  • New Orleans

Natchez Plantation

Day 20

Drive North through plantations country

Leaving New Orleans, you'll follow the scenic Natchez trail parkway northwards past palatial plantation houses and forests. Finally, you’ll arrive in Memphis, Tennessee - home of the Blues, Elvis and arguably America’s best BBQ food.

  • Key location: Natchez
  • Memphis
  • 395 Miles

Suspension Tram

Day 21

The home of Elvis and so much more

Second, only to The White House, Elvis Presley’s Graceland is the most visited home in America. But Memphis has much more to offer, including the legendary Sun Record Studios. Check the schedule in advance and see if you can catch an NBA basketball game playing at the city centre stadium.

  • Key location: Memphis
  • Memphis

Pantheon - Nashville

Day 22

Drive to Nashville and enjoy Music City

The home of Country Music and proud of it. The city boasts about it's music heritage at every opportunity, including the incredible Country Music Hall of Fame, along with RCA Studio B and The Grand Ole Opry. However, it's not all about Country - there is a rich blues history here also and singer-songwriters from every genre enjoy playing the bars in this town.

  • Key location: Nashville
  • Nashville
  • 213 Miles

Blue Ridge Parkway

Day 23

Drive the famous Blue Ridge Parkway

The best way to enjoy this area is by driving the Blue Ridge Parkway from Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This is a 469-mile scenic drive that makes the most of the mountain views with there famous blue haze.

  • Key location: Blue Ridge PW
  • Roanoke
  • 438 Miles

Skyline Drive

Day 24

Drive Skyline Drive to DC

Skyline Drive marks the start of the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway in Shenandoah National Park. Driving this 105-mile scenic route can take a whole day with the stunning surroundings, abundant wildlife and a 35mph speed limit. We recommend you park up at one of the scenic lay-bys and stretch your legs on one of the many trails.

  • Key location: Skyline Drive
  • Washington, DC
  • 240 Miles

Capitol Hill

Day 25

The most powerful city on the planet

Today you arrive in the nation's capital Washington, DC. The city is easy to navigate with its long roads lined with iconic museums and monuments. We recommend visiting one of the free Smithsonian Museums which are dotted along the 'Mall'. Georgetown is a charming corner of the city, and well worth a visit too.

  • Key location: Washington, DC
  • Washington, DC

We Love NY!

Day 26

Onto The Big Apple

Drive from the world's most powerful city to the world’s greatest city, and drop off the car at a central Manhattan location, alternatively we could arrange a train ride. New York is an epicentre of the arts and America's true dining and shopping capital. New York City wears many crowns and spreads an irresistible feast for all. Only the Big Apple can provide so much packed into five boroughs.

  • Key location: New York
  • New York
  • 231 Miles

Statue of Liberty

Day 27

Another bite of the Big Apple

More time to explore New York, perhaps go downtown to the business district or the uber cool neighbourhoods like Greenwich or Soho. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty can be visited by catching a boat from Battery Park right on the southern tip of Manhattan. In the evening a Broadway Show might in order or watch the sunset and the lights go up at “Top of the Rock” for the best view in New York.

  • Key location: New York
  • New York


Day 28

One last bite of the Big Apple

Your last day of this mammoth road trip is here. Be proud in knowing you have seen more of what America has to offer than most Americans have in a lifetime. It's a road trip that will stay with you for ever, over 4000 miles of scenic highways, national parks and cities that will all blow you away. Tomorrow you'll check out and head to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

  • Key location: New York
  • Fly Home

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