Road tripping is the iconic way to cross American destinations off your bucket list. But we know that long drives are a bit of a yawn so we’ve broken up the best East and West Coast destinations with a flight that connects the legs of this 24-day tour. Start with some stargazing (of the Hollywood variety, that is) in Los Angeles before exploring stunning natural landscapes (Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, anyone?). Then fly east to New Orleans and drive up along the coast with epic stops along the way. It’s the ultimate, efficient tour for restless explorers.
Day 1 Los Angeles
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego (1D)
Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California’s most glamorous city. In San Diego, visit Coronado Island or soak up the sun on Mission Beach. Opt to check out the Gaslamp Quarter District in the evening.
Day 3 San Diego/Lake Havasu City (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the desert scenery and hundreds of Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.
Day 4 Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.
Day 5 Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.
Day 6 Grand Canyon/Monument Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive along the southern rim of the canyon, then opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley, on an optional overnight excursion.
Day 7 Monument Valley/Las Vegas (1B)
Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride.
Day 8 Las Vegas
Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.
Day 9 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas (1L, 1D)
Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.
Day 10 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite’s peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.
Day 11 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Use free time to explore Yosemite by foot, bike or shuttle.
Day 12 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L)
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way into one of America’s most popular cities. Opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills, explore by bicycle or set sail in the setting sun.
Day 13 San Francisco
Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.
Day 14 Santa Cruz/Morro Bay (1D)
Visit Santa Cruz and go for a stroll along the boardwalk. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.
Day 15 Morro Bay/Los Angeles (1B)
Travel along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Be on the lookout for celebrities while passing a few popular sites on the way into California’s most glamorous city.
Day 16 Los Angeles/New Orleans
Hop on a flight to the Big Easy, and get ready to explore the highlights of the East.
Day 17 New Orleans/Panama City Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cross the state line into Florida and travel to Panama City Beach. This coastal town is surrounded by 27 miles of white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy an afternoon on the beach and opt to hit the town this evening.
Day 18 Panama City Beach/Orlando (1B, 1L)
Travel to the home of ’The Most Magical Place on Earth’, Orlando. With great shopping, nightlife, and famous amusement parks like Disney World and Universal Studios, let your inner kid run wild!
Day 19 Orlando (1B)
Enjoy a full free day in Orlando. Opt to meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World or discover the magical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
Day 20 St. Augustine/Savannah (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head to historic Savannah, stopping en route in the oldest city in America, St. Augustine. Opt for a walk around the Bonaventure Cemetery and historic district of Savannah, or stroll through town admiring the architecture and oak trees covered in Spanish moss.
Day 21 Charleston/Myrtle Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to the city of Charleston, known for its historic, romantic charm. Enjoy a few hours to explore the city before heading to Myrtle Beach for the night.
Day 22 Myrtle Beach/Washington D.C. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to the US capital and wander the monuments by moonlight.
Day 23 Washington D.C. (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore.
Day 24 Washington D.C./New York (1B, 1L)
Travel to New York, stopping in Philadelphia en route. Trip ends on arrival to New York. Opt to visit Times Square, stroll Central Park, check out Greenwich Village, or experience the famous nightlife of New York.
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